What is CrystalMaker?
CrystalMaker is an application that can be used to design as well as see crystal structures and molecules. Visualizations in the program are in full 3D and can be seen in high-resolution, offering users—who tend to be part of the scientific academia—a visually-aided insight into their work.
There is actually a gallery of predesigned structures already in the program: these can help users get a feel for what CrystalMaker can do. Structures in the software are interactive and dynamic. A user can load (or create) a particular structure, move it about, edit it, repair broken sections, and edit its appearance by specifying the colors of its elements. As images are generated in 3D, they can be rotated and explored in-depth. Instead of just seeing it as a flat representation, for instance, a user can zoom into the graphic and see the myriad internal linkages within the structure. Users also have utilities in the software that can be used to generate accurate measurements of created structures.
The program is capable of generating multiple structural model types, so most structures should be doable on it. It can also export visualizations, which may be useful for those who want publication-ready crystal representations.
File types supported by CrystalMaker
Our users primarily use CrystalMaker to open these file types: