The new version does not require you to download the full SciFinder software, it has a more intuitive and "modern" feel and all the important functionality is available. Only a few features e.g. Journal contents browsing and the Categorize command are not yet available. Structure and reaction searching is run through a Java application but if you do not wish to use the structure drawing package there is no need to install any software.
The familiar client-based version is still available and both versions will continue to be supported. However, since we have no additional "seats", 2 of our 6 allocated accesses have been migrated to this new version and we will monitor usage to assess whether/when to transfer more across.
The usual advice that "if you do not get through try again" applies to both versions. We do receive detailed logs of turn-aways so that we can assess the relative popularity of the two versions.
Individual registration is required to use the web-based service. Please see our 'NEW' help page at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/library/resources/scifinder.php for the link to 'Register Now' and for details of browser requirements. (NB this is also the address for downloading the Scifinder client-based software)
To use the web-based version connect to http://scifinder.cas.org/ from a computer on the University network.
Feel free to leave your comments on the new service here or contact your subject librarians directly: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com