Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Power of Comparing – Do these things go together? – TF 3.1: The NEW Comparative View in Data Review

Many have asked us, how to easily compare compound response across multiple samples.

Here is the answer.

Comparative View allows for a group of samples to be shown side by side with fixed Y-scale to the most intense or a selected threshold reference sample.

The view allows the user to visualize the Expected Retention Time and the Range of Time for peak detection via Markers. This will clearly indicate how the chromatography is responding.

The user can designate samples to be part of individual or multiple groups, by assigning alpha-numeric characters to column in the sample definition screen. Once assigned, and a member of the group is selected in the results grid, the multi-chromatogram pane will display the sample group in columns and the compounds in rows.

The use of a Threshold Sample and a new tab in the method under the Limits section, allows for a visual bar to be set for a specific peak height or a percentage of the Threshold Sample’s peak height.

Below is a video of the new feature in TraceFinder 3.1, debuting at ASMS 2013.

If the video is blurry please click the cog wheel at the bottom of the panel and increase the video display resolution.

The Power of Reporting – Is it Magic or Tracefinder3.1?…. New Preview of Report Designer with TF 3.1

One of the most requested features is to have an easier way to create custom reports.

Though TF has some great Standard Reports, and a really powerful VBA-Excel custom reporting tool. We’ve been investigating ways to make it easier to create custom reports.

The new Report Designer that will be in Preview form, debuts at ASMS 2013.

The learning curve is low, because it looks and feels like Microsoft Excel . Yet it is powerful, because you can do many the same special functions as Microsoft Excel.

Even if the Report Designer doesn’t have quite the feature you need, but Excel does, simply open the template in Excel from within the Designer. There you can make edits and save the template.

When you use the Excel edited template to create reports those edits are used.

As stated previously, this is a PREVIEW. This means that anyone can use the designer, but it is not a final commercial version.

If you wish to use it for reporting data, as with any custom report template, YOU must validate that the report template generates the correct information.

We will be looking for feedback on issues found or features to be added. Starting soon there will be a page on just for the Designer, where updates and feedback will be available.

Below is a video of how to use the Report Designer to create a simple report from a blank page.

The Report Designer uses the data from the currently opened Batch of Samples and results to model the data. This allows you to see exactly what the final report will look like when it’s produced within the application.

The video is a bit longer than usual but shows how simple it is to create a report which uses special features, such as formulas and conditional formating.

If the video is blurry please click the cog wheel at the bottom of the panel and increase the video display resolution.

Interesting TED Talk

As we get ready for ASMS and there are alot of new post coming your way starting later this week.
I thought I’d pass along a quick TED talk video that crossed my path, as I was looking into translation capabilities.
Enjoy and Get READY for TF 3.1.

Reminder of How to Import a Custom Reporting Template

We have had a alot of custom report request coming in over the last few weeks, and a few people have asked how to import them for use.

Below is a link to a Post last year on how to bring in a template and use it in TF.

Interesting Video of Carbon Atoms from IBM

Below is a video and short story from the BBC about the use of a tunneling electron microscope to visualize individual atoms of carbon on a copper substrate. A key note that I took away from this is that with this technology they are able to ovserve the bonds of molecules, which over time could have profound effects on Mass Spectrometry and our understaning of fragmentation pathways. This would help in constructing databases of molecular properties and predictive MSn methods.

As much fun as TF 3.0 has been to introduce to you all. I’m taking alittle breather and getting material ready for the next BIG release at ASMS.

Soon as we get clearance to share some info to the world There will be new videos daily.

Plus an ebook called “The Guru’s Guide to TraceFinder”, available as a page on th blog, or as an iBook for iPhone/iPad and an EPUB format for Kindle and Android. This will be a pocket guide for those times you don’t have access to the blog.