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We exhibited at the Material Research Society's Fall National Exposition, held in Boston, at the Hynes Convention Center from Tuesday 2 until lunchtime on Thursday 4 December.
We enjoyed meeting so many existing users, as well as new customers. Some of the new features we were pleased to demonstrate were the "Colour by Coordination" command, the ability to display structures on iPhone, new crystal engineering tools, and the Relax Molecule command.
Amidst searing temperatures, stiflying humidity - and monsoon weather - the American Chemical Society presented their "Fall" national meeting in Boston. We were there, exhibiting our latest software in the monumental Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (thankfully, well air conditioned). Many thanks to all of our existing customers who came to visit, and to the other visitors who were able to enjoy our latest 3D graphics, hand-controller manipulations, and real-time diffraction simulations.
We are delighted to announce that, following our earlier bug reports and extensive correspondence with Apple, multi-touch in CrystalMaker 9 and SingleCrystal 2.3 for Mac is now again working on OS X 10.10 "Yosemite". This feature - which worked on OS X 10.10.1 and earlier, had been "broken" by Apple in 10.10.2.
Multi-touch lets you rotate and scale structures with simple gestures on the trackpad: a very intuitive way of manipulating your structure!
Following the major network disruption two weeks ago, we are pleased to announce that not only have we switched to a new web hosting company, but we're also now a Zero Carbon website!
The CrystalMaker Software website is now hosted by UKFast, the first hosting provider to be 100% carbon neutral under BSI PAS 2060. This means you can be confident that all carbon emissions associated with the hosting of this site have been offset by renewable energy projects that reduce the use of fossil fuels. These projects are verified by The Voluntary Carbon Standard.
This move further strengthens our company's commitment to the environment - which also includes the use of electric vehicles powered exclusively by 100% renewable energy.
Late on Wednesday 22 April, our web hosting provider, iRack Networks, experienced a major network failure. This initially affected just our online store, but by Friday 24 April our entire website was "down". Despite repeated assurances from the company that services would be restored that day, our website did not reappear until Sunday 26 April: 3 days after the initial disruption.
During this time, our e-mail and telephone support remained available as we run these services ourselves. However, the loss of our website was a major frustration - and we sincerely apologise for any disruption experienced by our users.
Whilst our website is now fully functioning, we have taken the decision that this must never be allowed to happen again, and are in the process of migrating to a more reputable hosting provider which offers a superior reliability guarantee.
We are pleased to offer our customers the option of purchasing a new deluxe printed edition of the CrystalDiffract 6.5 User's Guide for just $30 with FREE shipping worldwide!
This is a lavishly illustrated volume, printed in full colour, and extensively rewritten to cover the major changes in version 6.5 of the software. The guide runs to 180 pages and is printed on high-quality paper, perfect bound, with a smooth matte laminated cover. This edition includes the full tutorial and an appendix: everything you need to take full advantage of the software!
We are pleased to announce the launch and immediate availability of CrystalDiffract 6.5: a very-major update to our powder diffraction software, featuring a sleek new look, faster graphics and power tools.
CrystalDiffract 6.5 has been totally redesigned with a bright new interface featuring a colour toolbar, new Patterns List, clearer Reflexions List - and for the first time, a tabbed Inspector. This offers easy access to Format controls (including easy text styling) and Parameter controls (for real-time control over the simulated instrument, sample and crystal).
New tools include a Scroller with a full-pattern preview, for easy navigation; a faster smoother Loupe (introduced for the first time in the Windows version) - and a new "Square Loupe" display option.
CrystalDiffract 6.5 now offers the option of electron powder diffraction simulations with real-time wavelength control. This is designed to help users who regularly study powder rings in transmission electron micrographs. By popular request we have also added simulation of preferred orientation - with needle and plate geometries supported, entry of the orientation vector - and real-time control over the degree of alignment. This uses a weighted (i.e., constant sample) March correction.
Graphics operations have been accelerated - particularly for Mac users, where shadow and line drawing could slow down. Coloured backgrounds are now possible, with output transparency control. Last but not least, users can now choose from a wide range of graphics output formats including a choice of Vector (e.g., PDF or EPS on the Mac) and Pixel (e.g., TIFF, PNG, JPEG) with the options of transparency and scaling.
This version also includes a vast range of under-the-hood enhancements which further improve the program's performance, its display, usability and stability.
We are delighted to offer our customers the option of purchasing a new deluxe printed edition of the CrystalMaker 9 User's Guide for just $49 with FREE shipping worldwide!
High-quality documentation is always useful - but it tends to be something that many lesser products lack. Regular experience of technical support reinforces the need for proper documentation: most enquiries could easily be answered by a casual thumb through a printed manual. However, the increasing trend for on-screen documentation makes this more difficult. Whilst users could read on-screen PDFs and they could make use of fast search and index capabilities (built into both our PDF User's Guide and the Online Help), few do.
We therefore believe that the time is right to re-invent quality printed documentation. We've therefore slashed the price of the CrystalMaker User's Guide, down to just $49 including free worldwide shipping. We hope that more users will take advantage of the convenience of a beautifully-produced User's Guide literally on their desktop.
This is a lavishly illustrated volume, printed in full colour, and extensively rewritten to cover the major changes in version 9 of the software. The guide runs to 234 pages and is printed on high-quality 100 gsm paper, perfect bound, with a smooth matte laminated cover. We also include a colour-printed addendum, illustrating the major new features introduced in version 9.1
We exhibited at the American Chemical Society's Spring National Exposition, held in Denver, Colorado from 22-24 March at the Colorado Convention Center.
