Information Technology

ChemDraw and ChemBio 3D Ultra

CambridgeSoft, the former owner of ChemDraw software, was bought out by PerkinElmer in 2011. One year licenses for ChemDraw Pro (Machintosh) and ChemBio3D Ultra (Windows) are available to Butler students, faculty and staff. 

To download ChemDraw Pro or ChemBio3D Ultra or to renew a ChemDraw license, follow the instructions below.  

ChemDraw Pro (Machintosh)

  1. Visit the CambridgeSoft Butler website
  2. Enter your Butler email address.
  3. Register your email address / login with your username and password if you already have one.
  4. Click the link to download the software.
  5. Double click to open the download from the downloads folder (while the file is downloading, a copy of your license information will be sent to your email address).
  6. The program will begin extracting; once it finishes, a window will pop up with an agreement.
  7. Click Agree in the bottom right corner.
  8. The ChemDraw icon will pop up in a separate window. Double click on the ChemDraw icon to open the registration window and then drag the ChemDraw icon to the application folder in the same window.  
  9. A new window will open that asks for your name, organization, serial number, and registration code. You can obtain this information by going back to  http://www.cambridgesoft.com/membership/ and clicking on My Account and then My Downloads on the right side of the screen.  
  10. Copy and paste the serial number and registration code into the pop up window for ChemDraw.
  11. Once you have entered the required information, click Activate Over Internet (or Next) and the program will open once it has finished registering.

ChemBio 3D Ultra (Windows)

Suite includes ChemDraw Standard, ChemFinder Standard, and ChemScript.  PerkinElmer recommends using Firefox or Internet Explorer to download and install the software.  

  1. Visit the  CambridgeSoft Butler website
  2. Enter your Butler email address.
  3. Register your email address / login with your username and password if you already have one.
  4. Click the link to download the software.
  5. Double click to open the program and run the software.
  6. Once the program has finished extracting, a ChemBio3D Ultra screen will pop up.
  7. Click Explore This Disc (note: if nothing pops up, go back into the Downloads file on your computer and try extracting the file again).
  8. Double click CambridgeSoft.
  9. Double click ChemOffice.
  10. Double click the Windows Installer file.
  11. Go through the Windows Install Wizard.  This step will take several minutes.
  12. A new window will open that asks for your name, organization, serial number, and registration code. You can obtain this information by going back to http://www.cambridgesoft.com/membership/ and clicking on My Account and then My Downloads on the right side of the screen.
  13. Copy and paste the serial number and registration code into the pop up window for ChemDraw.  
  14. Once you have entered the required information, click Activate Over Internet and the program will open once it has finished registering.  

License Renewal Instructions

When it is time to renew the site license, users do not need to redownload the software.  The serial number simply needs to be updated.

  1. Visit the  CambridgeSoft Butler website
  2. Emter your Butler email address.
  3. Login (if you are renewing, you should have already created a login using your Butler email address).
  4. Find your new serial number by clicking My Account, then My Downloads.
  5. Copy the new serial number.
  6. Open ChemDraw. You should be taken to the activation window when the program opens (if not, click Help, then Activate ChemDraw Pro).
  7. Enter your name, organization, and the new serial number. Click Activate Over Internet.