Lab notebook on my mac and or iPad

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Germwise, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Germwise macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    Hey guys,

    I'm a molecular biologist and I'm not very organized when it comes to my experiments. I do so many that I find it very difficult to remember what exact conditions I used on a certain day to do a certain experiment.

    One of the ways scientists keep track of this is with Laboratory Notebooks.

    I'm wondering if any of you guys who are also scientists can suggest a good software to replace my lab notebook.

    I'd like it to work on my mac and a bonus if it would work on a ipad (might actually get me to buy one again).

    Basically I need to be able to make several bullet points for each experiment, and do lots of quick formatting including some canned text like and pictures.

    For example:


    PCR of TZF1 for Cloning


    19.1ul water
    2.5ul buffer
    .5 Taq
    .5 FP
    .5 RP
    1 template

    Conditions: 30 cycles 52 C


    ***picture of my gel*** with annotations (arrows on top)

    Next experiment .....

    etc etc

    Please help!
  2. Frosties macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    I have found Excel to be a good help as it is always there anyway.
  3. balamw Moderator


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    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
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    Maybe something like circusponies notebook can be adapted for this kind of use?

    Check this thread for limitations of this approach


    Edit: or maybe evernote?
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  5. Germwise thread starter macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    I just wanted to share with you guys that I started using Evernote for the purposes of keeping a lab notebook and its fantastic.

    I have my MBP on my office desk, an old PC laptop on my bench and evernote on my phone.

    Whenever I finish a gel or need to make an observation, I whip out my phone, take a picture and have it automatically uploaded to evernote. On my PC laptop I type out modifications to my protocol and add things I need to do.

    At the end of the day I go to my mac where everything has been agregated and I organize it and tag it. Perfect searchable notebook.

    Used free trial and ended up buying premium service.
  6. Clete2 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008

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