RMS: programs for generating raster molecular surfaces

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RMS (Raster Molecular Surfaces) is a package of programs that offer the researcher a number of solid modeling techniques for presenting a macromolecular structure. The programs use a mapping algorithm, calculating the shading parameters only once, to reduce computation time. A simple linear approximation is used for antialiasing of atomic edges, shadows and surface intersections. I have implemented two major advances: depth cueing using an opaque "fog" and z-clipping to show detailed interactions in the interior of molecules. Spherical atoms and cylindrical bonds are also available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-44
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Molecular Graphics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry


  • antialiasing
  • cast shadows
  • clipping
  • depth cueing
  • molecular surface

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