It is our pleasure to announce the release of ChemDraw/ChemOffice version 21.0. This new release keeps on improving and accelerating the process of representing molecules of ever-increasing complexity, while making them visually stand out in publications and research communications, not only in ChemDraw, but also natively in MS PowerPoint, where eye-catching 3D objects (.3MF) can be interacted with, animated and shared. New features include:
Copy as and Save as a 3D-printable object (.3MF) (ChemOffice): It is now possible to save a 3D molecule in ChemDraw as a 3D-printable object (.3MF, for 3D-manufacturing format). The .3MF format is an open-source format co-developed by Microsoft natively supported in PowerPoint. Users can copy a molecule as a .3MF object from ChemDraw and simply paste it into a slide to interact with it and animate it in 3D. Color highlights from ChemDraw are transferred to the 3D object for even better clarity.
3D Clean-up and 3D Display enhancements (ChemDraw Professional): We have made 3D Clean-up enhancements by improving the 3D Force Field algorithm that can now cover more structurally diverse entities like metallocenes, more organometallic ligand geometries and handle aromatic circles properly in 3D. Double bonds are also better rendered in 3-Dimension.
New hotkeys / New Shortcuts / New hotspot behavior (ChemDraw Prime): As always, a new version of ChemDraw comes with new hotkeys that allow to generate complex functional groups in one keystroke, including a Cp ligand, and a p-bonded phenyl. The location of the hotspot is now preserved when cloning molecules or using the reaction shortcut. The hotspot can move more easily within a molecule as well as onto another molecule without touching the mouse. A new icon is now available for the Join function of ChemDraw.
ChemOffice+ (ChemOffice+ Cloud Standard): The recently introduced Cloud-native application gets updated on a quarterly basis, independently from ChemDraw Desktop. In its current release, it allows users to create PowerPoint reports from Signals Notebook Chemistry experiments in just a few clicks and will continue to improve on a frequent basis.
ChemDraw / ChemOffice 21.0 is qualified against the following:
- Windows 10 (64-bit)
- Windows 11 (64-bit)
- Microsoft Office 2019 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Microsoft Office 2021 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Microsoft Office 365 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Mac OS X 11.6 (Big Sur)
- Mac OS X 12.1 (Monterey)
- Adobe Acrobat 11
Collateral and Resources
The ChemOffice 21.0 Suite High Level Dot Chart, and Fully Detailed Dot Chart can be found on the PerkinElmer Informatics website ChemDraw Product Page.