RSpace uses a 3rd party tool, the Chemaxon MarvinJS structure editor for chemical structure drawing.
You can use MarvinJS to draw chemical structures and reactions, and import from or export to standard formats such as mol or SMILES. MarvinJS supports 3D rotation of structures and sophisticated structure search.
The full documentation for this service can be found here. The following is a quick-start guide about how to start using the Chemistry editor in RSpace.
First of all, make sure that the Chemistry feature is enabled. Go to the Apps tab and enable Chemistry:
To draw a chemical structure, create or open a document and open the Chemaxon structure editor by clicking on the benzene ring icon in the Text Editor toolbar, or clicking ‘Insert’ > ‘Structural formula’.
Use the Chemaxon Marvin sketcher tools to build your structure out of combinations of elements. You can draw molecules and reactions. Save it to your RSpace document, where an image of it will be placed in the text where the cursor was placed when opening the editor. Alternatively you can import existing structures in common formats such as mol, using the tool’s Import feature.
You can export these structures in various standard formats using the ‘Export’ button in the Marvin Sketcher toolbar.
To edit an existing chemical structure, select it in the document, then click on the benzene-ring icon to open the editor again. The image remains fully editable at all times.
Chemical structures, or elements used in them, can be searched for using ChemAxon’s structure search feature. The search mechanism is located in the drop-down options of the main Workspace search, at the top right of the Workspace view.
There are various types of chemical search, the default is substructure search. Chemaxon’s documentation gives full information about the characteristics of each search type.
When you open the Chemical Search dialog, draw the structure (whole or part) query, then click Search:
Documents that contain chemical search hits are listed, together with an image of the search hit. You can click on the document to open it. The screenshot below shows some example search results.