Adding smart interactive elements

An image of an example protocol showcasing the interactive elements labelled referring to the numbered list below.

1) Symbols

Open up the symbol keyboard to choose from a wide variety of different character functions from Latin characters to mathematical functions, then simply select your chosen character to add it to the document. You can also use the search function to find a specific symbol.

2) Headings

Highlight your text and select the 'header' icon to add your text as a header.

Please note, when 'header' is selected some options will be unavailable. To make all options available please deselect the 'header' icon.

Dropdown menu of functions when typing into a new protocol.

3) Dropdown menu

Our dropdown menu can be found when you click the document on a new line, opening up a range of options:

  • Table - Insert an embedded table into the document with Excel-like functions and can be collapsed or expanded as required. These interactive tables allow for the usage of powerful formulas as well as multiple other functions to assist you in your calculations.
  • Material - Search or create a new resource with the allocated amount and number of units. There is an option for a descriptor as well as for special units as required.
  • Data - Add one or multiple new data fields with measurement parameters to your document.
  • Timer - Place timers for interactive time sensitive steps for data recording that can be embedded into your protocol.
  • File and Image - Click this icon to insert or attach a file or image, either via your device or by dragging and dropping the document into the box. Alternatively you can also make use of our Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox and Box integration if you need to upload a larger file making your research easier (>100mb).
  • Link - Insert a hyperlink to a website or article alongside the text to display for the link.
  • Code Snippet - Insert code from Python, Matlab, Sas and other coding programmes that can be embedded within the document and are highly interactive.

4) Steps

Adding steps to your protocol will help make your experiment more legible and easy and also allows for time interactive steps for data observation. This sidebar opens up all your steps in order alongside their current status. To mark a step as complete simply click the yellow tick mark so it turns green. Any text within your document can be wrapped into a step by clicking the grey tick mark on the left hand side of the document.

5) Timers

Place timers for interactive time sensitive steps for data recording that can be embedded into your protocol. Timers are recommend for keeping track of short time dependent steps (lasting less than 1 hour). Please note that the timer alarm will not sound if you navigate away from the step-by-step experiment view or your device enters it's lock state - If reliable use of timers is essential it is recommended you disable your device's lock feature or at least increase the time delay until locking.

6) Materials
Search or create a new resource with the allocated amount and number of units. There is an option for a descriptor as well as for special units as required.

By adding an interactive inventory type to the material section, when you come to run the protocol as part of your 'experiment workflow' on labstep you can easily add the actual 'batch' of item that you will use (for example from your fridge or freezer). The use of this specific item is then recorded. In addition, you will be able to see contextual information about the specific resource location such as it's exact location within your lab and the amount required.

You can also simultaneously add multiple materials to your inventory and match them to your resources by selecting the 'add multiple materials' icon (shown below) and then entering your resource information into the table.

7) Data

Add one or multiple new data fields with measurement parameters to your document.


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