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Version 11.2.0

Chemical drawing application.

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ChemDoodle overview

If you are looking for a chemical sketcher or an alternative to your current chemical drawing application, there is no better choice than ChemDoodle. ChemDoodle works on all operating systems, has one of the largest feature sets in the industry, has the most customizable graphics, pastes scalable vector graphics into Microsoft Office, iWork and OpenOffice (among others), and can read and write all of our competitors’ formats. This is in addition to our web and mobile ChemDoodle extensions!

What’s new in version 11.2.0

Updated on Jan 05 2021

Version 11.2.0:
  • Recover chemical figures and drawings pasted into 3rd party applications, like a word processor, by other chemical software where chemical data was embedded. Simply copy the figure in the 3rd party application and paste into ChemDoodle to recover the original drawing for further editing. This works on both Windows and macOS, as long as the original image was embedded on the same operating system. See section 15.7 of the ChemDoodle 2D User Guide for more information.
  • The ability to scan Microsoft Office documents for chemical data has been completed and is no longer an experimental feature. On any operating system you run ChemDoodle on, you will now be able to extract chemical data from Microsoft Office files, even if you do not have access to the original chemical program or Microsoft Office. You can finally collaborate with chemists in creating documents even if they use a different operating system.
  • You can now copy and paste CDX and CDXML data directly into ChemDoodle on both Windows and macOS.
  • CDX and CDXML data can now be recovered from EMF and PDF files, regardless of operating system, by opening them in ChemDoodle.
  • A significant amount of work has been invested in our already very thorough CDX and CDXML file handling, with a focus on pixel-perfect interpretation. Better support for all kinds of arrows, including bold, equilibrium and retrosynthetic; also improved arrowhead sizing. Support for faded colors in shapes. Improved adherence to double bond orientations. Text placement has been made much more accurate, including rotated text. Much better handling of symbol attributes. Isotope mass values are no longer added for deuterium and tritium labels, as they are not present in the original render. Arc input has been fixed with end points and angles now correctly interpreted, and elliptical arcs are input as well.
  • There is a new CDX and CDXML file option to suppress the load of invisible atoms (no labels or bonds attached). This option is enabled by default and can be disabled in the Preferences window, under the Files tab.
  • CDX and CDXML pages are now combined on load by default. You may still have pages separated on load by changing the settings in the Preferences window, under the Files tab.
  • Monoisotopic mass is now the default calculation for mass fragmentation tools.
  • On macOS, PDF was not recognized from the system clipboard until an initial copy was executed from ChemDoodle. This has been corrected.
  • Fixed problem where unknown CDX objects would stop CDX file reading, leading to missing data from the file.
  • Fixed error where molecule highlight shapes with no fills or borders rendered would cause selection problems.
  • Fixed bug where ChemDoodle JSON query variables were incorrectly negated on read.
  • Corrected rare issue where stoichiometry tables were being corrupted on input, leading to the containing file not being read properly. This update fixes the issue and those files should now open without problems.





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App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11 or later
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Jun 18 2022
Jun 18 2022
Version: 11.2.0
I am so happy I found this app. The competition is way overpriced and ChemDoodle does everything I need and more. Works very well on my mac.
Damian Weiss
Damian Weiss
Dec 7 2012
Dec 7 2012
Version: 5.0.1
I want to like ChemDoodle because it has a rich feature set and is relatively easy to use. Nevertheless I don't like ChemDoodle as it has a clumsy and ugly user interface; it just doesn't feel like an Mac application. Apart from that, I would give it an overall rating of 4.5 stars. But as long as the developpers of ChemDoodle refuse to hire someone to polish the user interface, I will continue to use my old ChemDraw version which has not as many features as ChemDoodle, but has a clean user interface without dozens of different colors and shapes.