Chromosome measurements and creative idiograms

Developed by Kirov Ilya (PhD)


DRAWID (DRAWing IDiogram) – java program for chromosome analysis and idiogram construction. DRAWID is a user-friendly and freely available (under GNU General Public License license) java-based software program that facilitates basic as well as ISH-based karyotype analysis. DRAWID is equipped with a intuitive graphical user interface Input files for DRAWID are image files (JPEG and PNG) or data tables generated by DRAWID itself. Output of the program are Microsoft XL (2010) tables, containing measurement details (Centromere index, Arm ratio, relative and absolute length of chromosome and chromosome arms, signal and band positions and size if available), and DRAWID-built ideogram pictures. The idiogram parameters can be easily adjusted to prepare a high-quality image suitable for publication. In addition, to facilitate high-throughput karyotyping the program allows to collect data from different metaphases, and use it for average idiogram construction with error bars representing the standard deviation for chromosome length and centromere position.

Kirov I, Khrustaleva L, Van Laere K, Soloviev A, Meeus S, Romanov D, Fesenko I (2017) DRAWID: user-friendly java software for chromosome measurements and idiogram drawing. Comparative Cytogenetics 11(4): 747-757.

The program was created by support of Russian State Agrarian University - MTAA and Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO) and founded by Russian Scientific Foundation (grant №16-16-10031).

DRAWID installation

DRAWID requires java 8 version to be installed on your PC. If you do not have it you can install it or follow these steps to run drawid using portable java:
  1. Download portable java installer (you do not need admin rights to install!!) suitable for your system (32-bit or 64-bit, check it in the properties of your computer (right mouse click on "my computer") icon. E.g. from here:
  2. Install it in the appropriate folder
  3. Go to the java installation folder/bin
  4. Copy DRAWID.bat and DRAWIDv0.26.jar files to there
  5. In case you do not want to use .bat file you can run DRAWID from java.exe folder via command line: java -jar DRAWIDv0.26.jar
  6. Double click on DRAWID.bat file to run DRAWID

Download DRAWID v0.26

You can download DRAWID for free.

Get DRAWID! Manual

Any questions or comments?

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