Article ID: 1471 - Last Modified: June 2, 2011
What's the difference between Views and Scenes?
The following table describes the differences between Views and Scenes. These features were introduced in Suite 2010.
Saved Views toolbar (Maestro → Toolbars → Saved Views) or View
menu ( View → Save, Manage Views, Restore View ). In 2010 the toolbar is
Workspace → Scenes.
A view can be thought of as camera position in the Workspace. There can be
multiple views, just like there may be multiple cameras in a TV studio. The
content is the same and has nothing to do with the view itself but we see it
from different angles and with different levels of detail.
Scenes are like slides in a presentation, however in Maestro they are not
just static images but interactive.
Saves only the current view transformation (zoom state, rotation/translation
state). Any number of named views may be stored within a project. The top five
views are accessible directly from the toolbar. They are not associated with any
particular entry and may be applied to any entry in the project. Views may be
exported from and imported into a project. Transitions between views are
animated in the Workspace if the animation preference is set. Views can be used
to create an animated movie.
Saves all information about the Workspace or selected entries in the project
table. All objects visible in the Workspace (measurements, labels, surfaces,)
and molecule state (atom color, visibility etc) are saved. Scenes reconstruct
exactly the state of the Workspace or Project as it was when the Scene was saved
and include a text-based annotation to describe the scene. A set of Scenes may
be exported as a compressed project that will automatically enter scene playing
mode when opened, thus serving as a useful presentation tool. Transitions
between Scenes are animated in the Workspace if the animation preference is set.
Doesn't save any information about the representation, color, structure or
any other Workspace feature.
Makes a copy of the Workspace entry (or selected Project entries) so that
projects with Scenes will typically take more space than those that don't have
them. The original entries may be deleted form the project to save space,
Very lightweight, Views do not increase project size significantly. Views
may be defined at any time and don't require a special mode to restore.
Very comprehensive, saves an accurate record of the Workspace or Project at
that point. Subsequent changes to the original entries in the project don't
affect those entries in saved Scenes.
When one or more Views of a given entry is to be saved so that it can be
quickly returned to. For example a View might represent an optimum display of a
ligand in a receptor. You can rotate and zoom the Workspace to explore the wider
environment and always come back to the optimal View with a single click.
When everything about the state of the Workspace needs to be saved for
subsequent viewing or for communicating to other users. Can make "presentations"
that are complete and self-describing.
Saving a View is independent of whatever Scenes may be already saved. A
project may have independent Scenes and Views. Views may be saved while viewing
Scenes but will not become part of the scene.
A saved Scene includes any Views that are currently defined for the project
and these Views can be restored while the Scene is active.
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