Welcome to CrystalMaker: an award-winning program for building,
displaying, manipulating and animating all kinds of crystal &
CrystalMaker provides a streamlined workflow that majors on
productivity: just drag-and-drop your data files into the program
for instant display in spectacular photo-realistic colour.
Manipulate structures in real time, with the mouse. Multiple View
"bookmarks" and undo levels encourage exploration and discovery -
ideal for teaching and research.
Build Crystals & Molecules Fast!
With CrystalMaker you can build any kind of crystal or molecular
structure - quickly and easily. Built-in symmetry handling and the
elegant spacegroup browser takes the slog out of crystallography,
and the program will automatically generate all your bonds and
CrystalMaker provides a wide range of model types, including
traditional "ball-and-stick", space-filling, polyhedral, wireframe
and thermal ellipsoids. Each model type can be extensively
customized, with the option of photo-realistic graphics or simpler,
Comprehensive Data Import & Export
Load structural data from 20+ formats, including Cambridge
Structures Database, Protein Data Bank, CIF, GSAS, SHELX, DL_POLY,
VASP, etc. You can work with virtually unlimited numbers of atoms.
Take advantage of our unique "Depth Profiling" tool, to rapidly scan
ares of interest in massive structures - ideal for characterizing
the results from computer models.
A range of output options is available for sharing data with other
programs, saving structural data, bond distances, coordination
environments - or even building web pages with your data.
Outstanding 3D Graphics
Enjoy photo-realistic graphics with depth fading and perspective
- plus spectacular 3D stereo. Benefit from high-resolution printing
and save your graphics at user-defined sizes to a wide range of
Work with massive structures, using depth profiling and measurement.
Bonds and polyhedra are automatically generated, with full error
propagation, plus cluster shell and coordination network
visualization and powerful output options.
Real-Time Manpulation & Measurement
Click-and-drag with the mouse, use the keyboard, or toolbar.
View parallel to a vector or plane normal. Continuous plot range
settings for millions of atoms, bonds and polyhedra.
Move, detach, duplicate, hide, delete groups of atoms. Hide or
repair molecular fragments - isolate individual molecules. Display
lattice planes in any orientation; slice the crystal to investigate
surfaces or internal planes - and place one structure or molecule
Preview coordination environments, clusters and shells; list bond
distances and histograms on screen or save to disc. Measure
distances, angles, torsion angles on screen. Calculate angles
between planes and/or vectors.
CrystalMaker lets you transform the unit cell, changing the
lattice type, building a supercell, moving the origin, or applying
an arbitrary matrix transformation. You can also project the unit
cell onto a chosen lattice plane, to create a "surface cell". Unlike
traditional software, CrystalMaker features an elegant, easy-to-use
interface, with common choices available as presets. Crystallography
without the pain!
gives you multiple undo levels for each window - each with
its own graphical thumbnail, displayed in the "History" pane
of the Overview window. You can also bookmark custom Views
and organize your favourite files.
CrystalMaker is the first program of its kind to go beyond static
structures, to let you explore structural behaviour quickly and
Just drag-and-drop files into the same window, then rearrange their
thumbnails to build your movie timeline.
View thumbnails can be browsed and animated on screen, with the
option of a full-screen slideshow. Manipulate and synchronize views,
drag-and-drop thumbnails to rearrange them, then output the entire
sequence as a QuickTime movie with the new Save as Movie command.
Cross-Platform Video Output
Both Mac and Windows versions let you record
industry-standard QuickTime movies as you work, with full
control over frame rates and compression settings.
Windows also gives the option of video output in Microsoft
AVI format: ideal for embedding rotating structures or
animations within PowerPoint presentations!
CrystalMaker was the first application of its kind to support
QuickTime Virtual Reality (VR). With this technology, you can save a
self-contained, fully-rotatable model of your crystal or molecule.
The resulting model can be viewed in any QuickTime-savvy application
or web browser, on Mac or Windows. Users can rotate the model just
by clicking and dragging the mouse - no complicated plug-ins to
download or interfaces to load! Ideal for multimedia, presentations
and student browsing.
Diffraction patterns can be simulated for any displayed crystal
structure, with just a single menu command - thanks to our
CrystalDiffract (powder diffraction) and SingleCrystal (X-ray,
neutron and TEM single-crystal diffraction) programs. SingleCrystal
can be linked with CrystalMaker, so as you rotate your structure its
diffraction pattern rotates, and vice versa.
CrystalMaker is available in two separate versions, for Windows
(XP, Vista, Windows 7), or for Mac OS X (including "Mountain Lion").
Mac and Windows versions share the same binary file format, and
similar feature sets, making cross-platform working and
Each version is designed, from the ground up, for its respective
operating system, offering genuine operating system support and
maximum performance - with no compromises.
Using CrystalMaker is easy - but to get you up-to-speed as
quickly as possible, we include a handy tutorial, designed to
familiarize yourself with the essential program features. Online
Help provides a quick reference to the interface and capabilities -
and for the definitive reference, we include a highly-detailed and
profusely-illustrated 160-page User's Guide. This is supplied in
Adobe PDF format, for easy searching - and includes page thumbnails
for quick browsing.
Included with the program is a comprehensive crystal structures
library: not just any database, but a high-quality collection of
ready-built models, with carefully-selected views, fully-annotated,
and ready for immediate display. This is ideal for use in teaching
or research, including crystal-chemical "type" structures, plus
systematic structure types (with 300 rock-forming minerals) and many
technological phases: from organic molecules to zeolites, and from
dental ceramics to high-Tc superconductors.