publCIF – free software to edit and preview a CIF for publication
publCIF takes a crystallographic information file (CIF) and prepares a formatted paper (Preprint) in the style of Acta Crystallographica Sections C and E, and IUCrData.
The CIF and the Preprint are presented side-by-side and are both editable. Changes made to one are applied to the other as you type.
publCIF employs extensive CIF syntax and dictionary compliance checking. For further details see: Westrip, S. P. (2010). J. Appl. Cryst. 43, 920–925 [https://doi.org/10.1107/S0021889810022120]
Please note: problems have been reported relating to missing libraries on Windows - if publCIF will not start, it may be necessary to install the Windows runtime libraries available from Microsoft: Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable Package (x86)
CIF tools online
Load a CIF to access a variety of publication-oriented tools, including:
checkCIF – the de facto standard in CIF validation
printCIF – visualization and PDF export of structure reports
plotCIF – visualization of powder data and creation of publication-quality powder profiles
platonPlot – export 'ORTEP' plots via an online interface to PLATON
catCIF – safely combine CIFs