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Some pictures and screenshots made with BALLView.

This gallery features images created with the current version of BALLView, our molecular viewer and modelling tool. Some images are just screenshots, others have been created with POV-Ray through BALLView's POV export feature. These images are marked with (POV-Ray). Some of the images give an outlook for the upcoming next version of BALLView, so stay tuned! We also added some results for BALLView-Python scripts. These scripts are distributed with BALLView in the "Examples/Python" folder and can be freely used.

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BALLView's main windows consists of a
  • OpenGL window
  • list of currently loaded molecules
  • list of graphic representations
  • list of datasets (volume data, trajectories,...)
  • log window
  • Python scripting window
Screenshot of the upcoming version (due in late 2006)
  • QT 4 support
  • Docking Interface and algorithms
  • MMFF94 implementation
  • Completion for the Python interpreter
  • Context sensitive BALL documentation
  • SMARTS support
  • field lines
This figure shows the binding pocket of avidin with bound biotin (PDB ID 2AVI). The binding pocket's surface is colored by electrostatic potential (calculated using BALLView's integrated Poisson-Boltzmann solver). The binding pocket has been isolated by restricting the solvent-excluded surface of avidin to the region close to the ligand and by the use of two additional clipping planes.
BALL allows a very fast computation of molecular surfaces (solvent-excluded surface, SES, as well as solvent-accessible surface, SAS). Here, we computed a pretty huge surface (1E0U, roughly 14,000 atoms) and colored it by the element of the nearest surface atom. All colors, including the background color, can be set to arbitrary values in the preferences of BALLView.
Surfaces, as well as all other models, can be rendered in different ways: solid, transparent, as dots or - as shown here - as wireframes (POV-Ray).
Surfaces can be transparent as well as this image illustrates. Here we combined the solvent-excluded surface of BPTI with a stick model and a backbone modell (POV-Ray).
A solvent excluded surface of 2PTC, colored by electrostatic potential, which was obtained from a Poisson-Boltzmann calculation (blue = positive, red = negative potential).
A SES surface colored by FDPB combined with a stick model and a VDW mode. A clipping plane was used to get a better look at the two ligands.
Visualization of the glucocorticoid receptor binding to its DNA counter part (1GLU). The protein's surface is again colored by its electrostatic potential. (POV-Ray)
A backbone model of the rather huge proteasome from Thermoplasma Acidophilum (1PMA) with 55000 atoms. (POV-Ray)
The 50S subunit of a bacterial ribosome with 90000 atoms. The RNA is shown as Cartoon model and the Proteins as VDW model. (POV-Ray) (max quality ~2.5 MB !)
Secondary structures can be illustrated using the cartoon model: helices are represented as cylinders, strands as bands. In addition, the model is colored with respect to secondary structure (POV-Ray).
A cartoon model of P450, bound with Aminophenanthrene (PDB id 1EGY) drawn with ribbons for the helices and a SES for the ligand (POV-Ray).
A combination of a cartoon model with a H-bonds model for 5TTR. You can clearly identify the hydrogen bonds stabilizing the secondary structure elements. (POV-Ray)
A P-Helix constructed by BALLView's Peptide Builder, visualised with a slim stick model. The H-bonds were calculated with BALL's implementation of the DSSP algorithm. (POV-Ray)
Visualisation of the positions of all hetero atoms in a trajectory by a Python script. (POV-Ray)
BALLView can visualize a molecule's electrostatics also with isocontour surfaces. Here several were be combined with a SES and a clipping plane was used to improve the visibility.
The inside of a contour surface rendered with POVRay.
Screenshot from the upcoming version 1.2: Projection of the electrostatic potential on a sphere.
Screenshot from the upcoming version 1.2: It brings support for calculation and visualisation of field lines e.g. for electrostatic potentials, also with custom colorisation.
Screenshot from BALLView 1.2: An alternative coloring for field lines.
Screenshot from BALLView 1.2 (modified with PaintShop): The upcoming version brings support for volume rendering, e.g. for electrostatic potentials. This ligand's charge was calculated by our MMFF94 implementation.
Screenshot from BALLView 1.2: The ligand from above, but now only the positive potential drawn.
BALLView 1.2 will support capping (here for 2AVI), of course with customizable color and transparency for the capping plane.
Screenshot from BALLView 1.2: It brings improved OpenGL rendering for transparent surfaces, here in combination with a solid surface and a clipping plane.
Oversized rendering with BALLView 1.2: These images are rendered with up to 4096 * 4096 pixels and afterwards shrunk whith an external graphics program. The molecule is the luciferase 2D1S.
Oversized rendering with BALLView 1.2: The new Toon mode with cel shading for Topoisomerase 1A36.
Oversized rendering with BALLView 1.2: The new Toon mode with cel shading for Phospholipase 1QD6.
Screenshot from BALLView 1.2: Improved Cartoon Model and transparent surface for 1D3B.


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