[texhax] reply to 'Organic chemistry with LaTeX'

Andrew Marlow apm35 at student.open.ac.uk
Sat Feb 7 13:34:27 CET 2004

John Simmie <john.simmie at nuigalway.ie> writes:
>>How do I make organic chemisty structures with LaTeX(in Winedt 
>>environment)? For example, to represent a carbonyl group, I need to you 
>>in text,  ">C=O", . I tried to use, the package ochem, but it needs perl 
>>as well as the manual is unfortunately in German. Is there any other 
>>package to do it?   Please let me know.
>None of the LaTeX packages can handle the geometrical requirements
>needed to draw chemical structures properly; all such attempts always
>look wrong, so if you have to go beyond Si=Si or C-N then you have
>to use what the professionals use.
>Most of us use Isis/Draw (freely available) which allows one
>to draw virtually any molecule or reaction scheme and which
>can then exported as a graphic file back to LaTeX.
You might want to look at chemtool which is libre software. It can found


Isis/draw is 'currently-free-of-charge-no-source-provided' software.


Andrew Marlow
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