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dtmslice or dynamo_tomoslice is the current main tomogram browser inside Dynamo.

The main axis in the figure will show a slice across a volume. The volume is kept in memory. In general, volumes with effective dimensions of 1000k x 1000k x 400 voxels are depicted efficiently by the Matlab renderer, i.e., you can move the depicted slice across the volume reasonably fast. Here effective means that we are are referring to the volume actually stored as a matrix in the memory of the browser. Thus, if you want to visualize a tomogram file with a dimension of 4k x 4k x 1k pixels you probably want to visualize it trough a binned proxy.

Viewing controls

Zoom action

Invoked through the press of [-] or [+] . The tomogram scene must be selected. Should turn the arrow cursor into a cross cursor. When the magnifying icons in the toolbar are active, you can use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out of the scene.

The zooming state can be interrupted by pressing [space] or invoking any other viewing control (through [r] or [p]).

Rotation of viewing angle

Invoked through pressing [r]. The cursor should turn into a circling arrow. In this state, moving the mouse while keeping the main button pressed will change the point of view of the scene.

This state can be interrupted by pressing [space] or invoking any other viewing control, through [-] <tt>, <tt>[+] or [p].

Pan action

[p] activates the panning tool, which allows you to drag the scene. When active, the cursor arrow appears as a hand symbol.


Models are annotations adapted to different geometries. dynamo_tomoslice works with a model pool of models that are currently on memory. In order to edit or view models that are stored in disk inside a catalogue, the models need to be first brought to the current model pool (i.e. memory). Also, after edition of a model, it needs to be saved back into the catalogue, if the change is meant to be permanent (i.e., stored in disk).

Model management

Models currently in memory (i.e., in the model pool) can be edited. Only the model that is currently active in the windows can be edited.

Creating new models

A new model can be created from scratch with the option Model pool > Create new model in pool.

Importing models from catalogue

Saving models into the catalogue

Editing models

Adding points into a model

The key [c] adds a point to the currently active model.

Adding a center point into a model

The key combination shift+[c] adds a center point into the currently active model, if the model accepts a center property (like is the case for vesicles and surfaces).

Deleting points

The key [delete] will delete the last point inside a model (it can be used repeatedly to delete all points in the model in reversed creation order). To delete other points, secondary click on it and use the delete point option in the menu.