Category Archives: General Use

TF 3.0 Converting Data from older versions for use in TF 3.0

In TF 3.0 there were alot of enhancements to how we handles the data. So we made sure that you can can seamlessly review your data created in previous versions.

Also all your templates and methods can be converted.

The Legacy Data Converter allows for browsing to all stored data locations and can replicate the original folder structure to fit within the TF 3.0 framework. Once converted you will be able to browse, review and report any of your old data in TF 3.0, but the original results and files remain in their locations so that the batches, method and templates are never destroyed.

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TF 3.0 has some new homes for some functions previously available

Part of the process of looking at User Interface changes, is being able to make sure that we present a logical way of navigating to things, that we may not use on a regular basis. This makes it easier for the end user to remember where to get to that special function, when they need it.

So in the application we still have many right click options, but we have also moved many of the scattered functions into the menu drop downs.

These changes have come from customer request or questions about where functions are.

So here are the most used functions that are not directly data linked.

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TF 3.0 Export Results Grid to Excel and Copy Images to Clip Board

Sticking to new features in data review, we’ll continue with a simple workflow.

One of the many request that TraceFinder has received over the last year has been to have the ability to export the results grid directly to Excel instead of having a Custom Report generated.

In TF 3.0 all data grid results whether in the quantitative views or targeted screening section, export all data to Excel or CSV files directly.

No need to produce a custom report and navigate through the files menus to go get it.

Simply export and place the file where you want it.

Also a feature that has been requested is the ability to copy high definition images of chromatograms and such to the clipboard for use in papers, lab notebooks and presentations/posters.

We also did this in TF 3.0

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New TF 3.0 Targeted Screening Workflow in Data Review (or the marriage of TF and ExactFinder)

A new feature to TraceFinder 3.0 is targeted screening. The workflow and method setup that were included in ExactFinder has been included in TraceFinder 3.0. Though it has been expanded to support Nominal Mass as well as HRAM.

That means this feature will work for all mass spectrometers from the GC single quads to the Q-Exactive.

Though some sections are more geared for HRAM, they can just not be used when using nominal mass data.

The other aspect is that TF gives you the ability to acquire, process and report on the fly during acquisition. Therefore, if you so choose you don’t have to wait to review your data. So this expands the capabilities that was introduced in ExactFinder.

This is our first step with this functionality and more is to come in following releases, but there are some interesting things that can be done by having these two workflows combined.

Again the video is a little longer that my 2 minute rule but there is a lot to look forward to.

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New TraceFinder 3.0 Data Review Elements

In TraceFinder 3.0, you will find that we have changed the Graphical User Interface quite a bit. Other than changing some of the colors and the navigation style we have also added elements to help review data in a way that can be tailored.

A concept that came across to our team was to help tell the story of the data. This is what TraceFinder was intended to do from its concept. We realized that many scientist that will use this and related products will not be “CLASSICAL” mass spec people. Young new chemist or other scientist not use to mass spec data moving into the lab need to be able to see what they need to know about the data and have a feel on what works best for them. At the end of the day they are telling the story of the data to their customers.

Our concept is to give you the ability to choose what you want to see and how you want to see it.

In forthcoming releases you will have the ability to “Read the Cliff Notes” of the data or the other end of the spectrum of reading “War and Peace,” if you so choose. We don’t want to limit the data or have the data be so overwhelming it can’t make sense.

So in this video we will show you how to navigate in the Compound and Sample Views which are just different ideas on how to look at the data. Also how to arrange the views so it makes sense, or makes it easier to read through the data.

A big plus is the ability to filter out data you don’t care to see or only data you are interested in.

All this and the views are remembered automatically when a User signs out or closes the application.

Although the video only takes place on one screen. Any part of the data review section is a dockable panel so you can have parts on multiple monitors and they will remain synced. I personally use a three monitor setup and have a multipeak panel on one, a detailed view on another and my data review grid on my main display.

Remember we can only make it better if we hear back from you so, please send in your ideas, comments or questions. The video is a little longer than my 2 minute rule but it should explain a lot of the NEW ELEMENTS and their functions.

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Need to Share Data – Here’s a Freebie from Microsoft

So we’ve had a couple of people want to send data across to help them look at methods and such, but they were limited by the amount of storage on dropbox or the security concerns of an outside source.

