Name: [12026] Marcus D. Hanwell
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Description: I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. I come from a Physics background but currently do a lot of work in computational chemistry. ...

An Introduction to Avogadro [ID:948] (1/1)

in series: Avogadro: Advanced Molecular Editor

video tutorial by Marcus D. Hanwell, added 11/08

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In this screencast I take you through drawing a new molecule, using several basic display types and some of the more advanced ones. Exporting graphics and rendering your molecules using POV-Ray. I also demonstrate some of the new molecular orbital rendering functionality.

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Very nice I use it for teaching High school. More on how to use calculations in avogadro.

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Very nice video, thanks for doing it. Looks like Avogadro is a great program. I'm glad to see the export-to-povray feature.

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I had a question how to fix one molecule and translate/rotate other molecule???

10. anonymous Sat, 26 Sep 2009 22:53

thanky ou very much ,Avogadro is so great

9. anonymous Thu, 23 Jul 2009 03:00

I recently discovered Avogadro by accident while messing about with Linux Ubuntu distro. I enjoyed your Avogadro video and found it very useful. It covers a fair amount of 'get-you-started' material in a succinct and clear way and made up for some of the 'missing' tutorials on the main web site. A complete pdf would still be very useful though!

Many thanks.

Martin Beevers

8. anonymous Wed, 27 May 2009 07:41

Very helpful video ! It's by far the best thing I've seen on coming up to speed on Avogadro software quickly. Nothing else is close. With this video, you can be using the software in mintes.

You could try removing the saved configuration file - ~/.config/SourceForge/Avogadro.conf, this sounds like a bug that was introduced recently, and should now be fixed. You do not mention what version you are using though, and so I cannot be certain.

6. anonymous Wed, 13 May 2009 17:49


I would like to thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I wanted to ask you a question concerning my version of Avogadro. Not all my display types work properly. For example, balls-sticks work but surfaces do not. It happens for others too. I am using on Debian (Linux).


This is one of those screencasts that leave me feeling ignorant as a slime with envy.

I know little about chemistry, just felt comfortable with the OpenGL descriptions.

Really interesting GUI and functionality. I really enjoy the idea that future generations will have great applications we never had the luxury of having as students.

Thanks, I am glad you liked it. We have worked very hard on the software and I am looking for a good place to put some screencasts. There are several screencasts I made last year on youtube but I was not satisfied with the quality. I think many things like this require screencasting. This is my first foray into audio commentary too, using a combination of qt-recordmydesktop, kdenlive and audacity.

What a fantastic piece of software. Well done. And a g reat little presentation. I really haven't the time but I'm going to download it and have a play - why didn't they have this when I was doing chemistry A-level :( I've written quite a few openglified GUIs over a few post-docs but this is in quite a different league - love the POV-Ray intergration - it looked quite beautiful. Not that science is about eye-candy of course ;) IMO this presentation reallydemonstrates the strengths of screncasting and couldn't be done with text+graphics.

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