From: Ivana (
Date: Sat May 23 2020 - 12:51:01 CDT

Thank you, John,
It would be great! Here is a .ply example. There are r g b for colours and
alpha for transparency. nx, ny, nz are the normals on the faces (here

Regards, Ivana

On Sat, 23 May 2020 at 09:09, John Stone <> wrote:

> VMD has a simple .ply reader, but I don't remember whether
> or not it has been tested with much variety of surface
> meshes other than for a model of the CERN LHC that the
> plugin was used for. If you have an example .ply file
> that you want to be able to load in VMD and can make it
> available to me for testing, it would probably be pretty
> easy to ensure it would load.
> Best regards,
> John Stone
> On Sun, May 03, 2020 at 06:49:03PM +0200, Ivana wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I would like to know if VMD can open coloured and transparent .ply
> > surfaces. Or any other file formats for surface.
> > Thank you very much, Ivana Stankovic
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