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I have a project with 16 entries containing surface plots. I want to display all 16 molecules together in the Workspace in a grid-like fashion so that I can visually compare the plots (molecular orbitals) side by side, and output an image file to incorporate into a PowerPoint presentation. How do I do this?

First, include each entry in turn in the Workspace, and in the Manage Surfaces panel, display the surface you are interested in. Next, include all the entries in the Workspace. You can then tile them into a 4x4 grid by clicking on the "Tile" toolbar button, and export the resulting image for presentation in TIFF, PNG, or JPEG format with Workspace → Save Image (Maestro → Save Image prior to 2010).

In Maestro 9.0 (Suite 2009) and earlier, tiling the Workspace changes the coordinates of the structures. If you want to preserve the original coordinates, you should duplicate the entries in the Project Table first, so that you have a copy of the structures with the original coordinates. Starting with Maestro 9.1 (Suite 2010), tiling no longer changes the coordinates, and you can rotate and translate each tile independently.

If you want to display multiple orbitals for a given structure with one orbital per grid square, you can use the Tile by Surface feature in Suite 2011. For earlier releases, you will have to duplicate the entries and display a different orbital for each duplicate.

Keywords: molecular orbitals , tile , display, image, jpeg, Maestro

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