Release notes – Server




Labfolder Server 2.0.1

27. August 2020

Introducing: Import & Export of inventory lists


  • [Material Database] – And now users are also able to export their inventory lists in .xlsx format!
  • [Material Database] – In rare cases, MDB exports would simply fail to run. While we’re sure we could all use a rest, we know you could also use an Export functionality that runs. So we fixed that.
  • [Material Database] – We’ve improved a handful of user interface details that make the usage of the MDB even better.


Learn more about the MDB Import & Export

Additional improvements

  • [History] – Our Data Elements were misbehaving when showing up in the entry history. We now thought them to only show up once.
  • [Group Management] – We enhanced our notifications when trying to remove members from a group.
  • [API] – Out with the old, in with the new! Today we completely shutdown the first version of our API in favor of our more complete (and prettier) APIv2.

Labfolder Server 1.32.2

9. July 2020


  • [Material Database] – You can now edit and correct the name of your inventory attribtues attributes.
  • [Material Database] – Import has arrived to the MDB. You can now easily migrate your lab inventories into Labfolder by uploading them as Excel Files.
  • [Material Database] – We know you want to test the Inventory Import by yourself! We improved our warnings messages and added self guidance tips to help you.
  • [Material Database] – Sometimes calculations and exponentials were being stubborn and not imported. They are now behaving as expected.
  • [Notebook filters] – We fixed an issue related to notebook filtering for team members that have not yet accepted the group invitation.
  • [History] – We enhanced our full audit trail to include visual indicators of the content that was changed in each version.
  • [Group Management] – Our projects sometimes got confused when a user belonged to several subgroups. We clarified the guidelines.

Labfolder Server 1.31.4

13. May 2020
  • [Sign & Witness] – We fixed an issue that was affecting the text element after an entry was signed.

Labfolder Server 1.31.3

12. May 2020
  • [Word Documents] – Our team noticed that some Word documents were not being properly extracted after upload. This issue has been solved and everything is back to normal.

Labfolder Server 1.31.2

5. May 2020

New and improved: Material Database


  • [MDB] – Experience a new and modern design.
  • [MDB] – No more Material Database lists – Users can categorize all their inventory lists in a side panel.
  • [MDB] – You can define user rights more in-depth – choose from category owners to editor to read-only access.


Learn more about the new inventory


Data Entry

  • [Notebook] – Just like on the Projects page, all filters in the Notebook can now be executed using an “Apply Filter” button.
  • [Image Element] – You now have the option to rotate images!
  • [Well Plate Templates] – We now display all special characters (specially μ) when you download your well plate template as a PDF.
  • [Well Plate Templates] – We improved both the PDFand Excel export of your well plates.
  • [Well Plate Templates] – In rare cases it was reported that Firefox was not showing more than 7 characters in the descriptive field. It won’t happen again.


  • [API] -3 new API endpoints for our text element: Update and get element.
  • [API] -We continue to expand our API endpoints. This week’s lucky winner is the data element block with a brand new update endpoint.

Additional information

  • [History] – Sometimes the entries in the history were not changing to the correct language. Now they are.
  • [Interface] – Out with the old, in with the new. Our brand new logo is now display throughout our ELN.

Labfolder Server 1.29.4

18. February 2020

New Well Plate Templates app


  • [Well Plate Templates] – You can design your well plates experiments with an exclusive app.
  • [Well Plate Templates] – Choose from a range of 6- to 348-well templates.
  • [Well Plate Templates] – You can define layers for each condition used.
  • [Well Plate Templates] – Oversee the entire experiment using the composite view.


Learn more about the new Well Plate Templates app

Data Entry

  • [Table Element] – We taught our ELN how to deal appropriately with Excel files containing graphs that link to other pieces of data.
  • [Table Element] – Our table element is even more accurate now, and will stop cutting off numbers after the decimal.
  • [Text Element] – We fixed a bug in the text element which resulted in broken links to external websites.
  • [Data Elements] – We continue to add new physical quantities and units to Labfolder numerical data elements. Now you have access to the following physical quantities: Tear strength, Tensile strength, Dynamic viscosity, Kinematic viscosity, Wavelength, Wavenumber, Pixel and Frequency.
  • [Comments] – In rare occasions, the comments were getting lost on their way to the Inbox. Our engineers provided a map for them and it should not happen again.
  • [Projects] – We fixed a bug where a user was not able to delete a project from a former member of the group.


