Major bugfix version of Chekcell powder indexing helper tool

L. Cranswick lzc at
Mon Jun 3 00:21:56 EST 2002

Some rather serious bugs were introduced in recent versions
of Chekcell to get around problems on how TAUP reports 
monoclinic cells (this affected Hexagonal and Rhombohedral cells) 

There is also a new 2nd/3rd June 2002 version of Chekcell for Windows
graphical indexing helper tool for assigning cells and spacegroups
from powder data by Jean Laugier and Bernard Bochu - part of
the LMGP software suite.
(Chekcell interlinks with Robin Shirley's Crysfire powder indexing


Chekcell Tutorials:

It is recommended anyone using Chekcell to aid in powder
indexing download this update.


Also, if not obvious from the Chekcell interface, when you find
a cell you are happy with it - make sure to test this with Ton 
Spek's "LePage" software.  LePage for Windows is provided 
within Chekcell.

If you have found high FOM monoclinic, orthorhomic, hexagonal
cells, etc - LePage super-cell searching can commonly find higher 
symmetry cells that fit all the lines with less superfluous
reflections.  This is due to the habit of many indexing programs in
favouring low volume low symmetry cells over the "true" high volume, 
high symmetry cell.  LePage super-cell searching can provide an 
important tool for helping obtain (or confirm) a good high symmetry cell.

An example runthrough of this is at:
 Using Ton Spek's Lepage within Chekcell to find super-cells and 
 better powder indexing trial cell solutions


Lachlan M. D. Cranswick

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