Once the molecule file is fully loaded the image at right will become live. At that time the "activate 3-D" icon will disappear.
Navigating in a Multiframe File
The display at right is from the file ethane-staggered-3-21G.log.  To follow along you can use the applet at right or download the file and open it in a copy of the Jmol application.  

If you are using the applet at right you can return to this view by clicking the button below.
The example file has nine (9) different frames in it.  The first frame is the initial guess geometry that was used to start the quantum calculation.  Each frame represents an intermediate step in the calculation.  The last (#9) frame is the final optimized geometry found by the program (this is usually the case for computational geometry optimizations).  The file also contains information on energies and molecular orbitals for many of the frames.

There are four primary ways to navigate to particular frames (3 & 4 only work in the application):
  1. In the application and the applet use the pop-up menu (right mouse button, control-click on a one button mouse > Model > select the frame you wish to display).  You can also use choices in the "Animate" option of this pop-up menu.
  2. Use the command line (see Using the Jmol Script Window for how to access). The command is "frame #.#"(or its synonym, "model #.#"), where the first number is the model number (essentially the file) and the frame is the molecular information set within the file.  So for the example file "frame 1.9" will move you to frame 9 (the last frame of this file);  "frame 1.7" will move you to the seventh frame; "frame 1.1" will move you to the first frame; "frame 1.0" means display all the frames superimposed on each other.  Since only one file is loaded the first digit is always one in this example.
  3. Use the pull-down menus or buttons in the application (to try this  download the data file and open it in the Jmol application). The menu command is (Tools > Animate... > Once) to play through to the last frame once.  To move one frame at a time use the buttons. Use Rewind button, the rewind button, to get to the first frame. Use Previous button, the previous button, to go back one frame.  Use next button, the next button, to go forward one frame.  Use last frame button, the last frame button, to go to the end.
  4. Use the atom set chooser dialog in the application.  Be warned this dialog needs some updating.  Open the dialog using the pull-down menu (Tools > AtomSetChooser...).  You can navigate using the equivalent buttons to those in choice 3, but the set at the bottom does not work.  You can also choose a frame by clicking on it in the scrolling list of frames at the top.  See figure 1, below.
    atom set chooser dialog
    Figure 1: The atom set chooser dialog box.  Click here to enlarge image.
Based on template by A. Herráez as modified by J. Gutow
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