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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.

      Views     Scenes
Access   Saved Views toolbar (Maestro → Toolbars → Saved Views) or View menu ( View → Save, Manage Views, Restore View ). In 2010 the toolbar is called View.   Workspace → Scenes.
Overview   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.
Functionality   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.
Limitations   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, however.
Benefits   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.
Typical application   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.
Relationship   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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