• Full screen 3D viewer in WebCSD & Access Structures

    Alongside our web interface to access the CSD (Access Structures/WebCSD) we recently launched a web page where you can log in and vote on what features you’d like to see added or improved in the interface. The first of these directly user-driven improvements via the WebCSD Ideas voting page is the ability to expand the 3D visualiser to full screen which is now available to all users in our free Access Structures service as well as WebCSD.

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  • More frequent CSD software releases

    2018 marks the beginning of a shift in the release pattern for the CSD System – we are starting to provide our user community with the option to install smaller software updates more frequently. This approach to software development has been shown very clearly over the years to result in a better overall product for users. 

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  • WebCSD v2 - What should we improve next?

    We launched the latest version of our CSD web searching interface, WebCSD v2, during the summer of 2017. Since then, we’ve also added a range of new features to the interface including the ability to perform unit cell searches, structural similarity searches and included query highlighting. We’re keen to get further feedback from you, our user community, about the interface and how you think it should be developed in the future.

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  • 2018 CSD Release: Ellipsoids and data mining

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that means it must be time for the annual CSD Release! The 2018 CSD Release is indeed now available for download from the CCDC website – do fetch the new installers if you haven’t done so already. This year’s release includes a range of improvements in the software as well as the data based on your feedback over the year, including one improvement that has been very frequently asked about in recent years.

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  • WebCSD v2 developing even further

    We are excited to announce a range of new features that have been introduced to WebCSD v2 – unit cell search, similarity search and query highlighting.

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  • WebCSD v2 - Structure search is now even more accessible

    We are very pleased to announce the launch of new searching functionality within our CSD web interface for CSD licenced users.

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  • Phase identification made easier with the CSD and HighScore

    Analysis of powder samples in both research and industrial contexts frequently involves studying complex multi-phase mixtures. The phase identification of these kinds of samples has now been made easier by a seamless integration of the world’s repository for small molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures (the CSD).

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  • Simple 3D Printing from a Crystal Structure

    For those of you that have never tried to design and produce a 3D printed model of a chemical structure, start now! It’s surprisingly addictive, a lot of fun, and genuinely quite useful if you are looking for ideas to expand or improve your science communication whether that is in a public outreach setting, in education or in research. If you have already started 3D printing chemical structures, then I’m probably preaching to the converted, but the rest of this post may still give you some new ideas.

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  • 2017 CSD Release: Better than Ever

    The 2017 CSD Release is now available for download from the CCDC website – if you haven’t already installed it, then hopefully this post will persuade you to do so right away! There is a whole range of improvements this year, both within the database itself and the software, but the overarching focus has been on improving the usability of the system based on feedback from you – our user community.

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  • The Winning #CSD3DPrint Model!

    If you’ve been following the CCDC on Twitter this year, you probably already know that we’ve been running our second annual #CSD3DPrint Twitter competition this summer and this contest officially ended on Thursday September the 22nd.

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