|Note: BioEdit was left as "a work in progress". It is no
longer frequenctly updated, but is not (and never actually will be at this
point) a finished product. If you have problems or find a bug, feel
free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or check the bug fixes / changes to see if the
latest update has fixed it.
BioEdit is a multifunctional sequence alignment editor that runs under Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP.
Note: An early bug that has been in all previous versions of BioEdit was fixed on 6/29/1999. All previous versions have this bug, but it almost never surfaces. If you get a message saying "Error in startup routine", then "EAccessViolation", upgrading to the most recent version should fix this.
Another note: BioEdit is not a powerful sequence analysis program, especially in the realm of proteins and molecular structure. Its main intent is a rich interface for sequence alignment, viewing and manipulation. It does, however, offer a nice interface for comparative analysis of RNA secondary structure through mutual information with interactive graphical display of data.
If you are interested in a very nice alignment editor with an emphasis on protein chemistry, structure, and phylogenetic relationships of sequences, I would direct you to GeneDoc. You may still find BioEdit useful for many simple and quick manipulations, multi-format compatability, easy viewing of sequence info (gb or bio formats) and a few graphical gizmos.
To find (free) software to fullfill needs not covered by either GeneDoc or BioEdt, you might try looking in the following places (as a start):
Institute Software in Biology and Bioinformatics
Or, for resources available on the WWW, you might try Pedro's BioMolecular Research Tools
|Note: There is an occasional problem with transmission of the
BioEdit.zip file (some people have gotten CRC errors when unzipping the
If this happens, you may want to try downloading the installation in smaller chunks (click here to go to download page).
To the RNaseP Database