[NTG-context] TeX & chemistry (was: alignment of figures)

Wolfgang Zillig wolfgang.zillig at student.kuleuven.be
Wed Oct 26 20:23:07 CEST 2005


I absolutely do't have any idea of typesetting formulas but I have a
question on PPCHTeX: is that used in the file eppchtex.pdf which is in
the manuals folder?


Zitat von Tobias Hilbricht <hilbricht at linopus.de>:

> Am Dienstag, 25. Oktober 2005 20:56 schrieb Mojca Miklavec:
> > Jörg Hagmann wrote:
> > > I am
> > > sure PPCHTEX would do a better job.
> If PPCHTeX is capable of drawing your formulas. I tried it, and apart
> from 
> complicated notation it can not draw seven rings, and you need "work
> arounds" 
> for certain bond angles, and there were other things either very
> complicated 
> to code or not at all. There seems to be no big user community of
> PPCHTeX and 
> no development.
> > I may be wrong, but I doubt that PPCHTEX would satisfy your needs.
> > It's a complicated notation which is not flexible enough
> Have a look into the PPCHTEeX-manual and see if it covers all your
> needs.
> > XymTeX is more powerful, but not supported by ConTeXt
> >and still with very complex notation.
> True, and also XyMTeX lacks a lot of possibilities - apart from seven
> rings 
> many bicyclo-compounds are not possible, if I remember right.
> Additionally, 
> it is not possible to colorize bonds and atoms or to make them bold
> etc. 
> (this is possible with PPCHTeX).
> Then there is ochem by Ingo Klöckl, perhaps the most powerful
> chemistry 
> solution in terms of possible compounds - but only for LaTeX, and
> again with 
> a very peculiar notation and a steep learning curve. Colorization of
> bonds 
> only with PostScript-editing.
> Finally there is streetex by Igor Strokov - again for LaTeX, more
> powerful in 
> terms of possible compounds than PPCHTeX or XyMTeX and much easier
> (more 
> intuitive) to use. However, as with XyMTeX it is not possible to
> colorize 
> bonds and atoms or to make them bold etc.
> > I would say that all you need is a better export from Chemdraw
> Recent versions of Cambrigde Soft ChemDraw can produce very nice
> output in 
> various formats. Additionally, ChemDraw has the feature IUPAC name to
> structure - this is very handy, and no TeX-solution has that.
> Yours sincerely 
> Tobias Hilbricht
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