drawxtl - display crystal structures on ordinary computer hardware
drawxtl reads a basic description of the crystal structure, which
includes unit-cell parameters, space group, atomic coordinates, thermal
parameters or a Fourier map, and outputs a geometry object that
contains polyhedra, planes, lone-pair cones, spheres or ellipsoids,
bonds, iso-surface Fourier contours and the unit-cell boundary.
Four forms of graphics are produced:
· an OpenGL window for immediate viewing
· the Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer (POV-RAY) scene language for
· the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) for dissemination
across the Internet
· Postscript rendering of the OpenGL window for those who want high-
quality output but do not have POV-RAY installed
There are no command line options to use.
Per user configuration file.
A short tutorial about this file and configuring drawxtl is available
online at http://home.att.net/~larry.finger/drawxtl/configure.htm.
When opening a structures (.str) file, drawxtl needs write permissions
in the directory the file is located in. Otherwise it will return an
error ("Cannot open structures files.").
A FAQ and a manual are available online in PDF and HTML format at the
DRAWxtl homepage at http://home.att.net/~larry.finger/drawxtl/.
Please cite DRAWxtl as follows:
Larry W. Finger, Martin Kroeker, and Brian H. Toby, DRAWxtl, an
open-source computer program to produce crystal-structure
drawings, J. Applied Crystallography V40, pp. 188-192, 2007.
An electronic reprint is available online at
Larry Finger <email@example.com>
Author of the program and the former version called “crystal”.
Martin Kroeker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Author of the original POV and VRML modifications.
Brian Toby <email@example.com>
Author of the Fourier-contour code.
Daniel Leidert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Manpage author for the Debian system.
Copyright © 2007-2009 Daniel Leidert
This manual page was written for the Debian system (but may be used by
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