We exhibited at the Materials Research Society's Spring National Exposition, held - for the last time - at Moscone West in San Francisco, CA.
We exhibited at this year's Materials Research Society's Fall Meeting, in the heart of Boston's Back Bay district. The exhibition was located in the Hynes Convention Center and ran from Tuesday, 2 December, to lunchtime on Thursday 4 December.
We are proud to re-affirm our commitment to the Mac, and our support for the world's most-advanced operating system: Mac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite".
The latest versions of our Mac products (CrystalMaker, CrystalViewer, CrystalDiffract and SingleCrystal) ensure seamless downloads and installation on "Yosemite".
As long-term Apple developers, we are able to provide the best support for the Mac platform, developing genuine native Mac applications that offer our users the optimum performance, ease-of-use and elegance that Mac users demand.
Exactly six months after its launch, CrystalMaker 9 has had a very-major update. Following extensive discussions and feedback from customers, the software is now easier to use - and more powerful.
CrystalMaker 9.1 includes smart range control, saving custom atom attributes as the range of displayed atoms changes. Broken bonds - or entire molecules - can be repaired using a pair of handy new Selection > Show commands. A new Show Asymmetric Unit command provides quick access to individual molecules in a molecular crystal.
The process of defining large polyhedra has also become simpler. A redesigned Make Polyhedron command provides a new, default option which intelligently generates bonding based on the selection environment - thereby preserving custom polyhedra as the lattice range expands or contracts.
The molecule builder has become even easier to use. Shift-clicking allows bonds to be added at the same time as new atoms, with active highlighting to guide you as you define your molecule's backbone.
Modelling calculations have been refined, with the ability to automatically add hydogen atoms to any molecule. The new atoms are energy minimized without altering the original structure - thereby making this command ideal for X-ray structures. Users can also opt to relax only a portion of a structure (e.g., a side chain on a macromolecule).
Other new features include support for LAMMPS and GROMACS files, a new Windows AVI video control panel for Windows users, the ability to rotate selected atoms relative to the rest of a crystal structure, the ability to select symmetry-related atoms (and hence bonds), new keyboard shortcuts - plus miscellaneous performance enhancements and bug fixes.
Hot on the heels of IUCr 2014, we exhibited at the American Chemical Society's "Fall" meeting, held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA.
As part of our celebrations for the International Year of Crystallography, we exhibited at the International Union of Crystallography in Montreal, Canada.
We showed off our latest software, including CrystalMaker 9, CrystalDiffract 6 and SingleCrystal 2.3 - with multi-touch and Leap Motion support, plus our innovative point-and-click molecule building and geometry optimization.
We are delighted to announce that CrystalMaker and CrystalViewer versions 9.0.2 for Mac now support the new Leap Motion Controller. You can rotate and scale structures with simple hand gestures in space, freeing yourself from a conventional mouse or trackpad: a great way to present structures to colleagues or students. This works even better in our immersive "out-of-the-screen" 3D colour stereo: one can enjoy the sensation or rotating a structure between one's hands.
After 6 years and 3 months, CrystalMaker 8 for Mac and CrystalMaker 2 for Windows have finally been retired, replaced by our biggest-ever upgrade. Announcing CrystalMaker 9: the smartest way to work with crystals and molecules!
CrystalMaker 9 transcends mere visualization, with sophisticated energy modelling. Simply point-and-click to build molecules and optimize their structures with the new Relax Molecule command. CrystalMaker auto-detects bonding and coordination environments, applying the most-appropriate potentials and using a smart Monte-Carlo algorithm to avoid false minima.
CrystalMaker 9 features advanced crystal engineering tools. Insert space into crystal lattices; place new atoms, molecules; move, detach, duplicate or delete groups of atoms - all within a crystal lattice. New multi-touch support makes it easier than ever to control your structure - and now you can share your results with our spectacular 3D export: stand-alone COLLADA 3D graphics, ideal for presenting 3D models in iBooks on your iPad or Mac - or for sharing with 3D printing software. Learn more....
CrystalMaker 9.0 for Mac requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" or later. CrystalMaker 9.0 for Windows requires Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later. Registered users of earlier versions can purchase an upgrade and take advantage of our online discounts.
As a 20th birthday celebration from us to you, our customers, we're delighted to announce the immediate availability of CrystalViewer™: a free crystal & molecular structures visualization program for Mac and Windows.
CrystalViewer™ lets CrystalMaker 9 users share their crystal or molecular structures with anyone: colleagues, friends, students... However, we've focused in particular on supporting students, especially undergraduates or school children. A simple, easy-to-use interface, with engaging graphics, provides an ideal way for students to engage with three-dimensional structures, and build their own, visual understanding of what can be very-complex structures.
For us, CrystalViewer is something of an experiment. We hope it will prove useful, and build on the success of CrystalMaker. Please note that we regard this as being a tool for personal use by students, and should not replace existing use of CrystalMaker in the classroom, teaching lab or lecture theatre.
We exhibited CrystalMaker 9 with its new "Leap Motion" controller support, at the Materials Research Society's Spring meeting in San Francisco.
We are delighed to announce the release of a major update to SingleCrystal: our award-winning program for X-ray, Neutron and TEM diffraction.
SingleCrystal 2.3 for Mac features gorgeous "Retina" graphics, supporting the new high-resolution display modes offered by Apple's latest MacBook Pro computers.
Also new is full multi-touch control. Mac users can now use the pinch/zoom gesture to resize simulated or observed diffraction patterns - or any selected screen tool: the Ruler, Grid or Protractor. The "rotate" gesture can be used to rotate about an axis out of the screen, whilst two-finger slide gestures can be used to rotate about axes parallel to the screen.
