looking at how some biologists / bioinfomaticians work I have noticed that lot of them, even to visualize their own data, use UCSC browser.
I mean, when they have some ".bigWig", ".bed", etc.. files on their local computer, they prefer to upload those files to UCSC and use the online web interface to visualize them, through the Web Browser (FireFox, Chrome, IE, etc...).
I think that the same visualization could be achived by the means of "stand alone" Genome Browsers (among them maybe IGB is the most famous).
- Am I right if I say that the two tools are equivalent?
- Why is UCSC soo much used even to visualize local data?