BioMolecular Explorer 3D: The Software and How To Install It

Software for interactive molecular exploration in High School Biology courses.


BME3D Contents

The Software and How to Install It
A Guide to These Resources
Explore the Molecules
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us/Credits


All BME3D software
and molecules
now available on CD
for Windows computers!


The Software: A Compatible Browser and Chime

Molecules at the BioMolecular Explorer 3D web site are accessed using a compatible browser and MDL Chime software.

  • Compatible browsers are:
    1. Netscape 4.8: fully compatible with all BME3D materials, link to installer and instructions is provided. Most stable for tutorials.
    2. Netscape 7.2, Firefox, Mozilla: minor incompatibility - more info.
    3. Internet Explorer: compatible with only some resources, as noted in list of molecules (see Explore the Molecules page). More info.

  • MDL Chime: a "plug-in" that equips certain browsers to display molecular structures. Link to download and installation instructions is provided.

The Installation: First, choose the browser you would like to use:

Use Netscape 4.8

Tried and True! Fully compatible with all BME3D materials

Link to download provided
Use Netscape 7.2, Firefox, or Mozilla

Work OK with all BME3D materials, some minor incompatibilites

Link to downloads provided
Use Internet Explorer

Works with some but not all BME3D materials (as noted with materials)

More Information on Browsers

Internet Explorer (IE) is not fully compatible with Chime. This is beyond our control. While some simple Chime tutorials will work properly in IE (on Windows only) some of the more complicated ones don't. Some controls fail or give incorrect results or incorrect images. We have indicated which tutorials work in IE and which do not on the Explore the Molecules page.

Netscape 7.2, Firefox, and Mozilla browsers appear to work well. These browsers seem to work quite well with Chime, so far. BME3D tutorials have only recently been made compatible with these browsers and so are not as thoroughly tested as with Netscape 4.8. The only known incompatibility is that buttons in a few tutorials that should control font size do not work.