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Creating a new record in NoteBookMaker® is as simply as turning the page.
Using an electronic notebook system needs to be as easy and familiar as the technique that the laboratories are currently employing. Transitioning to an electronic notebook system needs to be as seamless as possible to ensure complete adoption by all stakeholders. Ideally, documenting information in to an electronic notebook should be as instinctive to the end user as the process they currently follow with paper. The goal should be that the researcher does not have to change the way that they work. Keeping with this theme, NoteBookMaker® employs simple yet elegant features that do not interfere with the daily operations of a pharmaceutical laboratory. The notebook pages very closely resemble their paper-based cousins.
When the researcher creates a new page, by clicking the legal command, "New Page", their name and picture as well as the date and time get recorded and displayed in the bottom left of the new page.
At the top of the new page is a section to input vital information concerning this particular page. Project ID, Project Name, and Compound Name are description fields that can depict what kind of research was performed. Page Type, Page Reference, Page Number, and File Name are fields that reference where the scientist is in relation to other experiments or other notebooks.
The second section of the page is the text field. Intricate details such as tables, experimental results, summary information or any other type of data can be type set or copy/pasted from any third party applications in to this area. Quickly searching keywords or phases gives
NoteBookMaker® a distinct advantage over paper-based notebooks.
In the middle of the page is a graphical input section. Diagrams, chromatograms, gels or any other images can be placed here. By employing the well-established copy/paste import routine, complicated vendor specific data drivers are not necessary. This enables
NoteBookMaker® to remain compatible with any kind of system that allows use of the computer clipboard well in to the future. Graphics automatically scale to fit in the allocated space without losing resolution. Another important yet commonly overlooked aspect to notebooks is the retention of color. Color can often be crucial in determining several experimental conditions. Sound and movies can also be recorded in this section.
Choosing the text only layout upon page creation can eliminate this section if graphical input is not relevant to the page. The final area of the page, and the only section that does not format for printing are the command bars surrounding the document. These buttons are used for common computer functions such as scrolling, magnification, and changing pages. Edit commands, Print commands, Go To or navigational commands, and the Legal functions are all icon driven and extremely easy to operate. Help functions are incorporated in to each section.