OriginPro – Collaboration and Connectivity in Origin and OriginPro

Collaboration and Connectivity in Origin and OriginPro

Most of the time, Origin users work together with other persons (colleagues, customers, ...) and use additional applications, e.g. for presentations and publications. Therefore, it is important that you can share Origin files with your colleagues frequently and that data and results can be exchanged with other applications in a simple and dynamic way.

Collaboration

Collaborating with other Origin users

Origin not only allows you to share project files (*.OPJ), but users may also customization settings such as graph templates (.OTP).

The following is a list of Origin files that can be shared:

  • General Files: project files (*.OPJ), graphs (*.OGG), workbooks (*.OGW), matrix (*.OGM), LabTalk Script files (.OGS) and X-Functions (.OXF)
  • Customization Settings: graph templates (*.OTP), themes (*.OTH), Analysis Templates (*.OGW or *.OPJ), Dialog Themes (*.OIS), Curve Fitting Functions (*.FDF) and Import Wizard Filters (*.OIF)
  • Package Files (version 8.0 and higher): a group of Origin files (can be any of the types above), packed into a single file (*.OPX)

Share files directly

A quick and easy way to share a particular file with another user is to simply send them the file such as via e-mail, and the file can be added to their Origin installation by drag-and-drop onto Origin.

Sharing Files between Multiple Machines (Single User)

In the situation where one user needs to access Origin files between multiple computers, the User Files Folder (UFF) can be placed in a shared location such as a network drive, or even a USB flash drive, and the same UFF path can be specified with each installation.

Sharing Files with Other Users in a Network

If your Origin installation is part of a concurrent network, Origin provides a Group Folder mechanism to share files among multiple users. There can be multiple groups within a concurrent network, and each group can have a specific user acting as the group manager who can utilize the Group Folder Manager tool to publish custom files for sharing with other members of the group.

Connect Origin with other Software (Connectivity)

Origin can function as an automation

server (or COM, Component Object Model) whereby other applications communicate with Origin using methods and properties exposed by Origin. Any application that supports COM programming, such as Visual Basic, Microsoft Excel, National Instruments LabVIEW, or similar can function as the client application that connects with Origin. Such applications can exchange data back and forth with Origin and can send commands to be executed by Origin.

Working with Excel

Origin provides easy access to your Excel® data:

  • Copy-paste data from Excel to Origin with full precision
  • Import Excel files into Origin worksheets keeping cell formatting and specifying header rows
  • Open Excel workbooks directly in Origin
  • Optionally save Excel workbooks open in Origin with path relative to the Origin Project (OPJ) file, for easy sharing of OPJ and related Excel files

More Information on Excel connectivity at the OriginLab website...

LabVIEW Connectivity

Use of a Sub-VIs to read sample data
Use of a Sub-VIs to read sample data

Origin provides a collection of custom LabVIEW sub-Vis that are included in the installation. LabVIEW users can incorporate these custom sub-VIs in their main LabVIEW application to communicate seamlessly with Origin. These sub-VIs take advantage of Origin's automation server classes and can be used for operations such as opening and closing communication with Origin, exchanging data between Origin and LabVIEW, and sending commands to Origin.

Use of a Sub-VIs to read sample data
Use of a Sub-VIs to read sample data

Mathematica Connectivity

Origin Link for Mathematica
Origin Link for Mathematica

The Origin Link for Mathematica tool can easily connect Mathematica with Origin and then to exchange worksheet and matrix data between them. Other operations such as evaluating Mathematica expressions and creating Origin graphs using Mathematica functions are also allowed.

Origin Link for Mathematica
Origin Link for Mathematica

More Information on Mathematica Connectivity at the OriginLab website...

Matlab Connectivity

MATLAB Console, Import in Origin with diagram
MATLAB Console, Import in Origin with diagram

Origin provides a collection of custom LabVIEW sub-Vis that are included in the installation. LabVIEW users can incorporate these custom sub-VIs in their main LabVIEW application to communicate seamlessly with Origin. These sub-VIs take advantage of Origin's automation server classes and can be used for operations such as opening and closing communication with Origin, exchanging data between Origin and LabVIEW, and sending commands to Origin.

MATLAB Console, Import in Origin with diagram
MATLAB Console, Import in Origin with diagram

More Information on Matlab Connectivity at the OriginLab website...

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