relax 3.2.0

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This is a major feature release. It includes the addition of the new B14 and B14 full relaxation dispersion models [Baldwin 2014], a complete rearrangement of the module layout of the specific analyses packages, a number of new user functions, documentation improvements including the addition of a new chapter to the manual for the N-state model or ensemble analysis, and numerous of other features. This is also a major bugfix release, so all users are recommended to upgrade. This is essential if you are using the new relaxation dispersion analysis in relax as a severe bug in the error calculation has been corrected. See below for a comprehensive list of new features, the rather large number of changes, and the long list of all bugs fixed.


The new relax versions can be downloaded from If binary distributions are not yet available for your platform and you manage to compile the binary modules, please consider contributing these to the relax project (described in section 3.6 of the relax manual,


Version 3.2.0
(20 May 2014, from /trunk)


  • Addition of the vector_angle() relax library function for calculating the signed or directional angle between two vectors.
  • Huge speed up of the interatom.define user function.
  • For improved feedback, a busy cursor is shown in the GUI when executing user functions.
  • The steady-state NOE auto-analysis now produces a 2D Grace plot of the reference and saturated spectra peak intensity values.
  • Complete redesign of the specific analyses backend, simplifying and cleaning up this internal API and making it easier for users to add completely new analysis types to relax.
  • Parametric reduction of the rotor frame order model, eliminating one redundant parameter hence simplifying optimisation.
  • Large improvement for the module. The '*_err' and '*_bc' parameter names for the parameter error and back-calculated parameters respectively are now supported, allowing these values to be easily plotted.
  • Expansion of the value.set user function to handle parameters which consist of lists of values. The index argument has been added to allow the index of the list to be specified, and this is then propagated into the specific analysis API.
  • Improvements for the parameter definitions in all analysis types. This allows for better output in 2D plots and text files.
  • Implemented linear constraints for the frame order analysis. This uses the log-barrier constraint algorithm in the minfx library to provide constraints without requiring gradients.
  • Improved and expanded the relax command line options for debugging.
  • Full independence of the relax library so that it can be used outside of relax.
  • The addition of a relaxation dispersion user function for setting the R20 values to the minimum R2eff value.
  • Expanded capabilities for the relax_disp.sherekhan_input user function.
  • Implementation of the B14 and B14 full relaxation dispersion CPMG models for 2-site exchange for all time scales (from the new paper [Baldwin 2014] at
  • Large improvements to the relax HTML manual including fixes for URLs, bibliography entries, links, and tables.
  • Support for multiple point creation for the OpenDX chi-squared space mapping user function.
  • Automatic determination of reasonable initial contour levels for the OpenDX mapping user function.
  • Addition of a new chapter to the manual for the N-state model or ensemble analysis.
  • Creation of the new pymol.frame_order user function for visualising results.
  • Expansion of the Grace 2D data plotting capabilities.




For reference, the announcement for this release can also be found at following links:

Softpedia also has information about the newest relax releases:


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  • [Baldwin 2014] ^ 1 2 Baldwin A. J. (2014). An exact solution for R2,eff in CPMG experiments in the case of two site chemical exchange. J. Magn. Reson., 244, 114-124. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jmr.2014.02.023)
  • [d'Auvergne and Gooley, 2007] ^ d'Auvergne, E. J. and Gooley, P. R. (2007). Set theory formulation of the model-free problem and the diffusion seeded model-free paradigm. Mol. BioSyst., 3(7), 483-494. (DOI: 10.1039/b702202f)
  • [d'Auvergne and Gooley, 2008b] ^ d'Auvergne, E. J. and Gooley, P. R. (2008). Optimisation of NMR dynamic models II. A new methodology for the dual optimisation of the model-free parameters and the Brownian rotational diffusion tensor. J. Biomol. NMR, 40(2), 121-133. (DOI: 10.1007/s10858-007-9213-3)

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