7.6.2005: Ball & Stick development has been stopped.
This web site will remain up for some time as a service to the Mac Community.

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The last development builds of ball&stick for MacOS X can be found at:
http://www.orc.uni-linz.ac.at/mueller/downloads/BS40a14.zip (tested briefly on Leopard 10.5.2)
http://www.orc.uni-linz.ac.at/mueller/downloads/BS40a12.zip
CAUTION: These are unfinished, potentially damaging test builds. They do not expire unlike some previous ones.
Ball & Stick for MacOS 9 (including Classic) is currently available for free, but remains copyrighted!


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ball&stick for Mac OS X

(updated 04/2004)

Ball & Stick for Mac OS 8 and 9 (including Classic)

Until ball&stick for Mac OS X is finished, the versions 3.7.6 and 3.8b3 have been made available for free via download, as a service to the Macintosh community in molecular sciences. But we retain all rights to the software.
The free version Ball & Stick 3.8b3 is for Macintosh with PowerPC processors (including iMacs, eMacs, PowerBooks, and PowerMacs) only, earlier versions also work on Motorola 68000 based Macintosh compatible computers!

At this time there is no technical support for all current and previous releases of the software.

If Ball & Stick is used for scientific publications please do not forget to quote
"Norbert Müller and Alexander Falk, Ball & Stick <version>, molecular graphics software for MacOS, Johannes Kepler University Linz, 2000"

Redistribution of the free Ball & Stick software is only allowed if the entire archive is included and only if no money is charged for this software.

The current free versions (3.7.6 and 3.8b3) are available for download here.
MC68K compatibility UPDATE (03/2001): We have confirmed that Ball & Stick version 3.7.6 is also compatible with older MC68020 (and better) MacOS computers. For Ball & Stick 3.7.6 the minimum System (MacOS) version is 7.1 (7.6 recommended). Great for vintage Macs!

Examples of Ball & Stick graphics

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Ball & Stick




Obsolete items
These have not been removed to allow access to older versions.
Program update: 1999-02-16 new patch (3.7.5ß5) and new demo version
There is a free updater available that works on the original B&S 3.7.3 file and generates a PowerMac and MC68xxx program version B&S 3.7.5.ß5, which has been tested  only with MacOS 8.1, 8.5.1, 8.6 and 9.0
Please use this file if you have problems with Mac OS 8.5.1. and B&S 3.7.3
Download the updater.
Demo update: A demo version 3.7.5ß5 compatible with MacOS 8.5.1 to 9.0 is available.
Click to retrieve Ball & Stick DEMO vesion 3.7.5ß5

(If you have MacOS 9 or beyond you can also retrieve the demo and the 3.7.5 updater from my iDisk public folder)


The CURRENT VERSION 3.7.5 is compatible with MacOS 8 and PowerPC including G3 processors
(You may download a free updater from Ball & Stick 3.7 to 3.7.3 from our http server)

A DEMO VERSION 3.7.1 is compatible with MacOS 8 and PowerPC including G3 processors
(You may download the free demo from Ball & Stick 3.7.1 from our http server)


Documentation is distributed in .pdf format.
No distribution on CD-ROM is available.

Please send any questions or comments by e-mail.
Copyright © 1998-2008 Norbert Müller
Macintosh and MacOS are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
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