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Changes in version 5.0.8 (Mar 23, 2020)


  • Added support for importing whole genome shotgun sequencing projects from NCBI.
    (Requested by Chance Meers)
  • Added a sequence length indicator for sequences imported into the Assemble Contigs dialog.
  • Made various text, color, and icon enhancements.
  • Enabled "Save All", "Save to Collection", and "Save to Main Collection" commands when multiple files are selected in a collection.


  • Corrected an issue that could cause the font used in Sequence view to be wrong on Windows.
    (Reported by Ben Mcneil, Anna Doyle, Terese Tansey, and Dominic Esposito)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented double-clicking from opening files with spaces in their names on Lubuntu Linux.
    (Reported by Sahand Jamal Rahi)
  • Ensured that features that wrap around the numerical origin are always properly displayed.
    (Reported by Théo Grebert)
  • Corrected an issue that prevented opening sequence traces from remote locations when the file path includes non-Latin characters.
    (Reported by Yusuke Maeda)
  • Fixed a stability issue when expanding the "Aligned Sequences" menu using SnapGene Viewer.
    (Reported by Venkat Kalyana Sundaram)
  • Ensured correct creation of features with annotated gaps from selected aligned sequences.
    (Reported by Olaf Kranse)
  • Ensured that newly imported sequences for aligning to a reference DNA sequence are always trimmed properly.
    (Reported by Ridvan Cetin)
  • Prevented a collection from becoming unresponsive when adding files manually before dismissing the "Add DNA File" dialog.
    (Reported by Gage Leighto)
  • Fixed an issue with writing feature names to GenBank format for assembly_gap, mobile_element, propeptide, regulatory, and telomere feature types.
    (Reported by Hassan Tarabai)
  • Ensured that release notes are consistently shown when announcing that a new version of SnapGene is available.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the End User License Agreement dialog being too tall on smaller displays.
  • Ensured that matches to searches are always shown.
  • Ensured that Shift-clicking items in a list consistently results in a range-based selection.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented aligning a pair of DNA or protein sequences on some Linux systems.
  • Improved the conversion of DNA alignments to protein alignments.
  • Improved the mouse cursor for various controls that show tooltips but do not respond to mouse presses.
  • Ensured proper display of the message indicating that hybridization parameters need to be adjusted to show primer binding sites.
  • Removed the "Show alignments" button from the side toolbar in the Design Synthetic Construct dialog.
  • Ensured correct labeling of protein feature segments after making a protein from a DNA feature that contains introns.
  • Changed "bases" to to "residues" in the REFERENCE field when exporting protein sequences to GenPept format.
  • Corrected an issue with annotating common features that are found at the beginning of the sequence.
  • Improved highlighting of feature boundaries under the mouse cursor when using compact format in Sequence view.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented import of unsaved open sequences into the "Assemble Contigs" dialog.
  • Corrected a stability issue that resulted from closing a window while a menu was expanded.
  • Corrected an issue with aligning multiple DNA sequences that were recently imported from NCBI.
  • Ensured that header buttons are not always aligned with the column content when viewing a collection in List format.
  • Improved the behavior when double-clicking folders in collections.
  • Ensured that appropriate icons are shown next to unsaved files in the Window menu.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent operation of the MUSCLE aligner.
  • Ensured that the Print and Save buttons in the toolbar are always correctly enabled or disabled when viewing a collection.
  • Corrected an issue in which protein sequences that count from a value other than 1 were sometimes shifted to the right in Sequence view.
  • Improved the display of a cursor placed within a gap when viewing alignments to a reference DNA sequence in Sequence view.
  • Corrected an issue that could result in feature labels being shown without being connected by a stem.