[MMTK] MMTK trajectory support in VMD

Konrad Hinsen konrad.hinsen at cea.fr
Thu Mar 23 15:24:05 CET 2006


The upcoming release 1.8.4 of VMD will include a plugin that reads  
MMTK trajectory files directly. It is not even necessary to have MMTK  
(or even Python) installed. Needless to say, this is a lot faster  
than the current approach of creating a temporary PDB/DCD file pair.  
It is also simpler, because the trajectory can be opened directly  
from within VMD.

Those who want to try this out immediately can download the test  
release 1.8.4b13, which already includes the new plugin. Instructions  
for downloading test release can be found at

	http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/vmd/alpha/

Animations started via MMTK routines will continue to use PDB/DCD  
files for the time being, as most VMD users will be at version 1.8.3  
or earlier for a while. The time penalty is also much less severe in  
that case, because there is no trajectory to open and convert.

Konrad.
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