May 1, 2015 (Vol. 35, No. 9)


Strong Points: Makes it easy to create, view, and analyze molecules
Weak Points: Some features restricted to customers




The ChemDoodle Mobile app is the companion tablet/smartphone app to the commercial computer software of the same name. While the software costs money, the app offers a number of free features to people who don’t own the software. (Some features are for customers only.) This app provides an easy interface to draw chemical structures and subsequently view 3D renderings of the molecules. The 3D model is fully rotatable and scalable. Beyond simply drawing and visualizing molecules, users can analyze the molecules that they draw under the “calculate” and “spectra” tabs of the app. Under the “calculate” section, the IUPAC name is restricted to customers, but guest users of the app can view the molecular formula, molecular mass, molar refractivity, and other characteristics of the molecule. Users can also view predicted 13C and 1H NMR spectra for the molecule. Guest users can’t save the drawings, but you can always take a screenshot of your creation.

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