SingleCrystal 2.3 for Mac now requires OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard", or later, running on an Intel-based Mac. Licensed users can download a free update.
We had a very enjoyable time in Dallas, previewing CrystalMaker 9 at the American Chemical Society's Spring National Exposition.
We are delighted to announce the launch and immediate availability of a brand-new powder diffraction program: CrystalDiffract 6 for 64-bit Mac and Windows.
CrystalDiffract 6 is, despite its version number, a completely-new program: entirely rewritten using a new object-oriented design, and optimized for state-of-the-art multi-processor, multi-touch, 64-bit operating systems. The Mac version - one of the very-few genuine, native Mac scientific applications - was written using Apple's "Cocoa" development framework and supports 64-bit OS X 10.7 "Lion", 10.8 "Mountain Lion" and 10.9 "Mavericks".
CrystalDiffract 6 features a beautiful new interface with stunning, "Retina" graphics and - for the first time - direct graphics output. Diffraction simulations take advantage of multiple processors for lightning speed, and include Q-space visualization, logarithmic intensity display, and freedom to visualize simulated profiles on a range of x-axis types.
CrystalDiffract 6 is now a stand-along program, with drag-and-drop loading of CIF, STRUPLO and CMTX (CrystalMaker Text) data files, as well as observed XY data files or Rigaku-Scintag ASC diffractometer files. You can even simulate new diffraction patterns from scratch, using the built-in crystal builder. A direct visualization link with CrystalMaker lets you select any simulated pattern and visualize its crystal structure.
CrystalDiffract 6 liberates your experimental data from the lab or database software, and places you firmly in control. Unlock the real value of powder diffraction with this revolutionary software. CrystalDiffract 6 for Mac and Windowsis now shipping. Buy your copy today. Learn more.
We exhibited our software at the Materials Research Society's Fall Meeting in Boston, MA. The exhibition ran from Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 December, in the Hynes Convention Center.
Our online store now provides an automatic web discount that increases as you add more items. For each eligible item you get 5% off the price of your order. The discount works for any combination of software products (excluding student licences), up to a maximum of 20% off.
Online orders save you time and money; just make sure that your credit card is approved for international/internet transactions (many U.S.A. banks apply automatic blocks on any out-of-country transactions - so you may need to request that these are lifted).
We're happy to provide online discounts, because our online store is automated and this streamlines the ordering process at our end. It means that we don't have to deal with some institutions' labyrinthine purchasing requirements, or chase up late payments. And as a small, family-owned company, that means a lot to us!
We are pleased to announce a new design for our online support Advice Centre. The new design makes it easier to browse frequently-asked questions for different products, and should work much better with search engines. We have also added considerably to the content for CrystalMaker, based on long-term feedback from customers, as well as forum postings.
We are pleased to announce a free update for CrystalMaker 8 for Mac users. The latest version, 8.7.4, features a new memory-mapping algorithm that dramatically speeds up the loading of massive CIF files.
Normally, lightning-fast file import isn't a high priority: most crystal structures text files are suitably compact, and even the most rigorous of parsers (and CrystalMaker uses a particularly robust and detailed parser) can load the salient details in a fraction of a second.
Unfortunately, one commonly-used structure refinement program, SHELX, now produces truly gargantuan CIF output: stuffed to the gunwhales with complete refinement details, thereby bloating the file size from a few hundred bytes to several million bytes. In a recent (and fairly typical) example we saw, less than 1% of the file contained structural data; the remaining 99% was essentially proprietary SHELX data.
We can argue over the virtues of providing complete experimental data to all. However, since CIF stands for "Crystallographic Interchange File", surely the paramount issue should be easy data exchange? Our view is that most CIF files aren't used by the original equipment technicians or crystallographers; instead they are used to share crystal structures, and that's what their primary content should be. By all means submit full experimental details to a journal or database - but do we really need to bloat the file sizes for everyone else?
Regardless of how the CIF debate goes, we believe that CrystalMaker remains the best choice for working with CIF data: featuring a highly-robust and reliable data parser, that doesn't get bogged down with massive structures - and can cope with even the most bloated of files.
With today's public release of Mac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks", we are proud to re-affirm our commitment to the Mac, and our support for the world's most-advanced operating system.
Recent updates to all three of our Mac products (CrystalMaker, CrystalDiffract and SingleCrystal) ensure seamless downloads and installation on "Mavericks".
As long-term Apple developers, we are able to provide the best support for the Mac platform, developing genuine native Mac applications that offer our users the optimum performance, ease-of-use and elegance that Mac users demand.
Our newest application, CrystalDiffract 6, provides full 64-bit performance on OS X 10.9 "Mavericks", 10.8 "Mountain Lion" and 10.7 "Lion". Our other applications, CrystalMaker and SingleCrystal are 32-bit applications, which allows for backwards compatibility back to OS X 10.5 "Leopard" - and which also enables support for older, PowerPC hardware, as a Universal Binary.
We exhibited our software at the International Conference on Neutron Scattering, held from 9-11 July at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).
Thanks to advances in digital printing technology, we are pleased to once again offer the option of a printed user's guide for our flagship product, CrystalMaker.
CrystalMaker versions 6 and earlier all included printed copies of the user's guide. These were beautifully produced and printed - but high production costs meant that we had to print all copies in one (large!) batch, and so the guides soon became out of date as our software is so-frequently updated. Eventually we decided to abandon a printed user's guide, and instead to rely on including a high-quality PDF version, accessible from the program's Help menu.
