1. Dragging/rotating molecular fragments for building a Zn-porphyrin:
2. Building a complicated porphyrin derivative in Chemcraft:
3. Obtaining a Z-matrix of Cs2TeO3 molecule using Chemcraft:
4. The molecule can be constructed from fragments via "Unite two groups" or "Add fragment" menu items:
5. Example of quick obtaining of such picture:
In this video there are also some examples of modifying geometrical parameters. For "fully" 2d pictures the View/Isometry menu item can be used.
6. Dummy atoms can be inserted into the center of coordinates of selected atoms:
7. The use of Clipboard to copy molecular fragments from different files into one common structure:
8. Monodentate ligands are easy to work with, but bidentate ones require some more work. Example of building such a molecule:
9. Chemcraft provides a "Structures combiner" utility, which allows one to quickly obtain molecular structures if he has already computed the structures of close homologues:
More detailed illustration of this feature can be seen here.
10. In Coord mode, the atomic coordinates can be exported in different formats, either in Angstroms or Bohrs. They can be saved in different formats (xmol, .sdf, .mfj, .tnk, .mdl, etc) via the File menu as well.
11. Use double-clicks and double right-clicks on atoms and bonds to alter their types and captions:
12. When a spectrum with band broadening is built, the button "Export values" allows the user to export this graph in ASCII format (e.g,. into Excel or Origin). The button "Interpolation coordinates" allows one to specify the X coordinates of the broadened spectrum.
13. The archive of molecular fragments can be supplemented with custom fragments:
14. When working with cube files, they can be combined, different operations with them can be performed (sum, multiplication, etc), isosurface of one cube can be colored by another cube:
15. Crystallographers can find the Fragments Extractor useful:
16. Multiple atoms can be selected in different ways, in particular with these buttons:
17. Chemcraft can draw 3-dimensional pictures, which look like 2-dimensional images drawn in Chemdraw:
18. Two or more structures can be "merged" via "Tools/Structures comparer/merge..." menu item (this option can be used, for example, to compare crystallographic and ab initio structures):
19. Often, when an output file with geometry optimization is browsed, the molecular orientation switches several times within optimization steps. To avoid this problem, use the "Tools/Set common orientation" menu item (at the left window, after clicking on the "Optimization" node):
20. Menu item "View/Release all captions" allows the user to get the picture with several captions on each atom:
21. All animated pictures at this webpage were obtained using Chemcraft.
22. Chemcraft provides a Structures Comparer tool, which compares the structures from two opened files; this tool can help avoid mistakes when the input files are muddled up (for example, if you have interrupted geometry optimization, you should insert the last geometry from the output file into new input file, and then the possibility to check whether these structures are equal can be useful):
23. When .cif files are visualized, the distance cutoff can be increased, so there will be no overlapping atoms (with distance less than 0.5 A):
24. Chemcraft allows the user to add custom vectors, planes to the image (with custom XYZ coordinates), see example:
25. If you have performed a geometry optimization, and want to know whether the optimized structure is a minimum or a saddle point (and the frequency computation is too expensive), use the possibility to lower the molecular symmetry:
26. When working with NMR computations, it is often useful to obtain a table of chemical shifts, averaged within specified groups of atoms. These values usually correlate well with the experimental chemical shifts, and in our research work we found this option much more useful than drawing an NMR spectrum. This option is shown via "Tools/Show atomic properties table option" (the "Tools" button is shown at the left bottom corner of Chemcraft window):
27. For geometry optimization jobs, Chemcraft can draw the graph "Step N vs Proximity to symmetry point group". This feature can be useful if you want to check, whether your structure is symmetrical (if you don't have the analytical frequencies):
28. When a spectrum with broadened bands is built in Chemcraft, the values at each point can be exported into Origin or Excel via Clipboard. This option can be used for multiple purposes (for example, for building several spectra at one picture):
See also: Chemcraft hints