is a mineralogical database that contains all minerals
approved by the IMA, as well as some not yet approved
ones. It also makes use of the systematic classification
of H. Strunz including later extensions, literature
references, a cataloging system for your mineral collection
You may download a free shareware version at their site.
a computerized mineral reference book in a PC database
format containing data for more than 4800 minerals.
The data has been assembled and evaluated by E. H. Nickel,
Vice-Chairman of the International Mineralogical Association
(IMA) Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names,
and M. C. Nichols, Sandia National Laboratories. The
data contained in MINERAL will be updated annually.
An electronic user manual accompanying the computerized
reference contains readily understandable instructions
for installing and using the system plus examples of
MINERAL is designed to allow extremely rapid searches
of the more than 7400 entries in the database. Searchable
information includes: name (Fragment or Synonym), elemental
and poly atomic data, x-ray powder data, type localities,
mineral group name, related species name(s), measured
and calculated densities, hardness, reference to name
origin and date, crystal system and space group, lattice
parameters, c/a, a/b, unit cell volume, status, mineral
classification, luster and color, general references,
crystal structure reference, notes field for other data
or comments, JCPDS number, date of the most recent update,
In addition to simple searches, MINERAL allows multiple
field searches and complex search criteria (e.g. not
equal, less and greater than, contains etc.). It is
also possible to print, or view on the screen summaries
of those minerals which meet elemental or other criteria
Digital Rockhound's Companion
is a database application that is the compilation
of a lifetime's interest in rock and mineral collecting.
The program includes: 260,000 mining locations from
North America and the world, chemical and physical data
for more than 3800 mineral species, bibliography with
over 17,000 mineral and mining related references, 3300
digital map images (including all of the Streets for
the USA), personal address book to organize dealer contacts
includes fields to store e-mail and World Wide Web addresses,
and you can use it catalog and organize your collection.
Using DRC, you can view and search the databases and
add your own data! Digital images can be stored added
to the databases. Build and view custom maps of mine
locations, Search EBay Auctions and search Microsoft's
Terraserver site for Aerial photos, relief maps, and
topographic maps with a simple click of a button. Export
your mineral collection data to HTML for display online
or simply to store on CD-R/CD-RW.
is an integrated mineral database and cataloguing system
for mineral collectors, dealers and museums.
It includes a mineral properties database for 4,000+
mineral species (with up to 45 different data types
per record). A mineral locality database with over 55,000
entries, 3,000+ example mineral images, support for
multiple collection catalogues and unlimited storage
of specimen/mineral digital photographs.
A cataloguing and reference database for mineral, rock
and gemstone collectors, curators and professionals
in the earth sciences.
Includes lots of information on 4500+ minerals, 800+
gemstones, 390+ rocks, 2100+ localities and 1400+ pictures
of specimens. Extensive searching using both 'and' &
'or' criteria inc. chemical elements. Reference and
personal picture library integration. Interactive Picture
viewing via your favourite viewer. Print data sheets
in a variety of formats. Print and edit labels in a
variety of standard sizes inc. plastic box size. etc.
Free software for cataloging mineral collections.
Logiciel de gestion de collection,
compatible tous systèmes Windows 32 & 64 Bit, Multilangues, Monoposte & Réseaux
a very powerful and comprehensive mineral identification
software that can be used very easily by professionals,
collectors and students. This program is made by
Micronex Mineralogical, Petrographical and Microanalytical
Services, a company owned and operated by professionals
with many years experience in the areas of mineralogy,
meteoritics, microanalysis and software development.
Add-ins for Microsoft Word and Excel. The chemistry
formatter is software that does some of the formatting
one would otherwise have to do by hand. Chemistry formatters
are provided for Microsoft Excel and Word that perform
functions like the appropriate numbers in a chemical
formula are subscripted, as in H2O. Charges
are superscripted. -> is converted to → and
numbers in the form of 3.2E8 are converted to 3.2 × 108.
is a program that enables you to create your new faceted
gem design on screen in a matter of minutes. GemCad's
purpose is to do the tedious calculations, behind the
scenes, as you design a new cut. GemCad simulates a
faceting machine. The stone is shown on the screen as
each facet is cut. You can type in the angle and index
of a facet and set a point with the mouse to indicate
cutting depth, and GemCad will cut the facet and all
others related to it by symmetry. The final result of
GemCad is a fully checked faceting diagram that you
can take to your faceting machine and cut.
