Customising Iolite, Part II

In our previous post, we discussed some basic ways to customise Iolite. Continuing on from there, we’ll look at how to set up the Traces Window so that it displays your favourite channels, with your preferred zoom levels, each time you crunch your data. It’s quite common that if you’re analysing similar samples regularly, such…

Customising Iolite – Part 1

There are plenty of ways to customise Iolite. We’re going to break them up into three main categories: basics, viewing, and DRS specific. So let’s start with the basics. If you haven’t already noticed, in the Iolite menu at the top, there’s an item called “Modify Iolite’s default settings”. Selecting this item opens a panel…

More Iolite 2013 Workshop details

We’ve started preparing the Iolite 2013 Workshop, to be held in Florence, Italy, the weekend before the Goldschmidt Conference. Here is a brief list of some of the topics we will be covering: An introduction to the Iolite data reduction flow How to install and use Iolite Loading and checking mass spec data in Iolite…

Iolite Workshop – Florence Italy 24 – 25th August 2013

Below are some provisional details regarding the Iolite Workshop, to be held in conjunction with the Goldschmidt Conference in Florence, August 2013. The workshop runs for two days, and is aimed at users of all levels from complete novice to programmer. The first day is perfect for beginners and all those who would like to…

CellSpace images tutorial

The Iolite team and Ash Norris from Resonetics have been working on a new way of creating images. We take the spatial information recorded in laser log files and combine that with mass spec data to produce images of composition versus sampling position in the laser cell. This has some great advantages:-images don’t need to…

Programming Basics for Iolite

We’re getting a lot of users that want to customise the way Iolite processes their data, which is really exciting as it’s exactly why we built Iolite in the way that we did. But we realise that there may be many more that just find getting into the programming code a little too intimidating, or…

How to add more globals to a DRS

This is just a quick tutorial to show you how to add more global variables or global strings to a DRS. These globals are useful because they’re acessible via the Edit Settings window, which means that people not comfortable with the code can quickly and easily view and modify them (e.g., the “ReferenceStandard” global string).…

Using splines in a DRS

In this post I’m going to give a description of how someone making or modifying a DRS can take advantage of the DRS support functions included in Iolite for working with splines. I’ll use the existing “Sr_isotopes_REE” DRS as an example – it’s distributed with Iolite, which should make life easy for anyone that wants…

Estimating laser pit depth using the “Beam_Seconds” channel

We’ve had a few questions regarding how Iolite estimates down-hole fractionation (in the U-Pb DRS), and several people have also had problems reducing their data because the algorithms didn’t work as they should.So, I figured it might be useful to describe a bit about how the depth is estimated, and more practically to explain how…