PerkinElmer Signals™ Notebook - What’s New

Signals Notebook is an intuitive and effective scientific research data management solution. Write up your research data and experiments, then drag and drop, store, organize, share, find and filter data with ease.

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November 2018 Monthly Update -
What’s New

Signals Notebook has been enhanced with the addition of Chemical Registration, Equipment, and Molecular Biology library management. This is a limited release to select customers, a full release will follow. Users can now add new compounds and other materials, identify duplicates, and document the use of these materials within experiments. This release also comes with a UI redesign and some additional options for search, available for everybody. Finally, this release includes the first release of the E-Notebook Archive to enable search of existing E-Notebook content within Signals Notebook for existing customers of E-Notebook Enterprise.

The following are available for users of Signals Notebook Standard, Signals Notebook Individual Edition and Signals Notebook Private Cloud
  • Search updates
  • Number Range Searching
  • UI Updates
  • New interface for accessing Smart Folders and Add New controls
The following are available for users of Signals Notebook Standard or Signals Notebook Private Cloud
  • UI Updates
  • New admin interface for managing roles and privileges
  • UI Updates
  • Ability for administrators to define behaviors for Compounds, Plasmids, Cell lines, Antibodies and Equipment libraries
  • Ability for end users to add new Compounds, Plasmids, Cell lines, Antibodies and Equipment, including duplicate checking workflows
  • Addition of a lookup table to refer to the use of Compounds, Plasmids, Cell lines, Antibodies and Equipment within experiments
The following are available for existing customers of E-Notebook Enterprise and users of Signals Notebook Standard or Signals Notebook Private Cloud
  • E-Notebook Archive
  • E-Notebook content can be archived, searched and displayed within Signals Notebook
We have also fixed several small bugs in this release. Details of the enhancements are described below.

Further Details

Search Updates
Range searching in numerical fields are now supported.

User Interface Updates
The Dashboard, Search, and Smart Folders (Notebooks, Experiments, Chemicals) icons have moved to maximize usable space. Additionally, you can always create new Experiments and Notebooks from wherever you are in Signals Notebook from this toolbar. The service level agreement document is now accessible from under the User menu.

For administrators of Signals Notebook Standard or Private Cloud the admin interface has been similarly adjusted. Additionally, the roles and privileges screen has been organized to make viewing types of privileges easier.

Compound Registration, Plasmids, Cell lines, Antibodies and Equipment

This capability is only available to users and administrators of Signals Notebook Standard or Private Cloud and is unavailable as part of Signals Notebook Individual Edition. Additionally, we are making this capability available to select initial customers although anticipate a broader general release soon. Administrative setup is required before end user access is enabled.

Users can now add Materials, specifically Compounds, Plasmids, Cell Lines, Antibodies and Equipment to Signals Notebook. During submission Signals Notebook will guide the user through resolving any potential duplicates and assign each new Material a unique ID.


Each item in the library is then fully searchable. Additionally, users document the use of the Materials within an experiment by adding a new table type to the experiment. The table allows the user to either enter the unique ID or browse for Materials and add them into an experiment along with their related data.

To support these workflows the administrator can define the behavior of the Libraries including the syntax for the ID generation, additional fields, uniqueness checking rules, the behavior of the table within experiments and security and access on the materials. This definition is all maintained within the administrative screens.

E-Notebook Archive

Existing customers of E-Notebook Enterprise can now optionally archive their existing E-Notebook database to make it searchable from within Signals Notebook. All original content is preserved and displayed, allowing for a smooth transition from E-Notebook Enterprise to Signals Notebook. Any interested customers should contact their account manager for additional details. This capability is only available to customers of Signals Notebook Standard or Private Cloud and requires additional licensing and services, it is not available for users of Signals Notebook Individual Edition.

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