Exported images from Mercury showing some of the latest visualisation enhancements The images show the structure DL-alanine (DLALNI01) with glide planes shown in pink and the  crystal slice shown in the RHS picture.
The database group have also been busy, preparing the CSD data that will accompany the new software. The annual release is used as a chance to do some extra checks on all the structures (over 47,000) that have been added to the CSD over 2012, and make sure any comments from our users have been addressed.
Much of the work for the new CSD System release probably falls upon our marketing, business and finance teams, and this work too is well underway. Orders have been placed for the packaging, newsletters and DVD copying, and schedules are ready to be sent out to our users. Even the invoices have already been created. Once the DVD copies and schedules are returned, the real hard work starts as we all begin to pack and dispatch over 1500 boxes to our users.
Pictures from the packing of the CSDS 2012 release; packing and sending software to over 1500 customers is no small task!
We’ll soon be giving more details of the new features coming up in the latest release, hopefully there will be a few things to make you keen to get hold of the new software when we start to send out copies in November.