ChemDoodles, ISISDraw, BKChem, MarvinBeans, ChemSketch, ChemDraw…

There’s at least a dozen chemical structure editors running under different kinds of licenses and platform, and (ugh) none of them are truly satisfactory.  The latest one I’ve checked out is ChemDoodle, which is somewhat new and have some good things going on.  The existing reviews on the Net dates to 2004/5, so a fresh look at the current capabilities will be useful to the chemist community.  A more comprehensive look will come later (as in, a month or two later); this post is interim notes to remind myself for later, and an invitation for readers’ comments.  What other sketching software should I know about and what are your experiences with them?

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Pictorial Guide to Interpreting Infrared Spectra

Having taught spectroscopy for several years, I find that students commonly have a hard time prioritizing IR bands in their spectra interpretation.  After several false starts and long years of procrastination, here’s a pictorial guide that I hope would be clear, accurate, and helpful for learning to interpret IR spectra.  If you wish to use this for print, the PDF version would give better resolution and can be found here.