Optibrium, a provider of software solutions for drug discovery, has introduced StarVue, a free desktop application enabling scientists to view compound structures and data quickly and conveniently. The application eliminates the need to use expensive plug-ins for Microsoft Excel to examine, sort and search chemistry data sets.
This free and easy-to-use desktop application is specifically designed for scientists who want a simple way to load a set of molecule structures and easily browse through the data. StarVue allows users to load, scroll though, sort and manage data, providing the ability to view and manipulate chemical structures.
The StarVue application offers two ways to look at data; a traditional table that can be easily configured to display data according to user preference, or StarVue's 'Molecule View', which summarises all of the data for a compound on a single screen. This visual interface allows users to smoothly scroll through the data set and visualise the molecule, offering a highly interactive system to simply flick though images of chemical structures.
Within StarVue, data can be organised, sorted and viewed according to the user's preference. Multiple data sheets can be opened at the same time, while properties can be hidden, allowing users to select what they want to view. The ability to merge data sets together from different sources is a key requirement for scientists when exploring compound data; typically this is very difficult to do on the desktop. However, with StarVue merging data sets is simple and there is no practical limit to the amount of data.
Compounds can be loaded into StarVue from SD, SMILES, MOL or CSV files, as well as data files created with Optibrium's StarDrop platform. Interesting compounds can be selected from the data set and exported for more detailed investigation and entire data sets or summaries of individual molecules can be printed directly from StarVue. Users can print from table view which provides a print out of the molecule properties or can print out the specific molecule view of a compound. Data can also be exported out.