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    UCSF Chimera Alternatives

    UCSF Chimera is described as 'highly extensible program for interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related data' and is an app. There are six alternatives to UCSF Chimera for Mac, Windows, Linux and Wine. The best alternative is Jmol, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like UCSF Chimera are Rasmol, VMD - Visual Molecular Dynamics, ChimeraX and pymol.

    This page was last updated May 23, 2022
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    UCSF Chimera is a highly extensible program for interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related...
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      Jmol is a free, open source molecule viewer for students, educators, and researchers in chemistry and biochemistry. It is cross-platform, running on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux/Unix systems.
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      RasMol is a computer program written for molecular graphics visualization intended and used primarily for the depiction and exploration of biological macromolecule structures, such as those found in the Protein Data Bank.


    1. VMD is a molecular visualization program for displaying, animating, and analyzing large biomolecular systems using 3-D graphics and built-in scripting.
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      UCSF ChimeraX (or simply ChimeraX) is the next-generation molecular visualization program from the Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics (RBVI), following UCSF Chimera.
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      PyMOL is a powerful and comprehensive molecular visualization product for rendering and animating 3D molecular structures.


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      RasTop is a molecular visualization software adapted from the program RasMol, which was initially developed by Roger Sayle. RasTop is particularly adapted for educational purposes and for the rapid analysis of macromolecules at the bench.
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