ANNOUNCEMENT: X-GEN Version 5.9.3 Now Available!
ALSO: Instructions for building X-GEN are now available!
|A Data Processing|
|Area Detector Data|
|author: Andrew J. Howard|
|Associate Professor of Biology, IIT|
X-GEN is an integrated software package for the processing of diffraction data collected on a wide variety of area detectors. X-GEN is designed primarily for processing macromolecular crystallographic data, but it has been very successfully applied to small-molecule single-crystal data as well.
X-GEN is based on Prof. Howard's long-standing XENGEN package, which works specifically on data from Xentronics-style multiwire proportional counter detectors. In the early 1990's he received an NSF Small Business grant to convert this detector-specific software into a form that could be used with other kinds of data. The resulting package, first named POLYDET and, beginning in 1993, X-GEN, continues to provide high-quality processing results for detector data. Prof. Howard is actively involved in development of X-GEN, both in extending its algorithmic reach and in providing new and better user interfaces for the code. Documentation describing changes in X-GEN as of versions 5.1.0, 5.3.1, 5.4.7, and 5.5.5 are available here. The upgrades in 5.2 are described in the 5.3 document. Descriptions of the upgrades in xgen-5.9.3 will be available soon.
X-GEN enables the processing of raw data from electronic detectors, including storage-phosphor systems. With it the user can begin with raw images and no knowledge of the sample's properties and obtain a merged, scaled, set of indices, structure amplitudes, and standard deviations for all of the Bragg reflections contained within the data. The most recent releases include provision for output in five different formats:
A broadly functional processing script, xgenproc is now available for download from here or as part of any of the package downloads (below).
A description of the process for building X-GEN is now available.
An overview of X-GEN's capabilities is available. A simple version is available here. Other documentation may be obtained directly as well or by download (see below). Documentation for X-GEN's file formats is included in these packagings.
An appropriate reference for X-GEN is given here and can be downloaded here.
I released a new version 5.9.3 on 15 January 2009. The following items are available as gzipped tarfiles:
|File Type||All Operating
|Mac OS X
|Sun OS 5.8|
|Fast-loading executables and libraries||* 0.77 MB||* 0.93 MB||* 0.80 MB||* 0.93 MB|
|Standalone executables||*2.05 MB||* 2.30 MB||* 4.00 MB||*2.53 MB|
|Debugging executables||* 5.02 MB||* 5.62 MB||* 6.18 MB||* 4.34 MB|
|Resources||* 0.96 MB|
|Documentation||* 0.25 MB|
A Debian package for X-GEN is under development. Watch this space!
Last updated by Andrew Howard on Thursday 15 January 2009.