File Extension PDB
File extension PDB is most commonly associated with Palm Desktop Database files. PDB files are a standard format used by a number of different applications that run on Palm PDA's. The PDB file extension may also refer to a program database file, which may either contain user-defined or application-specific data. Though less common, PDB files may refer to Protein Data Bank files, which store 3D coordinates of atoms within chemical compounds.
Several Palm-based applications use PDB files, and may contain data such as word processed documents, spreadsheets, databases or images. If the original application used to create a Palm PDB file is unknown, it can opened in a text editor and the original application used to create it can be found in plaintext in the header. Program database PDB files are used by a number of applications including Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, which uses PDB files store debugging information whenever a program is compiled. The Protein Data Bank file format which also uses the PDB extension is the standard format used by the non-profit consortium Research Collaboratory for Structural Biometrics (RCSB) to store and share representations of 3D biological macromolecules for research purposes.
Palm Desktop Database Files can be opened by the appropriate application on a Palm-based PDA, as well as using Windows-based applications such as PRODEC Desktop PDB viewer or PDB Explorer, or ABC Amber Palm Converter which can be used to convert PDB files to more conventional formats such as PDF. Some PDB files may also be readable using a standard text editor. Program Database files are generated by a number of applications, most notably by Pegasus, Quicken and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, though can only be opened successfully in the application it was produced. Protein Data Bank files can be opened in QuickPDB, RasMol, KiNG or any web browser with an appropriate plug-in such as Jmol or KiNG viewer.
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