BALLView: a tool for research and education in molecular modeling

Bioinformatics. 2006 Feb 1;22(3):365-6. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bti818. Epub 2005 Dec 6.


We present BALLView, a molecular viewer and modeling tool. It combines state-of-the-art visualization capabilities with powerful modeling functionality including implementations of force field methods and continuum electrostatics models. BALLView is a versatile and extensible tool for research in structural bioinformatics and molecular modeling. Furthermore, the convenient and intuitive graphical user interface offers novice users direct access to the full functionality, rendering it ideal for teaching. Through an interface to the object-oriented scripting language Python it is easily extensible.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computer Graphics*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
  • Models, Molecular*
  • Molecular Biology / education*
  • Molecular Biology / methods
  • Research Design*
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface*