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MathMagic Updated


The MathMagic desktop products have all been updated.

MathMagic is an equation editor application for editing any mathematical expressions and symbols with easy-to-use graphical interface and various powerful features. MathMagic Personal Edition works well with any word processors, presentation software like Keynote or PowerPoint, DTP layout software like Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress.

There is a video showing it in action here

There is also a MathMagic for iOS


A review of Wizard Pro


When I first started the list of data analysis packages for Mac OS X it was a fairly short list, over the years the list has grown and the diversity of packages increased. From free packages like R to enterprise applications like IBM SPSS costing thousands. Some packages are enormously powerful but have a ferocious learning curve, whilst others are very easy to use but have only very limited capabilities. Wizard is an intuitive data analysis tool, designed from the ground up to be readily accessible but still retain the power of the sophisticated command line driven applications that only seem suitable for programmers. Wizard Pro allows the user to explore the data interactively without the need to learn a programming language. Read more here.


I should have added Wizard Pro runs under Yosemite and is on the list of Yosemite compatible applications, and has just been updated to version 1.6.7 (Feb 27th).


Sharing Molecules, Reactions and DataSheets


Strict sandboxing in the early version of iOS has caused issues with sharing molecular information between applications, chemists are very used to the idea of being able to copy and paste SMILES, or open sdf, mol files with multiple desktop applications. As iOS has evolved the strategies for sharing information have been implemented and this post on Molecular Materials Informatics has a brilliant summary of the current state of play.

Methods for sharing chemical data are described: iOS apps have many different ways to pass data in and out. Making use of the numerous different ways to exchange data is essential to making cheminformatics functionality useful on mobile devices


Developing Chemistry Apps in the Cloud


There is an interesting article in the latest issue of Bio IT World describing work to design and build applications for mobile devices.

The rapid incorporation of touch devices, such as smart phones and tablets, into our personal and business lives increases pressure on software providers to deliver technology via mobile apps.




ChemDoodle Mobile has been updated.

What's New in Version 1.5.0

  • Added full 3D graphics support for 3D molecules!
  • Full support for iOS8 and the new iPhone sizes
  • Buttons are now larger on larger screens
  • Various improvements to the sketcher
  • Fixed clear button where it sometimes would not work
  • Corrected bug where stereochemistry was inverted in 3D coordinate generation
  • Resolved rare issue where the app would fail to load properly
  • Significantly increased responsiveness
  • Minor changes and fixes

ChemDoodle Mobile is the most highly rated App on the Mobile Science website and is accessed with your ChemDoodle account that is provided to you for free when you purchase ChemDoodle desktop.