Yes indeed, access to new features can sometimes be an issue with PyMOL.
Please understand that we must maintain a healthy equilibrium between FREE
stuff for everyone and INCENTIVE rewards for project sponsors. Our approach
has evolved over time, but here is a where things stand today (and will
I. What is FREE about PyMOL?
A. FREE Open-Source Code is always up-to-date and can be had for the effort
of a Subversion checkout & compilation. Open-Source Linux is the natural
target platform for Open-Source PyMOL.
B. FREE documentation is available on PyMOLWiki.org with links to other
sites on the net.
C. FREE peer-to-peer support is available via this pymol-users mailing list.
D. FREE older builds for most platforms are available, but are typically 1-2
years (1-2 versions) out-of-date.
E. FREE builds for-educational-use-only are updated periodically for use by
full-time students and their teachers.
II. What extra incentives exist for PyMOL Sponsors?
A. Current PyMOL builds are an INCENTIVE for sponsorship. This includes the
latest stable build (1.0r2) as well as the latest beta build (1.1b3).
B. Official documentation is an INCENTIVE for sponsorship. Note however,
that our docs supplement rather than replace http://PyMOLWiki.org.
C. Maintenance & support services are an INCENTIVE for sponsorship. They
mostly boil down to fixing bugs relating to your specific computer system,
graphics card, or research, but we also provide individual usage assistance
to PyMOL Power Users.
D. Specific improvements can be directly purchased by sponsors or by
poolings targeted funds from multiple sponsors. Case in point: the "group"
command was developed under contract to a top-3 pharma company.
III. So, what should one do if a desired feature isn't yet in a FREE PyMOL
A. Compile the open-source code,
B. Sponsor the project,
C. Wait a year or two.
That's how the PyMOL project works!
DeLano Scientific LLC
Subscriber Support Services
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JunJun Liu [mailto:ljjlp03@...]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 2:53 PM
> To: DeLano Scientific; pymol-users@...
> Subject: Re: [PyMOL] How to combine serveral "distance"
> objects into one object
> Hi DeLano,
> Thanks a lot for your response! My PyMOL doesn't have the
> "group" command.
> The version I'm using is 0.99rc version.
> group dists, dist0*
> Traceback (most recent call last):
> line 370, in parse
> File "<string>", line 1
> group dists, dist0*
> SyntaxError: invalid syntax
> g[followed by typing "Tab"]
> parser: matching commands:
> get get_chains get_extent get_title get_view
> get_angle get_dihedral get_position get_type global
> get_area get_distance get_symmetry get_version
> All the Best!
> On Wed, 05 Mar 2008 15:35:30 -0500, DeLano Scientific
> > group dists, dist01 dist02
> > or
> > group dists, dist0*
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: pymol-users-bounces@...
> >> [mailto:pymol-users-bounces@...] On Behalf
> >> Of JunJun Liu
> >> Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 11:34 AM
> >> To: pymol-users@...
> >> Subject: [PyMOL] How to combine serveral "distance" objects
> >> into one object
> >> Hi All,
> >> I used "distance" command twice to show two distances that of
> >> interest.
> >> Then I got two distance objects called "dist01" and "dist02".
> >> Everytime when I want to show/hide the distances, I have to
> >> click "dist01" and "dist02". Is there a way to combine
> >> "dist01" and "dist02" into one object?
> >> So that when I want to disable it, just need one simple
> >> click. Combining objects into one object maybe not so useful
> >> in this case, it would be very helpful if I have more than 10
> >> distances that need to be displayed on/off frequently.
> >> Thanks in advance!
> >> Junjun
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