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ChemBioDraw and round-trip editing

According to a note on Twitter CambridgeSoft have announced that they have also have solved the problems of round-trip editing on Mac OS X using ChemBioDraw and Microsoft Office 2011 (14.0.1).

The full details should be here, although it seems their server may be down at the moment.

http://www.cambridgesoft.com/services/DesktopSupport/KnowledgeBase/Compatibility/?tab=Mac

Update:- The server seems to be working now but I’ve copied the text here just in case it goes down again.

MS Office 2008 & iWork
Updated 11/17/2010 Microsoft has released an update to Microsoft Office 2011 labeled 14.0.1 that now supports round trip editing of ChemDraw 12.0.2 structures. When copying a structure in ChemDraw 12.0.1 and below, the ChemDraw application would put a PICT of the image on the clipboard. We embedded chemical information into the PICT image, so that when that PICT image was transferred back into ChemDraw, the ChemDraw application would be able to interpret the picture as a chemically meaningful object that could be edited by ChemDraw. Due to continued modernizations in the Mac OS, newer applications are no longer supporting the PICT format on the clipboard. In newer applications, the use of PDFs to transfer copied images is now what is expected. This is why round trip editing between ChemDraw 12.0.1 and below and MS Office 2008 applications as well as iWork applications ceased to work. CambridgeSoft has made changes to ChemDraw 12.0.2, so that instead of only using the now unsupported PICT format, we also place the chemical information into the PDF that gets placed on the clipboard when copying a structure in ChemDraw. The application that this PDF gets pasted into now needs to handle the PDF correctly, such that the chemical information is not stripped. Apple has this working with the latest version of Keynote. They are working towards getting the other iWork applications to also support the expected PDF with the chemical information, so round trip editing can happen in more than Keynote. Microsoft has released an update to Microsoft Office 2011 labeled 14.0.1 that now supports round trip editing of ChemDraw 12.0.2 structures. This means that documents created in Microsoft Office 14.0.1 and ChemDraw 12.0.2 now support copying the structure out of the Microsoft Office document, pasting it into ChemDraw 12.0.2 and editing it. Note: you must have the “Add PDF to Clipboard” preference checked in ChemDraw for this to work with Microsoft Office 14.0.1. It is checked by default in ChemDraw 12.0.2. Currently the chemical information is being stripped from the PDF by Microsoft Office 2008 applications, such that what remains is just a picture, and not something that can be edited by ChemDraw. There are no Microsoft Office 2008 patches planned to address this issue. If you have Microsoft Office 2008 Mac documents and open them in the current version of Microsoft Office for the Mac, you will find that the structures still cannot be edited (they are just pictures) for the reasons above. You will find the same problem if you try to transfer a Microsoft Office 2008 document to Windows or if you open any Windows Microsoft Office document in Microsoft Office 2008 for the Mac. If you have Microsoft Office 2004 documents which do enable you to cut the pictures out and edit them in ChemDraw and you open them in the current version of Microsoft Office for the Mac, you will find that the structures can no longer be edited. Users of Microsoft Office 2004 for the Mac will need to transfer the structures into ChemDraw, and then copy and paste them from ChemDraw 12.0.2 to Microsoft Office 14.0.1 or redraw the structure in ChemDraw and then copy and paste into Microsoft Office 14.0.1.
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