Recently, our local printer, Holywell Press (a family-run company with a long-tradition, based here in Oxford), has invested heavily in a state-of-the-art digital press facility. This allows for small print runs, in full colour - and means that we can produce copies of the users' guide "on demand", without them going out-of-date.
Our new printed user's guide is the very-latest edition (Spring 2013), printed in full colour, with 200 pages + cover, and perfect bound. It is available for purchase from our online store only.
Hot on the heels of the MRS Spring Meeting came the American Chemical Society's equivalent - and we were there, flying in to "The Big Easy" that is New Orleans to exhibit our latest, and hottest software. We had a great show, meeting many new users - thank you to all who visited our booth: we really enjoyed meeting you. We also enjoyed our time in New Orleans: a great city to visit with so much to see and do.
Once again, we exhibited at the Materials Research Society's Spring Meeting, in San Francisco. This year the exhibition had a slightly different format, being packed into just two full days: Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April. (In previous meetings, the exhibition has had an extra half-day.)
We had our usual booth, No. 325, on the main aisle close to the "Town Square" and en route to the ever-popular carricature artist. This year the hall was quieter than usual, possibly due to scheduling changes - and for the first time, the carricature artist didn't have a massive queue. Nevertheless, we were able to meet with a wide variety of users and potential users.
We have updated every one of our software products for 2013. The changes build on our existing major CrystalMaker 8.7 (Mac) and 2.7 (Windows) updates, making those applications more robust and responding to user requests for new features. We have also updated CrystalDiffract and SingleCrystal, fixing known bugs and making numerous "under the hood" changes to improve performance and reliability.
We are pleased to confirm that all current versions of our Windows software run on Windows 8, as well as earlier versions of Windows back to XP (Service Pack 2).
Our recent CrystalMaker 2.7 for Windows update provided a key feature for supporting Windows 8 installations: we now use code-signing in all of our installers. This provides for seamless installation on Windows 8, as well as easier installation on earlier versions of the operating system.
We exhibited at this year's Materials Research Society's Fall Meeting, which took place at its usual venue in the Hynes Convention Center, in the heart of Boston's Back Bay district..
The exhibition ran from Tuesday, 27 November, to lunchtime on Thursday 29 November.
We were in our usual location, booth 929, on the well-trodden main aisle, close to the Materials Town Square, the Science as Art exhibition, and the ever-popular carricature artist.
CrystalMaker 8.7 for Mac and 2.7 for Windows feature substantial improvements to the user interface, a major new edition of the user's guide, a revised tutorial and support for the new DL_POLY 4 History file format.
With the introduction of CrystalMaker 2.7 for Windows, all our programs for Mac and Windows are now code signed, giving you confidence that the software you are installing and running on your computer is authentic and safe - as well as facilitating the installation process, especially on newer operating systems.
The vast majority of Mac dialogs, sheets and palettes have been updated to support the "High-DPI" mode available on new "Retina" displays. The Video Recorder and QuickTime VR Options windows have both been redesigned, with a clearer display and high-resolution graphics.
CrystalMaker for Mac now joins the Windows version in supporting the free-formatted "History" files generated by DL_POLY 4. The program now attempts to assign a more meaningful filename, based on the contents of the "History" file, and/or its directory structure.
A new, 9th Edition, of the User's Guide has been prepared for this version. This has had a complete redesign, aimed at improving the on-screen reading and browsing experience. The original two-column layout (which was designed for printed output) has been replaced by a clearer single-column layout. Extensive editorial changes have been made, bring content up-to-date, improving organisation, and adding two new chapters, "Measurement" and "Transformation".
With today's public release of Mac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion", we are proud to re-affirm our commitment to the Mac, and our support for the world's most-advanced operating system.
Recent updates to all three of our Mac products (CrystalMaker, CrystalDiffract and SingleCrystal) ensure seamless downloads and installation on "Mountain Lion" (without users having to mess with their security settings!).
As long-term Apple developers, we are able to provide the best support for the Mac platform, developing 100% native Mac applications that offer our users the optimum performance, ease-of-use and elegance that Mac users demand.
We now offer the widest choice of Mac operating systems support, from Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" through to 10.8 "Mountain Lion", and including support for older, PowerPC processors, as well as newer Intel chips.
For advice on a seamless upgrade, see our Mountain Lion Upgrade Tips page.
We are pleased to report a highly-successful week at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco earlier this month.
As award-winning Apple Developers, we are always pleased to take the opportunity to keep up-to-speed with all the latest developments in the Apple world. This is particularly important now that Apple is the world's most-important technology company, leading the world, where others choose to follow (and copy).
Look forward to great new technology applied to science...
CrystalMaker 8.6 for Mac and CrystalMaker 2.6 for Windows are major new versions with significant improvements to productivity:
CrystalMaker supports three new file formats: 'VASP', 'VESTA' and 'WIEN2k'. Of these, the 'VASP' (Vienna Ab-Initio Simulation Package) and 'WIEN2k' formats are the most useful, allowing molecular modellers speedy visualization of large volumes of data. CrystalMaker offers intelligent support for 'VASP' version 4 structures files, as well as version 5.
A new, "Favourite" toolbar button lets you designate a particular structure as a file favourite, which can be viewed in the new Overview Favourites pane. (This is distinct from the Recent Files pane, which CrystalMaker automatically updates).
A new popup menu button has been added to the (default) Window toolbar, which allows quick application of different preset element tables. Now, one can instantly switch to Van-der-Waals radii, or covalent radii, or ionic radii - without the need to display the Edit Elements window.
