Illustrate is a small Fortran program for creating non-photorealistic illustrations of molecules, with cartoony colors and outlines, and soft ambient shadows. I originally developed it during postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Arthur J. Olson at the Scripps Research Institute, and have tinkered with it ever since. I have used it to create materials for my books and for PDB-101, the outreach portal of the RCSB Protein Data Bank, most notably, for the “Molecule of the Month.”
Illustrate is legacy code that was not designed for display of the amazing huge structures that are being determined these days. This is unfortunately causing many problems with users. Most importantly, the current program and web interface do not work with cif files. Since the RCSB recently decided to stop supporting split PDB files for large structures, legacy programs such as this are not able to handle many of the large protein structures that are available in the archive. Also, the program has trouble with files with many chains or many atoms.
InstallationUse the following command to install this title with the CLI client:
$ sbgrid install illustrate