A viewer that visualizes 3D protein and nucleic acid structures in a high-quality ribbon style.
A link to Simple Viewer is available on any Structure Summary page in the Biological Assembly and Asymmetric Unit widget.
Read the guide about launching Java Web Start applications (http://www.pdb.org/pdb/static.do?p=Viewers/webstart_troubleshooting.jsp)
Simple Viewer renders structures in the following fixed styles and color schemes. If you want to change styles and colors,
or use more advanced options, use Protein Workshop or Ligand Explorer.
carbon - green
hydrogen - white
oxygen - red
nitrogen - blue
sulfur - yellow
phosphorus - orange
Follow the tutorial (click here) for saving high-resolution images.
You can load another structure directly using the file menu using one of three options:
Use the File -> Open PDB ID option to load a new structure by the 4-letter PDB ID (example 1STP).
Use the File -> Open File option to load a structure in the PDB (*.pdb) and PDBML/XML (*.xml) file format (Description of file formats:
Use the File -> Open ULR option to load a structure in the PDB (*.pdb) and PDBML/XML (*.xml) file format (Description of file formats:
Simple Viewer can be referenced with:
J.L. Moreland, A.Gramada, O.V. Buzko, Qing Zhang and P.E. Bourne "The Molecular Biology Toolkit (MBT): A Modular Platform for
Developing Molecular Visualization Applications". BMC Bioinformatics, 6:21 (2005)
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