Problem downloading new molecules

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Hello. When I simply try to download a new molecule from the RCSB PDB (PDB ID: 2fsp), the program reports that it is retrieving titles, then crashes. Any ideas?

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I've had reports of this for the last couple days, but unfortunately I've been away and unable to look into it.

It appears that the PDB is currently not responding to requests for titles. I'm hoping it's just a minor server glitch. Unfortunately, I didn't plan for this case and Molecules crashes when it receives no title data for the PDB codes you get as search results. That was stupid of me, and I'll fix it in the next version.

Hopefully, we can resolve this soon.

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The titles for PDB codes are now being returned properly. It looks like whatever caused the outage has been fixed. However, I still need to address this case in the next version of the application.

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I'm still receiving the crash error, and it will not return any search results, are there any other databases in the meantime?

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Unfortunately, it looks like the web service was fixed for a little bit, but is broken again. I've let them know, but with the holidays I'm not anticipating this will be fixed for a few days.

In the meantime, if you have the iPhone SDK and have paid the $99 to be able to compile applications for your device, I've placed a modified version of the source code to Molecules here. Beyond that, you can still load custom molecules by browsing to them in the built-in browser or by emailing yourself links of the molecules:// variety.

I apologize again for this error. I was stupid not to anticipate this failure case.

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I've submitted an update for this which should address the crashing, although the server issues should be resolved in a little bit.

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Brad, the only molecule that appears is DNA. No matter what other molecule I click on, I get no other picture of that structural molecule. Just DNA and that's it. Not very useful at all at this pace. Help. I am a teacher and would very much like to use this with my students.

Thanks.

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I've never seen that before. Perhaps the application database got corrupted somehow.

I'd suggest deleting the application from your device and re-downloading it. That should start you with a fresh database, from which you can re-download the molecules you had before.

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