In order to tackle molecular simulation and visualization challenges in key areas of materials
science, chemistry and biology it is necessary to move beyond fixed software applications. The
Avogadro project is in the final stages of an ambitious rewrite of its core data structures,
algorithms and visualization capabilities. The project began as a grass roots effort to address
deficiencies observed by many of the early contributors in existing commercial and open source
solutions. Avogadro is now a robust, flexible solution that can tie in to and harness the power of
VTK for additional analysis and visualization capabilities.