Tables for
Volume F
Crystallography of biological macromolecules
Edited by M. G. Rossmann and E. Arnold

International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. F. ch. 24.3, p. 666

Section ConQuest

F. H. Allena* and V. J. Hoya

aCambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, 12 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ, England
Correspondence e-mail: ConQuest

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The overall aim of the ConQuest project is to replace Quest3D with graphical search software that makes best use of modern computing environments. The primary objective has been to create an interface that is both simple and intuitive to use, so as to encourage use of the CSD by a broader spectrum of scientists. Thus, ConQuest provides: (a) text and numeric searches via pop-up windows, (b) a new sketcher window within which to encode 2D and 3D substructure searches, pharmacophore searches, and searches for non-bonded contacts in crystal structures, and (c) the immediate viewing of hits with facilities for backward and forward scrolling within hit lists. ConQuest is provided with full documentation and tutorials, both online and in printed form, and with context-dependent help facilities. Version 1.0, released in April 2000, contains most of the functionality available within the Quest3D program, and it is expected that Quest3D capabilities will soon be exceeded by the new program.

A most important feature of ConQuest is its availability on PC-Windows platforms, as well as its implementation under Unix/Linux. Initially, ConQuest and the CSD will be the only parts of the full CSD system available under PC-Windows, but Vista (or Vista-like facilities, see Section[link]), a new visualizer and provision of the CCDC's knowledge bases (IsoStar and Mogul) will follow as planned developments in the PC area.

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