Sequence Analysis Tools for Molecular Biologists
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 sequence analysis 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 DNA sequence assembly 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, SPAdes and Flye de novo assemblers 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, do 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 10.9 or later.
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MacVector 18.6 Released!
This new release of MacVector allows direct optimization of CDS coding regions, automated phrap sub-assemblies and support for graphical appearance information in GenBank formatted sequence files. As usual, there a numerous minor and not-so minor workflow enhancements. Check if you are eligible for the new release and then download the full installer.
MacVector 18.5 Released!
Along with the usual collection of bug fixes and minor enhancements, MacVector 18.5 has a new heterozygote analysis and base-calling function to find and report mixed residues in Sanger sequencing files. Check if you are eligible for the new release and then download the full installer.
MacVector 18.2 Released!
MacVector 18.2 contains enhancements to the Align to Reference interface and algorithm, improvements to the display of context-sensitive menus and the ability to create Primer Database files from Excel data. You can read about the new functionality and check your eligibility. The full installer can be found on this page.
macOS 10.16 Big Sur
MacVector 17 and later are not only fully supported and compatible with Apple's latest OS release, macOS Big Sur, but also support Dark Mode and use the latest Apple signing and notarization procedures so you can be sure you are using an authentic copy. Earlier versions of MacVector can't do this. So why not upgrade?
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 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 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.