New release of BOXSHADE

Kay Hofmann KHOFMANN at cipvax.biolan.Uni-Koeln.DE
Wed Sep 18 04:06:15 EST 1991


Hello,
 There is a new updated version of BOXSHADE available via ftp now.
BOXSHADE is used for converting multiple aligned sequences files into
nice looking documents for printer output or inclusion into word processing
or drawing programs.
It takes input from multiple alignment programs as PILEUP, CLUSTAL, LINEUP or 
MALIGNED, labels identical/similar residues according to the users preferences
and creates output for either terminal previewing (VT-series, ReGIS, UIS),
for printer output (POSTSCRIPT, DEC-LJ250 color printer) or for further 
conversion with other programs (EPS, ReGIS/ReToS, Render).

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** The new release 2.4 has the following features added to 2.3:

      -modified POSTSCRIPT/EPS output, allows scaling of fonts.
       (.PAR file structure modified, BOX.PSP now obsolete)
      -support of vertical POSTSCRIPT output
      -support of output on VT-series terminals
      -support of input from CLUSTAL V
      -slight reordering of interactive input
      -minor bug in command line handling fixed
      -minor bug in EPS-bounding box fixed

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the program will be available from 

- the mailserver netserv at embl-heidelberg.de
- the ftp sites ftp.bio.indiana.edu 
                nic.funet.fi
                menudo.uh.edu
-any other ftp site or mailbox that likes to have it online


If there is any interest in a MSDOS-version of the program, please write to
  KHOFMANN at cipvax.biolan.uni-koeln.de
because i am considering to port the program to turbo-pascal if ther is
enough interest.

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A recommendation:
Users of the program might want to have a look on a similar program,
PRETTYBOX, written by Rick Westerman at Purdue University. This very nice
program does a similar task but has other strengths than BOXSHADE, e.g. it
includes a full-featured GCG-style user interface. It also has a method of
shading that differs from the one applied in BOXSHADE, using the Dayhoff-
matrices supplied with GCG.

Have a nice time,

                   Kay




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