This application was designed to make chemistry understandable by more people. It is a molecule visualization utility that can be a suitable assistant for a teacher.
In terms of visual aspects it is as classic as it can get. This might be a plus, considering the fact that chemistry is hard enough as it is, the application makes it easier for you to get around. In features a generous view space of the molecule, which can be further widened by closing the molecule, and info panels on the left.
A toolbar in the upper part provides all the options you need, so that you spend more time learning than preparing to do so.
Animated view, and a bit of customization
Some chemical structures you can load in the application can also be animated. This view can be offered in several styles, like “ball and stick”, or “wireframe”, for easier perception.
Bonds between atoms can be added or removed at any time, if you want to exemplify specific situations. Also the distance between the atoms can be measured using an integrated option. You can rotate, zoom in and out on the structure, to make everything as clear as possible for when you have to work with complicated formulas.
To end with
Molekel is lightweight, handy application when it comes to education. With its straight-forward design, and easy way to view even the most complicated chemical structures, it becomes a reliable partner if you want to know more what is happening on the molecular level.
Reviewed by Mircea Dragomir, last updated on April 2nd, 2014
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- New features include:
- Support for saving images bigger than 3d view window; doesn't require off-screen rendering support; works on any graphics card
- Ability to freely move the bounding box used for computing orbitals and electron density surfaces; this allows to save time by restricting the computation to a specific volume of space
- Context menu in workspace(tree) window for quick access to commonly used functions
Application descriptionThe Molekel application was designed to be an open-source multiplatform molecular visualization program.