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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April 2021 Monthly Update -
What’s New

This release of Signals Notebook brings a few updates to our integration capabilities, and 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

  • Usability Improvements
    • –  Exported PDFs are now PDFA-3b compliant
  • Owner privileges and Full Control
    • – “Owner” now has full control, can Share Full Control with other users
    • – Moving experiments between notebooks changes inherited access to that from the destination notebook
The following improvements are only available for users of Signals Notebook Standard and Signals Notebook Private Cloud

  • Owner privileges and Full Control
    • –  Full Control can be applied via the security policy
    • –  Deactivation of users does not require reassignment of content
  • Integrations
    • –  Endpoints to manage sharing settings
    • –  Endpoint to fetch revision content
    • –  SCIM endpoint to deactivate users
  • Administration
    • –  System Administrator can define attribute lists as supporting multiple values on selection
  • Materials workflows
    • –  User can create containers in Inventory from a Sample
    • –  Chemist can add compounds from Chemical Library via ID lookup
    • –  Chemist can browse for items in the Chemical Library and add them to their reaction
    • –  Administrator can manage mappings between the stoichiometric tables and the Compounds Library
  • Inventory
    • –  Inventory is freely available to all administrators
    • –  Templates have been renamed to be Types
    • –  Images uploaded to Types show in the Inventory Administrative Console
    • –  Security attributes
  • Parallel Experiments (beta)
    • –  External Enumeration – creation of sub experiments from a file containing enumeration output
We also fixed several small bugs in this release. Details of the enhancements are described below.

The following OnDemand videos for end users are now available

  • Chemical Drawing – Tips for Drawing Reactions Faster
  • Chemical Drawing – Tips for Working with the Stoichiometry Grid
  • Chemical Drawing – Append Salts and Solvates to your Reaction
  • Chemical Drawing – Record Reaction Conditions and Solvents
Further Details

Owner privileges and Full Control

Exported PDFs are now compliant with the PDF/A-3b standard.

Owner privileges and Full Control

We have removed the concept of “Owner” from experiments and other content and replaced it with a privilege level called Full Control. Any user with Full Control can now do anything that previously was restricted to the Owner, such as Sharing, Signing, Reopening and recovering items from Trash. The user who creates a Notebook now has Full Control applied. Additional users can be granted Full Control via Sharing by any other user with Full Control.

Moving experiments from one Notebook to another will now change any inherited access from the old notebook to the new one.

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.

Owner privileges and Full Control

The replacement of Owner with a list of users with Full Control, as described above, has added a few changes and improvements for administrators. First, the ability for end users to Share Full Control is provided by the existing Can Share privilege, as previously allowed users to Share View or Edit. Full Control can also now be granted to users via security policy by addition of a term such as “grant "entity.full_control"”.

Full Control

The owner field is no longer available for end users via search, however it is retained in API to maintain backwards compatibility. As the Owner field is no longer relevant to define access privileges, the deactivation of users no longer requires reassignment of content If the administrator chooses to reassign content, Full Control is granted to the recipient for any objects where the deactivated user would have been owner and the owner field is still updated.

Owner Field

Integration Improvements

We have added API endpoints to find and update Sharing settings on objects, to fetch revision content from History and to delete users via SCIM.

Administrative Updates

The System Administrator can now define that an Attribute list supports selection of multiple values by the end user when used as a field in a System Template.

Materials Workflows

End users can now create Containers in the Inventory directly from Samples in their Experiments.

Chemists can add Compounds from the Materials Library into the stoich grid and reaction scheme, either by inserting the Compound ID into the QuickAdd toolbar or by launching a browse experience.

The administrator can map properties between the stoich tables and the materials library in the Stoichiometry Mapping page in SNConfig.


The Inventory capability is now no longer in beta and freely available to all administrators.

Location and Container Templates have been renamed to Location and Container Types:

When you are in a Location or Container Type you will now see the Image that is uploaded (if one is present). Note that all out of the box types have an associated image pre-loaded for you.

Security in Inventory has been updated so you will now see 3 Secure Attributes that can be used to update the Security Policy and Group Associations.

Inventory Container Library and Inventory Location Library are auto populated from the respective types:

The administrator can then associate the appropriate User Group Associations with the type of Containers or Locations:

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.

Parallel Experiments

Chemists can now create sub-experiments from an imported file containing pre-enumerated information. If the chemist uses an external enumerator that provides an output csv or sd file the chemist can load the file. The chemist can then define any mappings with information coming from the file to define reactants, products, solvents, or reaction conditions.

If there is consistent information not contained within the file the chemist can further define any values that are of Fixed Value, including defining other reagents.

The chemist can then create sub-experiments for each of the reactions defined in the file. Each parallel experiment can contain either an external enumeration or an internal enumeration element.

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