Cool Tips and Tricks for Working with Maestro

Modifying Auxiliary Features in the Workspace

Most of the objects that appear in the Workspace offer right-click menus with editing and management actions. These and other editing options are described briefly below.

Interacting with Workspace Extras

Editing a surface

To modify a surface that is currently visible in the Workspace, right-click the surface to open the associated menu. Before clicking, make sure your mouse is over an area of the surface that has no visible atoms or ribbons underneath. The cursor will change to a plain black arrow to let you know.

  • Changing the display. To change the appearance of the surface, choose Display Options…. This opens a dialog offering style, transparency, and color settings, as shown. (The name field is also editable, so you can change it to something more descriptive.)
  • Hiding the surface. To temporarily remove the surface from the Workspace, click Hide. Hidden surfaces are not recognized by the Surface Toggle at the bottom of the screen, so to make it visible again, you will need to click the blue S button on the entry row in the Entry List or Project Table and check the corresponding menu item.
  • Managing surfaces. To review and manage all the surfaces associated with all the entries included in the Workspace, click Manage Surfaces… in the context menu (or Manage... in the S button menu). This will bring up the Manage Surfaces dialog.

Note: If you are having trouble finding a clear spot on the surface for right-clicking, temporarily mute the ribbons with the Ribbons Toggle, and/or undisplay some of the atoms.

Changing ribbons and their atoms

The Ribbon Editor palette lets you modify some or all of the ribbons in the Workspace. To change all the ribbons, clear the selection or select all atoms before right-clicking on a ribbon segment. To change specific ribbons, select the associated atoms and then right-click one of the corresponding segments.

  • Changing the color scheme or ribbon style. Pick a new scheme or style from the list, or just click the icon to the left of the list to apply the currently selected option.
  • Hiding atoms. To hide all the atoms associated with the ribbons, click both buttons in the Display Atoms section of the editor. (Click twice if the eye is open when you start.) To show just the side chains and CA atoms, first hide the Backbone and then click twice to show the Sidechains + CA Atoms. Note that nonpolar hydrogens will not be shown.

Working with measurements

To modify a specific measurement or reposition its label (or any other measurement label in the Workspace), right-click the measurement label. This will open the Measurement context menu.

  • Moving measurement labels. To adjust the position of individual measurement labels, click Move Measures in the menu. The Workspace will go into a special mode, and each measurement label will be surrounded by a gray border. Press and drag a label to move it. Click OK on the banner or press Enter on the keyboard to save the changes, Cancel or Esc to discard them. To return a single label to its original position, right-click and choose Reset Position from the context menu.
  • Changing the measurement value. Once you have measured a distance or angle, you might want to change it. Click the Adjust option on the menu to enter a mode where you can move the atoms directly. Click the Set option to bring up a small pane for entering a new measurement value.

Modifying the Workspace Properties

You can change the properties that appear at the top left corner of the Workspace, or hide them altogether.

  • Choosing properties and setting preferences. Left-click on the text to bring up the Change Workspace Properties dialog, or right-click and choose Edit Workspace Properties… from the menu. Properties can be added, removed, or reordered in this dialog. You can also set the current properties as the default for new projects, or click Preferences… to edit the settings for font and color across all projects.
  • Hiding and showing the properties. Click Hide in the context menu to hide the text. To view the hidden properties, move your mouse into the corner until it turns into a hand; the text will appear faintly below it. Click the faint text to make it visible again.

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