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Can I automate the import process?

Document ID: DQ042
Relevant to following products:  Manta 2.0 Manta 2.5 WorkOut 2.0 WorkOut 2.5
Document description: How to: Import text files as part of an automated process

Prepare your files:

  1. Create one example text file that you would like to import; use your existing instrument and software to do this.  (You only need one text file to import now, the others can be created later as part of your automated process.)

Create an Assay Protocol to import your text file:

  1. From the Organiser Welcome Screen select Create a new protocol.
  2. The Select New Assay Protocol Wizard screen will be displayed, press OK to start the Generic Wizard. (You can use a different Wizard if required, refer to the relevant section for further details of the other Wizards.)
  3. Press the Next button to step through the Wizard.
  4. On the Data Acquisition Method select Import data to analyse from a text file... and then press Next.
  5. Press the Browse... button and select your text file (created above).
  6. Press the Next button and the Wizard will try to import your data.
  7. The next screen will show the results of the import attempt.  If the Wizard was not successful follow the on screen instructions.
  8. If the data was imported successfully review the imported data and press the Next button to continue.
  9. On the Microplate Layouts step select an existing Microplate Layout or click Create... to specify the layout of your samples (you can change this later if required).
  10. Press Next to continue through the remaining steps of the Wizard.  You can accept the default parameters or modify them as required.
  11. On the Post Analysis Wizard step, setup the options you require to output the data to other stages of your automated process.  For example, you may want to export the resulting data as a text file and then launch another application with this text file.
  12. On the final Wizard step press the Finish button to launch the new Assay Protocol and open it with the imported data.  Your text data file will be imported, results calculated and any Post Analysis options performed.

Use the Assay Protocol as part of the automated process:

  1. Within your automated process you can launch the Run and Results window to import, analyse and export the results.  Use command line arguments, passing in the Assay Protocol filename and the name of the text file to import, for example:

MRunRes <ProtocolFile> <DataFileToImport>

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