Pgm for drawing molecular structures?

J. Michael Cherry Cherry at Frodo.MGH.Harvard.EDU
Sun Mar 10 12:03:55 EST 1991


In article <1991Mar7.204553.8754 at uwovax.uwo.ca> jhammo at uwovax.uwo.ca (James Hammond) writes:
> Can anyone recommend a good shareware program, available by FTP or
> otherwise, for the **two-dimensional** drawing of molecular structures.
> This would be used mainly for publication and display purposes,
> consequently the program must output to an HPGL, CGM, or PCX file format
> (or other standards).

I don't know of any PD or Shareware programs for doing 2D chemical 
drawings.

A very nice commercial program for Macintosh computers is called ChemDraw. 
We have used it in my department for many years and find it very useful. 
Its produced by Cambridge Scientific Computing, Inc of Cambridge, 
Massachusetts  (617) 491-6862.

Years ago we had a demo of a 2D editor program for DOS systems by Polygen, 
Inc of Waltham, Massachusetts. I've forgotten the name of the program but 
it was Chem<something> and I'm not sure it is still a product for DOS. 
This 2D drawing functionallity is now included in their Unix package 
Quanta which is out of the reach of most people, even if you already have 
the graphics workstation.

For Sun SPARCstations and perhaps Sun3s the BBN distributed, NIH supported 
package Prophet includes a 2D chemical drawing editor, and much much more. 
This is a great package if you have one of the Sun models that they 
support, it costs around $500 per workstation.

I have nothing to do with any of the companies mentioned above, except for 
being a customer of CSC.

Mike Cherry
cherry at frodo.mgh.harvard.edu
Department of Molecular Biology
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
617-726-5955




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