  • [API] – On the way of retiring our first API connection, we have now taught our API v2 how to create text elements.
  • [Announcement] – On the 28th of April we will retire our API v1. All connections that are still using this version should be reconfigured to use our API v2. All necessary documentation can be found here.

Additional information

  • [Support] – We have a brand new support portal that can answer all your questions! Check it here.
  • [Notebook] – Several users have experienced slow loading times in the ELN, we have increased the speed here a bit.
  • [Performance] – We made several small tweaks to allow faster loading of many ELN pages!

Labfolder Server 1.28.8

5. November 2019

Data Entry

  • [Text Element] – Further improvements on the saving functionalities.
  • [Table Element] – We fixed some bug here as well, so that all decimals will be displayed properly again.
  • [Table Element] – We have cleared some hickups in our table element, so that users can now select formulas using the keyboard arrows.
  • [Data elements] – When clicking on a Material Element within your lab notes, the information of the item will be displayed in a new tab.
  • [Data Elements] – We now support asian characters in our Data Elements.
  • [Data Elements] – We fixed a small issue with Descriptive Data Dlements that was preventing the element from being saved.
  • [History] – We improved the details in the entry history for several of our elements. Your full audit trail is even better now.
  • [Entry Reference] – Our entry reference was not fast enough. Now it is unstoppable.

Data Export

  • [Exports] – µ in bold was being stubborn and refusing to appear in a PDF export. Behaviour corrected!
  • [Exports] – The notification for exports will now include information on the export type (PDF or XHTML).
  • [Exports] – In the unlikely event of an export failing, you will not hear “brace brace brace” but now you see a notification for it in the respective icon!
  • [Exports] – We fixed several small issues that were blocking Exports generation and download.
  • [Exports] – Since we were already making speed improvements, we expanded our efforts to the Manage > Exports page.
  • [Exports] – When starting an XHTML export, the visual indicator confirming the process was being introverted and not showing up. After a pep talk from our developers, now it will be there when you need it.
  • [Exports] – Some users recently reported that exports were not working for them. We promptly solved this.
  • [Exports] – Strike-through format and tags were on strike and not showing in PDF exports. They are now back at work!
  • [Exports] – We noticed that under rare conditions PDF Exports were not working. Our engineering team promptly solve the issue.
  • [Exports] – Some users reported to us a malfunction when trying to download files that contained % in their title. We have now fixed this for you.
  • [Exports] – 10kb? 200kb? Wondering how large is your export file? Not anymore! You now see that information directly in the export details.


  • [MDB] – Say goodbye to scrolling! You can now filter for item name in the inventory.
  • [MDB] – We improved our interface to avoid the deletion of Material Databases by mistake.
  • [MDB] – We fixed a small bug for you. Now when following the Material Element link you should see all attributes again.
  • [Signature Workflows] – We just made our brand new Signature Workflows much faster !
  • [Signature Workflows] – The XHTML export now also exports the signatures for each entry.
  • [Signature workflows] – Our team made several under the hood improvements to make the entire app faster.
  • [Signature workflows] – We fixed a small issue that prevented an entry from being witnessed via a workflow.
  • [Signature Workflows] – Having 2 sub-group members witnessing an entry was blocking workflows. We resolved this inner conflict.
  • [Signature Workflows] – We fixed an issue with the signing process in servers using LDAP.
  • [Signature Workflows] – After feedback from our scientists, we changed the reviewing options from “Review vs Reject” to “Accept vs Reject”.
  • [Signature Workflows] – Ongoing work on our newest app: Some issues regarding the un-/hiding of signed entries is now resolved.
  • [Signature Workflows] – As expected, the share settings now also align with possible witnesses for this tool.


  • [API] – We are continuously improving our API, now all error messages should be displayed correctly.
  • [API] – While logging in through our API was never a problem, we now also have designed an endpoint which allows you to logout!

Labfolder Server 1.27.8

20. June 2019
  • [Login] – Some users experienced problems during the Sign up and Login process. We have fixed this issue for you!

Labfolder Server 1.27.7

13. June 2019
  • [MDB] – Some users reported an empty screen when trying to share their MDBs. We have fixed this so you’re not alone anymore!
  • [MDB] – Users are now able to add Hyperlinks as attributes to their inventory items.
  • [Text element] – Some users reported that the header of our text element was not sticking to the top. We applied super glue to fix this.
  • [Table element] – We fixed an issue that prevented some .xslx files from being extracted.
  • [Data elements] – Users can now use a simple double click to access the data elements for editing.
  • [Advanced search] – Occasionally our Advanced search for Data Elements was giving random results for Templates. As scientists, we don’t need more randomness in our lives (our western blots are enough), so we fixed this issue.
  • [Templates] – Our QA team noticed that some templates with tables were not being saved after the last release. We promptly solved this issue.
  • [API] – We also updated our API endpoints for the material database.

