MultiTrace Tutorial: Important features

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MultiTrace 3: Tutorial

You have finished the MultiTrace tutorial. You should now be able to create methods and perform routine analysis, evaluation and reports.

This last lesson is more like a teaser to direct your focus towards some of the more enhanced features and options of MultiTrace. We just want you to know that there is more to MultiTrace than the Beginner's Tutorial could explain and we want to draw you attention back again on some features we roughly mentioned, but did not explain in details.

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Open dialog file filter

In both open dialogs are filter buttons, which allow to display only references in the open reference dialog or only samples in the open sample dialog, respectively.

This feature relies on references named along certain conventions, i.e. first letters of the file name. For example, if all reference would start with either "ref..." or "VN...", MultiTrace could easily distinguish samples and references from each other. This would shorten the open dialog file lists and speed up selection. Set-up of this feature is described in Reference Manual: Open dialog filter.

Method set editor

There is a method set editor (button right of method editor) to split, join and copy methods and parameters.

Graphical export

There is a copy trace graph to clipboard button in the upper right button bar to export ion trace graphs in a customised manner.

Version control

MultiTrace offers a version control system that allows to inform users if there is a newer vesion of MultiTrace available at your company. There are two levels:

  • information that a newer version is available
  • requirement that a newer version must be used

MultiTrace can be instructed to block execution if a newer version is required or to just warn and run anyway.

Online help

MultiTrace's default online help offers a local hotkey page and a link to this online wiki-based manual.

Instead of the delivered local hotkey page your website administrator can install any other page both as file or as URL, e.g. an intranet website with proprietary information, an own manual, up-to-date instructions, analysis rules, or whatever might be desired.

Result file ID

You certainly should have a look into the result file ID feature, that allows to print barcodes on reports and later scan them to easily open old results from the correct harddisk drive and instrument including reference and sample rwaw data files and matching result file. This feature saves a tremendously high amount of time.

It is quite easy to set-up by an database administrator and will be possible in most laboratory environments.

LIMS read access

Consider individual customization of MultiTrace (additional charge may apply). Sample details such as country of origin, customer name, target time, matrix or proprietary information like test codes or method names could be queried by MultiTrace from any database or LIMS system. Depending on your LIMS system this feature can be easy or more complex to set-up, but surely would be worth it, considering the operator becomes more involved in the overall laboratory and adminstrative workflow.

LIMS write access

MultiTrace already has some routines implemented to write results into a LIMS system. We offer customisation of MultiTrace to enable you laboratory to access your LIMS in the most feasible and comfortable way. If this feature is of interest, let your database administrator contact us. We will give free quotations for additional export routines.

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