# New Here?

Please read the Getting Started section if you are new here.

# Lab Overview

The Lab Overview aggregates the latest projects and experiments in the Lab and displays it in one page. Lab members set with the Collaborators role will only see projects that they are included in.

# Viewing Lab Activity

The Lab Activity chart is a heatmap showing the amount of activity in the last 30 days in chronological order. The last square represents the current day. Clicking the Lab Events button displays the last 100 Lab Events.

# Updating Lab Settings

Click the Settings button in the Lab Overview page to update your lab's name, description, and timezone. Additionally, if you need to change your subscription plan you will also do that here.

# Deleting a Lab

To delete your lab and all its data, please click "Pause Subscription" first then email support@kanobo.com from a Lab Admin's email address to mark the lab for deletion.

# Managing Lab Members

Add members by clicking the Manage Members link in Lab Overview. Enter your lab member's email address in the input field and select their role. The most common role for a typical Lab is a 🔬 Lab Member. There are four options:

  • 💼 Lab Admins have full access, including updating the Lab's billing/subscription, all projects, and adding new Members.
  • 🔬 Lab Members can view all projects but can not view lab settings or add new members.
  • 🧫 Collaborators can only view projects they own or projects that either have experiments or comments assigned to them.
  • 🚫 Inactive members will not have access to this lab. Set this for alumni who have graduated from the lab or when you accidentally created a user.

Once added, the member will receive an email with a link to your lab with instructions to sign in using the email they sent you. They must use the email address you added to be able to access your lab.

# Adding Projects

The main button used for adding and saving will be located in the footer. In Lab Overview click Add Project.

Give your project a name (required), an estimated completion/deadline date (optional), project owners, and a description of the project goal (optional). Set the project permissions:

  • Any Lab Member can Edit & Comment
  • Only Project Members can Edit & Comment

Who are Project Members? Project Owners, Experiment Owners, and those Mentioned in Comments are considered Project Members

# My Projects

My Projects is where lab members can view projects they are members of, experiments they own, and entries they've authored in one place. Lab Admins can view as any member by clicking the member select dropdown.

List Mode
Kanban Mode
Entries Mode

# Project UI Modes

My Projects has three UI Modes:

  • List Mode — Shows projects, experiments, and entries in lists.
  • Kanban Mode — Shows projects and experiments in a kanban UI. Drag the experiment to change its status.
  • Entries Mode — Shows full entries the lab member has authored in reverse chronological order.
  • Gantt Mode — Displays your project and experiment deadlines in a Gantt Chart (horizontal timeline).

# My Action Items

My Action Items is where lab members can view open experiments, open comments, and open to-do list items in entries from open experiments. Open experiments are experiments that are either marked as Upcoming or Work in Progress.

# My Starred

Lab members can star any project, experiment, or entry. Once starred they will be added to the member's My Starred page.

# Archived Projects

Once a project is completed or abandoned, be sure to archive it instead of deleting it. It will be removed from the main views and moved into the Archived Projects page.

# Project Page

Each project page contains a kanban view of its experiments. Each experiment can be dragged to change its status.

# Managing Experiments and Postmortems

Each Project Page by default displays the experiments in a kanban view where you can drag and drop experiments to change their status. In order to change an experiment status to Done, the experiment owner will need to mark completed or abandoned in the postmortem window. The experiment owner will also need to confirm that all source data are uploaded.

1. Drag to Done
2. Postmortem

Click on an experiment's name to view its notebook entries. To see entries in chronological order, click the list mode button.

# Project Header Bar

  • Edit — Edit the project's name, goals, owners, and due date.
  • Archive - Archive the project when completed or abandoned.
  • Delete — Warning: deletion in kanobo should rarely be done. Click delete and enter your email address to confirm.

# Filter by Name

Click the filter icon to filter the projects by name.

# Adding Experiments

Once you have created a project you'll be able to add an experiment within that project in the footer. Give your experiment a name, set the experiment owner, an estimated completion/deadline date (required), and experiment goals. Optionally, set the priority and color.

# Completion/Deadline Date Hint

Once you've completed a few experiments, you can view the average difference between the actual completion date and estimated completion date for your last 10 completed experiments by hovering over the icon in the Add Experiment panel.

