WordPress, the software behind this blog (and also the company running the hosting service) is not very friendly to structures of organic molecules. It mangles them. I have been trying to fight the problem desperately, by importing high-pixel images – but this only bogged down this blog. So I would like to apologize to everybody who arrived here, just to see a bunch of closed icons. Reading Org Prep Daily must have been like swimming in cold porridge and I am sorry for the aggravation.
I think I finally figured out a tolerable way of putting up the structures. (200-400% enlarged ChemDraw structures exported as gif-files). This alternative is more gentle to the Worpress servers, producing only 8-10k gif files per scheme. The resulting pictures are still bit fuzzy around the edges – and I have to put up structures in large size to avoid disappearing atoms and jagged bonds.
I will try to improve graphical quality of this blog. Meanwhile, you should be able to open a new window with picture-perfect structures when klicking on fuzzy mangled ones throughout the blogtext.
Also, I compared Firefox with IE and Org Prep Daily does not seem to be much slower in Firefox now. Please, let me know about any further nuisance experienced here.
Update: It looks like one can get a decent upload of Chemdraw structures if they were scaled in Chemdraw (Object-Scale) from the original ACS-document settings (0.20 in) to exactly 0.30in bond median. (“Scale selected object to 0.3in median bond”). The document is then saved as gif file. The gif file is uploaded to WordPress (as full size) and the size is set using the picture editor in WordPress compose menu to exactly match the gif original size. This technique works well also for the 0.40in bond median size but the produced reaction schemes are too big to properly display in the blog on 17-inch monitor and would not fit page on printout.