PLATON is a versatile SHELXL compatible multipurpose crystallographic tool. Most PLATON features complement those available in the excellent and widely distributed SHELX2018 and later package for crystal structure determination and refinement. Historically (1980) PLATON started out as a program for the automated calculation of derived geometrical data (i.e. bond distances, bond angles and torsion angles, including su's (esd's)) for structures refined with SHELX76. Since then, that basic function evolved into an automatic function to calculate everything of possible interest (both intra- and intermolecular) for a given structural parameter set (Instruction: CALC). Over time, various other tools were introduced (Molecular Graphics i.e. PLUTON & ORTEP, Absorption correction, Data Validation etc.), some of which requiring a reflection datafile as well.
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