Thomas J Keller kellert at ohsu.edu
Fri Apr 22 16:33:44 UTC 2005

Have you looked at the fink installation of emboss and kaptain?
I use emboss from the command line, so I haven't tried the GUI 
application "kaptain". Here's what the fink database has to say about 
kaptain-0.71-22: Universal graphical front-end
   Kaptain is a universal graphical front-end for command line programs,
   and it works wherever Qt3 is available. Someone writes a simple script
   (so called grammar) which describes the possible arguments for a
   command line program and Kaptain brings up a friendly dialog to
   the user to set up the command line. Example grammars can be
   found in /sw/share/kaptain/.
  Web site: http://kaptain.sourceforge.net
  Maintainer: Koen van der Drift <kvddrift at earthlink.net>
The emboss grammar has been written and is available through fink.

You do need the developer tools installed on your Mac, but that's 
trivial, and comes with the OS, so no additional charge for your users.

Just a thought.

Tom Keller, Ph.D.
kellert at ohsu.edu

On Apr 22, 2005, at 1:20 AM, José R. Valverde wrote:

> I'm trying to find out ways to fund EMBOSS in a way that I can
> justify locally.
> Mac users are a growing 'market' and a promising community. I've got
> here hundreds of Macs, and they need an easy to use, install and
> manage solution.
> What is needed (they tell me) is a good editor, and some interactive
> graphic facilities for common, simple tasks. Actually, locally, we are
> going to spend a significant amount into buying a handful of licenses
> for commercial software.
> I've tried Erik's CD, but it has some drawbacks regarding the 
> configuration
> on non-user-managed Macs (as those where root belongs to a central
> authority): Here they can install software but not make modifications.
> I can't either, being on the SciComp side and not on the Offimatic
> end.
> I don't have the resources to do that locally, but would welcome a
> sensible way to fund it (like buying 'licenses', packages, CDs or
> manuals from an EMBOSS-centered company).
> I for one would certainly welcome a Macintosh edition ready to run,
> and easy to configure to use central databases. If I were to chose,
> I'd try to add those facilities to Jemboss (a sequence editor, and
> interactive drawing of clones and molecular graphics). This is the
> most lacking thing in EMBOSS now that every user has or can have a
> UNIX machine at their desktop.
> And, certainly, I would happily recommend locally that we buy a
> hundred+ licenses at a reasonable price if that would help
> fund EMBOSS.
> Most ideally, something like the LiveDVD from AT.EMBnet.Org but for
> Macs would be a candy. And an easy to justify buy.
> Any recommendations? Takers? Pointers?
> 				j
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