Saturday, November 21, 2009

The book and color figures

A big part of the motivation for this blog came from writing a book called Molecular Modeling Basics that will be published in May, 2010 by CRC Press. While writing the applications sections it was frustrating to turn the beautifully colored figures into black-and-white versions in order to keep the cost of the book reasonable. But it was also apparent that even colored figures in a book would be a somewhat poor substitute for the interactive versions they are based on. Especially, when turning them around to find just the right orientation for the figure. Wouldn't it be much better to have the reader decide for him/herself?

This is all a long winded way of explaining why there'll be a lot of posts with (color) figures that look like they came out of a book (they'll have figure captions below them). You can click on them for a bigger version. In many of the posts there'll also be a screencast showing how I made them, and an interactive Jmol version. They'll all be labelled "color figures from the book" so they should be easy find.

I always use a screen capture program, rather than saving a graphics file (see the screencast below for an example). I use a free Mac program called Snap and Drag, but I suspect there are plenty of other options for Windows and Linux.

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