What are projects and recordings in LabChart Lightning?

When you open LabChart Lightning for the first time, you’ll see a recording in front of you. You can think of this as being similar to a LabChart 8 File or experiment. You can sample data straight away just like in LabChart 8. 




However, a key new idea in LabChart Lightning is the Project. Just like how a study may consist of multiple experiments, a Project contains multiple Recordings.  The configuration and use of Projects and Recordings will be described in the video and knowledge article below.

You can create new Projects and open existing Projects from the recent Projects list in the File Menu.


You can view the Recordings in your current Project from the Recordings Tab at the bottom right of the Chart View.



Searching the Project for Recordings of interest is easy - you can either search in the recordings tab, or from the Chart View’s recording picker.



You can also tag your recordings with any labels you like, so you can find them easily in the future.

Projects will allow you to perform analysis across all of your experiments - something you couldn’t previously do within LabChart 8. For example, features like the Table View collate your data across all of your Recordings within an entire Project.

With these changes, you will no longer need to manually manage your files on your computer - LabChart Lightning will do it for you.

If you want to backup your LabChart Lightning Project data, you can find your Projects folder at the following location:

Windows:    %LocalAppData%\ADInstruments\LabChart Lightning
Mac:         ~/Library/Application Support/ADInstruments/LabChart Lightning

The data is stored differently when compared to previous versions of LabChart, so you will need to export your recordings in order to use your data in other applications or previous versions of LabChart.

If you have any questions about LabChart Lightning and its use, please reach out to your local ADInstruments Technical Support Representatives.