History Notes/Logs

NeuroMatic automatically creates historical logs while you use it. For example, NeuroMatic commands are printed to the Igor command window, wave operations/transforms are printed to wave notes, data acquisition notes are saved to an external log file and acquisition stimulus folders are saved along with the acquired data. This history aims to improve scientific transparency and reproducibility.

History Command Window

A useful feature of Igor is its Command Window (Igor Menu/Windows/Command Window) where executed Igor commands are printed for review. Results of analysis like Wave Stats and Curve Fitting are also printed to this window. Hence, Igor’s Command Window provides a valuable source of documentation.

Likewise, NeuroMatic prints its function commands and analysis results to the Command Window. Below is a screen capture of the Command Window after initiating and running a Pulse Tab simulation. NeuroMatic commands usually begin with “NM” and include a list of input variables. The commands are in executable format and can be simply copied and pasted into user-defined functions (see Creating Functions/Macros).

Wave Notes

Another useful feature of Igor is the ability to add notes to waves. NeuroMatic takes advantage of this feature by adding notes about acquisition, analysis and simulation to the waves it creates and processes. Wave notes can be viewed in Igor’s Data Browser (Igor Menu/Data/Data Browser) by checking “Waves” and “Info”. In the screen capture below, RecordA0 has been selected, revealing Clamp Tab acquisition notes and Main Tab operation notes. Wave notes can also be printed to the Igor Command Window or an Igor Notebook via the Main Tab Print Notes function.

Clamp Tab Acquisition History

The Clamp Tab provides multiple historical logs. Acquired data waves contain acquisition information such as the protocol name, a date/time stamp and ADC input configurations (see Data Browser image above). User acquisition notes, such as the lab name and experimental title, are saved with the acquired data in a Notes Subfolder and also saved in an acquisition Log Folder. Log Folders are automatically saved to disk and can be opened via NeuroMatic’s Open Data Files function. A copy of the stimulus protocol is also saved with the acquired data in a subfolder. If you open a data file created via the Clamp Tab you can access the file#8217;s acquisition metadata via NeuroMatic’s menu (Igor Menu/NeuroMatic/Clamp Data).