BALLView is BALL’s standalone molecular modelling and visualization application. Furthermore, it is also a framework for developing molecular visualization functionality.


BALLView offers standard visualization models for atoms, bonds, and surfaces as well as grid based visualization of e.g. electrostatic potentials. BALLView allows to load a number of molecules at the same time and all representations can be hidden or shown at will. A large part of the functionality of the library BALL can be applied directly to the loaded molecule in BALLView.

BALLView supports a number of modern visualization and input methods like, e.g., different stereo modes, space navigator, and VRPN-supported Input devices.

At CEBIT 2009, BALLView was prominently presented as the first complete integration of real-time ray tracing technology into a molecular viewer and modelling tool.