Office For Mac

An engineering solution for copy & paste interoperability between Office for Mac and ChemDraw

Microsoft Corporation, CambridgeSoft Corporation


Chemists, students, and other scientists use ChemDraw (a software program developed by CambridgeSoft) to model chemical structures [1], and they use Office for Mac (a suite of software programs developed by Microsoft) for various productivity needs, including: note taking; technical papers other communications such as articles for peer review, theses, dissertations, and memos; conference presentations; and more [2]. Such users of both ChemDraw and Office for Mac were able to copy chemical structures from ChemDraw into Office for Mac documents, presentations, and spreadsheets in Office 2004 but not in Office 2008. ChemDraw versions prior to version 12.0.2 provided chemical information to Office for Mac through undocumented features of the deprecated PICT image format: this worked in Office 2004 (which supported the PICT format) but not in Office 2008 (which removed major PICT format support consistent with contemporary Mac OS X software engineering best practices). In contrast, ChemDraw version 12.0.2 provides chemical information to Office for Mac through the supported PDF image format, and Office for Mac 2011 version 14.0.1 implements changes that support this use of the PDF image format [3]. Results include improved copy & paste interoperability between Office for Mac 2011 version 14.0.1 [4] and ChemDraw version 12.0.2: users can edit chemical structures in ChemDraw, copy and paste those structures from ChemDraw into Office 2011 documents, copy those structures back to ChemDraw from those documents, and continue editing those structures in ChemDraw.



Blair Neumann - Program Manager, Office for Mac

November 22nd, 2010
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  1. drqandil says:


    This alone is making me buy Office 2011. Did anybody try it

  2. Dave says:

    I want to know why if I buy online ex US I pay NZ363.55 but if i buy online in NZ I buy 499.00 for the same thing.

    this making me not buy it and is great reason why I’m going to go open office and evolution sikc of Microsoft ripping us off in nz

  3. Michel G. says:

    Very very good! Now, I can by my own copy of Office 2011!
    The next step, hopefully, will be a full compatibility between the Mac and Windows versions of Office!

  4. Office for Mac Team says:

    @Dave – Pricing of Office for Mac is set relative to what’s included in the product suite. There are several factors that could contribute to price differences:
    • A primary factor contributing to pricing variations internationally is the exchange rate at the time of the initial product launch. Market fluctuation of exchange rates can occasionally alter the current market price.
    • Additionally, we see differences between local manufacturing, warehousing and distribution costs, which impacts regional pricing.
    • These local pricing differences are magnified when you take into consideration the costs associated with selling lower volumes of product and the associated economies of scale.

  5. Rudy D says:

    The download page is down.

    Need to get my download!!!!

    Please help

  6. Office for Mac Team says:

    @Rudy – Try to retrieve your download here by entering your order number and password, or email address and last 5 digits on the card you used to purchase your download:

  7. sanshonomi says:

    I am not sure if anyone is still checking, but I bought and installed everything (the latest is Office 14.0.2) and interchanging chemdraw structures works for word documents but not for powerpoint files. Am I missing something?

  8. Office for Mac Team says:

    @sanshonomi Sorry you’re having problems. We’ve started a thread for you on the forum. Please add as many details as you can provide here: Don’t forget to check back to see if your question has been answered and let us know if you have questions!