Andreas, Gilleain, & others,
 
Agreed -- there is strong demand for annotations within scenes & session files.  Currently this is only possible when you define (or redefine a scene) using the command line:
 
scene 001, store, This is the view of the binding site.
 
And note that you can pass in a multi-line string using Python:
 
cmd.scene("001","store","This is the view of the binding site.\nPlease note the ligand in yellow.")
 
We have much work to do to make annotations more general and more accessible...
 
Cheers,
Warren
 
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From: pymol-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net [mailto:pymol-users-bounces@lists.sourceforge.net] On Behalf Of Andreas Forster
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 3:32 AM
To: gilleain torrance
Cc: pymol-users@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: [PyMOL] image metadata plugin

I was actually thinking about a related approach.  Could one include a feature in PyMOL allowing the user to save notes with a session?  I've really come to like saving sessions but going back to them later I often wonder what the objects are exactly, what the views were meant to represent, which views are saved, which color scheme I used.  Briefly, details that help recreate scenes or images.

I've sent emails not too long ago arguing that one should simply write scripts, and all will be obvious.  I stand corrected (thanks, Warren) because it won't.  If you're pdb file is gone, your script will only take you on a long search through the dark corners of all available hard disks but not to brilliant figures.


Gilleain, I'm not sure you would want to save a session with every png because that would inflate the size of your image significantly.  But it'd sure be cool to have a snapshot saved in the session file to have a thumbnail to look at.


Andreas


On 2/12/07, gilleain torrance <gilleain.torrance@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello everybody,

I just had an idea for a plugin, but I know I won't have time to make
it, sooooo...I thought I would mention it in the hope someone else
can. :)

Basically, I often make snapshot images (pngs) of scenes. The problem
with doing this is that I have learned to be careful to make the
filename tell me what it is. For example : nacatgrip_1fmn_201_203.png.
Otherwise, I look at the picture 6 months later and wonder what it
was.

This would be a lot easier if there was a snapshot plugin that could
store an image and metadata about the image - the path to the
structure file, structure names, comments, etc.

In fact, a truly clever thing would be to store the session along with
the image, and you could browse sessions by looking at thumbnail
images...

Anyway, just a thought.

gilleain torrance