May 25, 2020

Useful updates- MolPort web tools

Searching in the MolPort database is often the first thing a scientist or researcher does when they want to find available compounds and suppliers. Searchers need quick, simple and intuitive access; they expect to search intelligently by name, structure/substructure/similarity (drawn, SMILES/SMARTS, file) and to filter by building blocks/screening compounds; and they want to understand, explore, and use the hits they get back. 
Because searching is such an important activity, MolPort is continually working to enhance the feature. This ensures that customers can have the fastest and most intuitive experience, and can make quick and immediate use of the search results to refine a hit list or place an order. 
Customer feedback is crucial in improving features and many of our most useful enhancements have come from customer suggestions of tweaks and changes that will make them more efficient and successful. 

We are therefore pleased to announce some valuable customer-suggested changes that will improve compound selection and usability:
1. Molecule Search Results
2. List Search 

1. Changes to Molecule Search Results

After you have run a compound search (via text, (sub)structure, SMILES/SMARTS or file), the hits are displayed in either a list view or a grid view, with a toggle to switch the view:
List and Grid View Toggle
List view
Grid view

In both these views, you can select and deselect compounds, and you can filter on in-stock and made-to-order compounds. You can also save all compounds or your selection to an SDfile.
Previously, you could not transfer hit from the List View direct to List Search. If you wanted to transfer all the compounds or your selection to List Search so that you could generate a quote, use more advanced filters, and place your order, this was only possible by downloading all the results and making the selection and transfer locally on your PC. Customers told us that this was inconvenient and time-consuming, and asked for a fix. 

NEW! Now you can transfer your selected compounds to List Search with one click on “Transfer selected to List Search” and immediately use List Search to make a final selection, estimate price with optimal for the whole list supplier selection, and create a quotation.

2. Changes to List Search

In the previous List Search user interface, customers reported some confusion in the structure display boxes: were they looking at the hit structure (the result of the search), or the query structure (what was searched for)? 
List Search Results Display: was not visible what structure was searched for?
 NEW! To remove this confusion, we have added a “Show Structure Images” checkbox that now displays an image of each searched structure:
Show Structure Images unchecked (Default setting) 
Show Structure Images checked
In addition, if you click on the “Edit” button in the “Status” column, you will see compound images for the relevant suppliers’ catalogs:
Click Edit to see Supplier Catalog Display
NEW: Customers also requested the ability to display and sort on molecular weight in the List Search Results display, and this now appears as a sortable column on the right.

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