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February 21, 2008


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As a person who does both I do tend to find that I revert back to pen and paper when a particular assignment proves difficult. I think this is because there is a natural flow between brain, Pen and Paper, well at least for me! Ironically I find my chemsketch notes more value than my written ones. The point I am trying to make is that the challenge for ACD is to produce software that can mimic this natural affinity for pen and paper.


Thanks for your comment, Malcolm.

In fact your comment regarding the need to mimic the affinity for pen and paper is something I have received a couple of emails about over the last couple of days.

I am not sure what to think about it. I think it is an interesting idea, but it also seems somewhat backwards to me.

Something I'll have to think about a bit more.


I don't think of it as a backwards step because it does not matter how this is
achieved only that I can interact with the software as naturally as pen and paper. For example just think what the computer would be like without a mouse or what makes Apple's software so good



I can appreciate the natural flow between pen, paper, and brain. I think it is very real and it is human nature.

But I guess I am looking for the tipping point.

My argument is that the software approach now offers something more than just a static image of a spectrum. These new developments show how the software can greatly assist in the evaluation, interpretation and assignment of data. The paper spectra provides not extra assistance.

Of course for a spectroscopist, this assistance is in their head from years of experience and is invaluable.

For a chemist?

I do get your overall point though, Malcolm. I think it is definitely worth thinking about how to mimic the natural affinity you speak of.


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