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Android Operating System (smartphones and tablets)

Jmol 12.3 is available in a special version for running in tablets under the Android operating system: Jmol Molecular Visualization Activity, version 1.1, requires Android 2.2 or later. Available for free.

  • Directly accesses the Protein Data Bank (PDB, with over 60 000 biomolecular structures) by keyword or by PDB ID.
  • Directly accesses the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI, with over 40 million structures) using a wide variety of chemical identifiers, including CAS registry numbers, InChI keys, trade names, common names, and IUPAC-format names.
  • Files from any other internet-available site that can be read by Jmol may also be loaded.

The Jmol Molecular Visualization Activity is a nearly full touch-screen implementation of Jmol allowing for command-line entry of Jmol commands as well as a variety of preset simple visualization modes. Additional renderings include a full range of visualizations for crystals (unit cells, symmetry operators, Miller planes, for example), a wide variety of surfaces including Van der Waals surfaces, solvent-accessible surfaces, cavities, and molecular surfaces, and atomic and molecular orbitals.

Special features of the Android version of Jmol include a connection to the gyroscope, allowing for initiating of spinning by simply moving the tablet in a natural fashion (see Videos).

This activity is under active development. Feedback is much appreciated.

A collection of notes about possible support for Jmol under Android:

  • Since Android doesn't include the Swing Java class, the pop-up menu, the console and the prompt command used for asking for saving files from the signed applet will not work. But other functionality may work.