# Experiment Page

Each experiment page contains a set of notebook entries.

# Experiment Header Bar

  • Edit — Edit the experiment's name, goals, owner, and due date.
  • Delete — Warning: deletion in kanobo should rarely be done. Click delete and enter your email address to confirm.
List Mode
Entries Mode

# Experiment UI Modes

  • List View — Shows the experiment's entries in a list
  • Entries Mode — Shows the experiment's full entries in reverse chronological order

# Adding Entries

In the footer of each Experiment page is a button to add new Notebook entries. Give your entry a title and start typing!

1. Add Entry
2. Write Entry

# Entry Page

Editing an entry is much like other document editors.

# File Attachments

Drag and drop files into the file attachments area to upload files.

# Entry Tools

You can format your text by clicking the appropriate icons in the toolbar. There are a few special entry tools listed below.

  • Quick Save — Quickly saves your Entry for minor revisions. Large changes should be saved with a note using the Save button in the footer.

  • Images — Add images in the entry. Entry Images can be added to an existing or new Image Collection by clicking the pin icon when hovering over the image. Click and drag the resize icon when hovering over an image to resize it.

  • Simple Tables — Basic tables. Click the table icon and select a table dimension to create.

  • Todo Lists — Simple to-do lists. To-do lists in entries of experiments that are not closed will be shown in your action items.

  • Links - Select text you want to link and enter the URL in the link UI then press Enter. Pasting URLs into your entry will also automatically make them links.

  • Math Renderer — Click the Math button to render and add Math Equations using LaTeX math syntax in the preview editor.

  • Spreadsheets — Add a spreadsheet by clicking the spreadsheet icon. If you don't need to use formulas, use the simple table. Delete the spreadsheet by clicking the Delete Spreadsheet button when the spreadsheet is in focus.

    Supported formula functions:

    Function Returns Example Result
    ABS Absolute value =ABS(-2) 2
    AVERAGE Average of values =AVERAGE(1,2,3,4) 2.5
    CEILING Rounded value up to nearest significance =CEILING(0.1234, 0.1) 0.2
    COUNT Number of values =COUNT(2,2,2) 3
    FLOOR Rounded value down to nearest significance =FLOOR(2.534,0.2) 2.4
    LN Natural logarithm of a value =LN(123) 4.812184...
    LOG Logarithm of a value to the base =LOG(64,2) 6
    LOG10 Logarithm of a value to base 10 =LOG10(100) 2
    MAX Largest value =MAX(1,2,3) 3
    MEDIAN Median value =MEDIAN(1,2,3,4,5) 3
    MIN Smallest value =MIN(1,2,3) 1
    MOD Remainder of a value and a divisor =MOD(10,4) 2
    POWER/POW Value raised to a power =POWER(10,2) 100
    ROUND Rounded value to specified number of places =ROUND(2.59, 1) 2.6
    SEM Standard error of the mean =SEM(1,2,3) 0.5773502...
    SQRT Positive square root of value =SQRT(16) 4
    STDEV Standard deviation estimate =STDEV(1,2,3) 1
    SUM Summation of values =SUM(1,2,3) 6

    Available trig functions: ACOS, ACOSH, ACOT, ACOTH, ASIN, ASINH, ATAN, ATAN2, ATANH, COS, SIN, TAN, TAHH

# Entry Header Bar

  • Show Comment Threads — Opens the entries comment window.
  • Delete — Warning: deletion in kanobo should rarely be done. Click delete and enter your email address to confirm.
  • Print — Generates a print-friendly view, and opens the print dialog window.
  • View History — Opens a window and displays the version history of the entry. Click on a version to view it.

# Versions

Saving an entry can be done either by the quick save button in the Entry Toolbar or in the footer. The footer additionally allows you to add a note tied to the version you saved. This is useful to keep track of what you've changed when looking at the Entry's Version History.

# Entry Comments

Click on the Comment Threads icon in the Entry's header bar to open the comments.

# Adding Comments

Add a new comment thread by entering your text in the top editor and pressing Add New Comment Thread. Reply to comments by clicking 'Reply to this thread' at the end of a comment thread.

