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Diamond
Crystal and Molecular Structure Visualization
Version 5 Preview

This is a preview for version 5 of Diamond, our outstanding software for the exploration, visualization, and presentation of molecular and crystal structures. It integrates a multitude of functions, which overcome the work with crystal structure data - in research and education as well as for publications and presentations.

Diamond 5 Preview Screenshot

Here is what is new in version 5:

Exploration view
This is a new, special interactive view where you can check and change the bonding spheres as well as spheres for non-bonding contacts and H-bonds in a manner that is more interactive than just shifting sphere boundaries in distances histograms in the Connectivity and Atomic Environments dialog windows. Most of the picture designing functions are not available in this view, so you can focus on the study of bonding and contact spheres.

Exploration of H-bond spheres, sample 7106313 from COD
Exploration of H-bond spheres, sample 7106313 from Crystallography Open Database. Click on image for original size.

Improved workflow
There are two new, comfortable commands to drop a picture (Take Picture) or to continue your study or creation with a new picture object (Continue With New Picture). This allows you to save impressions of your crystal or molecular structure spontaneously that can serve as a starting point for a more elaborated version of a structure picture.

"More Pictures" docking window and Caption Bar
This docking window showing thumbnail pictures of all pictures of the document (or of the current structure only) complements the Navigation tree as well as the link thumbnails, which are still available.
The caption bar, already known from version 3, is back and offers a better orientation which structure data set and which document the currently edited picture belongs to as well as which additional pictures are available. (The tab bar of version 4 is still available.)

Picture menu split into "Picture" and "Display"
The Picture menu will now focus on the management of picture objects whereas the new Display menu collects the actual display settings (atom and bond designs, orientation etc.) for a picture each.

Import Registry settings from version 4
A new command in the Tools menu allows you to import (selected) settings of your version 4 into the new version 5.

File import and export
New commands Import and Export in the File menu complement the Open and Save commands.

New COD version
A new version of Crystallography Open Database (COD) will be available for Diamond. Due to its size, it is no longer part of the Diamond installation package but can/must be installed from the COD page of the File/Search command/dialog.

Take Image
The recording of a video sequence (available since version 3) is complemented by the possibility of taking single images (snapshots) and drop them into the image buffer and save them later.

For more details, see What's New in Diamond Version 5.

Diamond version 5 will be released in the second half of 2022. In this context, we will also switch over to the update permission time model that we are already using with our Match! software. The update to Diamond 5 will be free-of-charge for all customers who own a license for Diamond 4.

Diamond News

April 2, 2022
The Diamond 4.6.8 update contains an improvement (bond labels) and some bug fixes. More...

News for minor changes and patches omitted.

August 28, 2019
The new Diamond version 4.6 supports disorder parts, improves mixed site representations, and exports a 3D scene into OBJ and STL format. More...

January 18, 2018
With the new Diamond version 4.5 you can now create POV-Ray video sequences and animated POV-Ray scenes. More...

May 12, 2017
With the new Diamond version 4.4 you can now load ready-to-use structure pictures from the structure type database. More...

November 29, 2016
The new Diamond version 4.3 offers a small database with most common inorganic structure types as well as a configurable data sheet. More...

Nov 5, 2014
A maintenance release 3.2k for Diamond version 3 with several bug fixes has been released. More...

Oct 28, 2014
Today, the long awaited new version 4 of our software package Diamond has been released. More... 

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