What's New in SciFinder
The PatentPak™ Interactive Patent Chemistry Viewer is Here! (June 2015)
PatentPak is a robust, patent workflow solution available in SciFinder. This release adds the PatentPak interactive patent chemistry viewer, which significantly reduces the time spent locating the important chemistry in a patent by using CAS scientists’ direct links to key substances in the source patent.
Explore new research avenues based on findings within patents through powerful SciFinder searches initiated from chemistry found in the patent.
1. The Interactive Document Viewer
- Presents searchable, full text of patents with interactive indexing and annotations that inform the user’s research
- Offers direct links to and from SciFinder that promote serendipitous searching and exploration
2. Key Substances Sidebar
- CAS Analysts compile a list of key substances in each patent so researchers can quickly identify and navigate to substances and chemistry of interest
- Direct page number links take researchers to the precise location of the substance in the patent, eliminating the need to read the patent page by page
- Hard-to-find substances embedded in text and R group tables link directly to a visual representation of the structure wherever possible
- Each substance in the sidebar includes the authoritative CAS Registry Number® and a link to the substance’s SciFinder record in CAS REGISTRYSM, making interpretation of patent information easier than ever
3. Search in SciFinder - from the Substance Sidebar
- Explore known research on related compounds
- Follow serendipitous search paths uncovered during research
- Take advantage of the unparalleled content in CAS REGISTRY and one of the world’s largest curated collections of chemical reactions with associated conditions and experimental procedures
- Unearth otherwise unseen chemistry content and claims with exclusive Markush searching
4. PatentPak Toolbar
- Export patent PDFs with or without the CAS analyst markup for sharing and printing
- Quickly jump to specific pages via convenient navigation links
- Zoom in or out to better view structures or text
Commercial Source Logos in SciFinder (May 2015)
You may notice supplier logos in Commercial Sources listings.
Preserve Your Most Valuable Resource - Time - With PatentPak™ (February 2015)
PatentPak is a robust, new patent workflow solution designed to radically reduce the time spent acquiring and searching through multiple patents to find vital chemistry. PatentPak is available as an add-on to SciFinder and features:
- Full text PDFs from 11 major patent offices
- Patent Family PDFs in multiple languages
- Patent page numbers for key indexed substances
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New Substance Detail View Improves Readability and User Experience (October 2014)
The latest SciFinder release features a major enhancement of the Substance Detail page with the addition of an expandable/collapsible menu that highlights the various content areas, and now also includes regulatory information.
A new layout and format greatly improves readability and user-friendliness of substance detail pages.
- Physical Property Data: common properties are listed at the top of the display, making it easier to find desired physical properties.
- The new layout includes an expandable/collapsible menu, providing a quick, easy way to find the content of interest.
- Print and Export: content areas are now individually selectable for print and export, allowing users to print only the data that matters to their research.
- Content Area Tabs: collated tabs organize property information in scientifically meaningful ways.
- Now conveniently accessed within a given substance’s detail page.
- Reorganized in an easy-to-read format that allows users to quickly find information of interest, even by country.
Table View Presentation of Commercial Sources Answer Sets and Further Enhancements to Non-Java CAS Structure Editor (September 2014)
The latest SciFinder release includes a new table view for Commercial Sources answer sets and further enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor.
Table View of Commercial Sources Answer Sets
The new table view presentation of Commercial Sources answer sets provides easier and faster access to the commercial source data you are looking for. It brings popular, existing features such as supplier source, purity, quantity, stock status, and shipping information to the forefront of the answer set and provides the ability to sort the answer set by these categories.
Additional Analyze and Sort options are also provided for Commercial Source answer sets, including criteria such as country of supplier, and "Order from Source" (previously known as Pricing and Availability).
Enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor
- User-Defined Templates - allows users to save and load one or more .cxf structure files for quicker access during their SciFinder sessions. Note: this is different from the Java editor. User-Defined Templates are now saved in your browser's default download folder as .cxf files.
- Flip Structure Tool - allows a user to flip a selected structure 180° vertically or horizontally
- Eraser Tool - now allows a user to erase parts of or entire structures by clicking and dragging the mouse over the desired selection
More Updates to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor (July 2014)
The latest SciFinder release includes numerous enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor. As highlighted in the graphic below, enhancements include:
- Context specific Help is now available from the editor toolbar
- Flip structure tool
- Thicker, more colorful highlighting makes it easier to see what part of a structure is being modified or selected
- Current template now displayed
- A reset button restores structure editor to carbon atom, single bond, and pencil tool default settings
- Molecular formula and weight are displayed in the status bar
Standardized menus and displays have been extended to the Functional Groups feature in reaction searching. Users can select a list or grid view, and can search for a particular functional group.
