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OriginLab® Releases Origin® 8.5.1 and OriginPro® 8.5.1

New Gadgets, Tools, and Improvements

NORTHAMPTON, MA (April 27, 2011) – OriginLab Corporation today announced the release of Origin 8.5.1 and OriginPro 8.5.1. With a version number usually indicative of an incremental improvement, this new version promises to surprise users not only with its numerous improvements and enhancements but also with its new analysis features often found only in major updates.

Leading the Origin 8.5.1 new feature list are two data analysis Gadgets and a versatile graph reconstruction tool.

Originally introduced in Origin 8.5, Gadgets provide an ultra-intuitive interface for immediately performing data analysis on a selected region of data. Two new Gadgets were developed for Origin 8.5.1 in response to typical customer needs, namely Cluster Manipulation Gadget and Quick Peaks Gadget.

“Our users have asked for easier ways to perform their common tasks. We recognize that our users will often need a quick way to either perform descriptive statistics or need to mask, clear or delete extraneous data on a certain region of data. There is no better way to do this than to simply highlight the range graphically with either a rectangle or circular shaped ROI indicator and then click a button. This is what the Cluster Manipulation Gadget now offers”, says OriginLab founder Dr. CP Yang.

The Quick Peaks Gadget allows the user to identify the peak locations within a region of interest in a spectrum. Support is provided to output over 15 selectable peak parameters, including peak location in x/y, area and centroid location. A “Fit Peaks” context menu allows the user to then switch to multiple peaks fitting after finding their peaks.

Once a popular downloadable tool on the OriginLab website, the Digitizer has been revamped and integrated into Origin as a floating dialog-based tool. With this do-it-yourself graph reconstruction tool, the user can import a scanned image of a graph, and then manually create representative datasets that come extremely close to the original image data. With such a tool, users can quickly check their research against published results.

OriginPro adopts all new Origin features and adds new surface fitting with multiple 3D peaks using Origin’s powerful NLFit dialog. Multiple peak finding methods are provided. Once peaks are detected one can proceed with fitting while sharing and/or constraining parameters as desired.

Significant improvements in Origin 8.5.1 span all major areas of the software including the worksheet, importing and exporting, graphing, and data analysis. The improvements are categorized as follows:


  • Color Palette Usage Improvement
  • New Layer Contents Dialog
  • Axis Tick Location from Dataset
  • Box Chart Improvements
  • Histogram Improvements
  • Error Bar Plot Improvements
  • Mask/Data Selector Improvements
  • Improvements on Group tab and Increment Editor
Analysis & Statistics
  • Surface Fitting with Multiple Peaks
  • Improved Multiple Peak Fit Tool
  • NLFit Improvements
  • Frequency Count improvements
Import & Export
  • SQL Editor for Database Import
  • Graph Export Improvements
  • Data Import Improvements
  • Improved context menu on Column Label Rows
  • Excel-like Improvements
  • Stack Columns and Unstack Columns Improvements
  • Pivot Table Dialog Improvements
  • Set Values Related LabTalk Improvements
  • No scientific conversion if Display is set to 1,000

OriginLab has created several pages on the company’s website devoted to showcasing the benefits of the latest features, available here:

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 DVD 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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