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iNMR version 1
iNMR appeared early in 2006 as a general purpose NMR processing application, the first one specific for Mac OS X. Not only it has become the standard for this platform, iNMR has also brought in many fresh ideas in the world of NMR computing as a whole. What the expression “ultimate NMR experience” means is that you will see more details of your spectra without being distracted by hundreds of meaningless icons, you will easily interact with your data and generate pictures and presentations, your whole work would be easier and enjoyable. The main ingredients of this experience are:
- outstanding graphic
- clean interface
- transparent file management (no new file format has been introduced)
- fast calculations, even on old machines
- full implementation of the Spotlight and QuickLook technologies
- first class support: when a user asks for a new feature, it is normally added in a few weeks, for free
- last but not least: a simulation module that's unmatched for number of options and user-friendliness; this module, alone worth the price of the program, is actually a bonus...
Version 0, published in 2005, could not save files, because the program was under development. Saving a file means creating backward-compatibility issues, slowing down the progress, prematurely limiting the available options. We purposely left the introduction of the Save command as the delimiter between version 0 and version 1. That was our keystone, but hundreds of people were already happily working without it. The program had been written to be productive without the keystone and marketed in that way! At the end of 2006, after the recompilation of iNMR as a Universal Binary application, we realized that the public preferred version 0, just because it was extremely cheap. The popular demand was: something easy to use, continuosly updated and cheap at the same time. The only viable solution was to start from the main product and remove the Save command again. That's how the iNMR reader came to life. It is a stand-alone application that achieves the impossible: a niche product at a shareware price.
iNMR version 2
iNMR has continued to grow. Now you can import generic tables, not only NMR spectra, and can embed your own scripts, functions and programs into individual spectra or into iNMR itself. You have direct access to the data-points, automatic integration, color gradients, contextual menus, smart marks, a cross-hair tool, a Lua interpreter, a script menu, embedded spectra, editable insets, styled notes...
You can create the image you want, with the proportions you want, the line thickness you want, the size you want (e.g.: 6000x4000 or larger), in any of the following formats: PDF, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP or PICT. You can export it into any application (modern and ancient ones) and it will always look the same. You can even (potentially) create a whole poster with iNMR alone.
Version 2 also includes a new, proprietary, algorithm for automatic phase correction, an improved “Metabolomic Toolbox”, a module for Reference Deconvolution, new options for integrals, 2D peak-picking, a faster Fourier transform, additional 2D plotting modes, t-1 noise removal, a new, more interactive, dialog for baseline correction which includes an additional algorithm (Whittaker Smoother), recognition and representation of chemical files (ChemDraw, .mol, etc...), images (tiff, jpeg, png, pdf, pict...), and rare NMR formats (NMRPipe, Jeol Alice, Jeol GX, ASCII files), etc... If you use NMR to characterize compounds, you'll dig the new module called J Manager. Whatever you do, you will still enjoy the cleanest graphic interface on the NMR market: it hasn't changed at all!
11 applications that come as 1
iNMR is a single application with minimal memory imprint and great performance, combining, under a simple interface, the functionalities of:
- a host of file conversion filters
- a rich-featured processor (1D, 2D and 3D)
- a note editor to write, draw and add formulas
- a quantum-chemistry simulator of static and dynamic spectra
- a line-fitting module (manual & automatic) and volume-fitting capabilities
- an exclusive module to simulate 2-D multiplets and extract the coupling constants fastly and with great accuracy
- the metabolomic toolbox, to enhance your productivity in this field
- a searchable spectroscopic database that is automatically populated
- a whole Lua interpreter
- a report generator
- a cross peaks manager
Do you like it native or do you like it compatible?
Today you can find many alternative NMR applications that run on Mac OS X, and all of them have been ported from some other operative system. Under a minimal cosmetic retouch, they still sport the original interface, be it X11, Windows95 or Windows XP. Some alternatives are written in Java, take a lot of memory and execute slowly. Avoid them all. iNMR is the only native Mac OS X application, written with the Macintosh in mind.
- iNMR directly interacts with the system frameworks, without intermediate layers. As a result, it takes less memory and is fast even on the oldest machine.
