There are lots of commercial tools to visualize structures from SDF files.
Also I often use Spotfire, etc in my lab, but not use in my house.
In 2014RDKit-UGM open source SDF viewing tool was presented.
Today I installed it and used. If reader who interested this tool, there is nice presentation in following link.
You can get all presentations from github repo.
iwatobipen$ git clone https://github.com/rdkit/UGM_2014.git
So, Let’s enjoy sdf_viewer.
At first, this product written in Python (2.7), RDKit (2014_03_1), PyQt (4.11.2), Matplotlib.
If you use OsX, RDKit, PyQt Matplotlib can install easily using homebrew.
iwatobipen$ brew install rdkit iwatobipen$ brew install pyqt
Then get source code from github.
iwatobipen$ git clone https://github.com/apahl/sdf_viewer.git
Now, I got all files.
Next set up my env.
Follow the install manual, I set SDF_VIEWER_REPORTS.
SDF_VIEWER_REPORTS=/Users/iwatobipen/Downloads/sdf_viewer-master export SDF_VIEWER_REPORTS
This tool is easy to handle visualization settings via GUI.
If more details need, I recommend to check author’s PDF.