CrystalMaker now includes a File > Open Recent submenu, providing a quick way of accessing recent files. Note that for a more comprehensive listing of opened files, you can continue to use the Overview Window: all opened files are represented by graphical thumbnails in the "Recent" pane.
CrystalMaker for Mac now uses a progressive Undo command - with a corresponding Redo command, so you can easily explore a document's history.
CrystalMaker Software Limited today announces the cessation of physical disc duplication and distribution, in favour of all-digital distribution.
For the past 18 years we have shipped physical packages to customers across the globe. For many years this was the only option, but with the rise of the internet, more and more users have been requesting downloadable delivery. This is both faster and more environmentally friendly than having to ship a physical package - and much more reliable!
Over the years we have stopped distributing a physical user's guide in favour of a superior, electronic version: up-to-date, with full-colour illustrations, and searchable. Now customers can take advantage of downloadable delivery to obtain the full program package, in electronic format.
We aim to be environmentally-friendly in all aspects of our work. Recent local initiatives have included an all-electric company car, powered with 100% clean energy; provision of new solar PV panels to generate our own power; and switching to a 100% "green" electricity tariff, from independent provider, Ecotricity. Switching to download-only software distribution - whilst not entirely zero-emission - is nevertheless an important step in reducing our global CO2 footprint.
We exhibited at this year's Material Research Society's Spring meeting, held once again at the Moscone West convention centre, in San Francisco.
The exhibition ran from Tuesday 10 through to Thursday 12 April.
We were pleased to meet so many existing - and highly enthusiastic - users, and demonstrate our latest software to a wide range of researchers and educators.
We exhibited at this year's Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, in Boston, MA.
The meeting was held in its traditional venue, the Hynes Convention Center, in the "Back Bay" district. We exhibited over three days and were pleased to meet many of our existing users. We were pleased to demonstrate our latest software, including the recently launched CrystalMaker 8.5 and SingleCrystal 2.2.
SingleCrystal 2.2 for Mac and Windows is a major update, featuring "double diffraction" visualization for TEM simulations, improved performance, support options and miscellaneous enhancements.
"Double Diffraction" is a phenomenon observed in electron microscopy, where secondary scattering can result in intensity at reflexions that should be forbidden by spacegroup symmetry.
SingleCrystal can now distinguish such "spacegroup" absences, from lattice type (non-primitive cell) absences, and other ("accidental") absences. Users can opt to mark the "spacegroup" absences, for comparison with real patterns - and these can also be shown in list form, via the Edit > Diffraction Data command.
We supported this year's Goldschmidt conference, in the beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic.
The Goldschmidt conferences bring together scientists from across all disciplines, to investigate broad geochemical topics, including bio-mineralization, mineral surfaces, reactivity - and areas of mineral physics. This year's meeting had a diverse and exciting programme, relevant to chemists, material scientists, biologists and geoscientists.
We exhibited our software from Monday 15 to Friday 19 August, working from booth 7 in the Prague Congress Centre. Thank you to all our customers (and prospective customers) who visited us
We have made many subtle changes to this website (the most obvious of which is the wider page content) - including a revamped Support section. The most important changes are to the Advice Centre, which now features a wider selection of help topics, accessed via a collapsible list.
We've also updated our Feature Tutorials to match the visual themes of the new website - with new graphics and improvements to individual tutorial articles.
We are pleased to announce our first series of CrystalMaker video tours!
We have recorded as series of guided tours, designed to illustrated some of the major features of software, as a way of getting new (and perhaps more experienced) users up-to-speed as quickly as possible.
In preparing these tours, we've had to focus on what we think are some of the key topics, whilst striking a balance between video file size, and comprehensive coverage.
As part of our commitment to greater sustainability and improved environmental focus, CrystalMaker Software Ltd has just taken delivery of its first Zero-Emissions Vehicle: the all-electric Nissan Leaf.
The new 'Leaf' will be used mainly by our Finance Director, Dr. Shirley Palmer, and powered by 100% clean electricity: a combination of domestic-generated solar power (a 4kW "solar roof"), topped up with imported wind-, tidal- and solar-generated power, courtesy of Ecotricity.
Key to the success of this vehicle is its advanced lithium-ion battery technology. Many CrystalMaker users are working on developments in this area, using a range of crystalline or nano-crystalline materials. We are very pleased to see the fruits of some of this research in the new vehicle! (The claimed range is 109 miles.)
The keys to the new vehicle were presented by Mr. Oliver Brackley-Pattison, the EV Sales Specialist at West Way Nissan, Oxford. We would like to thank Oliver, and his senior colleague, Mr. Andrew Fisher, for their excellent service.
CrystalMaker Software Ltd is sponsoring a Ph.D. studentship for the next three years, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences.
The successful student has now started her project on "Anomalous Physical Properties of Framework Materials", and will be using our software extensively in her research, as well as participating in feature development.
Speaking about this work, Managing Director, Dr. David Palmer, said "we are delighted to provide ongoing financial support for this project, and look forward to working with our academic partners during the next few years."
We exhibited at the Materials Research Society's Spring Meeting earlier this year (26-28 April 2011). The conference was held at the prestigious Moscone West centre in downtown San Francisco, during an unseasonably-wet week.
The rainstorms that swept the city streets failed to dampen the spirits within the conference hall: there was a record attendance, and we were very busy throughout the exhibition.
We exhibited at the American Chemical Society's Spring National Exposition (March 28-30), held in the Anaheim Convention Center, just across the street from the Disney theme park. This conference had a "Green Chemistry" theme (surely, ironic, given the choice of venue?).
