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WARNING: This page was written between 1995 and 1996 and reflects the situation during that period.
I have lost the count of the sites containing the program. Only a few of
them are regularly updated:
- This is the ftp site on this server
- This one is in Oviedo.
- This one is somewhere in cyberspace.
- This one is on the other side of the Ocean.
An important issue is how to determine which is the latest version. Rule
of thumb: if your copy is 1 year old there should be something
better available. Normally a new version takes 2 or 3 weeks to arrive from
my Mac to the above "official" sites. In theory the home page should say the truth.
The web site you are in is updated at its own pace; this is one of the
reasons why I cannot put a button here to download SwaN-MR automatically,
Push the button to download
Inside the ftp sites you will find several versions, named "swanXYZ.sit"
or "swanXYZ.hqx"; XYZ are variable digits. Only version 3.2.0
run on the older 68K Macintosh (provided an hardware FPU is present). It
has been encoded as "Swan68K.hqx".
All the files are in Stuff-It format. The file containing the on-line reference manual is
simply called "manual.hqx". "QuickRef.hqx"
contains the 1-page printable manual. It is a Microsoft Word 5 document
ready to be printed (a PostScript version is also available); it constitute a quick-reference card, translated in
many languages; nowadays they are:
If your language is not included, please send your translation, on
a disk, to the author. The same applies if you find a mistake.
Inside the first ftp site you may also find other useful software
from mine. You can't find another FUNDAMENTAL program:
which you certainly would like to use to print your spectra in high definition.
If you need the help of an expert write directly to me.
In the first editions of this site there were some pages aimed to explain
how to transfer and convert a spectrum to SwaN-MR. This used to be something for initiated.
There is still a fossil application called "Tears of rage"
Now I have hidden
my old pages: they are in the SwaN-MR manual (starting from version 3.4).
It is very important that everyone contribute. Only the
ones who don't believe in non commercial solutions should remain idle. If
you think like me that commercial firms are doing nothing to help people
transferring their spectra to PCs, you may give your hand. For example,
if your spectra are difficult to convert, send one of them. That would help
us a lot.
My policy is to follow Mestre-C. Not because I am idle, just because you
can reach them much more easily than me. When a format can be converted
with Mestre-C (and when I have a sample file) it would be straightforward
to port the converter to SwaN-MR. If you prefer doing everything by yourself
here is the code.
If you are looking for other sources on the web, the one that I know is
the archive of the AMMRL.
As far as I know there are other four NMR processing programs for the
Macintosh. The day they will be superior to SwaN-MR you will find a link
from their web site to mine. If you find or wrote another program keep me
- As the name implies, it was created to run under a different OS. It
offers all the advantages and draw-backs of Bruker
software. If you want to perform all the operations included into SwaN-MR
you must buy at least five very expensive modules: 1D, 2D,
spin-simulation, chemical exchange simulation and the link to the spectrometer.
In the last years Bruker concentrated on the Windows world. Probably they
realized to be out of market.
- This was a good program from Tecmag. On 3/18/2000 I received the message:
MacFID-1D is no longer distributed. Please remove the link to Tecmag from
your Web page. Thank you in advance for your help.
Paul J. Kanyha, Ph.D.
Sales and Marketing Manager
- It is a free-ware written by Philip
Grandinetti. The first time (1995) I heard about it I wrote to the
author suggesting a mutual collaboration. He explained that he considered
RMN a closed
project. After another year I put my hands on a copy of it. I read the
manual in a matter of seconds. It was saying:
There is no manual for this program. Most menu items should be obvious.
Just try it and see what happens. The menu Analyze is disabled until I
have time to fix some bugs. The same is true for Simulate under the Acquire
It is a well-crafted program but I never understood the commands.
- It used to be a PC program by Acorn.
Now they sell the Mac version. It is a crude porting of a Windows application,
like Word 6. Remembering my experience with the latter I was scared to
download the demo. Try by yourself
and send me your review.
Something for Windows users
Three years after me other people started writing a program for Windows
along the same principles which inspired SwaN-MR. I am honored to collaborate
with them. The program is called Mestre-C
and is constantly growing. It's still limited to 1D spectroscopy but not
for long. Doesn't it sound strange that there are so many freeware programs
for the Mac and only one for PCs? There is something even stranger: in the
Department of Organic Chemistry of the University of Santiago de Compostela
(where they are writing Mestre-C) there are more Macs than PCs!
There are other alternatives: commercial software or UNIX freeware.
Other NMR Software Links
The richest list belongs to Peter
Lundberg. It is the List
of Educational NMR Software. Despite its name, it covers almost all
the known software. There are tens of copies of it all around the web.
A shorter list
belongs to Graham Barlow. Its site
also contains a lot of useful links.
Another vital source of information comes from Marion Buszko: it's the NMR Information Server.
A short page dedicated to NMR software is cured by the Texas
Other specific sites are:
and, for simulations:
For those of you who want to enlarge their views on near-by fields, a possibility
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