Java-Dotter (JDotter) is a platform-independent Java interactive interface for the Linux version of Dotter, a widely used program for generating dotplots of large DNA or protein sequences. JDotter runs as a client-server application and can send new sequences to the Dotter program for alignment as well as rapidly access a repository of preprocessed dotplots. JDotter also interfaces with a sequence database or file system to display supplementary feature data. Thus, JDotter greatly simplifies access to dotplot data in laboratories that deal with large numbers of genomes and have a multi-platform organization.
Availability: Currently, JDotter is used via Java Web Start by the Poxvirus Bioinformatics Resource for examining dotplots of complete poxvirus genomes; http://athena.bioc.uvic.ca/pbr/jdotter/. The software is available for download from the same location.
Supplementary information: Installation instructions, the User's Manual, screenshots and examples are available at the JDotter home page http://athena.bioc.uvic.ca/pbr/jdotter/. The software and source code is free for non-commercial applications.