18 February 2014

555. Very Briefly: Drawing molecules on linux: bkchem

I can't evaluate drawing programs on linux without giving bkchem a look. In fact, up till now this has been my preferred drawing application on linux, in particular since it uses .svg as it's native file format i.e. it's very easy to post-process drawing and turn them into proper .eps files for inclusion in latex documents.

bkchem is in the debian repos:
sudo apt-get install bkchem

It's a very basic program, although looking through the options it isn't too feature sparse either.

However, there's one important feature that ISISDraw and MarvinSketch have that I can't find in bkchem: it's lacking a function to clean molecules i.e. to make them look nice.

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