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Revision as of 20:22, 14 November 2011

Coming soon. Not released yet.


Key New Features in Origin 8.6

  1. Native 64 bit Application as well as 32 bit
  2. PCA and Cluster analysis (Pro)
  3. Spider/Radar chart
  4. New Tool to drag data plot to change axis scale
  5. Auto-hide Project Explorer window
  6. Vertical Cursor and other new gadgets
  7. Parametric function plot
  8. Fitting with integral
  9. Worksheet Navigation dialog
  10. File Import menu customization dialog

Other Features that we can consider to swap with above

  • Specify Data Range by X values in analysis tools
  • Apply analysis to other plots in a graph, or other columns in worksheet
  • Raw and Index data support for more statistics tools
  • Access to Histogram Probability Density distribution curves
  • Column Statistics output to a flat sheet for easy plotting

64 Bit Support

JIRA Summary Details
  • 64 bit version has much more memory at its disposal, so is useful for large data sets.
  • Supports importing ASCII files bigger than 4GB
  • Some Import/Export Formats are not supported in 64 bit Origin due to non-availability of third-party plug-ins/DLLs:
    • Thermo (SPC, CGM) Import
    • *.dbf, *.WK *, *.DIF Import
    • Database Import: Query Builder tool not available. SQL Editor tool works fine.
    • Export Graph as Image: *.ai, *.cgm, *.dxf


JIRA Summary Details
ORG-3106 Vertical Cursor This gadget is used to read the X and Y coordinate values for the the data points on the stacked panel plots crossed by the vertical cursor.
ORG-2462 Quick Sigmoidal Fit This gadget allows user to use nonlinear regression with a sigmoidal function to fit the selected dataset on graph. It is an adaptation of Fit Sigmoidal tool in Origin 7.5, but with more advanced controls.
ORG-1667 Curve Intersection Gadget This gadget is used to calculate the intersection points of the input curves in the ROI box.
ORG-2298 Improvements in Integration Gadget
  • Simplify the tabs in Integration gadget dialog.
  • Ouput Integrated Curve and Baseline curve data.
  • Create baseline based on Full Plot Range/Curve Within ROI rectangle.
ORG-3896 Calculate Standard Error for Derived Parameters in Quick Fit and Quick Sigmoidal Fit Standard Error for Derived Parameters are calculated and shown in report.


JIRA Summary Details
ORG-382 Radar Chart Radar Chart is also known as Spider Chart, Star Chart.
ORG-1947 Parametric Function Plot Origin can plot 2D Function plot, 2D Parametric Function Plot and 3D Function Plot.
  • Use a set of parametric equations to express the relation of X and Y.
  • Specify the number of data points and the range of parameter.
  • Built-in functions can be quoted in the parameter equations.
  • Use LabTalk script to define the constants before run the formula script.
  • Output the data of 2D Parametric and 3D function plots to worksheet and matrix respectively.
  • Save function plot settings as a theme and use it in the future.
  • Modify function plot in Plot Details dialog and copy such settings. Then use it when creating a new function plot.
ORG-3338 Improvements in Add Error Bars dialog
  • Adding Standard Deviation Data with different scaling factors.
  • Add Square root of Data as error bars.
  • Auto updates of error bars if source data change.
  • Edit error bars in Set Column Values dialog.
ORG-3134 New rescale tool to drag the plot and update the axis range. New Rescaling button is added on Tools toolbar.
  • Press it, cursor will turn into a Hand. Drag in the graph, the plot will move and X, Y axes range will move. mouse wheel can be used to move horizontally. Shift+Mouse Wheel can be used to move in Y Direction.
  • Z (Zoom) and X(Pan) are the hotkeys for this tool. It will work together with drag, mouse wheel, arrow keys.
  • If Shift is pressed together with hotkey, the movement will be switched to Y direction only.
ORG-2576 A system variable @LCA is added to control the shape of the Tick Marks The major and minor tick markes were rounded at their ends and have no sharp edges. Users may want the tick marks as squared-off rectangular bars. @LCA is added. 0 - Round (default), 1 - Square, 2 - Flat.
ORG-3734 Show Fill Area information in legend for Line plot Legend of line plot didn't show fill area information in the old versions.
ORG-1830 Arbitrary Line Profile Support Arbitrary line profile in Image Profile