Labfolder Server 1.27.3

16. May 2019

New Exports Page


  • [Exports] – A brand new exports page is available via Manage > Exports.
  • [Exports] – Once the XHTML app is activated, XHTML exports can be done from the new Exports page instead of the Settings.
  • [Exports] – Multiple exports are now listed chronologically and can be easily identified by their format.
  • [Exports] – Each export is kept for 48 hours, giving you all the necessary time to download it.
  • [Exports] – A new progress indicator will let you know when each export is done and ready for download.
  • [Exports] – We fixed a small issue that prevented the export of files containing exponential values inside tables.
  • [Exports] – Multiple endpoints related to the Exports’ redesign have been created.
  • [Exports] – Uploads to DropBox can now be followed through loading indicator and error messages in case of failure.
  • [Exports] – We added the possibility to export hidden projects and templates.


Learn more about the new Exports page

Data Entry

  • [Text element] – Improvements on the user experience when copy/paste from Word. Formattings will be maintained.
  • [Text element] – Tables within text elements can now be copy/pasted between entries.
  • [Text element] – Editing tables was modifying content that had been previously formatted. We sorted this out for you.
  • [Text element] – Users can now set line adjust the line height of texts, to improve readability of entries
  • [Text element] – Un-/Ordered lists now have more options available, such as display of greek numbers, discs, squares, etc
  • [Text element] – Within the toolbar editor, users can now visualize and edit text element contents as HTML code.
  • [Text element] – Some users reported a strange behavior when trying to save the text element. After some therapy, that behavior has been corrected.
  • [Entry reference] – Previously, clicking on the entry reference link took you on a little journey, but now  this will take you to the right entry.
  • [Entry reference] – Users can now successfully reference their own recent entries or entries of others again.
  • [Links & entry references] – When links or entry references were inserted in the text editor, the edit menu appeared blank. Now it’s all visible again!
  • [Table element] – We added a new visual indicator for hidden rows & columns.
  • [Table element] – Once loaded, small tables will remain visible inside the entries.
  • [Table element] – We fixed an issue that prevented some .xslx files from being extracted.
  • [Table element] – UYou can now add and change the border color of your tables.
  • [Image element] – When downloading images, some annotations were misbehaving and appearing in the wrong location. We told them to stay in place so it will not happen again.
  • [Image element] – Some users reported that sketches were being cropped when downloaded. This issue has been solved.
  • [Data Elements] – Within Data Elements we have smoothly fixed all drag and drop issues.
  • [Data elements] – After the request from some users, we expanded our new numerical data elements physical quantities and units.
  • [Data elements] – In edit view, we switched the order of the ‘Discard’ and ‘Save’ buttons to prevent work being lost due to misclicks.
  • [Templates] – We fixed a small issue impacting the removal of elements within templates.

Data Retrieval

  • [Tags] – If you were using multiple tags in an entry (as you should) they’re visibility was interfering with entry elements. Now they are visible (as they should).
  • [Tags] – When you create a new entry from a template, the tags automatically inserted can be deleted.
  • [Advanced search] – Now when you search for Custom dates our ELN will give you an exact match.
  • [Advanced search] – Now it is possible for users to find exact terminology via the punctuation symbol.
  • [Advanced search] – We fixed a small issue that caused the search indexer to crash while MS Visio file indexing.
  • [Advanced search] – Some users reported that the redirection to entries was not working properly. We have fixed this issue so that the search result will lead to the correct entry.


  • [Notebook] – Removing entry elements is now a 2-step process thanks to a new warning message.
  • [Notebook] – When entries were collapsed, new entries would open if ‘show more entries’ was clicked. But now all entries stay collapsed.
  • [Notebook] – If you have all your entries collapsed and create a new one, it will also be automatically collapsed.
  • [Notebook] – Some users reported that special characters were not being properly displayed. This has been fixed now.
  • [Storage] – We fixed a small issue that resulted in not displaying the correct maximum storage to some scientists.
  • [Apps] – Under the Manage > Apps section of labfolder, we updated the app cards with newer, more attractive images.
  • [DE/FR translations] – Physical quantities are now displayed in the correct language inside the Advanced search.
  • [DE/FR translations] – We improved the layout for titles when exporting entries as PDF files.