is a system of modelling cut gemstones, which enables
the precise calculation of the diamond weight and determination
of the cut proportions. The real (photorealistic) image
of a polished diamond created by the system makes it
possible to determine the cut parameters that cannot
be measured and to select the optimal combination of
the parameters to obtain the best perception (brilliance,
fire, scintillation) of the stone. Necessary cut parameters
can be obtained by comparison of the real diamond to
the computer image.
SHAPE is a program for drawing the external morphology
(faces) of crystals and quasi-crystals, and also for
drawing sections of crystals (Windows and DOS versions).
It will draw any single crystal and most twins and epitaxial
intergrowths. You enter the crystal axis lengths and
angles, the symbol for the crystal class, and one face
of each form (symmetry equivalent set). The crystal
can be rotated and scaled. A stereonet can be displayed
with the crystal, or stereopairs can be drawn automatically.
Screen display and hard copy of even complex, interpenetrating
intergrowths may be made in final finished form, with
no extraneous lines.
Apart from this program for calculating crystal morphology,
this site also has programs like ATOMS for atomic-structure
display, VIBRATZ for normal-coordinate vibrational analysis
and CRYSCON a general crystallographic conversion utility.
demo versions can be downloaded.
is a computer program for creating, editing, displaying
and deploying crystal shapes. The present JCrystal-distribution
is for PC only (Win95/98/NT/ME, Win2000). JCrystal is
a stand-alone Java application.
KrystalShaper draws crystal shapes for normal crystals
and icosahedral quasicrystals. It is possible to export
webpages in the HTML language, which use the provided
Applet, so that crystal shapes can be viewed within
a Java-enabled webbrowser, such as Microsoft Internet
Explorer. KrystalShaper itself has more rendering options
than the applet. It might thus be used as an interface
for the creation of interactive webpages.
KrystalShaper is a new crystal shape editing program.
It is not an upgrade of JCrystal,
but a separate program, which is written in a different
language and with a different feature set and file format.
web based program for drawing the external morphology (faces) of crystals
Easy to use. Data of the drawn crystal may be saved on the local computer. Over a thousand crystals are available in a database and ready to be visualized in a web browser. See their crystal drawing home page.
3D printed crystal models are also available here.
a software program for creating realistic still or animated crystal shapes (morphologies) from crystallographic data (metric, (hkl) - Miller indices and central distances) as input and *.wrl (VRML V2.0 utf8) files as output, that can be inserted on web pages
this computer program produces crystal structure drawings
in the form of an interactive screen representation,
as well as VRML files for use on web pages and in classroom
teaching, and creates input files for the popular Persistence
of Vision Raytracer (POV-Ray) rendering program for
publicationquality graphics, including generation of
stereo pairs. DRAWxtl output produces the standard kinds
of graphical representations: spheres, ellipsoids, bonds
and polyhedra of any complexity. In addition, it can
draw arrows to represent magnetic moments, show capped
cones to indicate the location of lone-pair electrons
and display Fourier contours in three dimensions. Aunique
feature of this program is the ability to plot incommensurately
modulated and composite structures. This open-source
program can be used with operating systems as diverse
as Windows (9X, NT, 2000 and XP), Mac OS X, Linux and
most other varieties of Unix.
is a Windows 95/98/NT software package for crystallography
developed by CrystalSoft Corp.. It is a comprehensive
tool for user-friendly creation, 3D graphical design,
display and manipulation of crystal structures and for
the simulation of diffraction patterns. Empowered with
a crystallographic database, Crystal Studio lets you
create stunning photo-realistic 3D graphics and diffraction
patterns with just a few mouse clicks. Free demonstration
version available for download.
crystal drawing program for Linux users by Berthold Weber. Operates under X11 as well as Ubuntu and can export the drawings to Povray, which may be used to put a final touch to the final images. The program, which is in German, may be downloaded for free at Berthold Weber's website. A description and manual with installation hints (both also in German) are available on his websit
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