ACD/ChemSketch Alternatives

    ACD/ChemSketch is described as 'chemically intelligent drawing interface that allows you to draw almost any chemical structure including organics, organometallics, polymers, and Markush structures. Use it to produce professional looking structures and diagrams for reports and publications' and is an app in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 10 alternatives to ACD/ChemSketch for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, iPad and iPhone. The best alternative is Marvin, which is free. Other great apps like ACD/ChemSketch are Avogadro (Free, Open Source), BKchem (Free, Open Source), ChemDoodle (Paid) and JChemPaint (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 27, 2021

    1. Marvin suite is a chemically intelligent desktop toolkit built to help you draw, edit, publish, render, import and export your chemical structures and as well as allowing you to convert between various chemical and graphical file formats.
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      Most users think Marvin is a great alternative to ACD/ChemSketch.
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      Avogadro is a free, fantastically easy to use molecule editor. Because this editor is cross platform and light on computer resources, you know you can run it when and where you need it.
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      Most users think Avogadro is a great alternative to ACD/ChemSketch.


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      BKChem is a free (as in free software :o) chemical drawing program. It was conceived and written by Beda Kosata and is currently maintained by Reinis Danne.
      Almost everyone thinks BKchem is a great alternative to ACD/ChemSketch.
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      If you are looking for a chemical sketcher or an alternative to your current chemical drawing application, there is no better choice than ChemDoodle.
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      Most users think ChemDoodle is a great alternative to ACD/ChemSketch.
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      JChemPaint is an editor and viewer for chemical structures in 2D. It is free and open source software, written in Java and so it runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix systems.


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      MollyCule is a completely free Open Source Chemistry visualisation program for MacOS, Linux and Windows. MollyCule is designed to be a nice, easy to use program to help ordinary people who want to explore Chemistry.

      Discontinued

      Last update appears to be August 2011.

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      • FreeOpen Source
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      XDrawChem is a free software program for drawing chemical structural formulas, available for Unix and Mac OS. It is distributed under the GNU GPL. In Microsoft Windows this program is called WinDrawChem.

      Discontinued

      Last release (1.10.2-1) was in January 2017.

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    2. The Gnome Chemistry Utils include six chemistry related programs: - GChemPaint, a 2D chemical formula editor. - a chemical calculator (computes raw formule, molar weight, mass composition and isotopic pattern).
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      Cool Chemistry Tool - educational app for Students. Chemist will help you in chemical tasks! Use the Periodic Table just like a computer keyboard. With the Chemist you will learn everything you need to know about the elements, compounds and chemical reactions.
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      What's your favorite molecule? With ChemJuice, chemical structure drawing is now at your fingertips.
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