First look: the interface

The SAMSON interface is composed of six main parts, visible in the image below:

The SAMSON interface

The list:

  • 1. The menu bar gives you fast access to the main commands.
  • 2. The viewport shows a three-dimensional representation of the document.
  • 3. The document view shows a representation of the structure of the document.
  • 4. The history gives you a list of performed actions.
  • 5. The inspector provides you access to parameters of the chosen nodes (atoms, residues, molecules, etc).
  • 6. The status bar may provide messages.
  • 7. The assets provides an access to asset libraries from which you can easily add atoms, fragments, molecules to construct your systems.

The SAMSON interface is automatically constructed from your SAMSON Elements: the menu is populated with the functionality from the installed SAMSON Elements.

You can easily find commands, apps, and editors using the Find commands search box in the top-right corner.

Customization of the SAMSON interface

You may customize the SAMSON interface by rearranging the document view, the history view, and the inspector via drag-and-drop. These widgets and many other widgets for SAMSON Elements can be docked together.

You can show or hide some parts of the SAMSON interface in the Interface menu or using the following shortcuts:

  • the Document view: Ctrl + 1 on Windows and Linux, Cmd⌘ + 1 on Mac
  • the Inspector: Ctrl + 2 on Windows and Linux, Cmd⌘ + 2 on Mac
  • the History: Ctrl + 3 on Windows and Linux, Cmd⌘ + 3 on Mac

You may also favorite commands, apps, and editors - they will appear in special Favorites sections in the Home, Apps, and Editors menus.

The way you customized the interface of your SAMSON installation will be saved and loaded the next time you open SAMSON.

See SAMSON interface for more information about the SAMSON interface.

Note: Some windows in SAMSON (e.g., some Apps) may have a "Pin" icon that can be used to keep the window always on top.