CHEMINFORMATICS

Symyx Draw 3.1

25 September 2008

Symyx

Symyx has released Symyx Draw 3.1, a software package for drawing chemical structures and querying for searching, registration, and collaboration. Symyx Draw 3.1 is a direct replacement for ISIS/Draw in the ISIS informatics system and a component of the Symyx Isentris informatics system that replaces ISIS. Scientists can transition from  ISIS/Draw to Symyx Draw 3.1 with minimal effort while also gaining significant enhancements for rapidly drawing chemical structures and chemically intelligent queries.

New features in Symyx Draw 3.1 support quick and efficient structure drawing and faster workflows across a range of scientific disciplines. Scientists can: utilise built-in structure-to-name and name-to-structure converters; create and edit polymers, mixtures, and formulations with full Data Sgroup support; create and edit Markush (Rgroup) queries; and create and edit 3D queries.

New enhancements for the support of biomolecules make Symyx Draw 3.1 more customisable, extensible, and efficient than ISIS/Draw for scientists engaged in biologics research who need to create, register, and search chemically modified 1- and 3-letter peptide or nucleotide sequences. 

For scientists moving from ISIS/Draw, Symyx Draw 3.1 looks and feels the same. However, Symyx Draw 3.1 is easier to use than ISIS/Draw by virtue of its all-purpose drawing tool, user-friendly toolbar functionalities, scientific symbol chooser, large library of protecting group templates, and other usability enhancements. Symyx Draw 3.1 is also superior to ISIS/Draw in supporting enhanced stereochemical perception and in offering a growing number of no-charge add-ins that can be tailored to the needs of individual scientists (including molecular property calculation/prediction, enumeration, bioavailability, calculate-as-you-draw, and isotopomer distribution tools). In addition, the rich presentation- and publication-quality graphics of Symyx Draw 3.1 surpass those of ISIS/Draw.

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