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Easy Way to Draw Structures to Post Here anyone?

  1. Jul 31, 2004 #1

    I've been wondering...there are quite a few folks who would like to post their organic chemistry problems here (including, possibly me, in future). But to do that properly, one must be able to give his/her solution/mechanism/question in the form of structures and not just words as it would make reasoning easier that way. Since we already have access to LaTeX on this system, is there any additional tool that we can use (perhaps online or even offline will do) which can accurately draw the structures for us so that they can be posted on PF as images? (A tool in the free domain would be nice...have tried RasMol and others but I wonder which is the best/easiest/quickest to use...)

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  3. Aug 1, 2004 #2


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    Some websites use CHIME, but I don't know much about it. In my experience it works well with PCs but sucks on Macs. I have no idea if it is free domain either.
  4. Aug 1, 2004 #3
    There is a program out there called ISIS draw, which is very easy to use.
  5. Aug 1, 2004 #4
    You could always draw it with chemdraw/chemsketch and then copy it to a bmp/jpg file, and then upload it on to some webspace giving us the URL to look. Or you could name the structures (good practise) or type it out!

    For example, I could type phenyl-2-propanone as being (C6H5)-(CH2COCH3).

    But it would be easier to just draw it! And we'd be able to incorporate mechanisms into the drawings. Instead of taking the longggggggg time explaining what could be drawn in a matter of seconds.
  6. Aug 1, 2004 #5
    You could also just use regular draw in microsoft windows. It would be a pain because you would have to switch between text and drawing options, but it is possible just to use draw.
  7. Aug 1, 2004 #6
    The only problem in using a program that is not specialized for organic chemistry structures is that a lot of time is spent in making the skeletons. I could tell you the compound names (and yes thunderfvck, it would give me good practise :wink:) but it would be very tedious for everyone else to figure out the reaction and get back to me.

    I will try the programs you folks have mentioned though...

    (I thought Chime is just a plugin...)

  8. Aug 2, 2004 #7


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    Yeah, it might be. I'm not sure. But the structures have to get in there somehow, right?
  9. Aug 2, 2004 #8
    This seems interesting: http://www.umass.edu/microbio/chime/

    From what I gather, chime incorporates RasMol's rendering engine, so in order to get the structures into a chime-compatible format, you've got to use RasMol.

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