Concurrent interactive visualization and handling of molecular structures over the Internet in web browsers

12/08/2017
by   Luciano A. Abriata, et al.
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This preprint presents a web app (essentially a web page-based program) with which two or more users (peers) can view and handle 3D molecular structures in a concurrent, interactive way through their web browsers. This means they can share orientation and zoom, commands and other operations in almost real time over the Internet, with the comfort of standard web pages. This web app, open source and built with the open source components JSmol and Peer.js, provides by itself a practical tool for online collaboration and teaching at a distance. More broadly, it illustrates the strong integrability of libraries and technologies for client-side web programming, and opens the way for similar web apps for concurrent work in other disciplines. The web app is available at: http://lucianoabriata.altervista.org/jsinscience/concurrent-jsmol/concurrent-jsmol-visualization.html

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