It was great to see so many enthusiastic customers at the show - thanks for taking the time to come and visit our booth. Thanks also to the many passers-by who came to see our new products, tried out the 3D and discussed their requirements with us. We had a great time and enjoyed meeting you all.
For the fourth year running, we are sponsoring the Royal Society of Chemistry's Solid State Group. This year the group will hold their main, Winter meeting, at University College, London. In addition to our financial support for this event, we'll also be exhibiting our software at a special evening reception, to be held in the cloisters, on Monday 20 December.
The latest major update to CrystalDiffract offers more flexibility for multi-structure powder diffraction studies.
Key new features in CrystalDiffract 5.2 for Mac, and CrystalDiffract 1.4 for Windows, include more comprehensive session files (which are also much faster to load), a streamlined Patterns List with duplication and renaming functions, support for massive datasets, plus a brand new edition of the User's Guide.
As with all our products, the visible changes are just the "tip of the iceberg". We've made a myriad of performance enhancements and other changes "under the hood". Learn more about the changes in Mac and Windows versions of the software.
A major update to SingleCrystal, version 2.1, provides more realistic simulation of transmission electron microscope (TEM) diffraction patterns - thanks to a new beam convergence correction.
Earlier versions of the software assumed a perfectly parallel beam, which limited the range of reflexions visible in normal conditions. With version 2.1 you can now explore the effect of beam convergence - using real-time controls - and observe a greatly increased range of reciprocal space.
Other changes include more robust memory handling, 2θ display, improved "Live Rotation" with CrystalMaker, plus miscellaneous bug fixes and performance tweaks. Learn more about the changes for Mac and Windows versions.
Visit us in Boston for the Materials Research Society's meeting at the Hynes Convention Center (29 November - 3 December). Show hours are 11am-5:30pm (Tuesday 30 November), 11am-6pm (Wednesday 1 December) and 10am-1:30pm (Thursday 2 December).
Visit us at booth 931, beside the "Science as Art" exhibition - and the ever-popular carricature artist. See all our latest software, try out our stunning 3D visualization - and learn how to get real models made for your favourite structures, courtesy of our friends at Indigo Instruments.
We are delighted to announce that, once again, our Online Store is open for business - but in a completely new form, and now featuring multiple-currency support. Our new system works with our banking partner, Barclaycard, giving us greater control - and letting customers choose their currency: U.S. dollars, Euros or Sterling. Why not give it a try?
We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of two major updates for CrystalMaker: version 8.3 for Mac and version 2.3 for Windows. The new versions feature faster graphics, new file import/output and exciting new video functionality. Movies of continuously-rotating structures can now be automatically generated, with the highest-quality graphics, using a single menu command. Users have full control over rotation speed and increment, looping and auto-play options - plus the usual QuickTime compression settings (if required). Also new is easier QuickTime VR output - and support for the latest video players - plus import/export of "XYZ" text files and improved CIF and SHELX support. Learn More...
CrystalMaker Software Ltd is proud to be a sponsor of the 20th General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA). We will be exhibiting our software throughout the meeting, which is to be held between Monday 21 and Friday 27 August, in Budapest, Hungary. Come and see how you can use our software for research and teaching, and meet our Managing Director - himself a mineralogist.
We have added major new sections to this site, showcasing CrystalMaker's video, 3D and animation capabilities. You can view rotating crystals & molecules in your web browser - including "out-of-the-screen" 3D colour stereo views. You can also watch animations of structural behaviour with changing pressure or temperature, recorded directly by the program. Explore interactive content....
We shall be exhibiting at the British Crystallographic Association's Spring Meeting, at the University of Warwick, in the English Midlands. Visit us at Stand 14 in the Science Concourse, between Monday 12 and Thursday 15 April.
We'll be back in San Francisco - British Airways, permitting - for the Materials Research Society's Spring Exposition (April 6-8), to be held in the Moscone West Convention Center. Show hours are 11am-7pm (Tuesday), 11am-6pm (Wednesday) and 10am-1:30pm (Thursday). Visit us at booth 323, on the main aisle, close to the "Science as Art" exhibition (and the ever-popular carricature artist).
We shall be exhibiting at the American Chemical Society's Spring National Exposition (March 21-23), to be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Show hours are: 6pm-8:30pm (Sunday), 9am-5pm (Monday), 9am-5pm (Tuesday) and 9am-1pm (Thursday). Visit us at booth 828, in the "Small Chemical Companies Aisle".
We are delighted to announce the much-awaited release of SingleCrystal 2.0 for Mac and Windows: a powerful tool for understanding diffraction properties of single crystals. This major new version adds X-ray and neutron diffraction support, to the existing electron diffraction (TEM) simulation. Virtual diffraction experiments include front-, back-plate and cylinder Laue techniques, plus traditional "Precession" patterns. Real diffraction experiments can also be analysed, and compared to simulated results. Diffraction images can now be moved, scaled and rotated. New screen tools allow precise measurement and easy, grid-based auto-indexing. Learn More
Regular visitors may notice that our website has been refreshed with a new, wider format, with improved layout and typography, and a more logical and consistent design. We've also incorporated a new search system, which is available from every page. We think it's a great improvement on the old design - what do you think?
For the third year running we sponsored the Royal Society of Chemistry's Solid-State Chemistry Group, at their Christmas meeting in Milton Keynes, UK.
We showed off our latest software at the Materials Research Society's 2009 Fall Exposition in Boston, MA. This was our sixth visit to MRS, and one of our most successful exhibitions. Attendees were wowed by the colour 3D graphics, beautifully rendered on our new 27-inch widescreen iMac display.
