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Old Mar 31, 2008, 08:44 AM   #1
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Chemical drawing software

Are there any good chemical drawing software out there?

I am a student who is currently studying chemistry courses in the university. For those who are familiar, I am looking for some good softwares which can draw nice chemical structures also to include some of the mechanisms.

Thank you.
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Old Mar 31, 2008, 08:51 AM   #2
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Old Mar 31, 2008, 09:28 AM   #3
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any free version alternatives?
I do not need very complicated functions.
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Old Mar 31, 2008, 10:53 AM   #4
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MathType is not chemical drawing software, but it will do most of what you'd need to do in physical chemistry. You can type isotopes, reactions, Lewis structures, etc. Here are two videos on another blog showing how to do Lewis structures with MathType.
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Old Mar 31, 2008, 10:59 AM   #5
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Try Isis Draw

Isis draw can do many of the things ChemDraw can, and its a smaller program, and its FREE!

Check it out at
http://www.mdli.com/downloads/downloadable/index.jsp

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Old Nov 26, 2008, 02:08 PM   #6
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Isis draw can do many of the things ChemDraw can, and its a smaller program, and its FREE!

Check it out at
http://www.mdli.com/downloads/downloadable/index.jsp

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Unfortunately, the latest version of ISIS Draw is no longer available for Mac and the previous one from 2001 only works in Classic.
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Old Nov 26, 2008, 09:37 PM   #7
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Marvin Beans

http://www.chemaxon.com/marvin/do-download.html

I found this app also in a search for a simple but useful program for organic. Recently they upgraded and offer their full blown software free to students, so you should check it out. I have completed a semester of organic with it and it does more than I need so far.
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Old Nov 27, 2008, 12:38 AM   #8
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That's a good one, thanks!
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Old Feb 25, 2009, 07:33 AM   #9
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Need Chemdraw Help..!!!!

Hi,
I am using MS office 2004 for my MACBOOK.
I need to use chemdraw for my projects. I can use chemdraw very well in my macbook no problem.
But, when I try to edit the chemdraw files structures which I am pasting in word document, Its opening as an image not in chemdraw format.

It is very difficult, when I am using my office PCs

Please any one help...
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Old Aug 17, 2011, 09:01 AM   #10
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ChemDraw has had some problems doing that on Mac. They claimed it was fixed with the MS Office 2011 update, but I've had no luck getting it to work either. However, ChemDoodle (a great, cheap chemical drawing program that I highly recommend) is supposed to include such a feature in its 4.0 update.



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Hi,
I am using MS office 2004 for my MACBOOK.
I need to use chemdraw for my projects. I can use chemdraw very well in my macbook no problem.
But, when I try to edit the chemdraw files structures which I am pasting in word document, Its opening as an image not in chemdraw format.

It is very difficult, when I am using my office PCs

Please any one help...
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Old Aug 17, 2011, 10:15 AM   #11
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any free version alternatives?
I do not need very complicated functions.
ChemDraw is free if you're a student. You have to go through your university though to get a free license. Maybe they put it up on their site as well now so def. google that.
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Old Dec 16, 2011, 11:48 PM   #12
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Not all universities have a ChemDraw license. What you said is definitely true if the university has a site license, but for ones that don't, the students have to front the cost (which is ~$400 even for a student edition). Lots of universities are switching to ChemDoodle, which is a cheaper, yet just as capable alternative (it can even edit or create .cdx files) that is Mac OS X native (available on Windows and Linux too). Even if your school does not have it, it is only $59 for a student license (relatively cheap).

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ChemDraw is free if you're a student. You have to go through your university though to get a free license. Maybe they put it up on their site as well now so def. google that.
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Old Dec 17, 2011, 11:25 AM   #13
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Not all universities have a ChemDraw license. What you said is definitely true if the university has a site license, but for ones that don't, the students have to front the cost (which is ~$400 even for a student edition). Lots of universities are switching to ChemDoodle, which is a cheaper, yet just as capable alternative (it can even edit or create .cdx files) that is Mac OS X native (available on Windows and Linux too). Even if your school does not have it, it is only $59 for a student license (relatively cheap).
Ah okay. I was under the impression that they do it through a .edu email address and not a university specific license. Thanks for clearing that up.
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 09:44 AM   #14
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Drawing Lewis structure software

SoftChemistry (By MolecularSoft Technology, www.molecularsoft.com) has a module to drawing Lewis structure, and has step by step instructions. It's a good tools for general chemistry students.
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 10:35 AM   #15
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I think.....

a software called XDrawChem can be useful. It is free, but the last version I used requires to install the X Windows System (optative install from a Mac OS X OS Disc)
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