Curve Fitting

JIRA Summary Details
ORG-3327 Fitting with Integral
  • User friendly GUI to define Integral Fitting Function step by step in Fitting Function Builder.
  • Simulate Curve supports integral function
  • Fitting with integral function in NLFit
ORG-2740 NLFit: Independent Fit Improvements
  • When doing Independent fit on multiple datasets, there was no way to for user to flip through and pick one of the datasets to fit by 1 Iteration or Iteration till Converged, and see result just for that data.
  • It's useful especially for user-defined function without parameter initialization code. User may want to fit one dataset first and then make sure the parameters are good, or adjust parameters. Then use them for all other datasets.
ORG-2740 NLFit: Columns on Parameters/Bounds tab are draggable to change column orders User may want certain columns to be together. Drag is supported.
ORG-2097 NLFit: Calculate Standard Error for Derived Parameters Standard Error for Derived Parameters are calculated too and show in result sheet.
ORG-3140 Bring back Linear Fit with X Error It's hidden in 8.5.1 since the result isn't accurate for some datasets.
  • Still Hide Ripley Method in GUI.
  • Update York with 2003 algorithm. We used to use York 1966 algorithm.
  • Hide the Errors as Weight node for all 3 methods.
  • Add an editbox node, labeled with "Correlation Between X and Y Errors" with values fall in [0,1].
ORG-738, ORG-2156, ORG-3499, ORG-1750 Specify X Data range's From and To by X values User could only specify X range by row numbers in the past.
  • Syntax for Row Range Specified by X Values is [BookName]SheetName!ColName[x4.5:17.89]
  • In NLFit, PA, etc. dialog that supports XYRange input, user can specify X range by number number and by X values.
  • User can apply such row range/X range to other data during the analysis.
  • Save X/Row Range in dialog theme.
ORG-126 Speed improvements on LabTalk Script Based Fitting Function In 8.5.1, using LT based fitting function is slow. Improved in 8.6.

Peak Analyzer

JIRA Summary Details
ORG-2550 Create report sheet with NA in summary table even if no peak is found. Peak Analyzer(PA) didn't generate report if no peak was found. Then when doing batch procesing with PA on multiple datasets, no report will be given if no peaks are found in some datasets. It's nice to give the report with NA for those peaks not found.
ORG-3052 Add more baseline and peak finding methods to match those in Quick Peaks gadget We have added some new capability such as "min and max" baseline etc to Quick Peaks Gadget. We added them to PA as well.


JIRA Summary Details
ORG-2697 Principal Component Analysis OriginPro only feature
ORG-2699, ORG-2700 Hierarchical, K-Means Cluster Analysis OriginPro only feature
ORG-2698 Discriminant, Canonical Discriminant Analysis OriginPro only feature
ORG-3228 Improvements in Normality Tests OriginPro only feature
  • Support Group in Normality Test.
  • Improved format in output.
  • Support more methods.
ORG-2427 Output Statistics on Columns quantities to a flat worksheet
  • Results for stat on cols used to be put into a "report sheet". It's not convenient to use such report to do further analysis.
  • A "Quantities" node is added to Output Settings node. User can output quantities to flat worksheet.
ORG-3133 Further Improvement of ROC Curve
  • Test Direction radio buttons are added for ROC curve, which has two options
    • Positive v.s. High: Larger test measurement values indicates more positive test
    • Positive v.s. Low: Smaller test measurement values indicates more positive test
  • Cut off value is added for ROC Values
ORG-1556 Support Raw and Indexed data form in Frequency Counts and Discrete Frequency
  • Support doing frequency count on multiple data. User can choose Input Data form as Raw and select multiple columns as input data.
  • For customer with grouping information in one column and data in another column, user can set Input Data Form as Indexed, and specify grouping and data range respectively.
ORG-3103 Support Raw and Indexed data form in all Nonparametric Tests
ORG-3688 Distribution Curve Improvements for Histogram and Frequency Counts.
  • Histogram: Weibull Distribution Curve is supported.
  • Add Checkbox to Scale to % of Tallest bar.
  • Output Distribution Curve data to Bin worksheet.

Import and Export

JIRA Summary Details
ORG-1344 Auto adjust column width after importing This control is hidden in GUI. After importing data, Origin will auto adjust column width so that user can see the data contents.
ORG-1739 Using negative value to Trim from right size of the File Name
  • Currently in Import ASCII and other imports, under the "(Re)Naming Worksheet and Workbook" branch, we can enter a positive value or zero in "Trim Filename To" edit box.
  • However, now we don't have a mechanism to trim from the end of file name. E.g. user may want to trim extension part of file name when renaming worksheet.
  • Now we support negative value in 8.6 to trim from right. E.g. For file "abcd.txt", if we specify
    • Trim Filename From: 1
    • Trim Filename To: -4
  • We can get "abcd".
ORG-2642 Import File Structure Framework
  • This new feature allows user to import file with just meta-data and file info first, and import data further. With this control, user will achieve a better import performance for big data files.
  • In 8.6, this control is available for following data formats.
    • NI TDM (TDM, TDMS)
    • HDF5 (H5, HE5, HDF5)
  • This control can be accessed under Import Options branch on the GUI.
  • After import file with Structure only, user can highlight columns or active workbook, and then run "reimport sel := 1;" in Command Window for partial import data. User can also select menu File: Re-Import Directly to import all data directly.

Import Wizard Improvements

JIRA Summary Details
ORG-3571 Save <last used> filter when import wizard is used
  • When using Import Wizard to import data, we should save a <last used> filter even user doesn't check Save filter checkbox on the past page.
  • And when next time user opens Import wizard, user can pick <last used> filter from Applicable filter dropdown list
ORG-3181 Filter dropdown list to exclude unnecessary variables Variables are extracted by Specify delimiter and wizard scans for variable names and values option in Import wizard, there are many unnecessary L1V1, L1V2, etc. variables extracted by delimitor of each line. Filter dropdown list is added on Header Variables page so user can exclude such variables.
ORG-2376 New option Start new hidden workbook in Non-numeric data in a numeric field dropdown list On Data Columns, add Start new hidden workbook option for Non-numeric data in a numeric field dropdown list. This also applies to Import ASCII dialog.
ORG-2990 Improvements on Space Delimitor This also applies to Import ASCII dialog.
  • On Data Selection page, the meaning of "Space" delimiter is ambiguous, which contains single space, multiple spaces and TAB for various cases. Renamed it as Space/TAB checkbox now.
  • Added another checkbox Space for single Space delimitor.


JIRA Summary Details
ORG-3008 Import and open XLSM file (Excel with Macro) Excel 2010 now has different .xlsm extension to identify macro-enabled files.


JIRA Summary Details
ORG-3616 Navigate worksheets dialog Navigate... context menu is added when right clicking on sheet tab. A dialog opens for user to.
  • find and activate a sheet
  • Sort sheets by name, size, column size, type, etc.
  • move, copy, drag, clear data and delete selected sheets.
ORG-3794 Add comments to a sheet
  • Comment... context menu when right clicking Sheet tab to edit comment.
  • Show worksheet comment as Tooltip when mousing over sheet name.
  • Some analysis info. is put as output Worksheet's comment.
ORG-2574 Worksheet: Split Worksheet... menu Split a worksheet into multiple worksheets by
  • Number of Columns
  • Number of Rows
  • Column Label information. When using this method, the new worksheet will be named after the label information.
ORG-3180 Support Hide/Unhide context menu for label rows in worksheet
  • Right click a label row to hide it. A dark gridline will show in label rows around it.
  • Double click the dark gridline to unhide label row.
ORG-4312 Add "Prefer Long Name" checkbox in Set Column Values dialog The checkbox shows under Col(A) menu in Set Column Values dialog. If it's checked, when inserting columns in formula, long name will be used. Otherwise, it will use short name in formula.
ORG-26 Add more functions in F(X) of Set Column/Matrix Values dialog.
  • Complex
    • Complex(dReal, dImag, strSuffix) to convert into a complex number. e.g. complex(1, 2,"j")=1+2j
    • Imabs(cX) to get the modulus of a complex. e.g. imabs(3+4i)=5
    • Imaginary(cX), ImReal(cX) to get the imaginary and real part of a complex. e.g. Imaginary(3+4i)=4
    • Imargument(cX) to get the argument (theta) of a complex. e.g. Imargument(1+i)=pi/4
    • Imconjugate(cX) to get the conjugate of a complex. e.g. Imconjugate(3+4i)=3-4i
    • Imcos(cX), Imexp(cX), Imln(cX), Imlog10(cX), Imlog2(cX), Imsqrt(cX), Imsin(cX), to get the cos, exp, ln, log10, log2, sqrt, sin of a complex.
    • Imdiv(cY1, cY2), Improduct(cY1, cY2), ImSub(cY1, cY2), ImSum(cY1, cY2), ImPower(cX, n) to calculate the operation on complex.
  • Engineering
    • Convert between binary number and decimal. Excel has many these functions, for example, Dec2hex(i, n), Dec2hex(100, 4)=0064. These functions may be very useful for some fields.
    • Convert units. Excel provides a function to convert units. This simple function may be very useful. It has the form: Convert(x, strUnit1, strUnit2). For example Convert(25, "C", "F")=77 to convert Celsius degrees to Fahrenheit.
  • Statistics
    • Confidence(alpha, std, size) Return the confidence interval for a population mean.
    • Skew(vX), Kurt(vX) Return the skewness and kurtosis of data. Origin supports it in Stats on Columns
  • Math
    • Combine(n1, n2) Return the number of combinations for a given number of items. e.g. combine(4, 2)=6.
    • fact(n) Return the factorial of a number. e.g. fact(3)=3*2*1=6
    • factdouble(n) Return the double factorial of a number. e.g. factdouble(5)=5*3*1=15
ORG-4029 Open Set Column/Matrix Values dialog from Column/Matrix Properties dialog and vice versa.
  • Open Set Column Value button is added in Column Properties dialog.
  • Open Column Properties button is added in Set Column Values dialog.
  • Open Set Matrix Values button is added in Matrix Properties dialog.
  • Open Matrix Properties button is added in Set Matrix Values dialog.
ORG-2513 Support modify properties of multiple embedded graphs together wcellgraph x-function is added.
  • Run "wcellgraph -d" in Script window to modify properties together.


JIRA Summary Details
ORG-3296 Matrix: Set Values dialog: List independent variable names in Function: Variables and Constants: submenu User can find what are the independent variables to use to Set Matrix values.


JIRA Summary Details
ORG-431 64 bit NAG C Library, Mark 9 support Update NAG library to 64-bit and Mark 9
ORG-3337 Make X-Function TwoDBinning be script accessible It's only accessible from GUI before 8.6.
ORG-2877 Improve Plotxy for creating graph from custom templates The following works:
 plotxy (?,1:end) o:=[<new template:=myTest>] p:=230

but the symbol size argument's default of 9 will override what is saved in the template. So size:=-1 is added to support using template's symbol size to plot graph.

ORG-3579 Integral function is renamed to Integrate Under F(X):Math: menu in Set Column Values dialog, Integral function is renamed to Integrate.
ORG-3558 Add more PDF functions to LabTalk to match those in Histogram Distribution Curves. They also accessible from Set Column Values dialog. Functions added are:
  • cauchpdf
  • exppdf
  • gampdf
  • lappdf
  • lognpdf
  • normpdf
  • poisspdf
ORG-3572 Labtalk function should support default argument type to be double So following two syntaxes are equal.
  • Function double MyInte(t, Arg 1, Arg2, Arg3, Arg4, Arg 5, ..., ArgN)
  • Function double MyInte(double t, double Arg 1, double Arg2, double Arg3, double Arg4, double Arg 5, ..., double ArgN)
ORG-3065 LT access to Short Name for row index Letter "G" is reserved to denote Short Name when accessing row index. E.g. the following code can set/get first column's short name.


ORG-2915 Wildcard is supported in LT command delete -vs Delete -vs deletes the specified global/project string variable. Now suorts wildcard.
ORG-741 Using X to define range in XYRange
	XYRange		dr;
	dr.Add("X", "[book1]sheet1!A[x1.5:2.5]");
	dr.Add("Y", "[book1]sheet1!B[x1.5:2.5]");

ORG-3724 The default value of type.redirection is changed to 32768 from 5.


JIRA Summary Details
ORG-2858 Batch Analysis on all plots in graph After user does an analysis on one plot in graph, a lock is created in the graph. User can click the lock icon and choose Repeat this analysis to All Plots context menu to do batch analysis.
ORG-2741 Batch Process on columns in worksheet After user does an analysis on column in worksheet, a lock is created in result column or results sheet. User can click the lock icon and choose Repeat this analysis to All Y Columns context menu to do batch analysis.
ORG-2768 Tools: System Variables... menu. Customize system variables and save them as default settings.

Origin GUI

JIRA Summary Details
ORG-3387 Redesign of File: New: submenus and dialogs
  • File: New: Worksheet... menu to create new worksheet. There are two ways to create worksheet. One is by specifing column designation. The other is by setting replicate sets.
  • File: New: Matrix... menu to create new matrix sheet.
  • File: New: From Template to open new worksheet, matrix or graph from existing templates (OTW, OTM, OTP), including analysis template (OGW).
ORG-3395 Customize File: Import: menu User can specify what import types and import themes to show in File: Import: Customize menu.
ORG-3691 Auto-hide dockable windows
  • Project Explorer, Quick Help, Results Log, etc. are all dockable.
  • By default Project Explorer and Quick Help windows are docked on the left panel and set Auto-hide on.
ORG-3724 A new message window to place analysis output info.
  • Most types of messages, Info/Result/Error etc. which was sent to Script Window/Command Window will be switched to the new window.
  • It's docked on left panel of Origin workspace, similar to Project Explorer and Quick Help.
ORG-3512 System Path tab in Tools: Options dialog
  • Displays all important system paths.
    • User Files Folder (changable)
    • AutoSave path (changable)
    • Application Data folder (read-only)
    • Program Folder (read-only)
    • Group Folder (changable)
    • License (read-only)
  • Change/Reset User Files Folder, AutoSave path, or Group Folder.
ORG-4135 Set Origin startup window size ShowState in [Config] section of Origin.ini file
  • ShowState=0 -- Start Origin with hidden window
  • ShowState=1 -- Start Origin with normal window
  • ShowState=2 -- Start Origin with minimized window
  • ShowState=3 -- Start Origin with maximized window