Jade 9

Jade 9 is the latest version of the classic Jade data analysis program. Long time XRD users will recognize the interface and features which have received constant improvement over more than two decades of development. As it has been since the beginning, Jade 9 is a perpetually licensed (single purchase) suite built from a base program (Jade 9 or Jade 9+) with additional modules added to suit the user’s application. We recommend Jade 9 for users who have relatively simple needs, but require powerful, reliable, upgradeable software. Jade has been the first name in aftermarket analysis software for many years and continues to win over users all over the world. Pricing starts at $4000 for Jade Basic and continues to $19500 for the Jade 9 Pro suite with all the advanced capabilities of Quant, Qualitative Search/Match, Rietveld (WPF) and Cluster analysis. Click here for the current MDI Price List.

Jade 9.6 is Compatible with Windows 8
and new Databases

Jade 9.6 supports all raw data formatted from all the major diffractometer vendors.
Jade 9.6 supports the ICDD PDF-2/4 latest release as well as the latest ICSD/NIST crystal structure database (older versions of Jade do not offer support to the most recent databases due to critical changes made by the database makers).  If you’re planning to acquire or migrate your databases, you will want to upgrade your Jade at the same time.

Smart support of the ICDD WebPDF-4+ database which allow for much faster access to the database. We support the ICDD WebPDF-4+ database using the same types of PDF index files and interface dialogs as we do for the locally-installed RDB-PDF4+. While it takes longer to create the index files from this database, all PDF retrievals and search/match functions in Jade afterwards are carried out in the same efficient manners as using the local RDB-PDF4+. When browsing the full content of a phase, Jade will cache the data fetched from the web in order to speed up subsequent access to the same phases.

The latest Jade includes MDI’s Mineral Database which provides quick access to over 9K entries of minerals and is similar in content to the free downloadavailable from our website.  However, the version that is enabled to run with the current version of Jade is far more powerful than the free version in many ways. Users of Jade+ may find this useful for building their own Mineral structure database and a corresponding simulated-pattern Userfile for phase identification.

Windows 7 is supported by the latest Jade. If you are updating your computer or your operating system to the most recent version, you will want to be running the most current version of Jade which has been tested with Window 7 and written with the Microsoft released developer versions of Windows 7 running in our lab.

New Tools in Jade

XRD Import provides alternative methods to Jade’s ‘foreign file’ import. If your work requires access to ASCII scan files from colleagues that may be in unusual formats, this tool makes the import process quite simple.

MDI Paint enables easy capture of an image with annotation for purposes of incorporation into your documents or email support requests.

Cluster Analysis is available as a valuable new option to those requiring this powerful feature. You can use Cluster Analysis to classify similar raw patterns such as polymorphs and amorphous phases using correlation and similarity indices calculated both from whole pattern and peak search. Efficient algorithms can process and classify 1000 patterns under ten minutes with results easily viewable in the main zoom window. The analysis can also identify unique data set and outliers quickly among batches of samples in high-throughput experiments. Similar clustering tools can also be used to classify PDF phases and userfiles of d-I lists for similar or isotypical entries in the databases.

Spherical Harmonics Functions (SHF) for preferred orientation correction in WPF refinement in addition to the March function. Fully automated SHF fitting with symmetry constraints of SHF orders and coefficients, which can handle multiple orientation poles without the need of specifying their (hkl)’s. You can also visualize the shape plot (see examples below) of fitted SHF with (hkl) labels (i.e. distribution of oriented crystallites) with a single mouse click. This function makes easier and more effective phase screening of oriented samples in whole pattern fitting and in search/match.

New Features of Jade

Determination of amorphous content in WPF refinement without an internal standard for glassy samples (SiO2).

Easily tie profile broadening of a minor phase to that of a major phase in WPF refinement when the minor phase overlaps substantially with the major phase. Multiple ties can be made to the same major phase and this constraint stabilizes and improves the refinement of multiple phase mixture when the pattern has numerous peaks that are not well resolved.

Calculate XRF concentration as elemental wt% or oxide% from quantitative phase results, and stoichiometries of common oxides are customizable in XRF report.

Easily browse, display and overlay experimental patterns (PD3 data set) that are included in the latest PDF-4+ database.

Instant display of hit lists of phase data on PDF boolean dialogs during PDF retrievals.

Plot difference patterns in ESD scale, now the differences are scaled (normalized) to the square-roots of individual observed data points, much like an error-bar plot. This display option has the advantage of statistical relevance to the R-value calculated in WPF refinement. You can display the thresholds at ±3 ESDs. You can also display threshold ribbon and you can alter the scaling of ESD plot.


View non-overlapping d-I segments with dim feature – go ahead, try out a new viewing feature of d-I overlays to dim segments of scan trace that are not overlapping with the d-I markers. It’s an easy way to visualize and segment your data.



Improvements and Enhancements

Improved Search/Match functions (such as identifying patterns with one dominant peak) and more robust WPF refinement dialogs and performances.

Much faster indexing. Improved PDF indexing speed (by a factor of 3) and you can also stop and resume a lengthy indexing run. Much faster PDF retrieval with instant display of hit lists of phase data on PDF boolean dialogs.

The phase list on the right side of main window now lists all PDF subfiles and userfiles that have less than 10,000 phases.

Thumbnail browsing of patterns directly in the main zoom window.

Display scan (sample) id’s in the main file list as an option as shown below:

d-I Ribbon Browsing of a phase list in the main zoom window: right-click in the phase list for this menu option (see the image below).

Tiling of 3D Crystal Structures from a phase list in the main zoom window which allows you to see all the Crystal Structures at once.

To Easily Browse Patterns,Jade provides wheel scrolling of file and phase list in the zoom window: this allows you to change the selection (i.e. highlighted item) in a list simply by wheel-scrolling in the zoom window in order to browse the patterns or to view its d-I list markers.

Fade-in & out display of d-I markers (i.e. transition display) in the zoom window and automatic tooltip of phase info provides automatic information on any phase.

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