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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 and log in.  LabArchives “knows” you are on a tablet and provides an optimized interface for that session.


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


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