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BioEdit is a biological sequence alignment editor supreme.
The author of this software calls it an intuitive multiple document interface with convenient features. What an understatement!
At the moment I only use a couple of functions of BioEdit. Mainly I use it to view chromatograms of sequencing results, to do sequence alignments, to reverse complement sequences, and to view amino acid compositions.
The list of functions available is just unbelievable, at the moment my usage only really scratches the surface of it's capabilities.
In addition, several sequence manipulation, analysis programs and links to external analysis programs are easily accessible from BioEdit. One of the external applications that I use alot is ClustalW… so that's one less program I need to run on your computer.
Whether you do a little or a lot of Bioinformatics, I think it is a piece of software that you should definitely try.
The downsides of BioEdit?
Well one is that it only runs on Windows based computers, it is slightly memory demanding, and the author has stopped maintaining this program – although he does offer email-based support.
But nonetheless, as a user of BioEdit I have no complaints. For a freeware program it is simply one of the best pieces of bio-software out there.
If you are looking for more free software, take a look at our top 10 bio-related software for PC and Mac. Or, if you like to keep it in your browser, have a look at what the Molecular Biology toolbar has to offer.
If you have tried BioEdit, tell us your views on the program!