Does anybody know what software was shown in this movie for sequencing vaccines? It seems real.

screenshot showing the software in use

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    It seems real? The two smaller, boring panels on the right seem real. The colorful graphics in the main panel look to me like pure movie-grade eye candy. ;) But maybe I'm too cynical. There is an awful big list of software here if you have some hours to kill.
    – gnovice
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 17:31
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    Generic Sciency-Looking Screensaver with Cool Graph and Bluish Palette Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 17:43
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    I don't see how a question about the software in an SF movie isn't on topic, and isn't constructive.
    – DampeS8N
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 18:41
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    From our FAQ these are on topic: "Historical or societal context of a work, Behind-the-scenes and fandom information" - I'd say that information on a prop in a movie counts as the second, and information about the state of this type of software is the first.
    – DampeS8N
    Commented Oct 22, 2011 at 1:25
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    It's a Unix system! I know this...
    – user8719
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 18:19

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I'm afraid the software isn't real.

Scientific/Research/Academic software tends to look like DOS/Windows 95 and Excel. Fancy graphics like those ones you showed are very very rare here because these tools are built for niche scientific audiences and without large (typically any) budget. Often they are built by the scientists themselves.

The image you show features really slick graphics and a custom UI for the OS widgets (the close/minimize buttons, the frames around the window, other UI components.) It is a LOT of work to code these kinds of things. These developers would not spend that kind of time on things that are 100% cosmetic. Especially since the default widgets are very easy to use.

Most UI for science/research/academic software is built with the WYSWYG editor in Visual Studio if they have it, or basic console style inputs if such an editor is not present.

Example Software:

Example Images:


  • I went through en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_data_visualization understood this already. I'm software developer,so I've decided there is some commercial company which probably built something fancy. But after all, and your comment it seems NOT real. So I have a field to work on =). The biggest commercial software suite from dnastar.com/default.aspx there are a lot of features, but looks like from 90-s.
    – sigrlami
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 18:55
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    Just doesn't need to NOT look like it is from the 90's so why spend money to change? These design idioms are ugly, but still completely usable and effective. There are no pretty jackhammers.
    – DampeS8N
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 19:17
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    That second link was very disappointing - it wasn't at all what I was expecting.
    – John C
    Commented Oct 22, 2011 at 12:43
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    Also. Things tend to link-rot quickly in this space. Half of the stuff I used as examples has moved. :(
    – DampeS8N
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 19:09
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    Most of your links are dead. One of them was actively trying to give my computer a virus.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 19:05

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