Fellow PyMol Users
Although I like using PyMol, I would like to submit a gripe about the
severe lack of a decent PyMol manual.
A deeper description of the program's features is required if people are
seriously going to use PyMol for tricky things beyond simple visualization
(simple visualization programs are ten-a-penny and PyMol could be so much
Particularly lacking are details of structural editing (mutation, bond
rotation, cut-and-paste etc.), interfaces (if any exist) to routines for
enegy minimization and a detailed description of the Python command line
interface with examples of scripting and how to extend PyMol's
By neglecting to adequately document what may be a really useful program,
the PyMol user community might fail to attract the kind of user base and
support that it deserves and that it needs to ensure its success.
A good, clear and well-thought out manual really helps to make a case for
using a particular piece of software (and it might also lower the odds of
PyMol having to join the gray legions of commercial "payware").
EMD Lexigen Research Center