PerkinElmer Signals™ Notebook - What’s New

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.

Check out the latest improvements.

22.4 May 2022 (Update to E3 in November 2022) -
What’s New
This version 22.4 release of Signals™ Notebook brings an ability to print a selected portion of the experiment, some changes to Internal References, an enhancement to make it easier to find Notebooks when creating experiments, some updates to Inventory, and enhancements in ongoing beta capabilities around Parallel Experiment layout and Configuration Transfer. We have also fixed some small bugs.


The following improvements are only available for users of Signals Notebook Individual Edition, Signals Notebook Standard and Signals Notebook Private Cloud

  • Usability Improvements
    • –  User with Full Control can delete comments
    • –  Limit of printed History in PDF increased to 500 items
    • –  Partial PDF printing
    • –  State Modified field extended to capture additional state transitions
    • –  Notebook description can be used to find Notebooks when creating experiments, etc.
    • –  Update to Contact Support link
The following improvements are only available for users of Signals Notebook Standard and Signals Notebook Private Cloud

  • Usability Improvements
    • –  Internal reference enhancements
  • Inventory & Materials
    • –  Creation date in Containers Details page
    • –  Update Amount on containers
    • –  Associate containers with registered material from Samples table and print multiple barcodes
  • Integrations & APIs
    • –  Bulk update Samples table
    • –  Bulk update Sample Summary table
  • Parallel Experiment layout (beta)
    • –  Plate, Well, Row, Column included in GET entity for SubExperiment
  • Configuration Transfer (beta)
    • –  Plates
    • –  Sample settings
    • –  Experiment settings
    • –  External Actions
    • –  Task and Request settings
We also fixed several small bugs in this release. Details of the enhancements are described below.

Administrators should note that we will soon be changing our IP addresses for our back-end services. If you have integrations using External Sources, or use our Notifier APIs, and limit access to our provided IP ranges, please contact our support team for updated IP addresses.

The following OnDemand videos for Inventory are now available
  • Container – From Create to Dispose and Everything in Between
This content is anticipated for release on our Production E3 environments, and for Private Cloud customers on our deferred release schedule, in November 2022.

Administrators should also note that we have replaced our notification Service Signals Notebook Pulse with the following site here.
Administrators should bookmark or can subscribe to this site for notification of any planned or unplanned outages on Signals Notebook and other PerkinElmer products. This site is part of a larger support news site found here, which contains more information about releases and other pertinent product information.


Further Details

Usability Improvements

Users with Full Control on Experiments or other objects can now delete any comments. Any user can still edit or delete comments they added themselves.

Usability Improvements

The limit for History items included in the PDF export has been increased to 500 items.

Usability Improvements

Additionally, users can now generate PDF exports for selected portions of their experiments by deselecting the Print Entire Experiment option, then selecting the content they would like to include in the PDF.

Usability Improvements

The State Modified property on objects has been extended to cover all state transitions, including Close and Reopen.

Usability Improvements

On Experiment creation, users can now search for the Notebook by description as well as by name. This will ease Notebook selection.

Usability Improvements

The Contact Support option on the login page and under the User Menu will now link directly to the main Support page instead of routing to an account login page.


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


Usability Improvements

Admins may now configure any internal reference field to allow users to input multiple internal reference links and predefine a query.

Usability Improvements

The predefined query streamlines user selection of the desired internal reference/s. In the example below the administrator is restricting users to select Projects from a specific Notebook.

Usability Improvements

Users are then able to populate multiple values using admin desired internal references. Users may not change the admin defined query but may further refine it prior to selection.

Usability Improvements

Inventory and Materials

Creation Date in containers details page
Creation Date was added to the Container Properties tab in the container details page:

Inventory and Materials

Update Amount on containers
When you are on a container and you have edit permission, there is an Update Amount button that can be selected to update the amount of material in the container. When the button is clicked a new window will appear.
The Update Amount window has been updated to be more streamlined and focused:

Inventory and Materials

Associate containers with registered material from Sample table and print multiple barcodes.
We have extended the ability for creation of containers from the Samples Table to automatically associate a new container with a Material ID if the Sample has been registered:

Inventory and Materials
Inventory and Materials

We also continued the workflow so that if more than one container is created, all the labels can be printed at once:

Inventory and Materials


Integrations & APIs

We have added two endpoints to facilitate the bulk updating of data within Sample tables and Sample Summary tables. The two endpoints, GET/samplesTables/{samplesTableId}/rows and PATCH/samplesTables/{samplesTableId}/rows allow bulk editing of up to 50 samples at a time.

Integrations & APIs

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.


Sub-Experiment Layout

The Plate, Well, Row, and Column data captured on each SubExperiment via the SubExperiment layout is now reported via the public API when retrieving the SubExperiment entities.

Sub-Experiment Layout


Configuration Transfer

We have extended our configuration transfer capability to support transferring External Actions, Plate settings, Sample settings, Experiment settings, and Task and Request settings.

Configuration Transfer
22.3 April 2022 (Update to E3 in July 2022) +
22.2 March 2022 (Update to E3 in July 2022) +
22.1 January 2022 (Update to E3 in July 2022) +
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