Category Archives: Samples

Can LCQuan and TraceFinder Co-exist

In a word, Yes.

Well, to be a little more detailed. TF 2.0 and above can be installed on the same PC, but they have to be versions that are supported by the same Thermo Foundation base application. So LCQuan 2.7 is the needed version, today.

If you have the QuickCalc application, you can export the method out to a .pmd file then import into TF.

That export though does reset the retention time to 1.0 minutes so they will have to be reset in TF or you can reset the RT in Xcalibur.

You can also export the Sequence to a .sld file that can be imported into TF, if you want to look your already acquired data in TF for comparison.

Then you can simply  right click in the Batch View Grid, browse to the data and and map raw files to samples. This will copy the files into the Tf directory and set the file references.

Then just submit the batch for Processing.

If you want to use a report much like the Long and Short Summary, use the TF Custom Report: Xcalibur Style Summary Report, that is located not he Custom Reports Template page.

Sample List???…. Do I need a Sample List??? Yes and here’s how to import one

So the basic element of data navigation and collection is a list of samples.

This list will identify the properties of the data collected and tell the system, what to do to and the names of the files collected or to be collected.

So TF has a couple of different ways to do this.

The first and easiest is to make a template of the defined sample grid you want to use. In TraceFinder, the user can define the columns that are displayed in both the data results and sample definition grids.

In Batch View or in the sample page of the Acquisition Mode/Wizard, right click the mouse in the grid and a menu dialog that opens up.

In that dialog , select “Export to CSV”. This will make a copy of the grid and the header lables is a file that can be opened by any editing grid application. The most common is Excel, but you could open in a text editor also.

Simply, open the file and for daily use just input  sample information in the template and save as a daily/batch .csv file.

A LIMS system, can create a .csv file in this same format  or even use a bar code reader to fill in certain fields even in Excel.

Once the sample input is done save the file as .csv and close the editor.

If  the file is still open in Excel,  MS Office will not let it be used by another program so TF can’t import it until it’s closed.


Right click in the grid and select “Import Samples”.

The Dialog below opens, then select the appropriate file.

The information contained in the CSV file will be inserted into the grid either at the end of the current data or where the index indicator is if that is the option selected in the drop down list below the browse section.

There is also a xml format that can be created fromat LIMS system that can be used, or if Xcalibur has previously been in use the .sld files can be utilized also. Any sample type that TF does not recognize will be set to the Unknown Sample type.