Working with Images - EMAN2 has many general image processing methods, and the list is continuously expanding. Use e2help.py to get lists of the different operations, then use them with e2proc2d.py, e2proc3d.py or e2filtertool.py.
Help - You can give any program the --help option for general usage information and a list of command-line options.
EMAN2 Folders - EMAN2 makes use of a project folder system. You create a folder for a particular project and run ALL EMAN2 commands from that folder. EMAN2 will make and manage subfolders for you, but you should NOT 'cd' into those subfolders when running commands.
- This does not apply to running utility programs like e2proc* programs outside the context of a "project".
File Formats - EMAN2 can read/write just about any image file format, but for projects, HDF5 files are used for image data, and JSON files are used for metadata.
JSON files are primarily in the info/ folder, and are human readable, but also try e2procjson.py.
HDF5 files may contain a variety of header information, which can be easily accessed using the "Info" button in e2display.py or using e2iminfo.py.
- Do not try to force EMAN2 to use some other file format when going through a reconstruction workflow. When going through a standard workflow, other file formats are for import/export only.
LST files - .lst files are normally found only in sets/ folders. These are text files containing links to actual image data, somewhat similar to the STAR files used in other packages. However, EMAN2 will treat .lst files as actual image files for most purposes. Try e2proclst.py --help
Single Particle Reconstruction
Symmetry - EMAN2 supports all of the possible symmetries for biomolecules: cN,dN,tet,oct,icos,hA:B:C:D:E
Box Size - Choosing the correct particle box-size is critical for getting optimal results
Box Files - .box files are not used internally by EMAN2. They may be imported or exported, but particle locations for EMAN2 use are stored in info/*.json files.
Negative Stain - There are special considerations if working in Negative Stain
Simulated Data - For testing purposes, and to better understand how the programs work, it is possible to make simulated single particle data
The semi-automated tomogram annotation tool can be used on tomograms from any source
The new tomography workflow can achieve subnanometer resolution subtomogram averaging, but requires that the full processing pipeline, starting with the raw tilt series, be completed in EMAN2.