Depot Games: The Ramachandran Plot Explorer
#3 during December 2005
Links: Web Site
Developers: Bosco Ho
This is a protein molecule display tool written in C++, which uses the 3D part of the Allegro engine. Although many other protein display programs exists, the Ramachandran Plot Explorer is meant to be simpler, more interactive, and hopefully better looking. I've tried to write the program in a modular way so that if you liked the 3d graphics engine, for example, you can just take it and use it as is.
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Cleaned up the code to make it modular between the layers of protein modelling, protein display, widgets, 3d stereo graphics. Hopefully eliminated the bugs that occur when mutating, deleting and copying residues. Added weak h-bonds and disulfide bonds. Error handling also improved. Some scroll-bar redesign. Stereo now is offered in cross-eye and wall-to-wall.
Fixed a lot of little bugs including a deleting residue bug. Added a floating highlight text tag and some highlights in the scroll bar. Cleaned up the code.
Overall Rating: 8.0
- A very pretty looking molecule viewer, probably very useful as a learning tool for biochemists. What I would like to see is the real ramachandran plots for each residue when you select it, so you can not only see what the phi and psi angles mean but also if they make sense biochemically.