PyMOL

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1r1
  • Total Downloads:
    109,027
  • Date Added:
    May 14, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    13.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    160
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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The needs of science sparked the development of the electronic computer, which led to the PC and today's multimedia-driven world. The favor's since been returned: 3D graphics have revolutionized scientific visualization. You'd need a research grant to afford most science-worthy tools, though, and an advanced degree to use them. But more and more research-quality software is showing up at affordable prices. Now DeLano Scientific has upped the ante by lowering the cost of quality scientific tools to the monetary equivalent of Absolute Zero: as in "free." Its PyMOL is a free Open Source molecular viewing engine, rendering tool, and editor that can visualize 3D molecular structure down to the atomic level, including the X-ray crystallographic structure of proteins, DNA, RNA, carbohydrates, metabolites, sugars, and much more. It will also render artistic visualizations of geometric figures, interactive visualizations, and animated displays. It runs in Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Unix.

Using PyMOL is surprisingly easy, even if you lack knowledge of chemistry. The interface is well laid out and fairly intuitive, considering the program's esoteric function. But there's ample help and truly extensive documentation, including source code, at the product's Web site, where there are even links to impressive YouTube demos. The molecular simulations are fun to play with, but they're good enough for a PBS science show. PyMOL is a serious scientific tool supported by a dedicated open source community.

PyMOL downloads as a compressed file, and it leaves behind folders when you uninstall it. It supports 64-bit editions of Windows.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"I FIND IT USEFUL TO THE NOVICE...."

April 28, 2013  |  By smendlovitz

 |  Version: PyMOL 1.1r1

Pros

SEEMINGLY FUNCTIONAL IN DESIGNING MOLECULES....

Cons

I DONT KNOW WHAT USE OF IT IT IS TO ME OTHER THAN TO PLAY WITH THE WONDERS OF NATURE AT THE MOLECULAR LEVEL.... PERHAPS I WILL BE BECOME A MOLECULAR BIOLOGIST WITH ITS HELP....

Summary

EXPLORE AND WONDER....

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3 stars

"too advanced for me"

September 21, 2010  |  By jagoej

 |  Version: PyMOL 1.1r1

Pros

Can do a lot of things

Cons

Much to complicated for non graduate students

Summary

Should find a place in the arsenal of advanced chemists

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher DeLano Scientific
Publisher web site http://www.delanoscientific.com/
Release Date May 14, 2009
Date Added May 14, 2009
Version 1.1r1
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 13.54MB
File Name pymol-1_1eval-bin-win32.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 109,027
Downloads Last Week 160
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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