Meet Findings, a Smart and Simple Digital Lab Notebook App

Findings is a flexible, customizable digital notebook. Designed with scientists, inventors, cooks, and other tinkerers in mind, the app lets you plan, track, and execute your work in one convenient place.

How to do smart research with Findings 2 Digital Lab Notebook

Its "protocols" feature lets you save common tasks as a group, then drag and drop them into place. Record-keeping is a snap: notes and tasks are saved by date and are viewable as a master calendar.

And whether your project takes one day or unfolds over the course of months, you’ll be able to search your notes by date or keyword. Plus, Findings can sync between devices, so you can access your work on the go. Here’s how you can put Findings to work for you.

Keep track of your research projects

The app lets you group your work into overarching sections called "projects." You can organize them by assigning statuses, such as ongoing, in review, or completed. To manage projects better, break them down further into meeting or research notes, experiments, and stickies.

In the main organizational space, you can then toggle between your active projects, review individual experiments, and create new ones. This space makes it easy to see when you have tasks scheduled, and whether you’ve completed them. It also lets you revisit and search completed projects, so that your notes and data are always in easy reach.

Manage scientific experiments

Once you’ve set up a project, the app lets you organize the necessary steps into collections and sub-collections. Each experiment page in the collection will then work like a note-taking app, with notes organized chronologically. Simply click to add a new day. For longer projects that require more planning, you can always return to the task at hand by clicking the Today button.

The experiment page offers a number of useful tools. You can insert tables, add timestamps, create built-in timers, and check off tasks as you complete them. This means you never have to fumble with setting timers, and it’s always easy to keep track of what you’ve already finished.

Build experimental protocols

The feature that sets Findings 2 apart is its "protocols" manager. You can compose protocols just as you would any other note: they can include multiple days, timers, checkmarks, and tables. The difference is that protocols are then saved as a unit and added to your protocol library. This is extremely useful for keeping track of complex tasks that need to be repeated often. You can simply drag and drop protocols into experiments as needed. You can also edit their local implementations on the fly by adjusting timeframes or deleting steps.

Share results in a snap

When you’ve finished your experiment or want to give an update on your progress, you can click on the share button. Findings 2 automatically creates PDFs for all your entries, making your work instantly shareable. This will let you share your work by email, text, or AirDrop. Plus, if you sync your account with Dropbox, you can access Findings on any device.

Rely on community and shared knowledge

Findings 2 is supported by a research community of your peers, including news, how-to’s, and feedback. Access frequently needed references within the app, whether amino acid structures or a periodic table.

Whether projects are your work or a hobby, organization can make a huge difference. With Findings 2, available on Setapp, you’ll never have to leaf through another beat-up journal or miss a crucial step again.

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