The most important new feature making its debut in ChemDoodle 2 is the ability to seamlessly paste and insert scalable vector graphics into your favorite applications. Vector graphics are images that retain their crisp and clear quality regardless of their dimensions or resolution. We must stress the importance of such a feat, as no other Java application can handle image metadata formats on the system clipboard, but iChemLabs has created a library from scratch for implementing the creation and insertion of vector graphic image metadata into any applications on Windows, Mac and Linux, including Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, iWork and Adobe Products.
UPDATE: ChemDoodle 2 was released on 5/27/09.
Copying and pasting images into other applications from ChemDoodle has not changed, since the technical details of this functionality is invisible to you. However, instead of a bitmap image being inserted into the receiving program, a crisp and clear scalable vector graphic will be inserted instead. The quality differences between two such images are quite drastic, and is why this feature was a main goal for our development team. The following image demonstrates exactly how the quality deteriorates for bitmap images when scaled as compared to vector images. Make sure to click on all the images to see their full size.
So now for a few demonstrations in some popular applications.
Finally to Mac OSX 10.5 where ChemDoodle has pasted a vector image into Microsoft Word 2004 and also into iWork Pages. Note that in the iWork image, a brush stroke style is used for the bonds, so this isn’t a quality issue, it’s supposed to look brushed like that.
ChemDoodle 2 will be released, as of the time of this writing, sometime in the next 24 hours. All customers will receive a free upgrade to ChemDoodle 2 as a thanks for everyone’s support over the last year. As a side note, we will be selling licenses to the Java vector image metadata library created for the above functionality beginning this summer. Please contact us now if you are interested in this functionality, which really is a must for any graphical editors written in Java.