Labnotes - An easy way to extract data from pdf file

Labnotes 1.0 is a program created by a former lab member Dr. Emery Conrad for our lab use. It allows user to extract easily and accurately data from graphs that appear in a pdf file. It is designed for Windows platform.

To download, right click on the link below and choose "Save Target As" for Internet Explorer, or "Save Link Target As" for Netscape and Mozilla Firefox.
Labnotes Program

To install, double click on the downloaded file (Labnotes_setup_1.0.8.msi)

How to use Labnotes:

  1. Open File, select 'New', and save new file as 'name.lbn' (e.g. in a c:temp directory).
  2. Click on ‘REF New’ to select a pdf to open. The program gives a name ‘ref0’ in the left panel.
  3. Click on that name, then in the ‘Reference’ window, this name will appear.
  4. Use ’Browse…’ to select the pdf file to open. The program gives an empty screen for the pdf file.
  5. Click on ‘Ref Link’ button to actually open the pdf file.
  6. Use the Adobe Acrobat Snapshot tool (the icon with a camera and dashed border) to select the graph you want to quantify.
  7. Click on ‘DPE’ button in LabNotes to drop the selected graph onto LabNotes.
  8. Once that is done, a window appears that require you to define the bounds of the graph.
  9. First define the origin of the graph, then the (xmax, ymax) of the graph.
  10. Click any point on the graph, the (x,y) coordinates for that point will be displayed.