RCSB PDB Mobile app FAQThis page contains information about the RCSB PDB Mobile app.
RCSB PDB Mobile is a new application for the Apple iOS platform (iPhone/iPod and iPad; an Android version is being developed). Search the entire PDB, view the latest weekly release of structures, access your MyPDB account, view the entire catalog of Molecule of the Month articles, and more using either a WiFi or cellular data connection. RCSB PDB Mobile is an update of the discontinued app PDBMobile.
- Molecule of the Month
- Latest news
- Keyword searches
- Author searches
- PDB ID searches
- Personal annotation searches
- Save queries to MyPDB
- List all new entries
- List all annotated entries
- List all flagged entries
- The last five searches are listed on the results page
- View structures from returned query results
- Enter individual structure PDB IDs
- View search results on single page
- View primary citation abstract (where available)
- Annotate entries
- Flag entries for later viewing/analysis
- Stored query listing
- Stored query management
- Run MyPDB-stored queries
- Open the web browser screen when viewing an entry to view full website information
- Perform website search and download results to the app's search listing
- View a selected molecule on the website interface within the apps molecular viewer
- The app registers to handle .pdb text files from Email and Mobile Safari
- The app can be passed a link to PDB text file or PDB ID using the custom URL, e.g.:
The custom URL can be used by other iOS apps or used within a web page opened in Mobile Safari.
- Post images directly from the molecular viewer screen
- Post links to your favorite Molecule of the Month
We are currently developing an Android version of the application, a beta version of which is available for download. We welcome your feedback regarding feature and platform requests for the RCSB PDB Mobile app.
Display options for the viewer can be set either by clicking the "Settings" button in the Navigation bar or by enabling Speech Recognition in app settings.
Because of CPU requirements, it is recommended enabling this feature only in more recent iOS devices. Please give us feedback regarding whether you would like us to retain or enhance the speech recognition feature. Supported voice commands in the molecular viewer screen:
- "RENDER RIBBON"
- "RENDER STRAND"
- "RENDER C ALPHA TRACE"
- "RENDER B FACTOR TUBE"
- "RENDER NONE"
- "LIGAND SPHERE"
- "LIGAND STICK"
- "LIGAND LINE"
- "LIGAND OFF"
- "COLOR SPECTRUM"
- "COLOR CHAIN"
- "COLOR SECONDARY STRUCTURE"
- "COLOR POLARITY"
- "COLOR B FACTOR"
- "SIDE CHAIN ON"
- "SIDE CHAIN OFF"
- "DISPLAY ASYMMETRIC UNIT"
- "DISPLAY BIOLOGICAL ASSEMBLY"
- "DISPLAY CHAIN X" where "X" is the chain ID
- "HIDE CHAIN X" where "X" is the chain ID
- "HIDE ALL CHAINS"
- "DISPLAY ALL CHAINS"
- English language only recognized.
- "HIDE CHAIN" and "DISPLAY CHAIN" assignments are currently limited to upper case chain A through Z (the visibility of all chains can be set in the settings screen for the molecular viewer). Because of potential ambiguity in recognizing the chain IDs when spoken (for example "B" and "E" or "A and "K"), these two commands are probably the least reliable of the voice command set and should be used cautiously, enunciating the ID as clearly as possible.
- Works best in environments with very low ambient noise.