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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October 2020 Monthly Update -
What’s New

This release of Signals Notebook brings a beta release of an extendable object model where administrators can define new object types beyond Experiments and Requests. We have also improved the usability of various tables by allowing direct copy/paste from Microsoft Excel, added Synonyms to our Materials Library and improved our administrative audit trail viewer. This release also fixes a number of small bugs.

The following are available for users of Signals Notebook Individual Edition, Signals Notebook Standard or Signals Notebook Private Cloud
  • Search Improvements
    • –  Simplification of child, parent options in certain filters
The following are available for users of Signals Notebook Standard or Signals Notebook Private Cloud
  • Stoich Table Definition
    • –  Administrators can define new properties for stoichiometric tables
  • External Chemical Sources
    • –  Administrators can define new External Chemical Sources to connect chemically aware external databases
    • –  End users can add chemicals into ChemDraw reactions from connected chemical databases
  • Extended object model (beta)
    • –  Signing workflows
    • –  Notifications
    • –  Append templates
    • –  Add objects from Notebook
    • –  Custom Actions
    • –  Define type specific security policies
    • –  Custom icons
    • –  Sharing
  • Integration Improvements
    • –  External Actions can be limited to specific Table Templates
    • –  Additional & improved API endpoints for Materials, Materials Tables, Users

We also fixed several small bugs in this release. Details of the enhancements are described below.

Users of Signals Notebook Individual Edition should note that User Columns in the ChemDraw Reaction stoichiometry tables will no longer be available for fielded search. Text searching will still be available.

All users should note that existing bookmarks to log into Signals Notebook that end in “/authIDP/login” will no longer work. Users should re-bookmark the page once logged in to the URL that ends in “/elements” or edit the bookmark to simply remove the “/authIDP/login” from the URL.

Users who have created custom objects type as part of the extended object model beta will need to clear their cache in order to see existing objects.

Further Details

Search Improvements

We have modified the behavior in filtered search to remove unnecessary options when searching parents or children of objects. For any filter which is specifically for a parent type object, such as State, the filter can only be specified to be on the object itself or for a child of the object. Similarly for any filter which is specifically for a child type object, such as a property in a table, the filter can only be specified to be on the object itself or for a parent of the object.

We have also improved the display so that only relevant values are displayed in the filters. For example the Type filter will update to show only the relevant values based on the Parent/Self/Child selection.

The following capabilities are only available to users and administrators of Signals Notebook Standard or Private Cloud and are unavailable as part of Signals Notebook Individual Edition.

Stoich Table Definition

The administrator can now manage existing properties and define new properties for the stoichiometric tables. New properties can be added to the Reactants, Products, Solvents and Reaction Conditions. New properties can be defined as being read only if they are to be updated from an external source and not edited by the end user. All properties can be defined as being shown or hidden by default, and to have their values removed if the reaction or experiment is copied. The order of the properties can also be adjusted.

External Chemical Sources

External Sources has been expanded to allow end users to source reagents or products from an external, chemically aware, database. Administrators can configure external chemical databases either directly or via a proxy service, identify the field containing the chemical structure, and map additional properties to the available properties in the reactants and products tables.

Chemists can then select the source from the QuickAdd toolbar and add the unique ID of the molecule to be added, the molecule is then added to the defined location in the reaction and associated properties written to the stoich tables.

API Improvements

We have added or improved a few public API endpoints. We have added a property to the GET Users endpoint to include the last login date/ time, added an endpoint for Material Tables to download the contents as csv and updated Materials API endpoints to allow the chemical structure of the Compounds library to be embedded as base64 encoded cdxml and the patching of synonyms.

The following capabilities are in beta and are only available to users and administrators of Signals Notebook Standard or Private Cloud upon request. Please contact your account representative or our support team if you would like access to the following features. They are unavailable as part of Signals Notebook Individual Edition.

Admin Defined Objects

We have added Signing workflows for custom objects. Administrators can define Signing workflows per object type, after which end users are able to sign and witness the objects according to those settings. End users also receive notifications around those signing events as currently occurs for Experiments.

Users can now append templates to custom objects using templates from other object types including experiment and request templates.

Custom objects can now be added directly into Notebooks from the Notebook view.

The administrator can also create security policies specific to the custom types.

Administrators can now also define icons for custom objects that are used instead of the default icon.

Custom actions, including on signing events, can also be configured on custom objects.

End users can also share custom objects assuming they have a sharing privilege.

You will find new training videos in the Signals Notebook platform including:

Admin OnDemand videos

  • Modify Security Policy to have a Classified Project
  • Add CROs to the Security Policy
  • Materials – Learn to Setup Out of the Box Libraries
  • And more coming !

End User OnDemand videos

  • Communicate with Comments
  • Dashboard and Dynamic Access to Your Work
  • Save Time with Bookmarks and Filters
  • Work Smarter with Personal and Text Templates
  • And more coming !
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