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LabArchives Introduces an iPhone / iPad App

Last week, we introduced our first apps for the iPhone and iPad.  Although (with a minor exception), LabArchives  is fully functional in Safari on these devices, the screen size for the iPhone made it somewhat difficult to navigate and use.

As for all of our software developments, it is the feedback of our customers that drives our priorities.  In speaking to a number of our users, it turns out that many of them were already using iPhones to take photos in the laboratory to document their research.  These included pictures of gels, samples, and even animal colonies.  With our unique “Inbox” feature, these customers were already able to e-mail the photos to their LabArchives Notebooks, but felt it would be more convenient to be able to move them directly.  Thus, the idea for Version 1 of our iOS App was born.

Now available on the Apple iTunes Store, our iPhone and iPad Apps can be quickly installed; for those with a local server, they can be configured in the device Settings menu to use your personal URL.  With this release, users can log in with their normal credentials, choose a Notebook, and then browse through the Notebook Navigator and take photos (or choose from the photo library) and move them into the Page of their choice.  One can also view existing photos in any Notebook.

We are extremely enthusiastic about the new mobile platforms for LabArchives users.  Although most labs have a number of computers, they are often not right at the “point of entry”, so having a tablet or other mobile device that one can carry around is a major benefit to our customers.  We plan for a number of important enhancements over the coming months, and welcome the suggestions of our users.  Years of experience have taught us that it is usually best to get a useful version of an application in the hands of our clients;  having a “starting point” makes it much easier to provide useful feedback, which is how we drive all of our development priorities.

Android users:  don’t worry!  We plan an Android version in the near future.  Microsoft “Surface” users?  Well, there aren’t any of you, yet, since it was just announced this week.  Needless to say, we will be evaluating this platform as well in the near future.

 

iOS 5: LabArchives on the iPad

Yesterday, Apple released its long awaited iOS 5 operating system for iPads and iPhones.  This latest edition includes a number of improvements, most significantly (at least for our rapidly growing list of LabArchives  customers), compatibility within Safari for “Rich Text” editing.    This means that effective immediately, you can now enter and edit rich text within your LabArchives Notebooks.

To take advantage of this capability, you will need to upgrade your iPad and/or iPhone systems via iTunes.  Once completed, this feature will automatically be enabled.  As you probably know, LabArchives automatically recognizes when you log in from an iPad or other tablet device.

Here at LabArchives, we are extremely excited about the rapid evolution of tablet devices, which are a nearly ideal device for use in the laboratory.  Unlike a desktop or laptop computer, they can be carried around with you, and are always “at the ready” when you want to record a finding or other bit of information.

Our future plans call for an “app” for both iPad and Android devices, which will provide an even better experience for our users.   However, there is no need to wait…just visit http://mynotebook.labarchives.com and log in.  LabArchives “knows” you are on a tablet and provides an optimized interface for that session.


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