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Origin 8.1 Press Release

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OriginLab® Releases Origin® 8.1

Origin 8.1 introduces a new suite of tools including batch processing, for enhanced productivity.

NORTHAMPTON, MA (December 1, 2009) – OriginLab Corporation announces the release of Origin 8.1, a leading Windows®-based analysis and graphing software. For eighteen years Origin has provided a comprehensive solution for scientists, engineers, researchers, and analysts who need to graph, analyze, and make professional presentations of their data. Now Origin 8.1 offers a host of additional features and improvements to its versatile and powerful 8.0 platform, providing significant productivity enhancements.

One of the most significant additions to Origin 8.1 is the batch processing feature, which builds upon the Analysis Template and Recalculate features introduced in Origin 8.0. Origin users can now automate repetitive data-handling by simply creating a custom analysis template, and then using the batch processing tool to apply that template to a group of files. The tool then generates a summary report using settings saved in the template.

“Origin 8.1 gives you batch processing without writing code,” says OriginLab’s founder and President, Dr. C. P. Yang. “This new tool makes it possible to automate routine data processing tasks without the headache of maintaining home-grown code; a great time-saver for our users.”

In graphing, always a strong suit for Origin, a new slideshow feature is extremely effective for the presentation of large numbers of graphs, as is the ability to export graphs directly to MS PowerPoint. New graph types have been introduced in Origin 8.1, including Ternary Contour, Windrose, and Probability Plots. In addition, there is a new tool for making multiple axis plots.

The analysis capabilities have been extended in this version with the introduction of new tools for data reduction, pivot tables, signal decimation, signal envelopes, rise and fall time analysis, X-error bar support for linear regression, and computation of surface area for matrix-data and XYZ data.

This new version introduces password protection of Origin projects, plus the ability to maintain an audit log of user-name and time-stamp when a project is saved. These new features allow Origin users to follow security measures required for submitting Origin projects to government agencies.

Organizing projects is now easier in 8.1, with a new Favorites folder to keep frequently visited graphs and windows, customizable menus, and the ability to add shortcuts to any Origin window within Project Explorer.

Top 10 New Features:

  1. Batch Processing of Multiple Files or Datasets with Summary Report

  2. Batch Peak Analysis - OriginPro

  3. Slide Show of Graphs and Favorites Folder in Project Explorer with Support for Shortcuts

  4. Export Multiple Graphs to PowerPoint

  5. Password Protection of Origin Projects and Audit Log on Project Saving

  6. New Ternary Contour Plot, Weibull Plot, Windrose Plot, and Multi-Axes Plotting Tool

  7. Data Reduction Tools, and Data Rearrangement Tools including Pivot Table

  8. Signal Decimation, Rise and Fall Time Analysis, Signal Envelopes - OriginPro

  9. X Error Bars Support for Linear Regression - OriginPro

  10. Custom Menu Configuration and Support for User-Defined LabTalk Script Functions

System Requirements

Microsoft® Windows NT® 4.0 or later, Windows® 2000, Windows® XP or later, or Windows® Vista, or Windows® 7,  1.0 GHz or higher Pentium-compatible processor, 512 Megabytes (MB) of RAM (1GB recommended), a CD-ROM drive, and 500 MB of free hard disk space.

About OriginLab

OriginLab publishes graphing and data analysis software that is used in a wide array of corporations, government agencies, colleges, and universities worldwide. Our products provide a comprehensive solution for scientists and engineers who need to analyze, graph, and professionally present data. OriginLab is headquartered in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.

Origin is available in many different forms ranging from a single user package to an institution or company-wide site license. In multiple-copy licenses, Origin includes concurrent license management, allowing you to install the software on as many computers as you need. Origin can also be applied as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) solution for instrument manufacturers.

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