Further Updates to Non-Java CAS Structure Editor (June 2014)
The latest SciFinder release includes the addition of structure templates and canvas zooming to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor. Additionally, management of Keep Me Posted profiles now uses the same Select interface employed throughout SciFinder.
Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Updates
- Users can now quickly and easily draw common structural frameworks using structure templates.
- Drawing and viewing of structures is made easier with the introduction of canvas zooming.
SciFinder/ChemDraw® Collaboration, Increased Analysis Limits, and Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Updates (May 2014)
This release features the integration of ChemDraw and SciFinder, improvements to the Analyze feature, and further enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor.
SciFinder and ChemDraw Integration
The functionality of this landmark collaboration between CAS and PerkinElmer enables ChemBioDraw Ultra 14 users to initiate a SciFinder search from within the ChemDraw interface, and then be taken to the related search results within SciFinder. ChemDraw users can now find more information in less time by simply clicking one button to seamlessly transfer a ChemDraw structure or reaction to SciFinder.
Learn more at perkinelmer.cas.org.
Improvements to Analyze Feature
- Reference analyses are now unlimited. The interactive analysis bars and Show More feature now work for reference answer sets of any size.
- The sample analysis limit has been increased from 1000 to 20,000 for all SciFinder Explore types.
Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Updates
Further enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor include:
- Repeating Groups: easily repeat elements of a given structure, including atoms, shortcuts, and variables.
- "Add to Editor", InChI and SMILES Conversion: conveniently convert InChI or SMILES strings to a structure within the drawing editor. (CAS Registry Number® functionality was already available!).
Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Updates and Commercial Source Improvements (April 2014)
Non-Java CAS Structure Updates
Enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor continue. The latest features to be added include:
- Variable Attachment Point Tool: specify multiple positions on a ring system where a substituent can attach to broaden your search scope
- Functional Groups Tool: create a reaction query where a reactant, reagent, or product is represented by a functional group to cast a wide net in your research area
- Text node entry: Use text entry to specify atoms at node points.
Commercial Sources Updates
- Most importantly, commercial sources are now set as preferred or non-preferred on the Commercial Sources answer set page
- Distributors are now listed under their parent commercial source’s detail page
- The terms “supplier” and “catalog” have been removed from the product
CAS collaborated with SciFinder customers to develop a set of "Need-to-Know" Videos that cover practical, real-world applications of SciFinder features and capabilities. Averaging only three minutes, these videos will quickly give users the information they need for using SciFinder effectively and advancing their research. All these videos are available from the SciFinder Training page
Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Updates and New Substances Sort Option (March 2014)
Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Updates
The following features and enhancements have been added to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor:
- Molfile import/export allows users to conveniently transfer structures from third-party drawing tools such as ChemDraw to the structure editor in SciFinder
- Structure Shortcut Keys allow users to change nodes and bonds using a single keystroke.
Sort by Number of Commercial Sources
This new Sort option allows sorting of substance answer sets by the number of commercial suppliers associated with each substance. Users can quickly identify widely available starting materials, reagents, and other substances of interest.
Updates to Non-Java Structure Editor and Substance Answer Set Display (January 2014)
Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Update
New features and enhancements in this update include:
- The R-Group tool now includes all sub-menu options in a single window
- Bond spouting of carbon nodes is enabled by clicking on an existing carbon node
- The Non-Java CAS Structure Editor is now set as the default structure editor. If selected, the Java version becomes the default.
Substance Answer Set Display
A user's ability to quickly scan and read results is enhanced by the following:
- Grid elements are now all left justified
- Regulatory information now appears as a text link in the grid along with Experimental Properties and Spectra information
- The commercial sources icon now includes a supplier count
Enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor (November 2013)
Highlights of this latest update include additions to the functionality of the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor, a new Display Options user interface and linking to myCAS from the Password and Account Information section of your SciFinder Preferences.
Enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor
The following features are now available in the Non-Java version of the structure editor:
- Reaction arrow tool
- Undo/Redo with complete cycle of undo/redo actions
- Chain tool
- Structure drawing preferences for fixed drawing length and angle
Display Options Improvement
Answers per page and layout options for answer set detail are now available in a single pop-up window when Display Options is selected. This applies to all reference, substance, and reaction answer sets.
Enhanced Account Management
This enhancement seamlessly links the SciFinder Password and Account Information preference to the account management feature in myCAS, thus sparing users the need to re-enter their username and password.
- ~26,000 German patents were updated and now include corresponding patent front page graphics
- ~23,000 experimentally determined heteroatom NMR spectra were added to the database (B11 , N15, O17)
New Non-Java CAS Structure Editor (October 2013)
The latest SciFinder update features a new structure editor that does not require a Java plug-in for web browsers. Other enhancements improve the usability of existing features. Commercial sources answer sets now include substance Quick View and supplier information now includes mailto hyperlinks. Analyze by reagents is a new option for reaction answer sets. Additionally, SciPlanner tutorials have increased availability, and access to account management settings is improved.
