Origin 2018 now available

The current version of the plotting program, Origin, is now available for use on campus. A list of the features and changes is available from the Origin Lab web site.

The program can be installed from the network share \\ditto\rc\origin or from the software center. It is easier to install from the software center, if it is available on your computer.

To access the software center, go to the “All Programs” list on your computer, find “Microsoft System Center”, and open the program “Software Center” found there.

In the program, select “Applications” and use the search box in the right to find origin. Click on the “Origin 2018” icon and then “Install”.


The message from the vendor included this list of key updates:

Key features in this new version include:
General Features:
   App Center for easy installation and update of Apps
   Improved Origin Central dialog including keyword search of sample graphs
   Preview and thumbnail views of Origin Graphs in Windows Explorer and File open dialog
   Project File structure (OPJU) with significant improvement in file size
   Unicode(UTF-8) support
   Automatic transfer of User Files from previous version
   Automatic transfer of workspace layout from previous version
   Unsaved projects auto saved for 7 days, accessible from Origin Central
   Ignore hidden columns/plots from analysis
   Customize default digits for analysis output in each tool
   Grouping support for Statistics on Rows
   Automatically set peak area/amplitude bounds based on peak direction in Peak Analyzer
   Several pre-installed Apps for publishing and curve fitting 
   Batch Processing: Include graph images in Summary sheet 
   Batch Processing: Recreate workbook for specific file entries from Summary sheet
   Batch Processing supports more data sources such as XYZ, Worksheets and Ranges
   Automatic license activation for 2017 users with valid maintenance
   Version-independent folders for UFF, Licensing, Autosave etc, for easier migration to future versions
Graphing Features:
   Bridge Chart (McKinsey-Style Waterfall)
   Double-Y Box Chart
   Multi-Y Color Mapped Line Series
   4D XYZ Surface Plot with Custom Boundary
   Customize symbol properties in Legend, or add new customized symbol/line entries
   Add Reference Lines using statistical functions or custom expression
   Leader Lines for Pie Chart
   Arrows at Axis begin or end
   Total Label on Stacked Column/Bar Chart
   Labels for 2D Vector Plot
   Column gap control for Double-Y Column Plot
   Plotting two Y columns with numeric X will use row indexing for X axis labels
   Lighting effect for 3D Wall Plot
   Change light source direction in 3D graph by pressing S key and dragging mouse
   Axis break supports proportional unit for each segment
   More options for wrapping text based Tick Labels 
   Interactively select area of Graph Page for export or to copy-paste to other applications
   Use system color increment list when adding new plots into existing graph
   Easier way to turn on/off Active Dataset indicator in Legend
   Symbol size increment for each plot in group
   Decimal separator for labels and annotations can be controlled at Graph Page level
   Control display of masked data at Graph Page level
   Graph Theme support for Anti-aliasing
   Fit results table pasted to Graph offers more options for quantities to be reported
   Copy and paste Excel cells to Graph will paste as text by default
   Set color of selected region of plot with Cluster Gadget 
   Delete Color Lists/Palettes from Color Chooser or Show All to restore
   Evenly distribute selected Layers/Graphic Objects horizontally or vertically
   CTRL+A hotkey to select all Layers in Graphs and all objects in Layout pages
   Pick data points from graph
Worksheet Features:
   Cell Formula support for Data and Label Row cells. Extend by dragging. Fixed referencing supported.
   Enter Unicode character by typing code and pressing ALT+X
   Character Map dialog to find and insert Unicode characters in cells
   Image pop up for embedded graphs and images in worksheet cells and header rows
   X-Function to set format of selected cells
   Rename sheet name and long name in Navigate Worksheet dialog
   Maximum number of Worksheets in Workbook increased to 1024
   Set Origin as default program to open desired data files
   Source File header row to show imported file name
   Ignore hidden columns in ASCII export
   Import specified column/rows for ASCII, Excel and CSV
   Undo import of ASCII, Excel and CSV
   Toolbar Buttons for Re-import and Clone Import	
   Menu to export embedded graphs
New Apps:
   Simple Fit
   Global Peak Fit
   OPJ Searcher
   FFT Examiner
   Operations Manager
   Gage Study
   Kernel Density for Polar and Ternary
   Paired Comparison Plot
   Composite Spectrum Regression
   Equation Solver
   LabTalk and Origin C string functions can operate on UTF-8 encoded string
   Diff() function supports padding at begin or end
   LabTalk command to convert C and CPP files to encrypted OCZ files for distribution
   Additional dialog-related Win API functions
   LabTalk improvements to export embedded graphs, graph sheets during batch process
   Graph object properties access from Origin C
   Code Builder "Find" improvements
   More NAG Mark 25 functions accessible from Origin C

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