As described in Export data to a file, Phylogenetic trees can be exported in Newick (.newick) or Nexus (.nex, .nxs) formats using File > Export Data > Tree. The saved files can be opened by many free and commercial evolutionary biology software programs.
The following procedure goes a step further. It lets you automatically launch a third-party tree viewer and view the tree within that application.
- Outside MegAlign Pro, download the desired tree viewer and install it on your computer. Compatible viewers include Archaeopteryx (Win only) and FigTree.
- In MegAlign Pro, set the default application for opening saved trees using the File > Send Tree To menu command.
- Perform an alignment.
- Export the tree using File > Send Tree to (Tree Viewer). If you have chosen a compatible tree viewer, this command launches the viewer with the active MegAlign Pro project tree open. If a tree viewer has not yet been specified, you will receive the following message:
Click OK to launch the application preferences dialog, where you can indicate the viewer location.
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