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Avogadro 0.9.7 Released

Avogadro 0.9.7 was released on 18 July 2009. You can download Avogadro here. I have been less involved in the development of Avogadro in the last six weeks due to a major event in my personal life. Still this release has some great new features in it, several of which I squeezed the time in to implement.

Some of the highlights include fixing a long standing rendering bug for our Linux users (me included) where garbage would be rendered right below the tab labels. This was a fix added to Qt 4.5.0 that I discovered while looking into the issue. A nice side effect is the new inline close buttons on view tabs. I also finally got detached OpenGL views into Avogadro, as shown in the screenshot to the right. It is a little clunky right now as you need to open a new view, and then detach it. I will clean up the interface for the next release hopefully. This allows for multiple views of the same molecular scene, which can be extremely useful for certain kinds of work.

Another long standing feature I wanted to implement is in too, the inline configuration buttons for our display types. If you can see the little wrenches, you can now click on them to configure that display type. This code was inspired by the inline close buttons that are in the Qt Creator open file list. Geoff worked making the configuration docks easier to hide, we now default to devoting roughly 90% of screen space to the 3D view, which I think is great. There have been several changes to how molecules are loaded/saved too, I am still hunting down some issues but this allows us to read multiple molecule files for example.

Today is the last day that you can vote for Avogadro in the SourceForge Community Choice Awards! Please cast your vote if you think that Avogadro is a great tool for Academia. Tim (one of our other dedicated Avogadro developers) posted about the release and the awards too. I would like to thank several people in the chemistry community who expressed their support for Avogadro on their blogs - Peter Murray-Rust, Richard Apidoca and Jan Jensen, along with so many others who have helped to promote Avogadro on Twitter, FriendFeed and other online services.

We hope you enjoy the release, whatever happens with the SourceForge Community Choice Awards it was an honour to be nominated. It was great to see all the support for the Avogadro project in the wider community too. It has inspired me to go on and do more with Avogadro - thanks to all of you.

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Simon on :

SimonHi Marcus,

congratulations! The Qt version bump is a bit unfortunate, but better than than that Microsoftish-compatibility-is-everything. I assume we will find a solution for those distributions shipping older versions of Qt ...

UI looks great. It is much easier now to get those docks out of my way, big improvement.
The little tool icon to configure the display types is a great idea.

Marcus D. Hanwell on :

Marcus D. HanwellI am still not sure of the perfect solution to the Qt bump and distros shipping older Qt libraries. If someone has the time, they could make the numerous fixes that use Qt 4.5 optional. The bigger issue is translations, Qt 4.5 made them a lot easier for us, and so Geoff is not doing all the manual preparation he had to before.

How many of the distros shipping older Qt are likely to package and include Avogadro anyway? With KDE 4.3 just around the corner, most distros are going to be working hard on getting Qt 4.5 packaged and ready.

Daskreech on :

DaskreechWas I the only person amused that the listing of Free Software Award Nominess had their deails in a Flash page?

Marcus D. Hanwell on :

Marcus D. HanwellIt was not lost on me either ;-)

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