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Official Release PyMOL v2.0 has been released on September 20, 2017.
Plugin Update MOLE 2.5 is an updated version of channel analysis software in PyMOL
Official Release PyMOL v1.8.6 has been released on March 9, 2017.
Official Release PyMOL v1.8.4 has been released on October 4, 2016.
New Script dssr_block is a wrapper for DSSR (3dna) and creates block-shaped nucleic acid cartoons
New Plugin LiSiCA is a new plugin for 2D and 3D ligand based virtual screening using a fast maximum clique algorithm.
Official Release PyMOL v1.8.0 has been released on Nov 18, 2015.
PyMOL Open-Source Fellowship Schrödinger is now accepting applications for the PyMOL Open-Source Fellowship program! Details on
Official Release PyMOL, AxPyMOL, and JyMOL v1.7.6 have all been released on May 4, 2015.
New Plugin PyANM is a new plugin for easier Anisotropic Network Model (ANM) building and visualising in PyMOL.
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.
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Surface quality

= Overview =

This controls how well PyMOL draws surfaces. Lower values, like 0, are rough surface approximations. These low values are good for speed--especially for larger surfaces. For rendering of publication quality photos, and truer representations of the biological surface, set the value higher--to something like 2, 3 or 4. In practice typical values are 1, 2 and 3.

This value, I believe, changes how finely the polygons are sampled for surface representation. Settings of 2 or 3 are far more computationally intensive to compute and show than are the default and low values. For example, using a value of 3 took my computer about 2 minutes just to prepare the surface for showing in the PyMOL GUI (this does not include any ray-tracing or rendering). Lastly, ray tracing surfaces with high quality settings takes much longer.


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