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See us in San Francisco!

American Chemical Society Spring Meeting 2017

24 March 2017

We shall be exhibiting at the American Chemical Society's Spring National Exposition, to be held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center from Sunday 2 April through Tuesday 4 April.

Come and visit us at Booth 1331, located one aisle to the right of the "Marketplace", and near the central ACS booth. This is a very important event for us - come and visit us and you'll find out why! Show hours are:-

Sunday, 2 April:6 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday, 3 April:9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday, 4 April:9 am - 5 pm
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See us in Phoenix!

Materials Research Society Spring Meeting 2017

24 March 2017

Hot on the heels of ACS, we'll be exhibiting at the Materials Research Society's Spring National Exposition, in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 April

Come and visit us at Booth 412, located in the centre of exhibits hall - down in the basement of the convention centre. This is a very important event for us - come and visit us and you'll find out why! Show hours are:-

Tuesday, 18 April:9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday, 19 April:10 am - 5 pm
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We Support Sierra!

We Welcome Apple's Lastest Operating System

28 September 2016

We are delighted to announce that all of our software runs natively on Apple's latest operating system, macOS Sierra.

As one of the very-few companies writing genuine, native, software for Mac, we are uniquely positioned to provide the best support for macOS. Our latest software includes system-level features such as QuickTime video, QuickLook instant previews, Spotlight search and Finder-level metadata display.

Our new CrystalDiffract 6.6 also features support for document tabs in macOS Sierra - a useful organisational feature when dealing with multiple simulations in different widnows. (For backwards-compatibility reasons, document tabs are not yet supported in CrystalMaker or SingleCrystal.)

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CrystalDiffract 6.6

Faster and Smarter

20 June 2016

We are very pleased to announce the launch and immediate availability of CrystalDiffract 6.6: a very-major update to our powder diffraction software, featuring a smart new look with improved performance.

  • Better Precision and Performance. 64-bit precision is used throughout and performance has been dramatically enhanced for intensity calculations thanks to better memory access and new algorithms.

  • Fast Parameter Mode. A new display mode makes it much faster to interactively change structural parameters and diffraction settings, even for massive structures such as proteins.

  • Refreshed Interface. The Patterns List has been streamlined, with more functionality in its contextual menu, and a new "Add" button in the window toolbar. Improvements have also been made to the Reflexions List resizing and to the Scroller - allowing easy adjustment of the reflexion range.

All New Windows Version

CrystalDiffract 6.6 for Windows is 100% new. Every line of code has been rewritten, using the latest Microsoft .NET framework for native performance and genuine compatibility (the earlier version used the older MFC C++ libraries). The user interface has been streamlined and major performance improvements achieved, compared to the previous version.

Windows XP Legacy Alert! Please note that CrystalDiffract 6.6 will NOT run on Windows XP!
If you are still using Windows XP, please use the updated version of CrystalDiffract 6.5.

Ready for macOS Sierra

CrystalDiffract 6.6 for Mac features numerous enhancements too, not least, future compatibility with macOS Sierra including document tabs.

CrystalDiffract 6.6 is a free update for registered users of CrystalDiffract 6. Download the software for Mac or Windows.

MRS Fall Meeting 2016

Exhibition in Boston

Materials Research Society, Fall Meeting

21 November 2016

We exhibited at the Materials Research Society's Fall National Exposition, held at the Hynes Convention Center from Tuesday 29 November through Thursday 1 December.

This year provided a contrast between brilliant sunshine for the first few days, followed by heavy rain for the next. Nevertheless, the mood in the exhibits hall was always bright - and thanks to the many visitors who stopped by our booth!

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News, Events, Tips & Tricks

6 July 2016

From time to time we e-mail our registered users to inform them of new program features, opportunities to meet us - and to provide some tips. We have been limited by the capabilities of e-mail clients and this has made it difficult to include much in the way of graphics. We have also fallen foul of "spam" filters - and of course, we can only reach those users who have registered with us.

We have therefore taken the decision to present our newsletters in full, via our website. You can read the latest issue here and also browse an index of earlier newsletters which, whilst no longer up-to-date, still retain some handy tips to help you work more productively.

The July 2016 issue of the CrystalMaker Newsletter can now be read online.

MRS Spring Meeting 2016

Exhibition in Phoenix

Materials Research Society, Spring Meeting

3 March 2016

We exhibited at the Materials Research Society's Spring National Exposition, held in Phoenix from Tuesday 29 through Thursday 31 March. This was a brand new location for us - and the society - and we were glad to meet so many existing users, as well as new customers.

Please don't forget that we do still exist outside show hours - so feel free to contact us at any time with questions or comments.

ACS Fall Meeting 2015

Exhibition in San Diego

American Chemical Society, Spring Meeting

22 March 2016

We exhibited at the American Chemical Society's Spring National Exposition, held at the beautifully-located San Diego Convention Center from Sunday 13 through Tuesday 15 March. The conference theme, "Computers in Chemistry" was highly appropriate and we enjoyed meeting so many of you. Thank you to everyone who visited our booth.

