As promised an update on the progress on molsKetch Helium over the past two weeks. There aren't that many interesting things to mention, but I hope it's worth reading.
I've been working on splitting off the most reusable part of molsKetch in a library, to make use in 3rd party apps easier. I'm not completely sure in how many parts I should split it. Just one big libmolsketch? Or a dedicated part for the molecule stuff (libmol?) and the drawing stuff (libsketch?) ? For the moment I'll stick with the big one. I've run in some problems linking the application to a shared version of the library, so the SVN version will link staticly by default. Also having a separate library should make building the KPart a little more sane.
Furthermore, I've been running some test on saving and loading document in molsKetch to eliminate any regressions since the last release. There are still a number of issues to be solved. The most obivious is the preservation of the different bond types. Certain formats in OpenBabel seem to ignore the SetWedge() and SetHash() functions (while there is support in the formats as far as I know), so the orientation of the bonds is not preserved.
Finally I've updated the site of molsKetch with some new screenshots. The blog software my provider is using is ancient, the reason of the horrible quality of the thumbnails. The full versions shouldn't be a problem. Perhaps I should move the gallery to a more suitable location. My mailbox is open for any nice live-actions shots of molsKetch.
Stay tuned for further updates...