We are delighted to announce that the latest versions of CrystalMaker, CrystalDiffract and SingleCrystal all run on Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system.
Our current Mac software runs natively on Apple's latest operating system, running on Intel processors and supporting the latest system technologies.
Major new versions of CrystalMaker for Mac and Windows feature spectacular "out-of-the-screen" 3D graphics - now in colour!
We travelled to Glasgow ("Scotland with Style") and exhibited at the 2009 Pharmaceutical Powder X-ray Diffraction Symposium (PPXRD) - an event sponsored by the International Centre for Diffraction Data.
We exhibited at the Materials Research Society's Spring National Exposition in San Francisco.
For the fourth year running we are sponsoring the British Crystallographic Association, as a 2009 Corporate Member. We also supported the association by exhibiting at their Spring meeting, held at the University of Loughborough, in Eastern England.
For the second year running, we sponsored the Royal Society of Chemistry's Solid State Group, at its annual meeting, held at the University of Southampton.
We exhibited at the Materials Research Society's Fall National Exposition in Boston, MA.
Major new versions of CrystalMaker and SingleCrystal for Windows deliver live rotation of diffraction patterns, support for new file formats - and a great new interface.
CrystalMaker Software Ltd exhibited at the American Chemical Society's 2008 Fall Meeting, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This major new version of CrystalMaker features a live-rotation link with SingleCrystal, support for ATOMS, Molfile and SDfile formats, new best-fit plane calculation - with easy angle measurement, and much more. Even better - it's free to registered CrystalMaker 8.0 users.
We announce the launch of a new site licensing scheme that offers unprecedented flexibility - and low cost.
We were proud to be a supporter and exhibitor at the British Crystallographic Association's 2008 Spring Meeting, held at the University of York, in Northern England.
Kiki Sanford interviews David Palmer for Macbreak, at the CrystalMaker Software booth, during Macworld 2008. Watch it in high-definition video...
The new CrystalMaker was prominently displayed at the MRS Spring Meeting 2008 in San Francisco.
CrystalMaker for Windows receives a major overhaul, with a sleek new interface, including window sidebar and re-engineered Overview palette. Key new features include depth profiling as well as the 100-or-so new features shared by the new Mac version.
This brand new version of CrystalMaker sports a new interface, and over 100 new features. Some of the most significant of these are dynamical visualization of crystal structures, animation, instant movie generation, full-screen working, supercells and automatic label positioning. Mac fans will be pleased to find support for new system technologies such as Cover Flow, Quick Look and Spotlight.
Following our recent Apple Design Award, we were invited to exhibit the brand new CrystalMaker 8.0 at Macworld.
For the third year running we are providing financial support to the British Crystallographic Association, as a 2008 Corporate Member.
We are pleased to have been able to support the recent Royal Society of Chemistry Solid State Group meeting, held at the University of Durham.
We exhibited at the Materials Research Society's Fall National Meeting 2007 in Boston, MA.
We exhibited at the American Chemical Society's Fall National Meeting, held in the sparkling new Boston Convention Center in the Waterfront District.
We are proud to have been a major sponsor of the recent "Frontiers in Mineral Sciences" convention, in Cambridge, England: the first joint assembly of the Mineralogical Societies of America, Canada, Great Britain and France.
SingleCrystal 1.3 has been selected for an Apple Design Award, as runner-up for the Best Mac OS X Scientific Computing Solution. Awards were presented at WWDC07 in San Francisco.
We attended the British Crystallographic Assocation's Spring National Meeting, as both an exhibitor and a Corporate Member. We enjoyed meeting so many delegates, both at our exhibition stand, and informally.
We exhibited at the Materials Research Society's 2007 Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
CrystalMaker features on the Apple website in an illustrated article about the crystal structure of the zeolite mineral "faujasite". Read more about the visualization capabilities of CrystalMaker-for-Mac...
We are pleased to announce that all CrystalMaker Software products now run on Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system!
We are pleased to continue our sponsorship of the British Crystallographic Assocation, as a 2007 Corporate Member.
Our Windows lineup is now complete as SingleCrystal 1.0 rolls off the production line, hand-in-hand with its sister product, SingleCrystal 1.3 for Mac OS X (Universal Binary).
Major new versions of CrystalMaker for Mac and Windows are released, with free updates available to licensed users.
We exhibited at the American Chemical Society's Fall meeting, in San Francisco, CA - as special guests of Apple.
A major new version of our single-crystal diffraction program lets you compare simulated patterns with observed images with drag-and-drop ease! The stereogram can now show symmetry-relations, with display of planes and zone axes, plus much more.
Ordering CrystalMaker products is now easier, with a choice of three major currencies for payment: U.S. Dollars, British Pounds Sterling and now Euros.
We have moved to new offices on the Oxford University Begbroke Science Park. Our telephone and fax numbers have also changed.
An illustrated tutorial, demonstrating the use of CrystalMaker's Make Polyhedron command, for visualizing large zeolite or buckyball "cages" in polyhedral mode.
Our x-ray/neutron powder diffraction software is now available for Windows XP/Vista, providing interactive simulation and analysis of diffraction experiments.
CrystalMaker was exhibited at the American Chemical Society National Convention in Atlanta, GA - followed closely afterwards by an exhibition at the British Crystallographic Association Spring Meeting in Lancaster, England.
CrystalMaker 7.1 completes our triumvirate of Universal Binary applications. Major new features include depth profiling, multiple graphics formats for high-resolution output, auto-update checking and more...
