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New Script dssr_block is a wrapper for DSSR (3dna) and creates block-shaped nucleic acid cartoons
New Plugin LiSiCA is a new plugin for 2D and 3D ligand based virtual screening using a fast maximum clique algorithm.
Official Release PyMOL v1.8.0 has been released on Nov 18, 2015.
PyMOL Open-Source Fellowship Schrödinger is now accepting applications for the PyMOL Open-Source Fellowship program! Details on
Official Release PyMOL, AxPyMOL, and JyMOL v1.7.6 have all been released on May 4, 2015.
New Plugin PyANM is a new plugin for easier Anisotropic Network Model (ANM) building and visualising in PyMOL.
New Plugin Bondpack is a collection of PyMOL plugins for easy visualization of atomic bonds.
New Plugin MOLE 2.0 is a new plugin for rapid analysis of biomacromolecular channels in PyMOL.
3D using Geforce PyMOL can now be visualized in 3D using Nvidia GeForce video cards (series 400+) with 120Hz monitors and Nvidia 3D Vision, this was previously only possible with Quadro video cards.
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Get View

get_view returns and optionally prints out the current view information in a format which can be embedded into a command script and can be used in subsequent calls to set_view.

If a log file is currently open, get_view will not write the view matrix to the screen unless the "output" parameter is 2.

This command is very useful for saving the orientation of a scene for later. Authors of molecular movies may find this command very powerful.




my_view= cmd.get_view()

output control:

  • 0 = output matrix to screen
  • 1 = don't output matrix to screen
  • 2 = force output to screen even if log file is open
  • 3 = return formatted string instead of a list


cmd.get_view(0) # zero option suppresses output (LEGACY approach)
cmd.get_view(quiet=1) # suppresses output using PyMOL's normal "quiet" parameter.


Contents of the view matrix

  • 0 - 8 = column-major 3x3 ..→
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