[Molvis-list] FirstGlance in Jmol: new version

Eric Martz emartz at microbio.umass.edu
Tue Feb 14 14:42:58 EST 2006

At 2/13/06, Joan L. Slonczewski wrote:
>These models are very nice.  A formatting suggestion; the brain processes 
>text faster at right, and images faster at left.  I find the image-left 
>arrangement more effective.

Interesting comment, Joan. My early versions of Protein Explorer had the 
molecule on the left. I had a chance to watch an eminent author of a 
popular biochemistry text sit down and see PE for the first time. He looked 
for something to click on the left, not on the right. I decided that most 
users will look for the first thing to click at the upper left corner, 
following left-to-right reading (for many but not all languages). That one 
experience convinced me to always put the first thing a user should click 
near the upper left. That is my rationale for the layout of FirstGlance in 

Protein Explorer still has an advanced option to show the molecule on the 
left. You have to set the Advanced Startup Option (on the FrontDoor), 
Window Size, to Manual Adjust. Then you have this option as a checkbox 
before the application loads.

Regards, -Eric

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