Current versions of the program PLATON for Windows are available from this site. The source code and compiled versions of the program for various other UNIX platforms are available from the official PLATON ftp-site. A full manual for PLATON is available from the PLATON homepage
PLATON is written by Ton Spek, and is a versatile crystallographic tool implementing a large variety of standard geometrical calculations (i.e. bonds, angles, torsions, planes, rings, inter-molecular contacts (H-Bond analysis), Coordination etc), tests (i.e. for missing symmetry, voids in the lattice etc.), utilities (cell transformation, SHELXL input etc.), graphics (e.g automatic labelled 'ORTEP-lookalike plots and the molecular graphics program PLUTON) and several filters (e.g. the DIFABS technique for empirical absorption correction (Walker & Stuart), and the SQUEEZE option for handling disordered solvents, described by Sluis & Spek, Acta Cryst. 1990,A46, 194). This latter option places great demands on the available memory.
Parameter data may be given in various formats including CSD-FDAT, CIF, PDB & SHELX RES standards. A CIF file should be used when e.s.d.'s on the derived geometry parameters are desired. Most features are currently available only for non-protein structures.
PLATON for Windows
This is an MS-Windows implementation of the latest UNIX version of PLATON. It is identical to the UNIX version, except that System S is not included (it is too Unix specific). It is suitable for all versions of Windows (95 /98 /ME /NT /2000 /XP/VISTA).
A PC with a Pentium (or equivalent) processor and with at least 32 Mb of RAM memory is recommended. The program works with all screen resolutions, but is best suited for 800x600 or higher.
The program is provided free of charge for academic, scientific and non-commercial purposes, provided usage is acknowledged.
Commercial users can only download Platon for Windows if they have
previously obtained a license (currently US$5000)
from Prof. Dr. A.L. Spek using this application form
PLATON for Windows is released in a
format which allows for easy updating (a new UNIX version often appears
several times per week). The Platon for Windows Taskbar (PWT) is a GUI which
runs PLATON and allows access to all the UNIX shortcuts from the Windows
environment. It acts as a launcher for the PLATON executable and MUST be used
with this version of PLATON. You therefore need to
install the PWT Taskbar program BEFORE you install PLATON.EXE.
Place the PLATON.EXE executable in the same directory as the Taskbar, or in the wingx\bin directory if using WinGX to run PLATON. Place CHECK.DEF in the location pointed to by the environment variable CHECKDEF.
Warnings from Virus checkers Some recent virus checking software apparently reports that this download contains trojan viruses. Please be reassured that this is a FALSE POSITIVE and the download is quite safe.
Click on the buttons below to :
Download the PLATON for Windows Taskbar
(current version is 1.17 - uploaded April 25th 2013).
You only need to download this if new revisions are posted. This happens quite rarely.
Download the PLATON executable.
This is updated frequently - current PLATON version is dated
14th May 2013. Overwrite your old versions of PLATON.EXE and
CHECK.DEF with these new versions.
IMPORTANT - This version requires PWT 1.17 or later - please download this also if you do not already have it.
|See the README file for installation instructions.|
If you have any problems with these programs, please contact me at the email address below. Please DO NOT contact Ton Spek directly.
Please check out the other software available from this site
This page was last updated on:May 15th, 2013.