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Review Article in Zeitschrift für Kristallographie

24 September 2015

CrystalMaker 9's new crystal engineering tools feature on the front cover of this month's issue of the prestigious Zeitschrift für Kristallographie journal!

A full-colour, fourteen-page review article [1], describes the program's rationale, its history, functionality - and includes research and teaching applications. Users may be interested to read how this software emerged from a dusty lecture theatre back in the 1990s - before the dawn of the world-wide web, and decades before its rivals. CrystalMaker was - and remains - the pioneering software for truly interactive crystallography. Read more in your copy of "ZK" today:-

[1] Palmer, DC (2015) Visualization and analysis of crystal structures using CrystalMaker software. Z. Kristallogr. 230(9-10):559-572

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View CrystalMaker Models on iPhone!

Apple Software Update Liberates Your CrystalMaker Models

24 September 2015

Want to manipulate your 3D structure models on your iPhone? Now you can - and without the need for any new software!

The latest version (4.4) of iBooks lets you manipulate 3D models - in the same way as you can on iPad or OS X. Here's how in five easy steps:-

  1. Export your structure from CrystalMaker 9 as a COLLADA 3D file.

  2. Drag-and-drop your COLLADA file into an empty iBooks Author document (*).

  3. Launch iBooks on your iPhone.

  4. Connect your iPhone to your Mac, using its supplied USB cable.

  5. Press the Preview button in iBooks Author to copy your new iBook - with its 3D model - to your iPhone.

iBooks for iOS lets you zoom and rotate your CrystalMaker-authored models: it's a fantastic way for sharing your structures. You can have multiple structures in a single "iBook" and combine these with text, graphics and video. It's a great way of combining interactive content with educational material.

iBooks Author is a free authoring package from Apple, available on the Mac App Store. Requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" or later. Sorry, this is not available for other operating systems (yet another reason to switch to Mac!).

Video Tours

It's Easy to Build & Relax New Molecules:

Follow Along with this New Video Tour

28 September 2015

Learn how easy it is to build new molecules in CrystalMaker 9 in our latest video tour. The video shows how you can sketch out a new molecule simply by clicking with the mouse to add both atoms and chemical bonds. Hydrogen atoms can be automatically added to the structure in a single step, followed by a full energy minimisation, using our unique - and worry-free - Monte Carlo relaxation technique.

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CrystalMaker Update Offers 3D Printing Support

STL 3D Binary File Option

2 July 2015

Hot on the heels of our major CrystalMaker 9.2 update, we are delighted to release another free update with a very-compelling new feature: 3D printing support.

CrystalMaker 9.2.2 for Mac and Windows includes a new file export option, STL 3D File. This generates a self-contained 3D file - saved as a binary file to save disc space - suitable for virtually all 3D printers.

This complements our existing COLLADA 3D File export option, which also generates 3D models, using an interchange file format that works well with other 3D graphics programs, but which requires conversion to another format before it can be printed. By offering direct STL 3D File export, CrystalMaker enhances your workflow, allowing you to take your 3D model direct to the printer, without requiring third-party software.

Free to Version 9 Customers

Licensed and registered customers of CrystalMaker 9 can download free updates from our updates page.

Please note: This is a free update for registered CrystalMaker 9 customers only. If you are using CrystalMaker 8 for Mac or CrystalMaker 2 for Windows, you will need to purchase an upgrade in order to use this version.

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CrystalMaker 9.2 Powers Ahead

1 June 2015

Fourteen months after its launch, CrystalMaker 9 has had its second major update. The new version adds three new file formats, support for atom vector import, improved energy modelling, more robust software installation (Windows), plus numerous productivity features.

CrystalMaker 9.2 now supports loading multiple atom vector definitions from a CrystalMaker text (CMTX) file - making it easy to visualize vector fields, or provide regular input for property visualization.

Structural data can now be imported from TOPAS and DMol3 files (the latter include two formats, single-molecule ".car" and multiple-structure ".arc"). Data can also now be exported to a DMol3 ".car" file.

Energy modelling has been improved with some major work on the treatment of small inorganic molecules. This should ensure that more-realistic bond lengths are generated. In addition, the Add Hydrogens command will now recognise boron and add the requisite number of H atoms.

Other changes include "Spaces"-aware Tile and Stack Windows commands (Mac), plus a new Spaces-aware Auto-Rotate-All command. Windows users will find that the installer has been streamlined and should prove more robust - thanks partly to a workaround for an issue with the LEAP Motion Controller support. For a detailed list of changes, please see the Release Notes for Mac or Windows.

Free to Version 9 Customers

Licensed and registered customers of CrystalMaker 9 can download free updates from our updates page.

Please note: This is a free update for registered CrystalMaker 9 customers only. If you are using CrystalMaker 8 for Mac or CrystalMaker 2 for Windows, you will need to purchase an upgrade in order to use this version.

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