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1 Introduction
VICS-II is the next generation of VICS, which was originally developed by Fujio Izumi and Ruben A. Dilanian as a part of VENUS. VENUS stands for Visualization of Electron/NUclear densities and Structures. They started VENUS project in mid 2001.
Although basic features were almost completed when I first knew about VENUS at the end of 2003, early version of VICS/VEND had serious performance issues and could not run well on my PC. So I started checking the sources and tried to fix it. I committed some fixes to them but could not fix all issues because some of them are originated in programing model and some are originated in toolkit itself. At the end of June 2004, one of the main developer Dilanian leaved the project and both VICS and VEND became unlikely to continue its progress. Then I decided to create new programs from scratch using some of original code and new toolkit called wxWidgets.
VICS-II runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and is contributed free of charge for non-commercial users.
The VENUS package comprises four independent programs:
Please refer to Home Page of Fujio Izumi for the further information about VENUS.
2 Features
Crystal structures are represented with ball-and-stick, space-filling, polyhedral, wireframe, stick, dot-surface, and thermal-ellipsoid models. Ball-and-stick and stick models may be enclosed in dot surface spheres with van der Waals radii. Boundaries for drawing structures are specified in sophisticated ways similar to convoluting sphere and reiterative convoluting sphere in ORTEP-III. Selection of objects (atoms, bonds, and coordination polyhedra) makes it possible to obtain fractional coordinates, translation vectors, equivalent positions, interatomic distances, bond angles, torsion angles, and information on coordination polyhedra (volumes, quadratic elongations, bond angle variances, and bond valence sums of central metals). Arrows indicating magnetic moments and positional shifts may be added to any selected atoms.
Some of novel features:
Note: File format of VICS-II is slightly changed from original VICS for enhancement. Following data are incompatible with each other. Both old and new formats can be read by VEND correctly.
3 Supported file types
Supported input files
  1. Original format of VICS (*.vcs)
  2. American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database
  3. Chem3D
  4. CIF (Crystallographic Information File)
  5. CrystalMaker text file
  7. CSSR (Crystal Structure Search and Retrieval)
  9. GAMESS input and 3D surface data files output by MacMolPlt
  10. Gaussian Cube format
  11. ICSD (Inorganic Crystal Structure Database)
  12. MDL Molfile
  13. MINCRYST (Crystallographic Database for Minerals)
  14. MOLDA
  15. PDB (Protein Data Bank)
  16. User input file, *.ins, of RIETAN-2000
  17. VASP
  18. WIEN2k struct
  19. XCrySDen XSF format
  20. XMol XYZ
  21. asse
  22. F01 for SCAT and C04D for contrd
  24. FEFF input file
Supported output files
  1. Original format of VICS (*.vcs)
  2. Chem3D
  3. CIF (Crystallographic Information File)
  4. PDB (Protein Data Bank)
  5. User input file, *.ins, of RIETAN-2000
  6. XMol XYZ
  7. VRML
Pixel based graphic formats
  1. BMP
  2. EPS
  3. JPEG
  4. JPEG 2000
  5. PNG
  6. PPM
  7. RAW
  8. RGB (SGI)
  9. TGA
  10. TIFF
Vector based graphic formats
  1. EPS
  2. PDF
  3. PS
4 Changelogs