Installation, Activation and UI Basics
Blast2GO is an operating system independent Java Application and works on Mac, Windows and Linux systems. We recommend at least 2GB of RAM. A working Internet connection is required to use most of the features of the application. Application specific proxy settings are available. Blast2GO needs write permissions in its installation folder to allow automatic updates to work
On startup and if not yet provided, Blast2GO asks for activation. It is possible to use Blast2GO in 3 different modes:
- DEMO: This mode allows to use all features of Blast2GO but only with an example dataset of 1000 predefined sequences.
- BASIC: To use Blast2GO in Basic mode, an activation key is needed. This key can be requested online. In Basic mode, it is possible to run a basic functional annotation analysis with publicly available resources. More advanced features are not available in this mode. A detailed up-to-date list of features available in Basic and PRO mode is available on our website.
- PRO: To activate Blast2GO in PRO mode, the corresponding subscription has to be obtained via the Blast2GO website. A PRO subscription provides access to all features, cloud services, updates and support. More details about all the advantages of a PRO subscription can be found online. A free trial account can be requested via the Blast2GO website.
To activate Blast2GO the software requires access to the Internet. If necessary, proxy settings can be directly adjusted directly from the activation dialog.
Blast2GO PRO can also be activated with license server. Various clients can share a pool of licenses on a license server in the local network. To activate a network license, click Network License on the bottom left in the activation dialog and provide the license server IP address and cloud key if you own one. The cloud key allows to use CloudBlast and CloudIPS, all the other cloud features are already available without a key.
Figure 1: Activation dialog of Blast2GO: Demo, Basic and Pro Mode
This feature allows to hide the columns of the sequence table.
By right clicking on a column and a menu will be displayed and one can select those columns to hide from the table.
In combination with Export Table from File > Export, this can be used to customize the output.
Figure 9: Hide Columns
From version 3.1 upwards the .b2g file type replaces the previous .dat file. The .dat files will still be supported for opening and export. All Blast2GO project and results (enrichment results, charts, graphs, etc.) will be saved with the new file type .b2g. This files can be viewed and opened directly within the FileManager tab. All other file types can be open form the FileManager via the systems default application.
- .b2g: File type for all Blast2GO objects (project, results, id lists, etc.). Some Blast2GO objects can be opened with different viewers like for example the the Blast2GO Table or the Generic Table.
- .dat: Legacy format for previous Blast2GO projects. This format had been replaced in 2015 by the more flexible and performance .b2g format. The .dat format is still maintained for compatibility with older datasets and application versions as well as the Blast2GO plugins.