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MacVector, Inc. develops powerful but easy to use Macintosh applications for Molecular Biologists to simplify and speed up the analysis, manipulation, assembly and documentation of DNA and protein sequences.
MacVector is a comprehensive Macintosh application that provides sequence editing, primer design, internet database searching, protein analysis, sequence confirmation, multiple sequence alignment, phylogenetic reconstruction, coding region analysis, agarose gel simulation and a variety of other functions. MacVector is widely regarded as the most intuitive, easy to use program available for sequence analysis. More information on MacVector.
Assembler is an add-on module for MacVector that provides a simple graphical interface to the phred, phrap and cross_match contig assembly algorithms from the University of Washington, the popular Bowtie fast reference alignment program for Next Generation Sequencing projects and the Velvet de novo assembler for NGS data. Assembler must be purchased separately from MacVector. More details.
If you have relatively minimal sequence editing and analysis needs, or you just want to view, print and/or convert sequence files sent to you by a colleague, to check out our new MacVector Free product. It doesn't have all the advanced bells and whistles of the full release, but it might be just what you are looking for. Note that MacVector Free does require a Macintosh computer running OS X 10.6 or later.
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Is it real or is it MacVector? MacVector includes the ability to create life-like agarose gels.
MacVector 16 Released!
There is a new release of MacVector with enhanced automatic sequence annotation, a simplified combined Feature/Symbol Editor, a new Assembler algorithm (SPAdes) and lots of other improvements. Read about the new functionality here and determine your eligibility for a free update here. The full installer is available to download on this page.
MacVector 15.5.4 Update!
This release adds support for more flexible automatic online updating. This will be a required update in preparation for our forthcoming MacVector 16.0 release. Download the update here.
macOS 10.13 High Sierra
MacVector 15.5.3 is fully supported and compatible with Apple's latest OS release, macOS High Sierra. Earlier version are not supported. So why not upgrade.
MacVector 15.5 Released!
MacVector 15.5 has a brand new interactive graphical interface for viewing BLAST results, automatic ORF analysis of DNA sequences and numerous performance and interface enhancements. You can read about the new functionality here and determine your eligibility for a free update here. The full installer is available to download on this page.
MacVector 15.1.5 Update!
Another minor bug fix, this one sorts out some issues displaying double digests after a restriction enzyme search with a small number of enzymes Download the update here.
MacVector 15.1 Released!
MacVector 15.1 has had the NCBI BLAST and Entrez functions rewritten to comply with the requirement that all US Government web services use the secure https:// protocol before the end of 2016. You can read about the new functionality here and determine your eligibility for a free update here. The full installer is available to download on this page.
What Has Changed Since My Version?
Check out this link for a list of the new features introduced in each version going all of the way back to MacVector 10.0.
MacVector Cloning Edition
There is a new cost-effective version of MacVector available, targeted at users who want the power of MacVector's graphical annotation, clone construction and primer design tools, but without all of the bells and whistles of the full version. Click here for details of the new Cloning Edition. Which edition is right for you? Here's a handy functional comparison chart.
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Check out our Getting Started Guide
There's a useful Getting Started Guide to help new users get going with MacVector.
We have a blog with contributions from a selection of MacVector, Inc staff discussing a variety of subjects from OS X through bioinformatics, to the challenges of running a small multi-national company.