What is it?
MolyView is a free 3D molecular viewer for Windows. It is suitable for
students of GCSE and A-level chemistry, or any equivalent high-school
chemistry standard. MolyView is currently being upgraded to deal with more
advanced molecular visualisation requirements.
MolyView is not designed to give realistic, physically correct
simulations of real molecules - it is purely a visualisation
aid. Molecule size, bond angles and separations are not yet
accurate. However, MolyView is supplied with a full atomic database of
the periodic table elements, with accurate masses, atomic numbers
period and group identification.
MolyView is ideal for students struggling with the national curriculum
science goals within chemistry, and is a perfect revision aid.
This .zip archive contains a Windows executable (exe) file plus a
selection of sample datafiles and a ReadMe with instructions for use.
How do I install MolyView?
Simply open the .zip archive (you will need Winzip - see this page) and extract the files to
a directory on your hard drive. Then you can double-click on the file
'molyview.exe' within that directory and it should all work fine. No
complicated configuration required!
Will it work on my machine?
I have no idea. Why not try it out? It works well on Windows XP but I
haven't tested it on other platforms. If you have a different platform
then let me know if it works perfectly, or if you experience any
Can I contact you to suggest improvements / bugfixes etc.?
Certainly. I can be contacted at the usual email address (see below) I
am especially interested to hear from Chemistry students and teachers
with advice on the sort of features that they would like to see in the
next version, and especially with compliance with national curriculum
standards at all levels. In addition, any teachers from outside of
the UK, please let me know if there's anything that I've missed out
that your exam system requires.
How much does it cost?
Nothing whatsoever. I'm just a generous guy. But if you particularly
want to send me money, you can do so through PayPal. And it's totally
What do you work on when you're not writing free code?
When I wrote this code, I was working at Cercia, primarily
on data mining and visualisation technologies. Please visit my home page, which has plenty more
free code and information, or my rational thinking blog. I have
also written a free
sudoku solver and a Texas Hold'em Poker
Helper. You might also want to visit the homepage of my colleague
Andy Pryke, to learn more about data mining.
Page maintained by Colin Frayn.
This page last updated : 21/Apr/2006