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Anyone having issues with Scifinder? TRY CAS STRUCTURE EDITOR

Posted by naturalproductman on April 19, 2013

Scifinder is a great tool for looking up literature precedence for reactions.  The frustrating part is when I get that message:  “A Java plug-in is required for structure drawing. Refer to the Help.”

In my head I am already saying “I just downloaded that last week!!!”

Apparently there is a new CAS structure editor program you can download – it is pretty much the same thing that comes up in the web based Scifinder version.  The annoying part is that you have to open this program separately from Scifinder and save the file then put the file on the Reaction Structure search option in Scifinder (only .cxf file is supported).

CAS structure editor download link


***Recently, it has come to my attention from a good friend that you can just click on the apple symbol if you use safari and the second option down it says, “Software Update…” and this will enable the CAS structure editor on the web-based Scifinder version.

3 Responses to “Anyone having issues with Scifinder? TRY CAS STRUCTURE EDITOR”

  1. DalChemist said

    The java issue has been driving me insane!!! It’s been messing with scifinder and with FACES, a website we use to book NMR time. I am forever in your debt.

    • naturalproductman said

      haha no problem. I forgot to mention the other benefit of having this program is that you can save your search and download for a future use.

  2. Thanks for sharing this info with your readers – we understand the frustration with Java and always appreciate the additional feedback. To add to what you mention, we also plan to release an alternative to the plugin-based structure editor in SciFinder this summer. So please stay tuned! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the CAS Customer Center (

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