British developer CystalMaker Software on Tuesday announced the release of
CrystalDiffract 5.0, the newest version of its software “for visualizing and understanding x-ray and neutron powder diffraction patterns, the ‘fingerprint’ used to identify and characterize crystalline materials.” This upgrade removes the limit on the number of patterns that can be calculated and observed in each window, allowing users to work with as many crystal patterns as their computers’ memory will allow.
In addition, CrystalDiffract 5.0 features a new interface with a Structures Drawer, where files and folders can be organized and browsed, an improved Parameters List and more. It also includes new tools for moving, arranging and customizing patterns, new graph styles, Unicode filename support and more. CrystalDiffract integrates with CrystalMaker 6, which visualizes and analyzes crystalline structures.
Pricing starts at US$319 standard, $189 academic, for a single-user license and offers breaks for 5-, 10- and 20-user versions. Upgrades start at $129 for the single-user version. Mac OS X v10.2 is required, although v10.3 is recommended.