Crystal Studio was developed in 1997 and 1998, extensively tested and first released in 1999, and then underwent a major upgrade every year. Version 10 was realeased in November 22, 2008. Ever since its first inception, Crystal Studio has been very robust and stable. It seldom requires fixes or patches owing to our extensive tests, not like some other software which are either first developed or overhauled and require continuous maintenances.
Crystal Studio is a multi-document / multi-view integrated software developed for Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT/2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. Implemented with latest software technology, Crystal Studio is very powerful, fast and very simple to use. Empowered with a crystallographic database and a hyper-linked online help system, Crystal Studio lets you create crystal structure with stunning color and 3D realism in just a few mouse clicks. Crystal Studio presents an ideal tool for research and teaching in crystallography, materials science, solid state chemistry and physics, mineralogy and other fields related with crystal structures
Imagine how easy photo-realistic 3D graphics is with Crystal Studio, less than 5 mouse clicks to create a stunning 3D crystal structure, and one more click to plot the powder XRD pattern, zone axis electron diffraction pattern or a stereographic projection of the crystal structure. If your old software let you spend hours learning how to use it, throw it away, just clicking around gets you there with Crystal Studio.
Crystal Studio is an object oriented software. Every object such as atoms, bonds, polyhedra, planes etc. is interactive with the user, not like some other crystallography software where you are interactive only with the whole crystal structure. That means that users can manipulate, modify or interact with individual objects; however users can also make changes or apply changes to the whole structure or to symmetrically equivalent class of objects easily.
Apart from providing normal crystallography functionalities like 3D graphics etc. as other packages, Crystal Studio offers ample functions for defects like dislocations, twin boundaries and stacking faults, interfaces and surfaces and two phase coherent combinations. It also covers XRD, neutron and electron diffraction simulation and reciprocal lattice. Moreover it especially simulates the combined zone axis diffraction patterns for twins and two phase coherent combinations and HOLZ patterns.
With Crystal Studio at hand, anyone in the fields of condensed matter physics, chemistry, materials science & engineering, minerology and geology etc. who has little knowledge of crystallography becomes an expert immediately and can use it to invastigate the atomic arrangement and structure of matter and find out their relationship to its properties. For experts in crystallography, Crystal Studio provides various ways for them to customize crystal structures, by choosing different cell styles or by cell transformations. Crystal Studio even provide easy means for experts to change or create new space group specifications so they can experiment with different cell symmetry settings.