Researchers from the Olson Molecular Graphics Laboratory at the Scripps Research Institute and from the Johnson Lab at UCSF have made freely available a number of cutting edge scientific visualization tools such as the embedded Python Molecular Viewer (ePMV) and most recently autoPack. In terms of Autodesk Labs, Project Sci-Viz provides a Python engine and API for 3ds Max that enable Max users to run ePMV and autoPack from within the 64-bit version of 3ds Max 2013.
The Autodesk Labs technology preview is set to expire on May 1, so here is where you come in. In determining what the next step is, the team would like to see what users have done with this plug-in. So if you have used this plug-in to visualize some molecules, we'd love to see what you have done. My plan is to create a Sci-Viz gallery page and feature it on this blog. So if you have something to show us, we'd love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visualization is alive in the lab.