Last revised: February 20, 2006.
Nanodesigner is a free, open source, software tools platform intended for the design of atomic structures from the ground up, atom-by-atom, molecule by molecule. Nanodesigner is written in the Java programming language.
Processor: 1 GHz or higher
Memory: 256 megabytes or more
Video card: supporting OpenGL v1.2 or higher
Virtual memory: 500 megabytes or more
Disk space: 10 megabytes of free space
- Nanodesigner needs Java v1.5 or higher to run:
- Nanodesigner uses the vecmath.jar library which is part of Java3D.
The latest version of vecmath (1.3.2) is included in the release.
- Nanodesigner also needs Java bindings for OpenGL (JOGL) libraries to run.
The latest version of the JOGL libraries (JSR 231 beta 2) are included in the release.
Nanodesigner has been tested on Windows2000, XP and XP 64bit (in WOW).
The installation is fairly straightforward:
- Install a Java environment v1.5 or higher, if not already available on your system, by downloading JRE or JDK v1.5 or higher (see System requirements/Software above). In case of a JDK installation put the installation directory in the environment variable $JAVA_HOME.
- Choose a directory on your hard disk and unzip the content of Nanodesigner-0.1.2-win.zip into this directory. A subdirectory Nanodesigner-0.1.2 will be created.
- Create the environment variable NANODESIGNER and set it to: path_to\Nanodesigner-0.1.2
- Run the program by typing nanodesigner in a DOS window in the directory path_to\Nanodesigner-0.1.2, or, create a shortcut on your desktop to nanodesigner.bat in this directory.
Performance largely depends on the hardware the program is running on. Nothing much is done towards optimization yet so the size of the molecules that can be displayed is limited. Small molecules up to a couple of 1000's of atoms can be displayed without a problem. Performance is best in wireframe display mode. In general performance seems a bit slower on Linux than on Windows systems.
A full-featured build-in help system is included in the program.
For more information, visit our website at www.nanodesigner.org.
The Nanodesigner development team.