We do our best to create tools which are useful and help make your work faster and easier. One area we see much potential is in user interaction and simplifying tasks toward being intuitive. In the Marvin JS team we realized that sometimes the easiest ways are not the most trivial and complex problems can require complex solutions.
But what is the best way to illustrate or achieve tool behavior with actual chemists? Documentation, tutorials, consultancy? One solution we are exploring is an option to insert some “live hints” or guides into Marvin JS which appear as you draw chemistry. See below for 5 different examples of the guides in action but we are asking for your opinion here – does it feel natural, is it confusing, is there a better way? Does the hint reflect your idea about the physical behavior of the tool?
Drawing coordinate bonds
Reaction & mapping
Selecting electron flow arrow arrow types
You can try these features in Marvin JS:
Tell us your opinion of this potential solve, is it relevant, does it work, how does it not work. Please take a minute to tell us if this is a good way forward by posting a comment.