The aim of pdbHighlight is to maintain a searchable database of RasMol script files, designed to ‘highlight’ various features of the protein molecules whose structures are available in the Protein Data Bank
RasMol is a molecular graphics program intended for the visualisation of proteins, nucleic acids and small molecules. The program is aimed at display, teaching and generation of publication quality images.
The program reads in molecular coordinate files and interactively displays the molecule on the screen in a variety of representations and colour schemes. Supported input file formats include Protein Data Bank (PDB), Tripos Associates’ Alchemy and Sybyl Mol2 formats, Molecular Design Limited’s (MDL) Mol file format, Minnesota Supercomputer Center’s (MSC) XYZ (XMol) format, CHARMm format, CIF format and mmCIF format files. It displays the molecule in various representations and allows one to rotate the molecule interactively.
Future releases of RasMol will continue to offer the GPL and RASLIC as alternative licenses for the source code, but, in order to conform to the license conditions of various libraries to which executables may be linked, starting with RasMol 2.7.5 release, the GPL is the only valid license to use the binary distributions.
RasTop is a molecular visualization software adapted from the program RasMol, which was initially developed by Roger Sayle. RasTop is particularly adapted for educational purposes and for the rapid analysis of macromolecules at the bench. RasTop wraps a user-friendly graphical interface around the “RasMol molecular engine”. There is no need to type on the command line; each command in the menu generates its own script. Through an extended menu and a command panel, users can manipulate numerous molecules rapidly and learn about them. Work sessions are saved in script format and are fully regenerated with a simple mouse click.
RasTop 2.2 is distributed both under the GPL license ad the Rasmol license. Certain conditions apply to users and to developers to ensure that RasTop remain open source. Please, consult the license.txt and raslic.txt file in the package.