Bruker TopSpin is a comprehensive software package for NMR data acquisition, processing and analysis. Although some people can find the learning curve a little bit steep, it is quite powerful software package especially when it comes to non-trivial tasks. Everyone planning to get trained to operate Bruker instrument manually should start by doing some basic off-line processing using Topspin.
Basic off-line processing functions of Topspin and Dynamic Centre for all three platforms (Windows, Linux and MAC) are available free of charge for academic users. To get this going on your computer is quite simple:
- Register on Bruker website
- Login with your st-andrews.ac.uk e-mail address
- Download the installation file, run it and follow the instructions on the screen
There is no licence server involved – therefore this Topspin installation should work anywhere. The only drawback is that the license is valid only for one year and will need to be renewed on annual basis.
For everyone who does not want to renew the license annually or wants to do some more serious processing and NMR analysis we offer departmental floating license. The download links for files that are essential for installation are provided below. We also hold some licenses for specialised modules (CMC-se, CMC-assist, AMIX, NUS and DC-Protein Dynamics). These are available upon request in the lab.
Topspin License File and Instructions
Please note, the floating license only works in conjunction with the license server which is not accessible through Eduroam WiFi and does not work on MAC. For MAC users, we still have few academic node license that are valid for three years. These are available upon request in the lab.
Dynamic Centre Installation File
Dynamic Centre is a program designed for the analysis of experiments with non-frequency related dimensions. It consists of three groups of applications General Dynamics (relaxation, diffusion kinetics, cross polarization and REDOR experiments), Protein Dynamics and Time Domain Dynamics. The latter two parts require a special license but General Dynamics works with the standard Topspin license and it is essential tool for analysing DOSY, T1 inversion recovery and other pseudo 2D experiments. You could also give it a try if you analyse large quantities of reaction monitoring (kinetic) data.
Note: For downloading some of the files full university user name (in format firstname.lastname@example.org) and corresponding password are required.