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ACD/Labs’ Free Naming Software Service Generates 200 000 IUPAC Names via the Web
Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc., (ACD/Labs), the premier
supplier of quality systematic nomenclature generation for
the past five years, recently generated its 200 000th free
IUPAC name on its Web site.
New synthetic structures are constantly being developed, making
it increasingly important for scientists to adopt a definitive
systematic nomenclature and use a software tool that can ensure
accuracy and organizational homogeneity in generating chemical
names. ACD/Name has grown to support the nomenclature rules
agreed upon by IUPAC, the International Union of Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), and the Chemical Abstracts
Service (CAS). ACD/Name systematic nomenclature software is
the current industry standard used by nomenclature specialists
worldwide and by a multitude of corporations in the chemical
and pharmaceutical industries. The software is used to quickly
and accurately name compounds for reports, databases, and
ACD/Labs Online Service enables chemists to generate IUPAC
names at no extra cost by using the online portal.1
Free chemical names can be generated according to the systematic
application of a preferred set of IUPAC nomenclature rules
for molecules containing no more than 50 atoms, and no more
than three rings, with atoms from among only H, C, N, P, O,
S, F, Cl, Br, I, Li, Na, and K. Presently, this service generates
about 100 IUPAC names per day.
As well as generating IUPAC names online, the ACD/ChemSketch
freeware available also includes the free naming algorithms.
There have now been more than 520 000 downloads of ACD/ChemSketch,
and scientists around the world are benefiting from instant
access to ACD nomenclature tools. ACD/Name is now compatible
with the InChI™ chemical nomenclature protocol, making
it possible to produce unique alphanumeric string representations
for chemical compounds that facilitate the communication of
molecular structures electronically.2 ACD/Labs’
commercial products also offer the unique “reverse”
InChI-to-structure conversion that enables convenient decoding
of InChI strings.
ACD’s new software product, ACD/Name Chemist Version, which was introduced in August 2005, made ACD/Labs’ quality IUPAC nomenclature generation algorithms more affordable for chemists.
1. One can also access the ACD/Labs Online Service from IUPAC:
last modified 9 August 2006.
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