Please cite our preprint on the BioRxiv: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/10/20/082123
Ribbon is an interactive web visualization tool for viewing genomic alignments of short/long reads or assembled contigs to any reference genome.
Ribbon is available online at genomeribbon.com and can even read large bam files straight from your computer without a local install.
If you need to deploy Ribbon locally, here are the steps:
Install XAMPP on your computer (includes Apache and PHP)
Go to the htdocs folder created during the install. On a Mac, the folder is located at /Applications/XAMPP/htdocs/
Clone this repository into the htdocs folder
git clone https://github.com/marianattestad/ribbon
Then go to a web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari (Not tested on IE) and type into the url box:
That is the entire installation process for Ribbon. Don't you love web applications?