Here is a link to signup for Microsoft’s SkyDrive

https://signup.live.com/signup.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0&rpsnv=11&ct=1354299028&rver=6.2.6289.0&wp=MBI_SSL_SHARED&wreply=https%3a%2f%2fskydrive.live.com%2f&id=250206&cbcxt=sky&bk=1354299029&uiflavor=web&mkt=EN-US&lc=1033&lic=1

This gets you 7 Gigs of storage right off the bat. No money required. The beauty of this is that it can sync with all your MS Office applications, which you can share or keep to yourself.

It also works as a location on your desktop so you don’t have to ftp large files, simply drag and drop.

The really cool part about this is,  if I have a iPad or other mobile device and use the SkyDrive app, I can edit my stored documents real time in the cloud. I have access to them from anywhere at anytime, and anyone I have shared the document with can collaborate in real time.

For all those of you with large data sets this is a great spot to shared the files, and it works with your intergrated Windows security just as if it was a mapped drive.

skydrive

The Master Method – A trinity of information

We will start a short series on the Master Method. So here we go.

Think of the Master Method as the supply truck that comes everytime you want to run an assay. It contains what you need to get things done. It’s alittle bulky and can be somewhat intimidating the first time you see it. Since it controls alot of the available power TF gives you, it has lots that can be,but doenst have to be configured and used.

For example, if a value is set to zero in the QAQC section it isnt turned on for use by the flagging system.

But lets start off with the basics.

The Master Method is a repository for the three things needed to gather and process a data file.

  1. The instrument method
  2. The peak processing parameters
  3. The selected reports to be produced.

With these three things we can submit a batch of samples and acquire, process and produce reports on the fly, after every sample. (but you need a sample list too)

The instrument method is a copy of a stored instrument method somewhere on your hard disk. It is associated with the processing method and can be changed according your your needs. But you always have the ability to go back to your orginal instrument method and copy over any changes. It’s a safety net.

It also insures that you only have to pick the Master Method when making a batch of samples. This keeps a batch consistant, run after run and technician to technician.

The processing parameters are set up for each peak and compound grouping. Once set up again it keeps things consistant.

Thirdly, is the report section. This seems to be a bit of confusion at times. By selecting which reports and what format you want them produced in, ahead of time. The data is always produced in the same way without missing a page. It’s also nessary for the reporting on the fly feature.

If you want to create reports after each injection, simply check the box on batch submission that says “Create Reports”. Then however you selected the report to be produced and one or multiple formats, it make them once the sample has been acquired and automatically processed. Except for Batch level reports, which are produced at the end of the batch sequence.

Follow the video below to see the process.

The video is from the soon to be release TF 3.0 but the workflow is the same.

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Extending a Calibration Curve “Creating a historical cal file” – (Answer to an “Ask a Guru” question

One aspect of the applied market labs is that a calibration curve does not have to run with each batch of samples.

Previously we showed you how to associate the calibration file from one batch to the one you are currently working with.

In this video, we show you how to create a historical curve by extending a calibration curve from another batch.

By selecting the curve and the extend calibration function, the points found in the current batch of samples will be added to the points from the previously acquired batch of samples. This in conjuntion with turning on and off groups of compounds can allow for the user to build calibration curves for large sets of samples and use a historical running average of calibrators.

The video is from the soon to be release TF 3.0 but the workflow is the same.

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Importing a new custom report template

There have beena few request lately that once a customer recieved their newly created custom report from our Report Service that it wasn’t clear right off the bat how to get the template into TraceFinder for use.

The video below shows how to import the xmlt file which is a VBA enabled template written by our “Professional Service” group when you make a request via the blog or sales team.

It then shows how to make sure you can can use it in the application once you’ve imported it.

The video is from the soon to be released TF 3.0 but the workflow is the same.

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The results can be seen below.

 

 

Associating another batch’s Calibration Curve to the current batch – (Answer to a “Ask A Guru” Question)

I think that the questions below are pretty self explanitory of the feature in the video.

What would you like to know?: Hi, Jamie,

 

Example: A Cal curve batch is acquiring. 

 

Case 1:  I submit a new batch of just patient samples and forget to extend the cal file to those samples.  How do I extend the cal file to those samples w/o pulling them into the Cal Curve batch?

 

Case 2:  I submit a new batch of just patient samples and  extend the cal (with the wrong file) to those samples.  How do I  reprocess with the correct cal file?

Company: TFS

Area Of work: Clinical”

So if you have a batch in flight. You should pause the acquisition while you associate a calibration file. It just makes things cleaner if you have an older system with less RAM.

The video is out of the soon to be released TF 3.0, but if you are using and older version the functionality and menu selections are still the same. Dependant on the resolution setting the last frame may be overlayed with another.

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