The Cambridge Structural Database System has two major
- The Cambridge Structural Database (CSD)
- Software for Search, Retrieval, Display and Analysis of CSD
In October 1992 the information content of the database itself was
considerably upgraded by comparison with any earlier releases. This upgraded
database is denoted as Version 5 of the CSD.
The software system is available in two forms:
Both of these systems are fully described in a five-volume documentation set
available from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre:
- Basic Software System (alphanumeric instructions)
- Interactive Graphical Software System (menu-driven commands)
All academic institutions and most industrial subscribers have access to the
Interactive Graphical Search System (programs QUEST3D, VISTA and PLUTO)
operating from the upgraded Version 5 database.
This introductory Guide, "Getting Started with the CSD System", is designed for
users of the Graphics Software only. Users of the Basic Software System must
consult the main documentation set.
- Volume 1 - System Overview
- Volume 2 - Search Procedures: Basic QUEST and Graphics QUEST3D
- Volume 3 - Appendices to Basic QUEST and Graphics QUEST3D including File
- Volume 4 - Analysis and Display Procedures: GSTAT and PLUTO
- Volume 5 - VISTA Version 2.0
[available during 1995]
"Getting Started with the CSD System" covers:
The Guide is designed to cover most day-to-day applications of the CSD System
and, together with the interactive prompts and on-line HELP features, should
allow users to explore the System in considerable depth. However,
cross-references are provided to the main documentation set, to indicate more
detailed descriptions of specific points.
The CCDC will be grateful for notification of any errors or perceived omissions
from this Introductory Guide. Please contact CCDC User Support as indicated on
the title pages.
- Information content of the database itself.
- Overview of the CSD Graphics Software System.
- How to initiate the CSD System on your computer.
- Searching the CSD with QUEST3D (with worked examples).
- Special search features in QUEST3D (use of search screens, searching the
Protein Data Bank records, 2D similarity searching).
- Interactive data analysis and visualization using VISTA.
- Interactive visualization of crystal and molecular structures using