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bist(1) General Commands Manual bist(1)


bist - a chemical drawing tool.


bist [-c --convert-to | -f --input-file | -h --help | -v --version]


Bist stands for bidimensional structures (in italian it sounds like "beast" in english) and is a chemical drawing tool. It is focused on organic chemistry but may it may be useful also for chemists or teacher as well.

Bist support many of the formalism used to describe molecoles structures like single bond, double bond, stereospecific bond, charges, resonance arrows, lone pairs etc...

It can export both PostScript and PNG formats.

Currently portability is not my goal so only GNU/Linux platform is supported. However any effort in this direction is appreciated so feel free to ask me about any porting question. Please remember that bist is actually in a beta stage of development so i strongly suggest you to not using it except for testing or hacking purpose. Bist is free software released under GNU GPL


Convert to "format" (currently PostScript, SVG, PNG);

File to convert (wildcard allowed but please escape it);

Print usage information;

Print information and exit.


Please send bug reporting to:



Bist is written by Valerio Benfante.

The logo has been designed by Luisa Russo.

We always need help (traslation, code improvement etc...) please write to to contribute to this project.


Copyright (C) 2005 Valerio Benfante.

This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

The logo is copyright 2005 Luisa Russo and is released under GNU GPL