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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January 2020 Monthly Update -
What’s New

This release of Signals Notebook brings Task and Request workflows to Signals Notebook, whereby Signals Notebook will aid the requesting of work by other users. We have also added compliance checking against the Patcore Inc., CRAIS Checker (Also known as Compliance Checker) data service, extended our available public API endpoints, added a few additional usability and administrative enhancements and fixed a number of small bugs.

The following are available for users of Signals Notebook Standard, Signals Notebook Individual Edition and Signals Notebook Private Cloud
  • Usability Improvements
  • Changes to stoichiometry grid
  • Autotext changes
  • Quick add chemicals with abbreviated names are inserted as nicknames
  • Subscript/superscript shortcuts in text editor
  • Improvements to filters
The following are available for users of Signals Notebook Standard or Signals Notebook Private Cloud
  • Notebook can be required for Experiments, Requests
  • External Lists are available for all tenants
  • Additional public API endpoints (beta)
  • CRAIS checker (beta)
  • Tasks and Requests (beta)
We also fixed several small bugs in this release. Details of the enhancements are described below.

Further Details

Usability Improvements

We have made some changes that reduce the likelihood of calculated values in the stoichiometry table being displayed in scientific notation. We display in scientific notation when the calculated values would have trailing zeros and would be ambiguous as to their accuracy. We now will adjust the units of the calculated values to remove the trailing zeros while respecting the accuracy of the entered values. We have also increased the accuracy of the density values of our stored chemicals.

Stored chemicals will also be added using their nicknames when their name is abbreviated. The nickname can always be expanded from its label to the full structure in the ChemDraw window.

An additional field called Conversion has been added to the Products table. This field is a percentage field and is hidden by default.

We have also added shortcuts for superscript and subscript in the text editor.

An OR option has been added to filters, which allows multiple options of the same filter type to be applied. In addition the type ahead for string type filters is no longer case sensitive and allows type ahead for words contained within a multiword phrase.
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.


Notebook can be required for Experiments, Requests

The System Admin can now define that Notebooks are required for Experiments and Requests.

When this setting is applied, authors cannot create Experiments and/or Requests without selecting a Notebook first.


External Lists

The External List capability is no longer considered in beta and is now available to all customers of Signals Notebook Standard or Signals Notebook Private Cloud without request.

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.


Additional Public APIs

Additional Public API endpoints have been added including search API’s and APIs to manage Users, UserGroups, Samples and Materials. Ongoing API improvements will continue independent of Signals Notebook updates.


CRAIS Checker

CRAIS Checker (or Compliance Checker) is a chemical compliance database from Patcore Inc. An administrator can configure that reactions are checked for compliance against the CRAIS Checker database. The admin can define if signing events on the experiment should be prevented if the compliance check is not complete.

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Tasks and Requests

Signals Notebook now supports Task and Requests workflows. Scientists can build Requests, define Tasks and submit those Tasks for completion. A collaborator can then select those Tasks within their experiment to complete. Both parties are able to make edits to the Tasks while they are in progress. The administrator can define Task types and properties for those types.

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