Turning on/off the SCAN FOR missing Features and ORFs

If you’re running MacVector 15.5 or later then you will have noticed extra features annotated to your sequences. These are from the Scan for ORFs tool (added in MacVector 15.5) and the Scan For Missing Features (added in MacVector 16) tools that automatically scan every DNA sequence window for open reading frames, missing annotations and displays the results in the Map tab.

It’s very useful, especially if you frequently receive blank sequences from colleagues, or you want to show quickly show coding frames in unannotated trace files you receive from your sequencing service. However, if you are working with richly annotated sequences, you may find these distracting.

It’s easy to turn these off (and back on again). Both tools are controlled in the MacVector | Preferences -> DNA Map pane, along with the Scan For Restriction Sites, settings. MacVector will remember this setting for all new sequences you open, until you turn it back on again.

The appearance of the ORFs can be controlled using the Options | Default Symbols menu item.

Future releases of MacVector will see more automatic annotation tools, so if there’s something you’d like to see please email MacVector Support.

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