Make viewer for saved/shared structures.
|Opened on:||Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 04:24|
|Last modified:||Friday, October 25, 2013 - 21:59|
It seems like Foldit saves files on my computer with names like
puzzle_992432_time_1335080575.ir_solution containing protein structures.
Is there a standard viewer like Rasmol that can read these files and display
the protein structures stored in them?
If not, perhaps you should include with Foldit
a viewer utility program outside of the present Foldit GUI
that will read these *.ir_solution structure files
that Foldit saves on a player's hard drive.
By the way, why doesn't Foldit output saved structures as *.pdb or *.ent files?
Doing so would let users do a wide variety of things outside of the Foldit GUI.
It would also make it easier to do comparisons among structures.
Perhaps include with Foldit a program that will convert
back and forth between *.ir_solution and *.pdb or *.ent files.
It would also be nice to have within the Foldit GUI
little snapshots of each saved/shared structure in some standard format,
perhaps all colored and rendered in a way that the local user specifies.
This will help folks more easily compare different structures
without having to load and view each one separately in the Foldit GUI, one at a time.
If a user could rotate these little images too in 3D space, that would be even better.
Barring user-controlled 3D rotation, you could at least make little snapshot movies of
the protein viewed from different angles, and have these playing when the menu of
saved/shared structures comes up. Many Nintendo games (for example, Mario Kart)
have rotating 3D objects in menus where players select their characters or vehicles,
for example. Why not have Foldit do the same?