Hello Peter,
This is something I've been struggling with for awhile now. You can export a povray file from PyMol (just search the list archives), but at the moment that's about it. I have written a small python plugin for Blender that can import the smooth_triangles from a PyMol/povray file. Of course this will only allow you to work with objects composed of triangles (surfaces), but if I had more time I think it wouldn't be too difficult to make the plugin work with other shapes too (i.e. spheres, cyclinders, etc.). If you would like my Blender plugin just let me know.

On Oct 19, 2004, at 4:49 AM, Peter Dudek wrote:

Dear Pymol users,

Does anyone know if there is a way to export surfaces into a file format suitable for import into 3D modellers (ie. Blender, 3DSMax, Lightwave, etc)?
For that matter, is it possible at all to export anything in pymol?

I realize that asking for support of a particular 3D file format is a bit of a
slippery slope - if one export format is supported, everyone will want
support for their favourite format. This is why I embarked on a bit of a solitary crusade a few months ago - I wrote a small (and dubious) python script that converts MSMS calculated surfaces into the RAW file format, which *every* 3D modeller can import. Unfortunately, I could never figure out how to extrapolate or calculate the normals, so quite a bit of detail is lost in
the conversion.

How are surfaces calculated and stored in pymol? If writing an export
filter/extension is trivial, I'd be willing to do it with a bit of hand


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