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Expand and deepen your knowledge of data acquisition and analysis with LabChart 8 through our online training course.


An ideal resource for those wishing to learn in their own time and pace, or looking for an option to train lab staff when social distancing is in place. This course is an online version of our 2-day in person training option via our own active learning educational platform, Lt. Course content includes:

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  • Advanced analysis features, such as Macros and Arithmetic
  • Training on each of the LabChart Pro advanced modules

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LabChart 8.0.8 (Windows)


  • Users can now edit or setup a new units conversion in the Units Conversion dialog without a PowerLab connected in Analysis mode.
  • Improved stability when opening the Input Amplifier for the FE141 Spirometer when it is connected to a PowerLab input 5 or higher.
  • Improved behavior to ensure GLP documents can be opened and saved correctly.
  • Improved the behavior and display of the sampling buttons in the PV Loop workflow.
  • Improved stability when error messages are triggered.
  • Improved consistency of channel information icons when another document is sampling.
  • Reading text files with empty data columns now fills those columns with zeroes rather than the value 1.024.

Welcome Center

Welcome Center folders are no longer shown when all of their files are explicitly hidden in labels.ini (for example, Instructors Reference folders in the LabChart Experiments).

Data Pad

  • Improved Data Pad Plots Quadratic fit to ensure correct results are consistently produced.
  • Improved stability when the Data Pad Median function is applied to a channel containing no data.
  • Adding to Data Pad no longer causes a Document Write error on attempting to save the document under certain conditions.

Channel Calculations

  • The Cyclic Measurements "Customize" dialog is now prevented from being opened repetitively in an infinite loop by Timed Add to Data Pad.
  • Improved reliability of error reporting to ensure false errors are not triggered by Arithmetic about an "incompatible source" when using a channel containing event data as a source to an expression expecting event data.

Chart and Scope View

  • Clicking and dragging a selection in the Chart or Scope Views now correctly updates the time and recorded values at the cursor position as the selection is being made.
  • The "Units" button in the Input Amplifier dialog in the LabChart Chart View channel calculations menu now correctly sets a unit conversion in the Chart View as well as in the Input Amplifier preview.
  • Improved the behavior of selections in both Chart and Scope View when the mouse buttons are swapped over (in Control Panel Mouse Options).


  • Bio Amps now correctly show a 60 Hz notch filter option (rather than 50 Hz) in the Input Amplifier in countries using a 60 Hz mains frequency.
  • Improved stability after the number of channels in a document is changed while another document is sampling.

Preset Comments

Preset Comments now show the correct #W pulse width in a comment for custom user profiles.

LabChart 8.1.0 (Windows)


  • LabChart for Windows now supports various Operating System scaling levels. To allow this, there have various graphics and layout improvements to improve usability at high scaling levels.
  • The LabChart file format has been updated. As such, .adicht and .adiset files created with LabChart 8.1 cannot be opened in previous versions of the software.
  • Improved synchronization of LCC Hardware option devices with PowerLabs or other LCC Hardware option devices.
  • Improved device discovery when multiple LCC devices of the same type are connected.
  • The stimulator dialog now consistently reflects the state of the stimulator when in differential mode.
  • Units Conversion is now available when PlaybackFile is the only sampling device installed.

Channel Settings Dialog

Channel units can now be changed via the Input Amplifier dialog opened from the Channel Settings dialog.

Channel Calculations

Cyclic Measurements event channel calculations now consistently draw out to the last event while sampling.

Chart and Scope View

  • It is now possible to print the LabChart Selection from the Chart and Scope views.
  • Scope View in Event mode now displays the latest event while sampling.

Data Pad

  • Improved the printing of Data Pad Plots.
  • Improved stability of Add to Data Pad (for example from Peak Analysis Table View), particularly for non-numeric data.


  • When exporting the current selection, Export MATLAB now generates readable .mat files when the channels to export are modified in the options dialog.
  • ‘Current Selection’ is now being preserved when using the suppressOptionsDialog option with the scripting Doc.SaveAs () method for MATLAB exports.
  • Export MATLAB now uses the currently selected channels when exporting the selection unless the user explicitly overrode those by using the dialog.

LabChart 8.1.2 (Mac)

New Features

LabChart 8.1.2 (Mac) now includes Preset Comments, one of LabChart’s most vital features for streamlining your laboratory procedure. Utilizing present comments, investigators can designate comments to be automatically entered for annotation of data. The comments can be initialized by keyboard shortcuts, digital inputs on the rear of some PowerLab models, the external trigger of a PowerLab, and the initiation of a LabChart stimulator protocol. Users can save time in typing each comment required for annotation, ensure accuracy in timing, and find more confidence in their results by utilizing this feature.


  • General user interface and stability improvements.
  • Improved stability of modules when analyzing while sampling.

Chart and Scope View

  • Improved responsiveness of the Movie View marker.
  • Reinstated the ability to make a selection when sampling.
  • Reinstated Scope macro commands.


Reinstated the ability to selectively import channels from EDF files.

