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  • Alternative to CLC Genomics Workbench viewer

    Qiagen has hiked the pricing and changed the licensing terms of the CLC software line to the point that I can no longer afford it after a decade of use. What I found myself using particularly in the later years was the viewer; it was useful for viewing, scrolling and annotating short-read and spliced alignments based on the mapping, piecing together gene structures, finding splice sites, polymorphisms, etc. I've tried IGV but found it a little clunky.. are there any other decent alternatives out there?

    Thanks!

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    Sounds like you are/were a power CLC user. When you have used a program for a decade anything else you try is going to feel ... different. Following examples are more or less pure viewers.

    IGB (http://bioviz.org/igb/), Tablet (https://ics.hutton.ac.uk/tablet/) are a couple of other options. Golden helix (an otherwise commercial software) has a genome browser available for free (http://goldenhelix.com/products/GenomeBrowse/index.html).

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    • #3
      Thanks. I'll check those out. I don't mind going commercial again, but the way Qiagen treated existing CLC customers as a cash cow after buying the company was pretty bad.

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      • #4
        Look into Geneious , if you are ok going commercial.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by k-gun12 View Post
          the way Qiagen treated existing CLC customers as a cash cow after buying the company was pretty bad.
          My probably-biased point of view (as a bioinformatician) is that even with the original CLC prices, a company would get more benefit out of hiring a dedicated bioinformatician than paying for CLC.

          Someone needs to interpret the results produced by CLC, and the skill/training gap between result interpretation and result generation from [much] cheaper software is quite small. If a bit of hand-holding is needed, I'd recommend Geneious because it has a much more open community and plugin system.

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