First look: the interface

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

The SAMSON interface

The list:

  • 1. The menu bar gives you access to the main commands
  • 2. The toolbars give you fast access to the most used commands
  • 3. The viewport shows a three-dimensional representation of the document
  • 4. The document view shows a representation of the structure of the document
  • 5. The history gives you a list of performed actions
  • 6. The status bar may provide messages
  • 7. The inspector provides you access to parameters of the chosen nodes (atoms, residues, molecules, etc)

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

Customization of the SAMSON interface

You may customize the SAMSON interface by rearranging the toolbars, the document view, the history view, and the inspector via drag-and-drop.

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

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

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 "Lock" icon that can be used to keep the window always on top.