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This web page shows some of the new features of Crystals for Windows.
I am extremely grateful to the CRYSTALS users who have
tested and passed on their comments and ideas when working
with the new interface.
Users can see a representation of their current model structure
at all times. This structures can be rotated and zoomed, and
can also be used to interface with some of the functions of
All of the old crystals commands are available through the command line in the main window. An updated version of Cameron was required to bring it onto the Windows platform. This new version behaves identically to the old DOS version, but has the advantage that it can be controlled by the CRYSTALS scripting language due to closer integration of the two programs.
Scripted dialog boxes provide a much more intuitive way to enter information than the old SCRIPTS 'Question and Answer' method. The layout, default values and behaviour of all dialog boxes is controlled by scripts so that they may be adjusted to suit local languages and preferences.
The old ROUTINE script is probably one of the most widely used. For
most structure solution and refinements, it will guide the user to
a publishable structure within a short time. One of the problems with
ROUTINE is that for non-routine structures it is difficult to
fix any problems that occur during an analysis, whilst staying in the
general scheme of this useful script.
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