Protein Imager new features

April 2019 – The new Protein Imager’s interface

The new interface of the Protein Imager online molecular viewer includes many improvements. First of all a lot of work has been spent to further simplify the user experience. Tips has been added to allow a better understanding of a lot of details that could have been missed by some users. Below are summarized some of the mayor new features.

Perspective camera mode

Perspective camera mode (the default option) adds realism to the view. It provides a vision similar to that of the human eye giving very satisfactory results. Also the Field of view option can be used to increase or decrease the perspective effect.

Perspective camera mode

Simplified surface option

This option has been added for surface representations. It allows to decrease the complexity of the surface representation giving a smoother and clearer effect.

Simplified molecular surface

Structures superposition tool

This new tool permits to superpose different structures together to make structural comparisons. It is also possible to make the primary sequence alignment (for protein structures superposition) before doing the superposition.

Molecular superposition

Structure hierarchy panel

Previously named “Manual selection”, this panel can also be used to select a range of entities (models, chains, residues or atoms) very easily using a click & drag action (touch & drag on mobile)

Molecular structure hyerarchy range select

August 2018 – Overview of the Protein Imager

A new version of our online molecular viewer (the Protein Imager) has been released in these days. Here I will describe the improvements done so far to our web tool.

An easier interface

A new design for the interface of the the Protein Imager has been created to be simpler and more intuitive for the user. Furthermore, the viewer now can be resized to easily set the final rendering proportions.

Faster and lighter

The interface has been redesigned to be lighter and faster than before. Now small projects can be easily handled in mobile devices too. Also a lot of bugs have been resolved.

A new way to share and store your projects

A new panel has been added allowing users to save their projects in the cloud and share them to anyone else with a simple link.

Added example projects

Some example projects, with the related final rendering result, have been added. They can be loaded from the interface, giving a new way to understand the  the Protein Imager and the rendering options functioning.

Two new and useful coloring methods

The new coloring method “by Proximity” allows to color surface (and spheres) based on the distance from an other selection or a single point.

Nucleosome. Coloring surface by proximity from DNA strands

The coloring method “by Moiety”, instead, allows to color moieties of the representation based on residue range, chain name, atom name, secondary structure and much more.

Better handling of big surfaces

Now big surfaces (with over 50000 atoms) will be simplified  to decrease the complexity and increase the quality of the final rendering.

Viral capsid (over 600000 atoms)

Viral capsid (over 300000 atoms)

New final rendering options

The rendering options are now associated with images to better understand the final result. Moreover, more options have been added.

Molecule of the Month like rendering example

Rendering example with oblique transparency rendering option enabled

Rendering example with new nucleic acid rendering mode