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First look: the interface

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

The SAMSON interface

The list:

  1. The menu gives you fast access to the main commands, workspaces, and opened documents.
  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 an 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.
  8. The animator provides the possibility to create a presentation, add and modify animation effects.

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

You can easily find commands, apps, and editors using the Find everything search box on top of the menu.

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 Extensions can be docked together. To dock/undock a widget press on its title bar and move it where you want to place it and then release the mouse.


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

You can switch between different workspaces to modify the menu representation (see the top-left corner of the menu).

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

Parts of interface Shortcut on , Shortcut on
SAMSON AI Ctrl+0 Cmd+0
Document view Ctrl+1 Cmd+1
Inspector Ctrl+2 Cmd+2
History Ctrl+3 Cmd+3
Asset browser Ctrl+4 Cmd+4
Periodic table Ctrl+5 Cmd+5
Job manager Ctrl+6 Cmd+6
Animator Ctrl+7 Cmd+7
Python console Ctrl+8 Cmd+8
Code Editor Ctrl+9 Cmd+9

You may also add commands, apps, and editors to your favorites - they will appear in special favorites sections (⭐) on top of the ribbon menu and in the Editors viewport menu (on the left side of the viewport).

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

You can search for available commands, apps, editors, and documentation in the Find everything box on top of the menu.

See SAMSON interface for more information.