AxPyMOL Instructions

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Installation and Removal

To install AxPyMOL or AxPyMOL Reader, please follow these directions:

  1. Important: Determine which version of MS Office you have installed.
  2. Download the correct installer.
  3. Once the Microsoft Installer (.msi) file has been downloaded, locate the file and double click to open the installer.
  4. Click "Install" to install AxPyMOL.
  5. Click "Finish" when installation is complete.


To remove AxPyMOL, please Click on the Windows (Start) Button, go to "Control Panel" and select "Add/Remove Programs". From the list of programs, select AxPyMOL and click “Remove”.

Using AxPyMOL in PowerPoint (MS Office 2010 and 2013)

Default as a PowerPoint Add-In

1. Open a new or existing PowerPoint presentation.

2. Click Add-Ins from the PowerPoint Ribbon.

3. Click Insert AxPyMOL. AxPyMOL changes the cursor to a cross. Drag out the area in which you want to place your data.

4. Start the presentation to capture a placeholder screenshot of your data.

As a Developer's Control

1. Open a new or existing PowerPoint presentation.

2. In PowerPoint, add a new slide (shortcut key Ctrl+m).

3. Click on the "Developer" tab in the ribbon (this is the menu area next to "Home", "Insert", "Design",
    etc). 
   (a) If you don't see the "Developer" tab then: Click on the "File" tab.
   (b) In the drop-down menu, click on "Options" (situated in the bottom right of the  drop-down menu). 
   (c) In the pop-up window, choose the "Customize Ribbon" tab on the left and check "Show
        Developer tab in the ribbon". 
   (d) In the right window titled "Customize the Ribbon" please click the box next to "Developer" and
        click "OK" at the bottom of the screen.



4. In the "Developer" menu, click on "More Controls" (this is an icon that looks like a hammer and  
    wrench). 
5. In the pop-up menu, scroll down and select AxPyMOL Control and click "Ok". 
6. Your cursor will change into a cross-hair which means that you can drag out the size of your 
     PyMOL window. 
7. Drag out a large box and you will see instructions on how to use AxPyMOL. 
8. Now, to select a file/session to be opened in AxPyMOL, you MUST be in slideshow mode. 
    (a) Press "F5" on your keyboard. 
    (b) Right click on the AxPyMOL instructions and browse for your input file. 
    (c) AxPyMOL should then load your structure and you should be able to use PyMOL directly in  
         PowerPoint. 
9. That's it! Once you save this PowerPoint it should remember the input file but you will likely have to change your security levels.

Using AxPyMOL in PowerPoint (MS Office 2007)

Once AxPyMOL has been installed, it should be available for use in PowerPoint. To use this ActiveX control:

1. Open a new or existing PowerPoint presentation.
2. In PowerPoint, add a new slide (shortcut key Ctrl+m).
3. Click on the "Developer" tab in the ribbon (this is the menu area next to "Home", "Insert", "Design",
    etc).
   (a) If you don't see the "Developer" tab then: Click on the "Office Button" at the top left-hand corner
         of PowerPoint (situated to the left of the "Home" tab).
   (b) In the drop-down menu, click on "PowerPoint Options" (situated in the bottom right of the
         drop-down menu).
   (c) In the pop-up window, choose the "Popular" tab on the left and check "Show Developer tab in
        the ribbon".
   (d) Click "Ok" and you should now see a new "Developer" tab in the ribbon.
4. In the "Developer" menu, click on "More Controls" (this is an icon that looks like a hammer and 
    wrench).
5. In the pop-up menu, scroll down and select AxPyMOL Control and click "Ok".
6. Your cursor will change into a cross-hair which means that you can drag out the size of your
     PyMOL window.
7. Drag out a large box and you will see instructions on how to use AxPyMOL.
8. Now, to select a file/session to be opened in AxPyMOL, you MUST be in slideshow mode.
    (a) Press "F5" on your keyboard.
    (b) Right click on the AxPyMOL instructions and browse for your input file.
    (c) AxPyMOL should then load your structure and you should be able to use PyMOL directly in 
         PowerPoint.
9. That's it! Once you save this PowerPoint it should remember the input file but you will likely have to change your security levels.

Using AxPyMOL in PowerPoint (MS Office 2003)

1. Open a new or existing PowerPoint presentation.
2. In PowerPoint, add a new slide (shortcut key Ctrl+m).
3. On the View menu, point to Toolbars, and then click Control Toolbox.
4. In the Control Toolbox, click on "More Controls" (this is an icon that looks like a hammer and
    wrench).
5. In the pop-up menu, scroll down and select AxPyMOL Control and click "Ok".
6. Your cursor will change into a cross-hair which means that you can drag out the size of your
     PyMOL window.
7. Drag out a large box and you will see instructions on how to use AxPyMOL.
8. Now, to select a file/session to be opened in AxPyMOL, you MUST be in slideshow mode.
    (a) Press "F5" on your keyboard.
    (b) Right click on the AxPyMOL instructions and browse for your input file.
    (c) AxPyMOL should then load your structure and you should be able to use PyMOL directly in 
         PowerPoint.
9. That's it! Once you save this PowerPoint it should remember the input file but you will likely have to change your security levels.

Notes

1) Running PowerPoint in Windows XP Compatibility mode on Windows7 and Window8, if required:

  • Click the Windows Start Button > Microsoft Office and look for PowerPoint.
  • Right-click on PowerPoint and choose the Compatibility tab.
  • From the dropdown select, “Windows XP,” any of the service packs available should be fine.

XP Compatibility Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Neither AxPyMOL nor the AxPyMOL Reader can save/read PowerPoint files with the PPTX extension. Please use the PowerPoint 2003 PPT file extension. 


Microsoft Office 2003


Microsoft Office 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Using Virtual Machines (VMWare and Parallels)

  • Please disable Accelerated Graphics if you are using VMWare or Parallels on a 64-bit Windows 8 with 64-bit MS Office 2013. Neither VM will return a valid rendering context if accelerated graphics are enabled. Microsoft is aware of the problem.

 

 

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