By Schrödinger, Inc.
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PyMOL on the iPad is a high-performance enterprise-class 3D molecular visualizer. It was designed from the ground up for the iPad and provides beautiful molecular graphics in a highly intuitive interface.
We took mobile molecular visualization to the next level. You can display proteins, nucleic acids, and other chemical structures in a wide variety of representations: lines, sticks, ball-and-stick, spheres/CPK, ribbons, cartoons, putty, meshes, and surfaces. You can search for and download structures from the PDB, PubChem, and your own Dropbox folder. And since PyMOL on the iPad was designed to help enterprise users make better-informed decisions on-the-go, you can also securely access your own enterprise project data via our custom enterprise PyMOL server (for details, please visit http://pymol.org/mobile-server).
PyMOL on the iPad supports a variety of common structure formats, including PDB, SDF, MOL, MOL2, PSE (PyMOL Session), and PSW (PyMOL Show). Completing the enterprise experience, we've provided an integrated image viewer with a PDF reader. Now, you can access your structural data and methods/protocols all within one app.
• View 3D molecular structures, images, and PDFs
• Search and download data from the PDB, PubChem, Dropbox, or your own secure custom PyMOL enterprise server
• Intuitively interactive: rotate, pan, twist, zoom, center, and adjust clipping planes, all with simple gestures
• Select atoms, residues, molecules, chains, objects, etc -- just by tapping the screen
• Easy-to-use visualization presets cover the majority of visualization needs
• Distance calculations
• Structure alignments
• Anaglyph 3D
• Take screenshots and create ray traced images for the ultimate in structure rendering
• Upload images to Dropbox or save directly to Photos
• Paste screenshots into other Apps like Mail and Notability
• Solid and gradient colored backgrounds
What's New in Version 1.7.65
126.96.36.199 -> 188.8.131.52
- fix isosurface (ObjectSurface) all_states rendering
- fix distance and alignment object partial PSE loading
- fix detection of Boron (vdw and protons properties)
- assign protons for B, V, Y elements
It's okay, but could be much more useful.
Using PyMOL on my iPad Pro is a treat on many levels. The touch interface is fantastic for maneuvering around protein structures in 3D, and Dropbox support is implemented well. To improve this app, ideally many of the features that make the desktop version the powerful visualization software it is would be added: sequence view, scene creation and viewing with buttons, individual selections that can be made and renamed, object extraction/copying, and even full terminal/console support (although, I think this app is written from the ground up making full implementation of all of the desktop features difficult).
Alternatively, this mobile version of PyMOL could be converted from a barely-useful toy into an essential companion for a structural biologist by enabling full support of pse/psw files. In particular, allow for the visualization and selection of saved scenes created on the desktop. That way I could make my presentation on the desktop and show it off while presenting a research poster or at a conference dinner/bar. This is the one feature I truly want and would be delighted to have!
Great app if you enjoy exploring good programming and (in my case) abstract art. I haven't taken a biochemistry course since 1972 and have no technical need for the app, but it makes interesting Ray-traced images that I play with in art apps. It's not too difficult to look up compounds whether medications, pesticides, solvents or whatever and then rotate and position the figures using a variety of presentation options. Backgrounds can be solid or gradient, and the structures simple or complex surfaces. Works smoothly on an iPad Air 2, but older devices might be challenged.
Dropbox feature doesn't work; app crashes often
While this is a great app in theory, it fails in practice.
Accessing structures via an in-app PDB search is a great feature, the PyMol Dropbox feature doesn't work. I don't see any structures in the app that I place in my Dropbox. It's also not readily apparent - if it's even possible - to change the Dropbox settings after the initial set-up.
The default view is sticks, when most structures are shown as cartoon in literature and in PDB. Unfortunately, the app crashes whenever I try to switch the view from sticks to cartoon for the polymer.