Lab notebook on my mac and or iPad

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  1. Germwise macrumors regular

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    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:

    07/14/2010


    PCR of TZF1 for Cloning

    Reaction

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

    Conditions: 30 cycles 52 C

    Results:

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


    Next experiment .....

    etc etc


    Please help!
     
  2. Frosties macrumors 6502a

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

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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

    http://forums.circusponies.com/categories/9/posts/9443



    B

    Edit: or maybe evernote? http://www.macresearch.org/electronic_lab_notebook
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  5. Germwise thread starter macrumors regular

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    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.
     
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