ORTEP-3 for Windows
ORTEP-3 for Windows
Ortep-3 for Windows is a MS-Windows version
of the current release of
ORTEP-III (1.0.3), which incorporates a Graphical
User Interface (GUI) to make production of thermal ellipsoid plots much
easier. Most of the commonly used features of ORTEP-III are directly
available from the GUI. Loading a coordinate file will result in a default view
of the molecule immediately, and no knowledge of the inner workings of
ORTEP is required to produce excellent publication quality output.
The main features of Ortep-3 for Windows are:
Ortep-3 for Windows is provided free of charge
for academic, scientific, educational and non-commercial users, provided
its use is acknowledged.
- Ortep-3 for Windows can directly read
many of the common ASCII crystallographic file
formats which hold information on the anisotropic displacement parameters.
Currently supported formats are SHELX, GX, CIF, SPF, CRYSTALS, CSSR-XR,
CSD-FDAT, GSAS, Sybyl MOL, XYZ, PDB, Rietica-(LHPM) and Fullprof.
- Ortep-3 for Windows will also read any legal ORTEP-III
- Up to 999 atoms may be present in the asymmetric unit. Covalent radii for the first
94 elements are stored internally, and may be modified by the user.
- Several style-templates are supplied, but the graphical representations
of thermal ellipsoids for any specific atom, or the bonds between any
specified pairs of atoms can be individually chosen. Over 120 different colours
are stored internally and up to 200 colours may be defined. All graphical
objects may be drawn in any colour.
- The viewpoint can be rotated by dragging the left mouse button, in the
standard Windows fashion.
- A mouse labelling routine is provided by the GUI. Any number of selected atoms
may be labelled, and any available Windows font may be used for the labels.
- Graphic output in the following formats is supported : HPGL and PostScript, BMP.
Direct printing to an on-line printer is also supported. It is also possible
to prepare drawings of the correct size for direct reproduction in journals
(many leading journals are now requesting this).
- Ray-traced output is available using the Raster3D or POV-Ray formats.
Several representations are available from the POV-Ray interface, including thermal
ellipsoids (standard ORTEP, RMSD and MSD surfaces) and van der Waals plots.
- A simple text-editor is provided, so that input files may be modified without leaving
- Symmetry expansion of the asymmetric unit to give complete connected molecules
may be carried out easily.
- Automatic unit cell packing diagrams.
There are more than 40000 registered users
worldwide since version 1.07 was released (March 2001).
Please note that commercial users must obtain a special license (email
firstname.lastname@example.org for details). A suitable reference for the program
Ortep-3 for Windows: L. J. Farrugia, J. Appl. Cryst (2012),
Ortep-3 for Windows
is available as a 32-bit executable for all current flavours of
Windows (2000/XP/VISTA/7/8). The current release is
version 2013.1 (released 16th August 2013).
Click on the buttons below to :
Go to download page for version 2013.1 of Ortep-3 for Windows.
See the README file for installation instructions.
Check the program update information.
Download the Ortep-3 for Windows manual in PDF format.
View a gallery of ray-traced ORTEP's etc
produced using the POV-Ray interface to
Ortep-3 for Windows.
Ortep-3 for Windows has been extensively
A Pentium (or better) IBM-compatible PC is recommended, with at least 16 Mb of RAM memory.
The program works with all Windows resolutions, but is best suited for 800x600
Author: Louis J. Farrugia
Department of Chemistry, Joseph Black Building,
University Of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Telephone +44 (0)141 330 5137
FAX +44 (0)141 330 4888
If you think you have found a bug in the program, please use the
Bug Report Form
Please send any other comments, queries or complaints on
Ortep-3 for Windows to above email address.
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