is a free plugin
used by web browsers
to display the three dimensional
structures of molecules
. It is part of the ISIS product line acquired by Symyx Technologies
from scientific publisher Elsevier
in October 2007. It is based on the RasMol
Chime is used by a wide range of biochemistry
web sites for the visualization of macromolecules
. Many of these sites are linked to the World Index of Molecular Visualization Resources
. Chime was also used until 2006 at the Protein Data Bank
to examine structures stored there.
Although available in 1998 in both Windows 98
and Mac OS 9
versions for both Netscape
and Internet Explorer
browsers, development of Chime did not follow the move to Mac OS X
for the Mac and support for Windows-based browsers other than Internet Explorer was dropped (although it works well in Mozilla Firefox
). No significant features have been added since 1998 except for updates in the installation package to follow the development of Windows and Internet Explorer.
Chime may be superseded by Jmol
, but the current market share and trends are unclear. Jmol is a non-proprietary Java molecular visualization application/applet that has maintained most Chime command compatibility while adding features.
Two features of Chime which are not yet reproduced with Jmol:
- 'Sculpt' mode: The ability to change the conformation of molecules in a realistic way by dragging their atoms to new positions. This is a useful feature for exploring the conformational......