Build, share, and embed visualizations of biological pathways.

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EscherConverter is a standalone program that reads files created with Escher and converts them to files in community standard formats.

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  1. What is Escher?

    Escher is a web-based tool for building, viewing, and sharing visualizations of biological pathways. These 'pathway maps' are a great way to contextualize data about metabolism. To get started, load a map by clicking the Load Map button above, or visit the documentation to learn more.

  2. How do I cite Escher?

    You can help support Escher by citing our publication when you use Escher or EscherConverter:

    Zachary A. King, Andreas Dräger, Ali Ebrahim, Nikolaus Sonnenschein, Nathan E. Lewis, and Bernhard O. Palsson (2015) Escher: A web application for building, sharing, and embedding data-rich visualizations of biological pathways, PLOS Computational Biology 11(8): e1004321. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004321

  3. Are there more maps available? Can I contribute maps?

    We will be uploading maps for all of the organisms in the BiGG database. If you would like to contribute maps, there is a guide available in the documentation.

  4. How is Escher licensed?

    Escher and EscherConverter are distributed under the MIT license.

  5. What browsers can I use?

    We recommend using Google Chrome for optimal performance, but Escher will also run in the latest versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari (including mobile Safari).

  6. I have more questions. Who do I ask?

    Visit the documentation to get started with Escher and explore the API, or ask questions in the Gitter chat room. If you find bugs or would like to contribute to the project, feel free to submit an issue and or a pull request on Github.