Yes, the Fink and GNU/Darwin versions of PyMOL are unaccelerated. As =
far as I know, the only way to get access to hardware is to call Apple's =
platform-specific OpenGL libraries from within a platform-specific =
I am still working on the native OSX port, but with competition from all =
the other PyMOL priorities: such as new features, bug-fixes, and =
support, not to mention my own career and personal life, it is taking =
far longer to complete than I anticipated. =20
There was an incomplete test version available with acceleration, but OS =
10.2 has reportedly broken it.
If you can put up with software rendering, then X-windows based Fink or =
GNU/Darwin versions are fine. But if you want fast PyMOL, then an =
x86-based PC with Windows or Linux is the only alternative (we're =
talking about a 10-50X performance difference of hardware over software =
-- huge!). Plus, PC's can do stereo -- Macs can't.
If you need fast 3D graphics on a Mac, I'd encourage you to look around =
for other 3D viewers for at least the next couple months. VMD =
reportedly has a native version...though I haven't tried it myself.
Warren L. DeLano, Ph.D.
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
341 Oyster Point Blvd.
S. San Francisco, CA 94080
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Russell Poyner [mailto:rpoyner@...]
> Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 7:56 AM
> To: pymol-users@...
> Subject: [PyMOL] Pymol slow on a mac G4 with os 10.1
> The machine is a newish G4 733Mhz 256K ram with a radeon 7500=20
> card. I have=20
> installed the Fink version of pymol with the Fink supplied=20
> Xfree. It works=20
> but is noticably slower than pymol on my 500 Mhz K6/lintel=20
> box, also with a=20
> radeon 7500 and Xig xserver.
> It would seem that the mac installation is not benefitting=20
> from the graphics=20
> hardware despite claims of full acceleration in the xserver. =20
> If there is a=20
> trick here that I am missing please let me know.
> Russell Poyner
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