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ChemDraw Professional Site License at Cornell


Installing and using ChemDraw 17 requires both the software and a license key

RECOMMENDATION: If you have version 16 already installed, remove it and replace it with version 17 using the below instructions. You can’t simply “upgrade” version 16 to version 17.


Instructions if you are in the Cornell Chemistry Department

This is only for people in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (Chemistry Department), in Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences.

  • This method is optional for those in the Chemistry Department. Department members may alternatively use the vendor’s standard download and licensing process, explained further below.

1. Download ChemDraw

From Chemistry IT’s restricted site, you may download the current software for either Windows or Mac:

  • https://cornell.box.com/v/ChemDraw (service is hosted by Chemistry IT and restricted to Cornell community members)
    • The *.exe file is for installing on a Windows computer.
    • The *. dmg file is for installing on a Mac.

2. License ChemDraw

Also from Chemistry IT’s restricted site, obtain the license key required during the installation of the above software:

  • https://cornell.box.com/v/ChemDraw (service is hosted by Chemistry IT and restricted to Cornell community members)
    • The *. txt file contains the activation code for both Windows and Mac installations.

Instructions if you are outside the Chemistry Department

Anyone outside of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology should follow the vendor’s standard download and licensing process. Anyone in the Department is also welcome to use this non-Chemistry IT process.

To assist you, we have created a summary of that process below, developed by starting at the vendor’s Institutional Subscriptions look-up site, <http://sitesubscription.cambridgesoft.com/>.

1. Create an account at the vendor’s new (as of April 2018) software distribution service

Register with the vendor using your Cornell University email address:

https://gallery.cambridgesoft.com/register.html?FlexeraAccountId=2412SL

  • Note: This new system is not related to the vendor’s previous software distribution registration system, which you may have used before.

2. Use that account to download the required software and obtain the license key.

  • Note: Unlike with prior versions of ChemDraw, the license key is the same for both Windows and Mac installations.

Changes with ChemDraw version 17

August 2018: Instructions above are for downloading, installing, and licensing this newest version.

  • As far as we know there is no reason to use version 16 instead of version 17. Please notify us if you discover otherwise. Thank you!
  • Unlike with prior versions, for version 17:
    • The license key provided by the vendor July 2018 will last 3 years. Reduced re-licensing frequencies will make things easier than before.
    • The license key is the same for both Windows and Mac installations, which makes things easier than before.

Do you have version 16 already installed?

For completeness, here are some choices since you can’t simply “upgrade” ChemDraw version 16 to version 17:


Cornell University Library’s support

In addition to generously funding Cornell’s ChemDraw license (see next section), the Cornell University Library also teaches classes on using ChemDraw and other software and databases. Please contact Chemistry Librarian Leah Rae McEwen <lrm1@cornell.edu> for more information.


Overview of ChemDraw

PerkinElmer Informatics (formerly CambridgeSoft) ChemDraw Professional is a tool to create diagrams of chemical structures plus additional biological components.

The Cornell Library has continued to annually invest in a site license for ChemDraw Professional for Windows and Macintosh. This license covers Cornell University and the Weill Cornell Medical College. All current students, staff, and faculty of Cornell University and the Weill Cornell Medical College are eligible to obtain the software for free.

Administration of this license is shared between the Cornell Library and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

The current license period is good through at least June 2021 (3 years since July 2018). As part of our site license, PerkinElmer distributes ChemDraw Professional for PC and Mac.

Support for ChemDraw

Users may find the PerkinElmer FAQ website useful in fixing installation issues with ChemDraw Professional: http://www.cambridgesoft.com/support/DesktopSupport/KnowledgeBase/FAQ/Default.aspx

Faculty, staff, and graduate students in Chemistry and Chemical Biology who have trouble obtaining and installing ChemDraw Professional/ChemDraw may contact Chemistry IT for assistance at chemit@cornell.edu.

All other Cornell faculty, staff, and students having difficulty obtaining or using ChemDraw Professional should contact PerkinElmer customer service:

System Requirements for ChemDraw

PerkinElmer products are supported for both Windows and Macintosh.

See the CambridgeSoft Compatibility Page for information about system requirements.

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