- Being the only application that follows the Apple Guidelines, its interface is consistent with those of other Mac applications.
- iNMR supports the latest Apple hardware (like the Intel Core Duo and the Mighty Mouse) and software, like Spotlight, QuickLook and the Accelerate framework. Don't renounce to things you have already paid for.
- You are better served. The program has been written specifically for you. If you need a tailored modification it can be implemented simply and swiftly, because there is one version only, not three of them. Should you choose a cross-platform product, you'd likely discover that the Mac version is the less tested, less supported, less updated one.
- Most so-called “compatible” programs require a two-buttons mouse. Are you really willing to buy new hardware? To change your habit?
- The number of included functionalities is so high that most users haven't even explored all of them. Other capabilities are being added at a fast pace. As a result, you should never compare two products by their functionalities, because they are continuously changing, but by their look and feel, which remains more constant and which eventually determines your productivity.
- Your investment into iNMR is well protected. There has always been an mutual exchange of know-how and solutions between the maker of iNMR and Mestrelab (maker of Mestre-C and MestreNova). If the latter products contain a feature that you deem useful, you can ask for its inclusion into iNMR.
- iNMR is compatible with your favorite programs: you can export iNMR spectra into Excel, OpenOffice Calc, Sparky, CARA, etc...
- The points above have not been written to convince you to buy a more expensive product. Luckily, iNMR is one of the cheaper commercial NMR programs!
iNMR compared to the rest of the bunch
There are many NMR programs in circulation, so many that probably no human being managed to compare them all (incidentally: it was not our intention to write yet another program; only after dozens of letters from SwaN-MR orphans we embarked on this project). Certainly you already feel (un-)comfortable with some other well-known program. You will soon discover that iNMR lacks some features you are used to. It takes more time, instead, to discover how many things you can only find in iNMR and not elsewhere.
Let's start from the two most obvious differences. They affect the way you see your spectra on the screen,
therefore you can use them 100% of the time spent with iNMR.
They also explain how the “ultimate NMR experience” is born.
Look at this picture. It is a portion of an iNMR window, with all the default options. The minor feature here is the possibility to cut the scale under the spectrum into how many small pieces you need. The major feature is anti-aliasing.
For the bottom picture we disabled the anti-aliasing option. The resulting effect is near to what you normally obtain from other softwares. Look at the base of the peaks. Got it? Now take all the NMR applications you know and look at the base of the peaks... Scroll further down to discover other iNMR records.
The fundamental quality of iNMR is difficult to explain and easy to realize: it was created for Mac OS X and for it only. No porting, no carbonizing, no platform-crossing, no Java... it's native and authentic!
iNMR is an advanced software because...
- ... has the cutter tool
- ... draws everything in PDF
- ... lets you make a window as large as you need
- ... stores its own data in XML
- ... works with extraneous files in their intact form, instead of creating yet another file format (you can open iNMR spectra with pre-existing software)
- ... contains several proprietary algorithms for automatic phase correction which you can find only in the products of Mestrelab Research
- ... you can apply weighting after the FT, visually and interactively
- ... you can easily and directly add annotations, arrows, translucent frames...
- ... which can remain attached to a peak or at a fixed position, as you prefer
- ... if you write “13C” and “CH2Cl2” iNMR will display 13 above the line and 2 below it
- ... you can use all the alphabets for your annotations
- ... you can perform Reference Deconvolution
- ... you can process 3D spectra
- ... you can DIRECTLY phase a 2D matrix (you CAN'T do it with TopSpin)
- ... you can simulate and fit 1D spectra, including cases of chemical exchange
- ... you can perform a least squares fit both manually and automatically
- ... the Overlay Manager provides you with a unified interface for managing overlays, projections, spectral editing, colors, arrayed experiments...
- ... with the metabolomics toolbox you can manipulate hundreds of spectra as if they were just one
- ... you are faced with a minimal number of icons and commands
- ... you can read the whole manual in less than one day
- ... you can create multipage documents
- ... the keyboard shortcuts are short, intuitive and fast
- ... the creation of insets is also intuitive and effective
- ... iNMR can also synchronize two windows and thus create a split view