ChemDraw is a molecule editor developed by the cheminformatics company CambridgeSoft. ChemDraw is, along with Chem3D and ChemFinder, part of the ChemOffice suite of programs and is available for Macintosh and Microsoft Windows.

Features of ChemDraw 12.0

* Chemical structure to name conversion
* Chemical name to structure conversion
* NMR spectrum simulation (1H and 13C)
* Mass spectrum simulation
* Structure cleanup
* An extensive collection of templates, including style templates for most major chemical journals.
* Export to SVG (Windows Version only)
* Export to PDF (Mac Version only)

File format

The native file formats for ChemDraw are the binary CDX and the preferred XML based CDXML formats.


SDK for ChemDraw enables third-party developers to write plugins. For example - Quick HotKey helps to setup HotKeys in interactive mode, instead manually editing of text file. Plugin site


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