B3: How to change the appearance.
There are a number of ways of rendering (changing the appearance) a
molecule in Chime. The different options are found under the pop-up menu Display. Each of the different options is briefly described below:
As an example, to draw the molecule with Van der Waals Radii you would select the following cascade of menu items from the pop-up menu:
- Wireframe: Draws bonds as one pixel thick lines.
- Sticks: Similar to Wireframe, just thinker lines.
- Ball & Stick: Draws Balls on the atoms.
- Van der Waals Radii: Best view of the volume occupied by the atoms.
- Anisotropic Temperature: Volume based on temperature factors.
- Backbone: Draws a line through the alpha carbon positions; the best way to see global fold.
- Ribbons: Draws a thin solid ribbon picture.
- Strands: Similar to ribbons, but draws strands to represent the ribbon.
- Cartoons: A thicker type of ribbon drawing with arrowheads on the b-strands indicating chain direction.
Display¬Spacefill¬Van Der Waals Radii. The menus should appear as shown on the left.