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Your Chemistry Anywhere: Preview of StructureMate for iPhone and iPad

Working with chemical datasets is an important part of being a chemist today. In organic chemistry, the standard file format for chemical data exchange is the SD file. On desktops and laptops, chemical spreadsheets are used to work with SD files.

But many times your best chemistry ideas come when you're not at your desk. Wouldn't it be great to be able to use your chemical datasets anywhere, anytime?

Until now, your options were pretty limited. Hopefully that will change with the release of a new app nearing completion.

StructureMate™ is an app for working with chemical datasets in SD file format. Developed specifically for Apple's iOS, StructureMate runs on both iPhone (iPhone, iPod Touch) and iPad (iPad, iPad Mini) devices.

Using StructureMate is simple. To import an SD file, just send yourself an email with the file as an attachment. Open the email in the Mail app and tap on the attachment. This will display a menu of all apps that can open the file:

Tap on the StructureMate icon and the app will launch, showing a grid of the structures in your dataset:

Tapping on any cell in the grid displays a view in which both the structure and associated data are shown:

Rotating works as you'd expect:

There's more to say about StructureMate, but that will have to wait until after the launch. If you'd like to be notified when StructureMate appears in the App Store, please feel free to get in touch.

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