Organic chemists and biochemists are likely to find ChemText, a scientific word processor from Molecular Design Ltd.; a powerful tool for smoothly integrating graphics and text in scientific documents. This versatile software package is equally suitable for both academic and industrial scientists.

My experience with ChemText Version 1.1 stems from teaching a traditional two-semester organic chemistry course. However, I recently received the new Version 1.2 and have fiddled with it enough to comment on several of its improved features.

ChemText’s hardware appetite is quite hefty. It requires an IBM PC, XT, AT, PS/2, or compatible system with at least 640K RAM and a 20-Mbyte hard-disk drive. A mouse is required, but control-key support is available in Document Editor, the package’s word processing component. ChemText is compatible with most printers.

Installation proceeds quickly and efficiently, and the documentation is thorough and well written. But be forewarned: ChemText is not for the...

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