JSME: a free molecule editor in JavaScript
TitleJSME: a free molecule editor in JavaScript
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBienfait B, Ertl P
JournalJournal of Cheminformatics
Date Published2013

A molecule editor, i.e. a program facilitating graphical input and interactive editing of molecules, is an indispensable part of every cheminformatics or molecular processing system. Today, when a web browser has become the universal scientific user interface, a tool to edit molecules directly within the web browser is essential. One of the most popular tools for molecular structure input on the web is the JME applet. Since its release nearly 15 years ago, however the web environment has changed and Java applets are facing increasing implementation hurdles due to their maintenance and support requirements, as well as security issues. This prompted us to update the JME editor and port it to a modern Internet programming language - JavaScript.