Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ChemDraw Innovation Challenge

From friend of the blog Philip Skinner, an invitation to help change ChemDraw for the better:
We are running the ChemDraw Innovation Challenge. This is a process whereby people can suggest ideas for what they think we should build in ChemDraw next - new features and functionality they they think would help them do their science more effectively. People can comment on and discuss the ideas, vote on them and the top ideas go forward through a few steps until we end up with the best ones which hopefully we will will incorporate into the product. 
Sign ups open today, and everyone can start posting ideas as of Monday. 
The link to the sign up page is here.
 Sounds interesting. 

17 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting! We would love the participation of your readers here.

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    1. How about a option to print structures for 3D printers. Would be an excellent function for teaching purposes.

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  2. Catalytic cycles plz

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  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhh... I saw the title and thought you were asking for innovative drawings. I was getting ready to bust out my Texas carbons, my Wyoming nitrogens, my Idaho oxygens....

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  4. A pre-existing template for common metallocenes (e.g. Ferrocene).

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion but please add it to the Challenge page when it starts allowing ideas to be posted. The challenge will allow better discussion around the ideas. For example, in this case, perhaps a description of why the current metallocene templates aren't working for you. (https://twitter.com/KayakPhilip/status/844684575854911489)

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  5. Make photoredox great againMarch 22, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Idea: More blue LED clipart options
    Innovation: Yuuuuge
    Improved Approach: Obviously, I need more ways to show how great photoredox is
    Feasibility: Hire some artists to draw more clipart. Boom, problem solved.
    Benefits: All of them, the most benefits you've ever seen.
    Impact: Only the highest journals, journals so good you wouldn't believe it's possible for a journal to be so good. You're going to get so tired of publishing, you're going to say "Stop, stop, I can't take it anymore" because of all the papers.

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  6. After a chemical structure is identified in ChemDraw, have it link to a safety database ( http://www.pistoiaalliance.org/projects/chemical-safety-library/ ) to allow users to easily obtain safety info. I know Perkin Elmer and Accelrys aren't exactly friends, but integrating practical safety info (not a bunch of useless MSDSs) into ChemDraw would be of benefit to everyone. I know integrating safety info is being done in some ELNs already, but having it embedded into a more widespread product, like ChemDraw, would be huge.

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  7. CAS to structure conversions
    more common natural products that get converted to structure by name (e.g. erythromycin)
    Compatibility with google docs

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  8. All great suggestions, thanks. Especially the blue LED clipart, I love it! However, please sign up for the challenge and add them there.

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    1. Dear KayakPhilip,

      You seem to know the ChemDraw challenge. I have ideas and would like to add them so I signed up for the challenge. But, I can't find the "Post Idea" button on any of the pages (even after signing up and signing in). Please help us, I am sure others want to help make a great product even better.

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    2. Hi Anonymous - thank you for wanting to contribute, we are excited to get your ideas. Sign ups are open but the ability to post ideas will be live on Monday.

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  9. A penis in the anatomy section. There already is ovaries, time to be fair

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  10. Can you have the nmr predictor spit out the string of chemical shifts and coupling constants already formatted for JACS?

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  11. How about improving Mac compatibility?

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    1. Hi Anon (5:03 AM). Wrt Mac compatibility I'd love to know specifically what you are looking for? I'd encourage you to either add some specific requests to the challenge, or else you can contact me directly. It would also help to know what version you are on, our v16 ChemDraw product became much more closely aligned with the Mac frameworks so ought to be fully Mac compatible.

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  12. Ano wrote @5:03wrote:
    "How about improving Mac compatibility?"

    I find that request ironic... since Chemdraw started life as a Mac program

    I have not used Chemdraw for many years... but around the late 80's - early 90's I used it a lot... In fact my employer bought a Mac Plus for me to use specifically for chemdraw!

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