Non-Java CAS Structure Editor
The new Non-Java structure editor is an alternative to the Java-based editor and allows users to draw structures for substance and reaction searches without requiring a Java plug-in. The available features are equivalent to those in the Java version, with remaining features to be released shortly.
Analyze by Reagents
A new default Analyze option for reaction searching lists all reagents contained in the reaction answer set. It allows researchers to quickly scan for particular reagents, giving them the ability to focus on reagents they have available or use frequently, or to evaluate different reagents for a particular type of reaction.
Substance Quick View in Commercial Sources Answer Sets
Users can now view substance details without leaving commercial source answer sets, and this enhancement makes it quicker and easier to scan larger answer sets which may contain multiple substances.
Commercial Supplier Email Hyperlinks
The addition of mailto links in commercial supplier records is a time saving feature that opens a pre-populated email message and allows you to contact a supplier while still in a SciFinder session.
Increased Availability of SciPlanner Tutorials
To help orient users to its features and functionality, SciPlanner tutorials are now available each time SciPlanner is launched. Users have the option to not show this screen.
Enhanced Account Management
This feature addresses a key user need by improving visibility of, and access to account management settings.
When available, substance detail records now contain harmonized tariff code information. (The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) is part of the World Customs Organization standardized system of names and numbers for classifying and tracking traded products.)
New SciFinder Design (June 2013)
SciFinder's new, streamlined design lets you access powerful search options in just one click; quickly identify the latest, most relevant research via a more intuitive layout; and more easily access saved searches and alerts.
Download an overview presentation or click the image below for an interactive, introductory tutorial.
Springer Experimental Procedure Data Added to SciFinder (April 2013)
In addition to a number of system enhancements, this SciFinder maintenance release features the introduction of experimental procedure data from Springer journals and an increase to 14 days for the time a user can remain logged in using the Remember Me option.
Springer Experimental Procedure Data
Springer and CAS will collaborate to add experimental procedure data for chemical reactions reported in 165 Springer chemistry journals covering the period 1985 to the present. Read the press release.
Not only has the duration a user can remain signed-in been extended to 14 days, but if selected at sign-in, the option is presented as the default the next time a user is required to enter their credentials.
New SciFinder® Release Enhances User Experience with Ease-of-Use Features (December 2012)
The latest SciFinder update features several ease-of-use enhancements that improve user interaction with SciFinder and act as an introduction to more usability improvements coming in 2013.
Using the Remember Me option enables you to:
- Remain signed in for seven days (unless you sign out)
- Sign in with a single mouse click if you are unexpectedly timed out
- Return automatically to your default Explore page when returning to SciFinder
- Be remembered on up to three browser or computer combinations for easier access from multiple workstations
When the Remember Me box is selected, SciFinder sets a cookie with encrypted authentication on your browser. This cookie is set to expire in seven days.
User Interface Enhancements
Ongoing user interface enhancements allow you to:
- Manipulate answer sets more effectively with all Select options now grouped into a single dropdown menu
- Quickly navigate answer sets with the new page input field
- Return to your last viewed answer within an answer set using the breadcrumb link or Return button
New and Improved SciFinder Help
Streamlined SciFinder Help enhances and guides your learning experience.
Suggested workflows and interactive navigation maps quickly guide you to step-by-step instructions on how to use a specific feature. And many SciFinder features are also demonstrated with short video tutorials. View a narrated tutorial on the new Help.
View a short e-seminar overview of all the enhancements in this update. (WebEx e-seminar 13 minutes)
New SciFinder® Features Help Scientists Increase Productivity (September 2012)
The latest update improves precision and evaluation of reaction answer sets, and allows easier collaboration with other SciFinder users.
More Precise Reaction Answer Sets
- A new default role (reactant) assigned to substances or fragments to the left of the reaction arrow improves the precision of reaction searches. (The former default role of reactant/reagent is still an option.)
Group Reaction Answers by Transformation
- Quickly evaluate synthesis options and preferred pathways by grouping single-step reaction answers by transformation type.
- Classify answers in a way that is meaningful to synthetic chemists.
- Easily manage and evaluate large, comprehensive answer sets.
- Take advantage of hundreds of common transformation types.
Share SciPlanner™ Plans
- Collaboration is easier than ever with new Export/Import options that let you share your SciPlanner plans with other SciFinder users.
- Export a plan locally in the new SciPlanner exchange format (.pkx) and email or share the file with a colleague.
- Collaborators or colleagues can open your plan using the new Import feature.