[Molvis-list] The rasmol 'control interface' (virtual trackball / trackerball)

Herbert J. Bernstein yaya at bernstein-plus-sons.com
Wed Sep 17 13:44:39 EDT 2008

RasMol went over to the trackball-style mouse interface a while ago,
so I am not sure precisely what "old" mode is being referenced.

That being said, it would not be hard to provide an alternate mode,
given a spec.  What is the desired spec?

At 3:53 PM +0100 9/17/08, Dan Bolser wrote:
>How do I turn off the 'virtual trackball' control system in the latest
>release of RasMol? I am running
>RasMol_2.7.4.2_23Mar08 <- src
>RasMol_2_7_4_2_10Apr08 <- binary
>Both have the same 'virtual trackball' style control system, which I
>find to be much less precise than the old system (where there is a
>direct correspondence between x/y mouse motion and x/y rotation,
>independent of where you choose to click on the image). If you don't
>know what I mean, its described in the PyMol manual here:
>(Although obviously the majority of that manual is not applicable to RasMol.)
>I tried searching the list but I can't find out how to switch this
>mode off, or better, make the old mode the default. I found some
>information here:
>But nothing that helps. Actually the above reference does not
>accurately describe the 'new' behaviour, nor can I find any
>description of the new control system in the RasMol manual. When I use
>PyMol I switch it into 'normal' mode with the following lines in my
>.pymolrc file:
>set virtual_trackball = 0
>Is there any equivalent for RasMol?
>Thanks for any help - its probably just because I got used to the
>'old' system that I find the 'new' version so annoying, but what can
>you do? I can do everything that I previously did using the new
>trackball style controls, but as I said, I find this method much less
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