CrystalMaker Software Ltd is very proud to sponsor the British Crystallographic Association (BCA), as one of their 2006 Corporate Members. A registered charity, the BCA shares the same fundamental goal as CrystalMaker Software Ltd: to make crystallography more accessible to the wider public...
Fresh for 2006 are two upgraded diffraction programs. SingleCrystal 1.1 features automatic update notification, thermal ellipsoid support, improved Stereogram drawer and an all-new user's guide. CrystalDiffract 5.1 has powerful new data browsers, with the ability to export custom-sorted datasets - and much more...
We continue to update CrystalMaker-for-Windows, now featuring digital video recording, auto-generation of QTVR objects - plus auto update checking...
A mega update brings a whole slew of new features and improvements to our Windows version of CrystalMaker.
After nearly three years of development, CrystalMaker 7 for Mac OS X provides spectacular new features including massive-structures visualization, display of thermal ellipsoids, custom-defined polyhedra - and a whole host of user interface and usability improvements.
CrystalMaker Software Ltd exhibited at the American Crystallographic Association's National Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
CrystalMaker Software Ltd have launched a new, cross-platform upgrade scheme. Users of the Mac version of CrystalMaker can now purchase a full copy of the new Windows XP version (and vice versa) - at a major discount!
After ten years confined to the Mac platform, our software crosses the great platform divide - now available for Windows XP.
CrystalMaker Software Ltd exhibited at the American Chemical Society's Spring National Exposition. Some spectacular software was demonstrated, running on the latest, cool hardware from Apple.
Three years after the launch of the last version, CrystalDiffract 5.0 delivers the biggest improvements yet with amazing versatility and endless customization...
The full version of our single-crystal diffraction program provides unprecedented real-time simulation of diffraction patterns, reciprocal lattice sections and stereographic projections - with PDF graphics export...
CrystalMaker Software Ltd has won the 2004 South East England "eTrading" award, part of the UK regional eCommerce awards.
Latest versions of CrystalMaker provide preset atomic, ionic and covalent radii sets, extensive customizability - and some beautifully-rendered Periodic Tables to download.
CrystalMaker Software Ltd exhibited their software products at the American Chemical Society's Spring National Meeting, in Anaheim, CA.
CrystalMaker user Dr Yoshitaka Matsushita has released an all-encompassing "Chalcogenide" crystal structures library with nearly 10,000 structures - all in CrystalMaker binary format.
We've moved to new offices, at the Oxford University Begbroke Science Park.
CrystalMaker 6.3 provides new tools, improved interface and menu layout, keyboard shortcuts - and a link to our SingleCrystal.
A new program for exploring single-crystal diffraction and the reciprocal lattice - in real time. A time-limited (free) public beta version is now available - and we welcome your feedback!
CrystalMaker and CrystalDiffract users now have their own user forum: a place to share ideas, find answers to questions, and develop a sense of community.
The new Teaching Science section provides a background to CrystalMaker, with advice and suggestions as to how the program might be used in teaching science. Some cool embedded movies are also included.
We have relaunched the CrystalMaker website, with a clean new design incorporating easier navigation, extensively-revised content and even a search command.
CrystalMaker 6.2 includes professional-quality annotation with Unicode-savvy extended textboxes, new line and scalebar objects, plus live selection and resizing.
Major update brings drag-and-drop ease to mixture simulation, plus colourful peak overlay options, intelligent parameter control and instant startup.
Powerful new versions of CrystalMaker provide killer features: auto format recognition and drag-and-drop opening of database files, plus support for multi-structure CIF files, mouse wheel structure control and dynamical menus.
CrystalMaker 6.0.2 has been awarded a perfect, 5-mouse rating, by Macworld magazine (USA). Writing in the February 2003 issue, reviewer Charles Seiter praised the software for its ease-of-use, great performance and excellent use of OS X features.
The most exciting release so far: a new version built exclusively for Mac OS X. Using new system technologies including Carbon Events and the Mach-O runtime model, CrystalMaker 6 gives you a whole new dimension in crystal visualization.
The latest update to our crystal structures software includes significant improvements to the interface and new functionality.
A major new release of our powder diffraction software, built exclusively for Mac OS X with advanced new interface and usability features - plus the ability to save entire diffraction experiments and boost your productivity!
CrystalMaker 5 has been selected as one of the best Science/Engineering programs of the year, as part of the Macworld Editors' Choice 2001 awards.
After two years of development time, completely rewritten using the latest "C" compilers, and our most powerful version so far.
New interface, reduced memory requirements, CrystalMaker 5 support - with import of site occupancies - and a second edition of the user's guide.
Major upgrade brings JPEG graphics export, automatic web page creation and detailed analysis of local site environment. Available as a free update to CrystalMaker 4.0 customers!
Interactive "Soil Science" CD-ROM uses CrystalMaker multimedia to teach clay structure and minerals.
CrystalMaker 4 reviewed by Macworld.com, receives lavish praise for outstanding photo-realistic graphics, ease-of-use and the printed user's guide.
Is your group getting the most out of CrystalMaker licensing?
Starring role for Open University flagship geology course.
The program has been redesigned to make x-ray and neutron powder diffraction easy and fun! A new "Professional Edition" brings experimental data analysis too.
The new CrystalMaker is much more than just a pretty face. We take a look at some of the key features behind the biggest-ever upgrade.
A major new version of CrystalMaker was formally launched at the International Union of Crystallography. We were there to celebrate in style on the banks of the River Clyde in the heart of Glasgow.
Multimedia showcase in London's new multi-million pound gallery.
Another example of CrystalMaker on the web: Mark Winter's encyclopaedic resource uses first-class crystal graphics.