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ChemToolBox

CNET Editors' review

ChemToolBox provides several excellent learning and calculating tools that can help you gain a stronger understanding of chemistry and the chemical elements. With simple navigation and accurate information, this is a great choice for students and professionals alike.

The program's interface is simple to navigate, and the commands and information are clearly laid out in a way that doesn't require a visit to the Help file to understand. Even though we hadn't picked up a chemistry book in years, we were easily able to cycle through five different chemistry topics--Solvents, Solutions, Elements, Biochemistry, and Spectroscopy--as well as dig deeper into each by studying the various guides within each topic. These guides generally consist of important formulas and equations, which help make ChemToolBox an effective, quick reference guide. Our favorite function was the interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, which displays an element's properties when you click on its atomic symbol. The program's finest component may be its Calculator feature, which has multiple settings that give you the power to solve complex chemistry equations with only a few bits of information. This simple but effective program seems ideal for studying or practicing chemistry.

ChemToolBox is freeware. Its ability to teach and perform advanced chemistry make it a great tool in the classroom or lab, and we highly recommend it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This is sick awesome!!"

    May 30, 2011  |   By JamesAndersonJr

    Version: ChemToolBox 1.1

    Pros

    Awesome program!! Everything a chemistry student would ever need.

    Cons

    In Windows 7 64-Bit you must run this program by right-clicking the icon on the desktop or Start menu, and select "Run as administrator" or else the program crashes, especially if you're trying to get rid of the "tips" on startup.

    Summary

    Uses more of an office 2003 interface then a more recently-styled sleek interface, but who cares, right? It's very easy to use, and has everything a chem student could even think to need. They must fix that "run as administrator" bug for it to stop crashing on normal use. Also it would be nice if they used a good installer to show all the proper uninstall details (i.e. Name publisher, Size, Version ) in Windows 7 uninstall dialog in the control panel. As of now (version 1.1) they have everything jammed under the "Name" heading. This is very sloppy work.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very easy to use!"

    January 25, 2011  |   By David_P_Morse

    Version: ChemToolBox 1.1

    Pros

    Helpful, informative, many useful tools.

    Cons

    I have not found any.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Classic and Classy"

    September 6, 2010  |   By atisch49

    Version: ChemToolBox 1.1

    Pros

    Well organized chemistry reference.
    Well thought out Periodic Table
    Useful spectroscopic information for many organic compounds.
    Much better organized solutions calculator than "Chemical Solutions" Freeware.
    Calculates far more than just solutions.

    Cons

    A small problem is with the size of the dababase, which hopefully will grow.
    It would be nice if actual sample NMR spectra were included as proton-proton interactions are just as important as the peak position.
    A tutorial would also be a great touch.

    Summary

    This is a very useful tool for chemistry students and chemists alike. It is well-thought out and seems to (hopefully) be a work in progress. As it is it's small enough to use on notebook computers and possibly smart-phones as well. Maneuvering through the program is quite intuitive. I hope to see this application continue to mature. Bottom line, though, is that its already extremely useful. Highly recommended.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great resource!"

    December 28, 2009  |   By sctimrek

    Version: ChemToolBox 1.1

    Pros

    Lots of data with no nag screens! Very easy to install and use.

    Cons

    It would be nice to have more basic level information, although the periodic table info included is very complete.

    Summary

    A must resource for students.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazingly comprehensive"

    June 10, 2009  |   By RoboSkier

    Version: ChemToolBox 1.1

    Pros

    Tons of data; Totally free!!!

    Cons

    Presentation can be overwheliming; Could use some additional data; Some translation problems (nothing serious, just noticeable)

    Summary

    This free program has an incredible amount of data compiled into one fairly simple program. Overall, data is well organized, although the pages can be a bit cluttered at times. It contains everything from a periodic table to solvent properties to NMR and IR data to Amino Acids to...

    I would like to see specific heat capacities for solvents. Additionally, a list of common enthalpies of formation and such would be useful.

    Overall, this is a really handy program that I will most likely be referencing first (instead of searching wildly on the internet). I should add that I have not yet checked any of the data for accuracy. That could change my opinion quickly.

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