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BALLView is an extensible viewer for bio-molecular structures. It provides all standard models and offers rich functionality for molecular modeling and simulation, including molecular mechanics methods (AMBER, CHARMM, and MMFF94 force fields), continuum electrostatics methods employing a Finite-Difference Poisson Boltzmann solver, secondary structure calculation, molecular editing and docking. Since BALLView is based on BALL (the Biochemical ALgorithms Library), it is easily extensible on the level of C++ code. In addition, it provides a Python interface with Integrated Development Environment features to allow interactive rapid prototyping.

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Recent releases

  •  27 Oct 2011 23:46

    Release Notes: Numerous enhancements and bugfixes.

    •  14 Nov 2007 15:11

      Release Notes: An integrated molecule editor, the Merck Molecular Force Field (MMFF 94), and an automated download of structures from PDB and PubChem were added. The visualization was extended with volume rendering and field lines for electrostatics, improved cartoon and ribbon models, non-photorealistic shading, and off-screen rendering. In addition, numerous improvements to the interface were made. A new autobuild script now allows a much simpler installation of BALL and BALLView. Support for the PowerPC architecture (on Linux) was added, and the support for MacOS was improved.

      •  17 May 2007 18:14

        Release Notes: Two new minimizers and support for the MMFF94 electrostatics switching function were added. The documentation was extended. Severals bugs were fixed.

        •  23 Apr 2007 13:39

          Release Notes: Errors in the SMARTS matcher, the model dialog, and the documentation were adressed. Minor improvements were done for the Kekulizer, the Python interface, the Debian package, and the autoinstaller script.

          •  01 Apr 2007 10:56

            Release Notes: Major changes were made in the underlying classes. A preview mode and small molecule database interface were added.


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