Transition to the New BioCyc, EcoCyc, and MetaCyc Web Sites
In February 2009 SRI released Phase II of our redesign of the Web sites
for BioCyc, EcoCyc, MetaCyc, and HumanCyc. Our goals in this redesign were to
make the sites more pleasant to the eye, to make existing functionality
easier to use, to introduce new search capabilities, and to lay the
groundwork for later expansions of the Web site capabilities.
Two key resources to assist you in this transition are the
Search Help page and the
webinar Transitioning to the Updated BioCyc Web Site.
Here are a few key points to keep in mind as you use the new site.
- The new Web site does not work well with Internet Explorer version 6.
Please upgrade to version 7.
- Due to a bug in Firefox, the Firefox Web browser is significantly slower in
conjunction with our Web site than is other Web browsers such as Safari, Internet
Explorer, and Google Chrome. If you are finding Firefox to be too slow we suggest
switching to another Web browser. We have reported the bug to the Firefox
developers but we do not know when they will fix it.
- The old BioCyc query page, formerly at URL http://biocyc.org/server.html,
is obsolete. Its functionality has been replaced by the Search and Tools menus
within the new toolbar that appears on all pages.
- Be sure to select the organism you want to search using the new organism selector
If you usually query a database other than EcoCyc, you can establish it as your
default by creating a BioCyc account and setting the default organism within your preferences
- Notice that sometimes new items will appear in the toolbar. For example,
when you are viewing a pathway page, a Pathway menu will appear with operations
specific to pathways.
- Please try out our new search tools, which we hope you will find to be more powerful
and easier to use
[help for search tools].
We'd appreciate hearing your feedback or suggestions on the new site