Date: Thu May 31 2012 - 16:03:53 CDT

Dear Alex:

Here is the post I was referring to:

I would like to draw many ellipsoids and be able to visualize
them. The result could be something just like this:

mol new
draw material Opaque
draw color 1
draw sphere {0.1 0.7 0.2} radius 0.3 resolution 100
draw color 2
draw sphere {1.0 2.0 1.0} radius 1.2 resolution 100
mol new
draw material Transparent
draw color 3
draw sphere {0.0 0.0 0.0} radius 1 resolution 100

Except that the spheres should be ellipsoids.

Each ellipsoid would be given by the length of its semi-principal
axes. Also, the ellipsoid could be translated and rotated. The
translation would be given by a three dimensional vector. The
rotation could be given either by a rotation matrix in three
dimensions or three angles, whichever is easier to work with.

Thank you for your attention.

----- Original Message -----
From: Axel Kohlmeyer <>
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Cc: "" <>
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: vmd-l: Drawing an ellipsoid

On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 9:44 AM,
<> wrote:
> Hi!
> I would like to draw an ellipsoid. I have read other posts about it and
> someone said that it could be done by scaling a sphere

"someone" is a horribly bad source of information.
almost as bad as the "friend of a friend".

> non-uniformly. However, I could not find out how to scale a sphere
> non-uniformly. Can someone please give me an example?

there is too little information here to give a reasonable answer.
what is it exactly that you want to do with that ellipsoid in VMD?


> Thanks,
> Brian

Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer
College of Science and Technology
Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA.