October 15, 2017 (Vol. 37, No. 18)
Strong Points: Good organizational scheme
Weak Points: Free version is limited, restricted to OS X platform
Increasingly, digital organizational programs are replacing traditional paper laboratory notebooks. Findings—a free software program for OS X—is one such “digital lab notebook.” The software can be downloaded from the Findings website, which also includes a user guide and a blog. The primary organizational unit within Findings is (logically enough) an “experiment.” Each experiment is a document to which text, files, and protocols can be added. The program also includes a calendar feature that researchers can use to schedule and keep track of their protocols. Experiments can be organized into different projects, and individual experiments can be marked as “ongoing” or “completed” for an additional layer or organization. The basic, free version of the software limits users to twenty experiments; a pro version and lab-group licenses are available for a fee.