I tried to exclude complex bits of code and maths. This is the brute force attack.

```
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
%\usetikzlibrary{calc,fadings,decorations.pathreplacing}
\tikzset{My Line Style/.style={ultra thick, blue, fill=yellow!10, fill opacity=0.5,join=round}}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[rotate around x=5]
\foreach \x in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\foreach \z in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\shade[ball color=gray] (\x,0,\z) circle(0.5);
}
}
\foreach \x in {0.5,1.5,2.5,3.5,4.5,5.5}{%
\foreach \z in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\shade[ball color=gray] (\x,{sqrt(0.74)},\z) circle(0.5);
}
}
\foreach \x in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\foreach \z in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\shade[ball color=gray] (\x,{2*sqrt(0.74)},\z) circle(0.5);
}
}
\foreach \x in {0.5,1.5,2.5,3.5,4.5,5.5}{%
\foreach \z in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\shade[ball color=gray] (\x,{3*sqrt(0.74)},\z) circle(0.5);
}
}
\foreach \x in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\foreach \z in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\shade[ball color=gray] (\x,{4*sqrt(0.74)},\z) circle(0.5);
}
}
\foreach \x in {0.5,1.5,2.5,3.5,4.5,5.5}{%
\foreach \z in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\shade[ball color=gray] (\x,{5*sqrt(0.74)},\z) circle(0.5);
}
}
\foreach \x in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\foreach \z in {0,1,2,3,4,5,6}{%
\shade[ball color=gray] (\x,{6*sqrt(0.74)},\z) circle(0.5);
}
}
\draw [My Line Style] (6,{4*sqrt(0.74)},6) -- (4,{4*sqrt(0.74)},6) -- (4,{6*sqrt(0.74)},6) --
(6,{6*sqrt(0.74)},6) -- cycle;
\draw [My Line Style] (4,{6*sqrt(0.74)},6) -- (4,{6*sqrt(0.74)},4) -- (6,{6*sqrt(0.74)},4) --
(6,{6*sqrt(0.74)},6) -- cycle;
\draw [My Line Style] (6,{4*sqrt(0.74)},6) -- (6,{4*sqrt(0.74)},4) -- (6,{6*sqrt(0.74)},4) --
(6,{6*sqrt(0.74)},6) -- cycle;
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}
```

## Best Answer

The short answer is 'no' at the present time. Products such as ISISDraw/Accelrys Draw or ChemDraw produce binary files, which cannot be read directly by TeX. So any conversion would either require a separate tool or reading a text file format, such as ChemDraw's XML format.

By far the most popular file format for journal submission is ChemDraw's

`.cdx`

format, which is publicly documented. Thus perhaps the most sensible approach to creating a tool for the conversion would be to read`.cdx`

files.