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Spectral Viewer FAQ

  1. Can I receive a free demo or view a tutorial?
  2. Can I install the program on my hard drive?
  3. How does the network version work?
  4. What types of compounds are included in the Spectral Viewer?
  5. Are student or instructional versions available?
  6. How are future library upgrades handled?
  7. Is the Spectral Viewer compatible with ACD or other third party software?
  8. Now that I bought the Spectral Viewer software, why should I register it?
  9. Can I search according to structure or peak location?
  10. Is a Mac version available?

 

Can I receive a free demo or view a tutorial?

Yes, to receive a free demo CD by mail please click here and fill out the form with your address information. A full tutorial is included on the demo CD and can be found by clicking the Help icon.

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Can I install the program on my hard drive?

Yes, the program installs fully on your hard drive and requires approximately 300MB of space for the FT-IR library and 600MB of total space for the combined FT-NMR libraries.

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How does the network version work?

The network version can be installed on one server and allows access for an unlimited number of users. It is ideal for sharing the reference libraries with a workgroup or for teaching spectral interpretation to a classroom of students.

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What types of compounds are included in the Spectral Viewer?

The following list shows the chemical categories and the number of compounds for each category (includes the FT-IR and both FT-NMR libraries).

 

Chemical category # Compounds
Non-aromatic hydrocarbons 274
Non-aromatic halogenated hydrocarbons 303
Non-aromatic alcohols 563
Non-aromatic ethers, acetals and epoxides 416
Non-aromatic mercaptans and sulfides 137
Non-aromatic amines 742
Non-aromatic nitro and nitroso compounds 35
Non-aromatic ketones 357
Non-aromatic aldehydes 92
Non-aromatic carboxylic acids 372
Non-aromatic acid salts 136
Non-aromatic amino acids 167
Non-aromatic esters and lactones 1,159
Non-aromatic anhydrides 73
Non-aromatic acid halides 125
Non-aromatic amides 634
Non-aromatic nitriles and cumulated double bonds 259
Non-aromatic sulfur-oxygen compounds 197
Non-aromatic phosphorus compounds 211
Aromatic hydrocarbons 203
Aromatic halogenated hydrocarbons 400
Aromatic ethers 262
Aromatic alcohols and phenols 641
Aromatic mercaptans and sulfides 119
Aromatic amines 911
Aromatic nitro and nitroso compounds 418
Aromatic ketones 607
Aromatic aldehydes 253
Aromatic carboxylic acids 702
Aromatic amino acids and acid salts 140
Aromatic esters and lactones 592
Aromatic anhydrides 34
Aromatic acid halides 129
Aromatic amides 565
Aromatic nitriles and cumulated double bonds 471
Aromatic sulfur-oxygen compounds 359
Aromatic phosphorus compounds 246
5-Membered aromatic heterocycles 625
5-Membered fused aromatic heterocycles 481
6-Membered aromatic heterocycles 803
6-Membered fused aromatic heterocycles 254
Heterocyclic N-oxides 54
Oximes 56
Alkynes 161
Schiff bases, azobenzenes, indicators and dyes 330
Steroids and indole alkaloids 181
Deuterated compounds 135
Silanes 549
Boranes 131
Organometallic and arsenic compounds 385
Polymers 156
Inorganics and miscellaneous compounds 46

If you are interested in viewing the complete list of compounds in each library, please send us an email at labequipment@sial.com and we will send it to you via email.

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Are student or instructional versions available?

A student (single user, Z53,643-1) version and an instructional (network, Z53,633-4) version are now available. This easy-to-use software program is a valuable aid in teaching IR and NMR spectral interpretation to students and researchers alike. The instructional library contains over 500 representative compounds from a variety of chemical functional groups, allowing a user to compare chemical shifts and absorptions for related compounds. To request more information about either of these two products please send us an email at labequipment@sial.com.

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How are future library upgrades handled?

With Spectral Viewer there are no subscription or maintenance fees to worry about. As new spectral libraries are released by Sigma-Aldrich they can be purchased separately at a minimal fee.

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Is the Spectral Viewer compatible with ACD or other third party software?

No, it is a stand-alone program that is not meant to replace third party software products. The Spectral Viewer is simply an inexpensive, electronic reference book that allows text and data field searching, and the manipulation, printing, and exporting of spectra.

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Now that I bought the Spectral Viewer software why should I register it?

Registering your product qualifies you for upgrades and discounts on future products. To register, please fill out the card that is enclosed with the CD package or click here.

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Can I search according to structure or peak location?

No.  The program allows you to search for specific compounds or families of compounds according to name, CAS number, catalog number, formula, chemical category, and a number of physical properties.

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Is a Mac version available?

No. However, the Spectral Viewer software will operate effectively by using Virtual PC, Z51,539-6, a powerful software solution that allows you to run PC-based operating systems and applications on a single Mac workstation. If you are interested in running the Spectral Viewer on a Mac, please contact us at labequipment@sial.com for more details.

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