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ACD/ChemSketch Freeware

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Advanced Chemistry Development's ACD/ChemSketch Freeware bundle is the sort of easy-to-use cutting-edge toolkit that chemist Isaac Asimov predicted years ago, only it's not science fiction but real software you can download today. ACD/ChemSketch is an easy-to-use chemical modeling and rendering program with a versatile 3D viewer that lets you specify everything from shapes and colors to Initial Internuclear Distance (in Angstroms). You can drag and rotate 3D models, zoom in and out, record frames, and manipulate the view in many ways. ChemBasic, a chemistry-oriented programming tool, is included.

ChemSketch's layout bears a strong resemblance to other drawing and modeling tools, CADware, and photo editors, although the sidebar's list of common chemical elements and symbols indicates the program's chemistry focus. The app opens on the 2D sketch page, which is extremely easy to use: Select an element or other symbol in the sidebar, click the main view, and drag a line to the next chemical bond. Customizable toolbars, packed with symbols and presets, make it possible to build up detailed structures quickly. We could create and manage templates, show or hide attributes such as Aromaticity, generate names, stereo descriptors, and structures, and much more. At the bottom of the window, tabs let us copy our model to the 3D viewer (and vice versa) for a more detailed view. We could search eMolecules, ChemSpider, and other services from inside ChemSketch or from the app, using our usual browser, too.

ACD/ChemSketch is as easy to use as a child's sketch program yet sophisticated enough for the lab. It wasn't so long ago that the modeling and rendering capabilities it offers were unavailable to scientists, let alone any student or amateur. Professionals and students, alike, should try it.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Great program. Terrible Install"

    April 28, 2013  |   By chlorpromazine

    Version: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware 11.01 build 22419

    Pros

    wonderful program, lots of power, lets you create molecules at your will.

    Cons

    DO NOT INSTALL VIA CNET DOWNLOADER. It's determined to install terrible addons into your browser, and even if you prevent it from installing the toolbars, it'll still install extensions into your browser which enable MORE ADVERTISMENTS ON EVERY PAGE!!! Youtube began playing advertisements durring my videos, google loaded 10+ adds on every search, and web browsing was slowing to a crawl. I've disabled the extensions I've found so far but I personally feel wronged. furthermore,I'm not even sure I've removed everything that was installed.

    This is 90's era bloatware maliciousness and I cannot believe CNET would get involved in such shoddy behavior. I certainly won't be downloading any more files from them, and I may stop visiting this site period.

    Summary

    Download this program somewhere else.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great software for chemical structure drawing"

    March 31, 2012  |   By death1968

    Version: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware 11.01 build 22419

    Pros

    Drawing of chemical structures, some templates, some advanced features. Free!

    Cons

    Some of the features are locked for paying users. Occasionally difficult to find the right editing tool.

    Summary

    Free version of ACD/ChemSketch 12.1 includes only some features - no problems with installation and stability on Win7 (64 bit).

    User interface appears similar to the outrageously priced ChemDraw; however, it is different! Short-cuts are different. Certain settings (like changing the font, bond length, or arrow appearance) seem counter-intuitive.


    The software has two tabs: "Structure" - for chemical drawing, and "Draw" - for other editing. One must switch between them to create reactions. Among nice features, one must list name generation, properties calculations, some structure templates, 3D viewer, structure clean-up, etc. Unfortunately, more advanced features are available only for paying users. What is in the free version is more than sufficient for a casual user, even for a chemist.

    Overall, I can recommend this programme to anyone who needs to draw chemical structures.

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  • 4.0 stars

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    July 30, 2011  |   By dudubaki

    Version: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware 11

    Pros

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    Cons

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Fast, intuitive, and free -- too bad it's Windows only."

    February 18, 2011  |   By BosoxMan

    Version: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware 11.01 build 22419

    Pros

    Fast, intuitive, and free, and a needed escape from the hideous cost of ChemDraw.

    Cons

    Nothing for the Mac OS, and no sign that there ever will be. (It does run just fine in a VMWare Fusion virtual Windows installation, but still...) Also lacks the MS Office integration of ChemDraw.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Incredible, especially since it's free"

    June 11, 2010  |   By naoka

    Version: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware 11.01 build 22419

    Pros

    Works as well as ChemDraw

    Cons

    Nothing I don't like

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Product ideal for chemistry"

    January 10, 2009  |   By maajar

    Version: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware 11.01 build 22419

    Pros

    Easy to use- user friendly

    Cons

    There is nothing which I do not like about this product

    Summary

    Incorporating of other features like currly arrows for drawing reaction mechanisms is important.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "not yet reviewed"

    October 19, 2008  |   By raj5431

    Version: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware 11

    Pros

    not able to try without activation key.

    Cons

    not getting demo activation key.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "it is good product."

    October 19, 2008  |   By raj5431

    Version: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware 11.01 build 22419

    Pros

    the basic chemistry.

    Cons

    i will try this product & then i can tell you.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good for organic chemistry students."

    January 11, 2008  |   By aayushgoel

    Version: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware 10

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good software"

    December 30, 2007  |   By smchae

    Version: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware 10

    Pros

    Good software for student

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