[clug] Decent Chemistry drawing program?

Ian Bardsley ifb777 at tpg.com.au
Fri Mar 20 06:06:56 GMT 2009

Hi Chris

Had you though about running windows under Virtualbox on the Linux 
machine and installing Chemsketch that way?

I do this with Autosketch, the only concession to windoze left in my 
life these days and it works fine with the exception of printing which 
throws an "out of memory error" during the print process. I have 
overcome that by exporting my drawings as DXF files and printing them 
from Linux.

Just a thought

Have fun

Ian Bardsley

Chris Smart wrote:
> I have a friend who is a chemistry student at ANU. She bought a new computer
> and I convinced her to try Linux. Everything is going ok, except she is
> getting very frustrated with the Chemistry programs I found and installed
> (for drawing chemical compounds, bonds, etc). She downloaded a Windows
> program called ChemSketch ("
> http://www.acdlabs.com/products/chem_dsn_lab/chemsketch/") and is using a
> Vista laptop to do the work. I tried to get it working under Wine, which
> would open the program once and then never again. The program not only lets
> you draw, but warns when you have too many bonds, etc. Pretty neat. Most of
> the Linux ones I found however are just like a basic draw program, with a
> pentagon shape tool and lines.
> Seeing as there may be scientists on this list, is there a decent ChemSketch
> type program for Linux? More than happy to compile from source.
> Thanks.
> -c

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