Add the possibility to plot atomistic structures with a "ball and stick" renderer rather having only the wireframe one.
This is now supported. Try opening a molecule file e.g. caffeine.pdb in VTKData. Various rendering modes are also available including “Ball and Stick”, “Space Filling” and “Liquorice”.
I've been using glyph/wireframe but the quality of the image is not at the publication level because: 1) different species should have different radius 2) the wireframe does not reproduce the cylinder effect 3) the rendering is not even comparable with other softwares, such as VMD.
As multiscale models are becoming very important, I believe that Paraview should treat Elements and Atoms on equal footing. Honestly, I would put this topic on high priority.
AdminUtkarsh Ayachit (Admin, paraview) commented
Try using the glyph filter to add balls and use the wireframe of the original data for the sticks.