FRODO/TOM Molecular Modelling Program for the IRIS

chad hoffman chad at helix0.chem.iastate.edu
Sat Mar 26 00:39:40 EST 1994


Mark Israel (misrael at grdb.csi.uottawa.ca) wrote:
:    This is to announce the release of Alberta/Caltech Version 3.0 
: of Frodo/TOM, a molecular modelling program for crystallographic 
: map-fitting on SGI IRIS workstations.

:    The licence owner, Christian Cambillau, has given the University 
: of Alberta permission to distribute Frodo/TOM free of charge to 
: academic users.  If you would like to obtain the program, please
: send e-mail to "frodo-request at biochem.ualberta.ca", affirming 
: that you are an academic, not-for-profit user, and promising not 
: to re-distribute the sources or binaries.  Shortly thereafter, you 
: will receive a message telling you where to ftp the package from and
: how to decrypt it.

:    Bug reports, questions about how to use the program, and (most 
: welcome of all) your own enhancements to the code, can be sent 
: "frodo-bugs at biochem.ualberta.ca".

:    We don't want anyone to be forced to use Frodo/TOM just because
: of not knowing that alternatives exist.  Alwyn Jones' current
: offering, "O", is a *much* more powerful program; while Christian 
: Cambillau's current offering, "Turbo-Frodo", has faster graphics 
: and easier-to-learn pull-down menus.  However, since Frodo/TOM is
: the only program in this family that is available completely free
: of charge (to academic users), with *source code*, we think it's
: a good deal.

Plus, if you have aging SGI's (4D/?5's), "O" is simply not an
option. :(

:    If you merely want a molecular graphics program for the IRIS
: and don't have any electron density maps to fit, then I would 
: suggest that you look into MMS (contact Steve Dempsey for info: 
: sdempsey at ucsd.edu) or MIDAS (contact Robert Langridge for info:
: rl at cgl.ucsf.edu).


: --
: misrael at csi.uottawa.ca			Mark Israel

Thanks for all of your work on Tom, Mark! Why you spend so much time
fixing and adding stuff, I don't know. (Probably to stop up from
whining. :) )

Chad Hoffman
Biochem/Biophysics
Iowa State University
chad at helix0.chem.iastate.edu





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