Math & Science - ProteinGlimpse

Description: ProteinGlimpse is a free widget for visualizing macromolecules retrieved from the RCSB Protein Data Bank or any supported molecule file format dropped over it.
It is powered by Jmol, a free, open source molecule viewer for students, educators, and researchers in chemistry and biochemistry. It was inspired by the FirstGlance in Jmol project.

I want to thanks Daniel Gasco Rodriguez for the astonishing graphical interface provided for this widget. (
Author: jaime
Version: 1.3
New in v1.3: - Now you can visualize the title found in RCSB PDB to describe the macromolecule shown.

- A new button will appear, any time you get back a file from the RCSB PDB, that will link you to the macromolecule web page found in RCSB PDB.

- Fixed some bugs found in the visualization script.

-Some minor changes introduced in the graphical interface.
Uploaded on: February 10th 2006 at 5:36 AM
Rating: (4.83 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 940 (all versions), 656 (this version)
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I love to look at the structures. Since I am not conversant with macromolecules can you give us a list of them to insert ? I would like to take a look at some.

Posted by: jazzman34653 on Dec 26, 05 (11:23 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Sure smiley,

Here you have some examples:

- The insulin hormone 1APH
- The DNA double helix (B form) 1BNA
- The Potassium channel, 1BL8 (a membrane protein)
- The Transfer RNA (Phe), 4TNA
- A huge one, the Ribosome (large subunit 50S) 1FFK (CAUTION, 1.3 Mb )
- The HIV protease with inhibitor, 4PHV

If you are interested in a specific one determined experimentally by X-ray crystallography or NMR go to

Have fun and thank you for the 5 stars smiley,


Posted by: jaime (developer) on Dec 27, 05 (4:40 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Thank you so MUCH for your reply and help! The widget is very CLASSY and professional. I can see that a lot of work went into it.

Posted by: jazzman34653 on Dec 27, 05 (6:26 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

(Oop, I am flushed! ) You are welcome! smiley

Posted by: jaime (developer) on Dec 28, 05 (4:50 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

A really excellent widget... I would just recommend an option to shrink the widget after viewing a structure (it takes a lot of space on a 12" PB).

Posted by: blademarc on Dec 28, 05 (10:38 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Thank smiley,

I completely agree with you about the minimization option. If I solve a problem when the applet is reloaded I will implement it in the next version.

Posted by: jaime (developer) on Dec 29, 05 (1:38 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Solved! smiley

Here It is version 1.1 with this new improvements:

- Added a minimization widget option.
- The URL to download the PDB files has been change due to the modification
made in the Protein Data Bank site.
- Fixed some bugs occurring when applying the visualization scripts.

Posted by: jaime (developer) on Jan 01, 06 (2:05 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

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