The widely used molecular graphics program RasMol has been upgraded to include support for maps, for Bulgarian, Chinese, English, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish messages and menus, and support for the wwPDB remediated PDB format. A source tarball, and binaries for MS Windows, Slackware i686 Linux and Mac OS X 10.3.9 (PPC) are available in the sourceforge openrasmol project file releases at http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/openrasmol. Additional binaries will be added as the ports are completed.
RasMol was written by Roger Sayle in 1992, and has become an important tool in both research and education in structural biology.
The program displays molecular images of PDB , mmCIF and many other formats of macromolecular data. It uses simple menus and a simple and effective command/scripting language.
The project CVS on sourceforge has been updated to this level. Molecular graphics software developers are invited to contribute new code. System managers and users are invited to contribute compiled binaries.
Many thanks to Roger Sayle who wrote RasMol and managed the development of the program for most of the 1990s and to all the people who contributed to the development of RasMol and who continue to contribute. There are too many to list here, but please checkout the names listed in the manual and the changelog.
Among the tasks in our queue are extension of the scripting language for compatibility with PyMOL and Jmol via the Structural Biology Extensible Visualization Scripting Language (SBEVSL), addition of more language variants (including a full Chinese translation of the RasMol manual), and more install kits. Come join the fun.
Work on RasMol has been supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U. S. National Science Foundation, and the U.S. NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funding agencies.
If you find RasMol useful, we hope that you will consider making a donation to help support further development via the sourceforge donation system.
Herbert J. Bernstein yaya-hjb at users.sourceforge.net openrasmol.sourceforge.net