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Official Release PyMOL, AxPyMOL, and JyMO v1.7 have all been released today, January 14, 2014.
New Plugin Bondpack is a collection of PyMOL plugins for easy visualization of atomic bonds.
New Plugin MOLE 2.0 is a new plugin for rapid analysis of biomacromolecular channels in PyMOL.
3D using Geforce PyMOL can now be visualized in 3D using Nvidia GeForce video cards (series 400+) with 120Hz monitors and Nvidia 3D Vision, this was previously only possible with Quadro video cards.
New Plugin GROMACS_Plugin is a new plugin that ties together PyMOL and GROMACS.
New Software CMPyMOL is a software that interactively visualizes 2D contact maps of proteins in PyMOL.
New Script cgo_arrow draws an arrow between two picked atoms.
Tips & Tricks Instructions for generating movie PDFs using .mpg movies from PyMOL.
Older News See Older News.
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Map new

map_new creates a map object using one of the built-in map generation routines.

This command can be used to create low-resolution surfaces of protein structures.


map_new name [, type [, grid [, selection [, buffer [, box [, state ]]]]]]


  • name = string: name of the map object to create or modify
  • type = vdw, gaussian, gaussian_max, coulomb, coulomb_neutral, coulomb_local {default: gaussian}
  • grid = float: grid spacing {default: gaussian_resolution/3.0}
  • selection = string: atoms about which to generate the map {default: (all)}
  • buffer = float: cutoff {default: gaussian_resolution}
  • state = integer: object state {default: 0}
    • state > 0: use the indicated state
    • state = 0: use all states independently with independent extents
    • state = -1: use current global state
    • state = -2: use effective object state(s)
    • state = -3: use all states in one map
    • state = -4: use all states independent states by with a unified extent


See examples for huge surfaces and ..→

A Random PyMOL-generated Cover. See Covers.

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