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Qutemol and Ubuntu – native support

A Snapshot of the QuteMol open source software...

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A week ago I got an email from a long-time-no-see friend, Marcin Feder, with information that Qutemol works fine on the Hardy and Gutsy versions of Ubuntu (binary packages were prepared by Morten Kjeldgaard; see more https://blueprints.launchpad.net/~mok0/+related-software, there are some other interesting titles there). According to Marcin following steps are enough to enjoy Qutemol on your linux box:

sudo aptitude install libungif4g  libwxbase2.8-0 libwxgtk2.8-0
wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/g/glew/libglew1.4_1.4.0-1ubuntu1_i386.debhttp://ppa.launchpad.net/mok0/ubuntu/pool/main/q/qutemol/qutemol_0.4.1~cvs20080130-0ubuntu1~gutsy~ppa1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i libglew1.4_1.4.0-1ubuntu1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i qutemol_0.4.1~cvs20080130-0ubuntu1~gutsy~ppa1_i386.deb
I have too ancient Ubuntu version to check it right now, but not all of you are so lazy with upgrades so have fun.
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Posted by on October 16, 2008 in Visualization

 

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Linux screencasting software

Just a short note today. If you look for screencasting software for your linux box, I recommend two titles: recordMyDesktop and Wink.

The first one is a typical desktop activity recorder – you mark capture area and that’s all. No fancy options: just a pure video stream from your screen. Video has very good quality (theora and vorbis codecs).

Wink is a screencaster oriented towards preparing interactive tutorials and presentations. You can record screen activity, but also pause the video, add text boxes with explanations, buttons waiting for user interaction (for example “Next” buttons). Output formats are: SWF, standalone EXE (for Windows machines only), PDF, PostScript and HTML. No typical video files, which on the other hand is not really a problem, as the framerate of the recording is pretty small. Another issue is that it apparently cannot record properly windows rendered with OpenGL (like molecular viewers) – window’s interior comes black. Even with these limitations I think Wink is better for preparing tutorials (for example on usage of some online bioinformatics service) than typical screencasting software.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2008 in Software, Visualization

 

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