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KiNG

KiNG (Kinemage, Next Generation) is an interactive system for three-dimensional vector graphics. It supports a set of graphics primitives that make it suitable for many types of graphs, plots, and other illustrations; although its first use was to display macromolecular structures for biophysical research. KiNG builds on Mage, JavaMage, and the "kinemage" (kinetic image) concept to deliver a full-featured Java application with a user-friendly interface and integrated editing features. The KiNG jar file can be used within a web page as a Java applet or Java object to promote easy access to kinemages or coordinate files from a web browser. Download download arrow kingInBrowser.zip for further instructions.

Versions of KiNG 2 and higher need a Java Virtual Machine of version 1.5 or higher. For MacOSX users, system version 10.4 or higher is needed. (KiNG version 1.6, which requires JVM 1.3 or higher, is available in our browsable download section.) For your convenience, we provide platform-specific installers that bundle a private copy of the Java runtime and libraries with the KiNG program itself. This installation of Java is used only by KiNG and will not cause conflicts with any other Java applications that may reside on your computer.

The Windows 2.14+ version of KiNG now includes Java 1.6, for better compatibility with Windows Vista Aero. If you downloaded an older version of KiNG previously, you will have to replace your download with a new version from the link below to get the new Java. Email vbc3 AT duke.edu if you have issues with the new version.


Platform Version Release date Download size Program
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Windows 2.21 20-Apr-12 39682 (Kb) download arrow king.2.21.120420.win.zip
Mac OSX 2.21 20-Apr-12 11742 (Kb) download arrow king.2.21.120420.macosx.dmg
Linux 2.21 20-Apr-12 31021 (Kb) download arrow king.2.21.120420.linux.tgz
“Any platform” jars 2.21 20-Apr-12 8901 (Kb) download arrow king.2.21.120420.zip
Source code 2.21 20-Apr-12 29188 (Kb) download arrow king.2.21.120420.src.zip
Plug-in Devel. Kit 1.10 28-Jun-06 803 (Kb) download arrow sample_plugins.1.10.060628.zip

Instructions for installing KiNG for each platform are available. KiNG has an internal manual available as one of its menu items; the same information is available in the download arrow king-manual.pdf(240KB). The pdf-format manual is included in the KiNG download with two other pdf documents: The Kinemage File Format (download arrow format-kinemage.pdf, 140KB) and Hacking KiNG (download arrow hacking-king.pdf, 160KB) a guide to KiNG's code and libraries.

Instructions for using KiNG are available as a basics guide in html form or as a PDF (download arrow QuickStartKiNG.pdf(35KB)). The other documents linked above also contain usage instructions. A tutorial for making kinemages using KiNG's internal procedures is available in html or PDF formats(download arrow makeKinTut_inKiNG.pdf(80KB).