# Comment Mentions (@)

Add a Mention by first typing '@'. A user selector will popup to select a lab member to mention. When you mention someone, they will be:

  • Emailed a copy of your comment
  • The comment thread will be included in their action items until resolved
  • Mentioning someone will add them as a Project Member if they are not already a member

# Referencing an Entry Paragraph

Click on the Pin icon in the new comment toolbar. Select a paragraph to insert a paragraph reference in the comment. Anybody who hovers or clicks on the pin in your comment will see the paragraph highlighted in the entry.

# Resolving Comment Threads

Click the 'Resolve' button above a comment thread to resolve the thread. It will be removed from lab member's action items.

# User Settings

Click your avatar to open the user side pane. These settings are site-wide and not specific to a lab. The logout button and lab selector (if you are a member of more than one lab) will live here.

# User Avatar

In the side pane you can update your avatar by clicking your icon and selecting a new image.

# User Name and Email Notifications

Change your name and email preference, then press save to commit your changes. If you uncheck 'Email comments to me' you will no longer be notified by email when someone Mentions you in a Comment

# Image Collection

Image Collections lets you compile images from Entries across any project into one collection. This is useful for linking figure images with their the source notebook entries. Lab Members with the Collaborator role don't have access to Image Collections.

# Adding Images from Entries

Entry Images can be added to an existing or new Image Collection by clicking the pin icon when hovering over the image. Once in the collection, you can resize by clicking and dragging the resizing icons. Click and drag the middle of the images to move them.

Warning: when you delete an Entry with images that are referenced in a collection, the image will be blank in the image collection.

# Image Collection Toolbar

  • Edit Info — Change the collection's name, caption and caption's footer
  • Add Figure Panel — Add a new empty figure panel
  • Case Changer — Toggle between lower and upper case labels
  • Save SVG file — Click the download icon to save a high resolution SVG file of the collection for use in graphic editors.

# Image Collection Header Bar

  • Quick Save — Save unsaved changes
  • Delete — Delete entire image collection

# Editing an Image's Scale and Caption

Hover over the image and click on the icon. Drag the slider to change the scale and enter a caption.

# Whiteboard

Use the Whiteboard tool to jot down project and experiment ideas before you start, so they don't get lost. Lab Members with the Collaborator role don't have access to whiteboards.

# Whiteboard Toolbar

  • Select Tool — Select elements then click and drag to move them.
  • Edit Info — Change the whiteboard's name or add a description.
  • Toggle Style — Toggle between sketchy style and straight style.
  • Add Project Label — Add a project label that references a real project, click the link in the Element Properties Panel to go to the project's page.
  • Add Experiment Label — Add an experiment label that references a real experiment, click the link in the Element Properties Panel to go to the experiment's page.
  • Add Image — Add an image. You can also drag and drop an image on the board.
  • Add Text — Add some text, and click on the board to set it. Double click a set text to edit it.
  • Save PNG file — Click the download icon to save a PNG snapshot of the whiteboard for use in graphics editors.
  • Pen Tool — Draw on the canvas to create lines then press Enter to finalize the line.
  • Line Tool — Click points to generate a line. Press Enter to finalize. You can customize the line arrows in the Element Property Panel
  • Shape Tools — Click a shape icon, then click and drag to create.

# Element Properties Panel

Each element has properties you can change-- for example, the line width of the shapes, the fill and stroke colors, and font sizes. In addition, every element can have its layer order changed and deleted from this panel.

# Whiteboard Header Bar

  • Quick Save — Save unsaved changes
  • Zoom In/Out — Useful when your whiteboard is too large for your screen
  • Delete — Delete entire whiteboard

# Protocols

# Adding Protocols

A Protocol is any notebook Entry that has the word "protocol" in its title. Protocols are special because you can inject a copy of a protocol's content directly into another entry. You can view all the lab's protocols in the 'Protocols' link in the side menu. Lab Members with the Collaborator role don't have access to the list of Protocols.

# Inserting Protocols into Entries

In the Entry type a plus character (+) at the beginning of a new line in your entry. Keep typing to filter the list and simply click one in the list to copy its content.

# Extra Info

# Dark Mode

kanobo renders with a dark style if your device's dark mode system setting is turned on.

# Mobile

We're currently focused on the desktop experience, but the site does work on mobile devices, with some limitations. For example, the Whiteboard and Image Collection tools are only available on Desktop.