Changelog

Colabra is getting new features and improvements every month.

  • Published on
    June 7, 2021

    Settings & printing

    Lab experiment progress tracking

    Combined settings panel

    We've completely revamped the settings UX, and unified account and workspace settings under a single modal that won't take you away from what you're working on. This update also allows you to set your default view (to last accessed workspace or project), auto-assign new experiments, and turn off email notifications. On the enterprise plan, you can also disable project archive export, or regularly auto-expire password for all workspace members.

    Printing and PDF export

    Many scientific workflows still rely on pen and paper. For example, to avoid contamination, you may only be allowed to bring printouts to your wet lab experiments. With this release, you can hit Ctrl + P, or click Print summary in the three-dot menu to print out a project/experiment summary and activity log, or export it as a PDF.

    Fixes and improvements

    • Faster loading times
    • Smoother transitions between views
    • Trimming leading & trailing spaces in titles
    • Pick user role before inviting a collaborator
    • Version number in the settings modal
    • Hiding notifications during onboarding
    • Fixed redundant redirects
  • Published on
    May 8, 2021

    Science project management

    Lab experiment progress tracking

    Research project management

    This week, we're excited to introduce our first step towards building a project management software that understands scientific workflows. The new project view lets you get a bird's eye view of all the experiments, track their status, set due dates, and assign them to team members, all in just 2 clicks.

    Notifications

    Notifications

    Whenever someone edits or comments on a project you're collaborating on with your team, you'll get a ping about it right within the Colabra UI (desktop and mobile). If you're offline at that time, you will also receive a summary email with all the notifications since the last time you've logged into Colabra.

    Fixes and improvements

    • Faster loading times
    • Paper document scanning on iOS fix
    • Disabled project archive export for guests
    • Numerous bug fixes
  • Published on
    April 24, 2021

    Code block syntax highlighing

    Python syntax highlighting

    Code syntax highlighting

    We've always offered a simple code block in Colabra, but some of you who do more computational work have asked for more power and customization. With the latest update, you get syntax highlighting support for a whopping 193 programming languages! You can let us choose the right one automatically based on your snippet, or pick the right language yourself.

    File uploads

    File uploads

    In our last update, we let you drag and drop images directly into your experiment and project summaries. Now, you can do the same with any other file type (as long as it's under 15MB). Expect further improvements, such as previews for popular file formats, over the coming months!

    Fixes and improvements

    • Open original image block menu item
    • Download original image block menu item
    • Replace image block menu item
    • Fixed onboarding bug
  • Published on
    April 11, 2021

    Slash commands

    Slash commands

    Slash commands

    Type / for a world of integrations! We've added a convenient menu to your ELN that lets you add both basic and advanced blocks in just a few keystrokes. Office documents, molecular drawings, DNA sequences, microscope photos, LaTeX formulas, lab inventory, scans of physical notes, and so much more coming soon!

    Upload picture illustration

    Image uploads

    Pictures truly are worth ten thousand words in science — whether it's a quick sketch on the back of your glove, a photo from your trusty microscope, or output from the MRI scanner. You can now drag and drop images in all the common formats (JPG, PNG, TIFF, and even iPhone's HEIC/HEIF) right into the experiment notes.

    Activity timeline

    Activity log and comments

    Based on your feedback, we've deprecated discussions in favour of a new commenting feature combined with a detailed activity log under each experiment.

    Fixes and improvements

    • Offline status bar
    • Copy experiment/project link menu item
    • Combined user and workspace menu
  • Published on
    March 23, 2021

    Workspaces

    Team workspaces

    Workspaces

    Many of you have told us that you need to work on projects across multiple teams. This release introduces a Workspaces feature which allows you to create self-contained Colabra teams with different members and collaborator roles, and quickly switch between them from the navbar.

    Fixes and improvements

    • Fixed image preview resetting on uploading failure
    • Various ELN design improvements
    • Countless bug fixes