drawxtl - display crystal structures on ordinary computer hardware
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 publication-quality drawings
- 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
online at http://home.att.net/~larry.finger/drawxtl/configure.htm
When opening a structures ( .str
) file, drawxtl
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
homepage at http://home.att.net/~larry.finger/drawxtl/
Please cite DRAWxtl
- 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
- Martin Kroeker
- Author of the original POV and VRML modifications.
- Brian Toby <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Author of the Fourier-contour code.
- Daniel Leidert <email@example.com>
- 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 others).
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the
terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or (at your option) any
later version published by the Free Software Foundation.
On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be
found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL