The free ChemSpider mobile app developed in collaboration with Alex Clark (innovator of the Mobile Molecular DataSheet, Reaction101 and Yield101) is now available for download from the iTunes store! The full details of the app, and some associated screenshots, are outlined on the SciMobileApps wiki here. A brief overview is given below…

“ChemSpider Mobile is a free iOS app (iPhone, iPod, iPad) for searching the ChemSpider online chemical database. It provides the ability to search by drawing a chemical structure, or entering a compound name. The app is very straightforward and easy to learn. Search results are shown in a list showing structure and names. Any search result can be examined in more detail by launching the mobile browser and viewing the structure on the ChemSpider web page. Although the ChemSpider web page is designed to work well on mobile browsers, the mobile app is more convenient to use, and is currently the best way to search by structure from a mobile device. The structure drawing capabilities are provided by the embedded version of the Mobile Molecular DataSheet. The app was built by Molecular Materials Informatics, on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry.”

We will look at developing an Android app for ChemSpider, taking into account what we learn from the early use of the iOS Mobile app.

A screencast of the functionality of ChemSpider Mobile is available below.

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