Journal Article

<i>AnnotationSketch</i>: a genome annotation drawing library

Sascha Steinbiss, Gordon Gremme, Christin Schärfer, Malte Mader and Stefan Kurtz

in Bioinformatics

Volume 25, issue 4, pages 533-534
Published in print February 2009 | ISSN: 1367-4803
Published online December 2008 | e-ISSN: 1460-2059 | DOI:
AnnotationSketch: a genome annotation drawing library

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Summary: To analyse the vast amount of genome annotation data available today, a visual representation of genomic features in a given sequence range is required. We developed a C library which provides layout and drawing capabilities for annotation features. It supports several common input and output formats and can easily be integrated into custom C applications. To exemplify the use of AnnotationSketch in other languages, we provide bindings to the scripting languages Ruby, Python and Lua.

Availability: The software is available under an open-source license as part of GenomeTools (


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Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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