Mobile Chemistry: ACS Mobile

iPhone 4 (courtesy of Apple)

Smartphones and, to a lesser extent, tablets are commonplace in today’s universities. For instance, just take a look at the UW usage statistics published in the Freshly mobile blog: the number of unique smart devices in the University of Washington increased from 1,426 in Fall 2007, to more than 35,000 in Spring 2011. In our own IU Bloomington campus, a recent survey of 52 students by the Digital User Experience department has shown that 60% of the respondents owned a smartphone.

For chemists, chemistry students, and chemistry lovers there are many interesting and useful smartphone and iPad applications. Last year, Antony Williams wrote about this topic in RSC’s Chemistry World (see “Mobile Chemistry – chemistry in your hands and in your face“). But things move fast in mobileland and there are new apps that you may find interesting, and enhanced versions of the apps that Williams mentioned. So this post is the first of a series devoted to Mobile Chemistry.

ACS Mobile. ACS Mobile is the app of the American Chemical Society Publications Division. It is an award-winning app with a great interface and user-friendly.

What does ACS Mobile offer?

  • ASAP articles of the 39 peer-reviewed ACS journals. One can select what journals to follow and receive the ASAPs in the ACS ASAPs tab in the usual TOC format (reference + graphics). From there, one can save the desired ASAPs to the My ASAPs tab to read them later, or share them by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Instapaper, Pinboard, Read it Later, and Tumblr.
  • Latest C&EN News. The news can be read full-text, and there is also the option of opening the news article in Safari.
  • Search all the content of the ACS Web Editions Platform.  Author, title, abstract, or “anywhere” searches are supported. Also, one can find an article using its bibliographic reference or DOI. Once the search is performed, the usual ACS Publications search results interface appear, with full-text links, search filter options, etc.

Q&A about this app:

  • Does everyone have full-text access?
    Only users whose institutions subscribe to ACS Journals (via Wireless or VPN) and individual subscribers (ID/password-based) have full-text access.
  • Can abstracts and full-text articles be read off-line?
    Abstracts saved to the ACS ASAPs tab are cached and can be viewed off-line. Full-text articles that have been previously opened are stored for 48 h.
  • Can C&EN news articles be read off-line?
    No, one needs to have wireless connection for that.
  • Once I get the pdf, can I save it?
    Unfortunately, one cannot save the pdfs of the articles viewed in ACS mobile — there is not the option of saving the pdfs, opening them in an annotating app, or sending them to Dropbox.

Further information:

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, and Android
  • Seller: American Chemical Society
  • Price: paid
  • Where to get it: Apple Store, and Android Market

Please, note that apps may be updated, so this post reflects the features of ACS Mobile as of 07/19/11.

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