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Chemistry Software: ChemDraw

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What is ChemDraw?

ChemDraw enables you to quickly and effectively draw 2D molecules, reactions and biological structures and pathways for use in documents, presentations and database searches. 


ChemDraw at the University of Bath

The University of Bath has a site licence for ChemOffice+ Cloud, provided by DD&T. The licence allows you to download the software to your own computer (Windows or Mac). The version currently installed on University computers is ChemDraw 20.1. Training and support is provided by the Library.

How to use ChemDraw

For help and advice with using ChemDraw please email:

ChemDraw Cloud

You will need to have a Perkin Elmer account to use ChemDraw Cloud. If you have previously downloaded ChemDraw you should have this. Otherwise follow the instructions on this page, but instead of registering to download ChemDraw, choose the option to ‘access PerkinElmer Cloud Applications’ instead, and input your University email. This will activate your access.

ChemDraw Cloud doesn’t have the full functionality of desktop ChemDraw – for example there are limited templates – but it could be useful if you are working on a computer that doesn’t have the desktop version installed.

Access ChemDraw

To access ChemDraw from public access computers in the Library or PC labs:

Go to Start –  ChemOffice 2020 – ChemDraw 20.1

On most University-managed computers, you can download ChemDraw from the software centre. 

ChemDraw and Chem3D can be accessed remotely via Uniapps or UniDesk:

Download ChemDraw to your own computer

You can download ChemDraw to your own computer or laptop following the instructions to download ChemOffice provided on the secure downloads page. Before you install a new version of ChemOffice, make sure that you have uninstalled any older version. 

Problems with downloading ChemDraw?

If you have a problem downloading ChemDraw you can try searching the Revvity Signals knowledgebase or contact their customer support: 

Alternatively you can seek help from DD&T:

ChemDraw licence expiry issues

From time to time you need to reactivate your access to ChemDraw so that Perkin Elmer, the software supplier, can verify that you are still entitled to use it under the University of Bath licence.

If prompted for an activation code, login to the Download Center with your PerkinElmer account. Click on the 'List Entitlements' tab on the left hand side. The activation code can be found under the 'product activation' column.