LabChart 8.1.6 (Windows)


  • Added support for new generation Octal and Quad Bioamps.
  • Added ‘synchrony’ arithmetic expression for showing synchronization between two event channels.
  • Fixed a bug where arithmetic expressions using another channel’s raw data weren’t always being loaded properly from settings files.
  • Added arithmetic expression for spectral coherence with a false color chart view mode.
  • Fixed a bug where data block popup information wasn’t being saved.
  • Fixed a bug where the top row of the data pad may show an value from a previous selection of the data.
  • Fixed a bug where Zeroing and DC Restore actions for a bioamp would be saved in a settings files and actioned when opening an input amplifier dialog.
  • Added support for exporting selected raw channels as LabChart files.

LabChart 8.0.1 (Windows)


  • Behavior when editing parameter values in the Stimulator dialog and panel has been improved.
  • Behavior when editing values in the Stimulator Customize dialog has been improved.
  • Improved reliability when placing the Marker at the cursor position (rather than clamping to the trace) in the Scope View.
  • The Data Pad top row now updates correctly when an HRV analyze selection is performed.

Chart View

  • The Chart View now scrolls in response to the mouse wheel.
  • The Chart View now scrolls horizontally when it has focus and the left or right arrow keys are used.
  • Available channels now all appear in the Add Comment channel list while recording
  • Beep sound when the user hits the Enter key to add a comment while sampling has been removed.
  • Edit | Clear Channel functionality is now available when the Chart View has focus.
  • Guidelines can now be configured in settings files.


  • The correct macro code is now generated when recording adding a comment.
  • Additional macro support has been added to Preset Comments.
  • An additional ‘Position’ parameter has been added to the Digital Input-based script events to allow higher accuracy when positioning comments.


  • LabChart now allows the export of channel names with up to 10 characters to Axon. In order to get 10 characters the export needs to be in pClamp9 format.
  • Improved behavior to ensure the resulting data range is correct when exporting a mix of selected channels with widely differing data ranges

Data Pad Plots

  • Improved reliability when a Data Pad Plots scale is adjusted using the Set Scale option while LabChart is sampling.
  • Improved drawing performance of Data Pad Plots.
  • Histogram Plots now have an option for calculating the bin parameters automatically.
  • LabChart shortcut keys now work correctly when a Data Pad Plots view has focus.
  • Plots now work with Data Pad values created from the Comment Number and Scope Page Number calculations.
  • Auto Scale and Continuous Auto Scale toolbar buttons can now be used for individual Plots.

LabChart 8.0.6 (Mac)


LabChart for Mac now correctly applies custom channel names when opening a LabChart settings file.

Channel Calculations

  • Improved the performance for large files using complex Channel Calculations on the Mac.
  • Improved the accuracy of the Spectral Edge Frequency Data Pad and Channel Calculations.
  • Improved reliability when sampling many short blocks using event related Channel Calculations.

Chart and Scope View

  • Improved the behavior when renaming Scope pages on Mac.
  • Chart View now displays sampling speed and gain ranges when the mouse is over the right-hand parameters region.
  • The maximum allowed time compression for the Chart and Scope Views has been increased to 500k:1.
  • Saving as ADIDAT now supports saving the Chart View selection range. This is the same behavior as Saving as ADICHT.
  • Improved reliability when using Multiple Add to Data Pad to add data using comments on an averaged page in Scope View.


  • Improved behavior to disallow opening Sampling Dialog in Analysis Mode.
  • Improved reliability to ensure the Disk Buffer Recovery process recovers all available data after a power failure while sampling.
  • Improved behavior when the default Stimulator settings are used to ensure the Stimulator starts at the start of each new block in repetitive fixed duration sampling mode.

LabChart 8.0.10 (Windows)


  • LabChart is now fully compatible with Windows 10.
  • Improved the Chart View behavior to ensure the Range Menu is enabled in the new channels when they are added from a second device in the Devices and Channels Dialog.

LabChart 8.1.1 (Windows)


  • Improved support for users who are running LabChart with guest or network-based Windows user accounts.
  • Improved Activation behavior when LabChart is run on a machine having two or more hardware network devices.
  • Saving the selection from a GLP signed document is more robust.

Chart and Scope View

  • Channels in the Chart View are no longer sometimes drawn blank after comments are added while sampling.
  • Improved behavior when deleting pages from the Scope view if the Chart view is closed.

LabChart 8.1.4 (Windows)


Added support for Equivital 02 LifeMonitor. To record from Equivital 02 LifeMonitor devices, the Equivital LifeMonitor Device Enabler must also be installed.

The Equivital 02 LifeMonitor streams data directly to LabChart, and supports ECG, Respiration, Temperature and XYZ Accelerometry signals recorded from Human subjects. The device can also capture GSR, SP02, Core Temperature, Skin patch temperature with supported ancillary devices.


The LabChart installer now includes the latest version (1.0.2) of SimpleFileSDK. This version works with LabChart data files created with LabChart 8.1 or later.

LabChart 8.1.7 and 8.1.8 (Mac)


  • Fixed an issue where some views couldn’t be copy-and-pasted into other applications.
  • Stimulator interval can now be specified in milliseconds.
  • Fixed an issue where the input amplifier dialog would reset its scale to default after any setting was changed.
  • Fixed an issue where Data Pad’s channel value calculations were sometimes out by a constant factor. This could happen when making selections in the Scope view and a background page had been specified.
  • Fixed issue where Bioamp Dialog could display combinations of Low pass and High pass filter settings that were not supported by the hardware.