Dear Byron

Yes, it's a nice Catch-22 isn't it ... write a PyMol manual so people like myself will be able to learn PyMol well enought to be able to write the PyMol manual!

Gordon



Byron Delabarre <byron@SLAC.Stanford.EDU>

10/28/2002 01:32 PM
Please respond to byron

       
        To:        gwebster@lexigenpharm.com
        cc:        pymol-users@lists.sourceforge.net
        Subject:        Re: [PyMOL] PyMol Manual



So write one.

gwebster@lexigenpharm.com wrote:
>
> 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 more)
>
> 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
> capabilities.
>
> 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").
>
> Gordon
> EMD Lexigen Research Center


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