LabArchives Features new Viewer for Office, PDF, and Text

LabArchives is excited to announce the release of a major new capability that greatly enhances the utility of the leading Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN).  While LabArchives has always provided for the ability to store any type of files within Notebooks, the new viewer feature, released over the weekend, now provides the ability to view Office, PDF, and text documents in their entirety without the need to launch any additional software.  Both existing and new documents are automatically compatible with the viewer, so even Notebooks that have been in use for years will immediately benefit from this new feature.

Here is an example of a typical file in the context of a Notebook:

Sample PDF

PDF file shown in the LabArchives viewer

Using the left and right arrows, one can now navigate through the entire document without leaving the Notebook page on which the file appears.

The current version of our viewer works with PDF’s, Microsoft (both 2003 and 2007) Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents and Text files.  Our plan is to continually add support for additional scientific file types, with the ultimate goal of providing the ability to view a wide range of scientific data without ever leaving the LabArchives Notebook.  As always, we welcome the suggestions of our users for file types that they would like to see supported by our Viewer.

As you may know, last month we released our new LA Docs features, that also enables users to create and edit Office docs directly within their Notebooks.  Combined, these features move us closer to our goal of providing a central “hub” in the laboratory, so that our users may conduct all of their research…including planning, experiments, collaboration, and publishing…all from within the LabArchives platform.  Through features like these, as well as collaboration with other leading vendors of scientific software, including GraphPad Prism and Treestar software’s FlowJo, we are rapidly moving toward achieving our vision.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.  Please comment here, or visit our Support Forum at www.labarchives.com.

2 Responses to “LabArchives Features new Viewer for Office, PDF, and Text”


  1. 1 Aleksandr Smirnov April 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Looks like a great helper for the scientists. If only it could support portable devices such as Android Tablets, Blackberries and iPad in the age of mobile computing… It is hard to drag along the clumsy laptops around the biotech or laser lab, you see.

  2. 2 labarchives April 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    We agree completely with your comment about portable devices. LabArchives works well on Androids; it also works on iPads with some limitations based on restrictions that Apple has imposed (e.g. no support for Flash and Java. We plan for future releases to circumvent iPad limitations as well.


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