Macs in Chemistry

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Findings Lab Notebook


Findings is a Mac electronic lab notebook designed for scientists that aims to replace the paper lab notebook still in use in most research labs. I did have a look at Findings when it came out but it did not seem well suited to a chemist so I thought I’d wait and see what the reaction was from other disciplines. Findings app has very distinguished roots, it was founded by Alexander Griekspoor (author of the Apple design award winning Papers and EnzymeX) and Charles Parnot (of Xgrid@Stanford fame), an ex-scientist metamorphosed into a software developer.

A reader sent me this initial view of Findings and I thought I’d share it since it nicely showcases the application:


Status of WebGL

Here is an interesting article highlighting the current status of WebGL. WebGL is finally available by default in all browsers on all platforms and on both desktop and mobile devices.

Scientific applications now have the ability to creatively communicate information in both 2D and 3D through HTML5 across all platforms and can be distributed freely over the internet. We have been making sure that WebGL support in the ChemDoodle Web Components remain compliant and thorough throughout its development. So no worries if you have not yet learned WebGL, as you can take advantage of this powerful 3D graphics technology for free under the GPL license through the ChemDoodle Web Components, joining hundreds of other projects that currently use our library to create the most stunning scientific web and mobile apps.

There is a demo of what can be done with ChemDoodle Web components in the hints and tutorials.




I just got this email

iScienceSearch, the Internet search engine for chemists is now completely free! Please click to start the application. There is nothing to download. This application will run in your browser.

I’ve previously reviewed iScienceSearch and it seem to have been updated considerably since then.

iScienceSearch is a meta search engine that searches over 100 different databases, The search engine is intelligent and will search using any synonyms or chemical structures of your search query to extend the search to data sources that might not include the original query text.

  • Search the Internet by drawing a structure.
  • Type a name or identifier and you get the structure.
  • Find suppliers for lab and research chemicals
  • Search the AKosSamples database by substructure



Ars Technica iOS8 Review


The latest incarnation of iOS is a major change and the most comprehensive review I’ve seen to date is the Ars Technica iOS8 Review

One feature that may be of particular interest is iCloud Drive, iCloud Drive keeps the concept of application-specific folders for data, but it allows users (and other applications) to see the filesystem and access data stored in multiple app folders. This means that you can open a molecular data file with the applecation of your choice.


In iOS 8, you'll be given the opportunity to upgrade from standard iCloud to iCloud Drive once you sign into your account, but you should tread lightly here—converting your account to use iCloud Drive is a one-time deal and it can't be reversed. iOS 8 still supports "Documents & Data" sync, the old-style iCloud syncing method that will continue to work with Mavericks and older iOS versions.

If you still use Macs running OS X 10.9 or older or if you have an iPhone you can’t upgrade to iOS8 and you want to sync data between them, don't turn iCloud Drive on.


ChemSpider Mobile has been updated.


ChemSpider Mobile has been updated.

Version 2 has a completely redesigned user interface, with powerful new functionality for previewing search results, saving compounds, and exporting to other apps and webservices. The new look incorporates the latest graphical art from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the style conventions of iOS 7.