Chemistry for Biologists

Chemistry for Biologists: Help and feedback

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Software requirements

We recommend using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or higher. Netscape may be used, but PowerPoint slideshows will then open in a separate application rather than in the browser as intended.

If you do not have a version of Microsoft PowerPoint, download the PowerPoint viewer.

The following are useful for this website and may be downloaded free-of-charge:

Microsoft Internet Explorer Download the latest version
MDL Chime To view rotational molecular files (.mol)
Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 Viewer    To view the animations if you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint   

Using Chime

Using the free Chime plug-in, molecular information can be displayed as 3D images, which can be manipulated to allow readers to examine the figure more closely. The figure below is provided as an example. If you cannot see it, then you will need to download the Chime plug-in from MDL Chime. The download should only take a few minutes.

PC-Windows Instructions

Show Menu
Move mouse over molecule, click and hold RIGHT mouse button.

Freehand Rotation
Move mouse over molecule, click and hold LEFT mouse button, and drag.

Zoom Control
Move mouse over the molecule, hold Shift key, click and hold LEFT mouse button and drag.

Change Display (e.g. to Ball and Stick)
(Move mouse over molecule, click and hold RIGHT mouse button) and choose Display, and Ball and Stick.


Chlorophyll
 
   

Apple Macintosh Instructions

Show Menu
Move mouse over molecule, click and hold mouse button and wait.

Freehand Rotation
Move mouse over molecule, click and hold mouse button and drag.

Zoom Control
Move mouse over the molecule, hold Shift key, click and hold mouse button and drag.

Change Display (e.g. to Ball and Stick)
(Move mouse over molecule, click and hold mouse button and wait) and choose Display, and Ball and Stick.


Chlorophyll

Further help with Chime

Since MDL Chime is a free version offered to the public by MDL, it does not come with Technical Support. However their website does answer some Frequently Asked Questions

Opening PowerPoint without dialogue box appearing

When following links to PowerPoint presentations you may get a pop-up box asking "Would you like to open the file or save it to your computer". This setting is designed to help prevent the spread of macro viruses.

Internet Explorer users can prevent the message appearing by clicking to clear the Always ask before opening this type of file check box when the message appears.

If this does not work, do the following:

Windows 2000 and Windows XP

  1. On the Windows Start menu, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu in Windows Explorer, click Folder Options.
  3. Click the File Types tab.
  4. In the Registered file types list, click to select Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation, and then click Advanced.
  5. Untick the Confirm open after download check box. Then, click OK followed by Close.

Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows NT 4

  1. On the Windows Start menu, point to Programs, and then click Windows Explorer.
  2. On the View menu in Windows Explorer, click Folder Options.
  3. Click the File Types tab.
  4. In the Registered file types list, click to select Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation.
  5. Click Edit.
  6. Untick the Confirm open after download check box. Then, click OK followed by Close.

More information can be found at:

* http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;303475

Unfortunately Netscape does not allow PowerPoint presentations to open in the browser. We therefore recommend using Internet Explorer with this resource.

Further help

Please do not hesitate to contact us using the chemsoc feedback form. Please mention "Chemistry for Biologists" when sending your enquiry.

 

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