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New Features in Origin 8.6

NOTE: Please view this page for information on the latest version of Origin.

64-Bit Support

Origin 8.6 is available in both native 64-bit and 32-bit versions. The 64-bit application provides:

  • Improved memory management
  • Improved handling of large datasets
  • Memory capacity limited only by installed hardware (32-bit application limited to 2 GB)*

*Individual worksheet columns and matrices are limited to 90 million elements each.

NOTE: There are some known issues with 64-bit Origin, such as missing import and export formats due to non-availability of 64-bit compatible third-party DLLs. Please view complete list of limitations in our Release Notes. Please note that you can install and run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications on a 64-bit machine.

Zoom and Scroll inside Graph Layer View Movie

Use the mouse and scroll wheel, or use the keyboard, to zoom and scroll inside a graph layer, in either X or Y direction. Quickly identify data sub range of interest and then use tools such as gadgets to analyze your selection.

Auto-hide Capability for Dockable Windows View Movie

Set dockable windows such as Project Explorer, Quick Help, and the new Messages Log, to auto hide mode. This frees up space in the Origin interface, and you can easily access these auto-hidden windows when needed. Some windows such as Messages Log will pop up even in auto hide mode, to display important messages.

Click the Auto-Hide button to auto hide the panel when it is free.

Auto-hide the Project Explorer



New Gadgets

Based on multiple requests from our users, we have added three new gadgets in this version:

  • Vertical Cursor View Movie
    Read X and Y coordinates of multiple data plots inside a layer or even across multiple stacked layers. Output the coordinate values to a worksheet, or tag your data with a line and label at desired X values.
  • Quick Sigmoidal Fit
    Perform a quick sigmoidal fit to data within a region of interest. Select from multiple built-in fitting functions or use your own fitting function. Display asymptote lines and optionally fix parameters to desired values.

  • Intersect
    Calculate the intersection points of multiple curves within a graph layer. Tag the intersection points and send the coordinate values to a worksheet.

Auto-detect the X-axis type, and set an appropriate fitting function. The fly-out menu can be used to change data, change function, switch to the NLFit dialog, show/hide asymptotes, or open the Find X/Y dialog.

Sigmoidal Fit Gadget

Interpolate the input curves to find the nearest intersection points. You can tag and label the intersection points in the ROI area on the graph.

Curve Intersect gadget

Add multiple tags on a graph. Drag by the handle, or enter an X value in the dialog, to place on the reference layer

Vertical Cursor

Spider/Radar Chart View Movie

This new plot type is ideal for displaying and comparing multivariate data. A custom dialog is provided for control of axes, including the ability to set each axis to a different scale.

With a few datasets, Origin’s color transparency feature can be used to overlay datasets for comparison. With many datasets, it is easy to set up the plot properties and then separate out the datasets to multiple layers to compare them side by side.

The radar chart is used primarily for data comparison.

Radar Chart
Double-click an axis to open the
Axes dialog to customize each
each radial axis.

Parametric Function Plots

Create 2D function plots using parametric equations. Save your favorite equations as themes for repeat use. Modify the plot parameters in Plot Details dialog at any time, and copy paste the settings from one plot to another.

Enter the parametric equations for X(t) and Y(t) to express the relationship of X and Y.

Create 2D Parametric Function Plot
To modify the plot, double-click the
plot to open the Function tab

Statistics: Multivariate Analysis (Pro Only)

Four commonly used multivariate analysis tools are new available in Origin 8.6:

PCA is used to explain the variance-covariance structure of a set of variables through linear combinations. It is often used as a dimensionality-reduction technique.

Principal Component Analysis



Nonlinear Fitting with Integral

The Fitting Function Builder has been updated to support creation of user-defined fitting functions that included an integral.

Define a function with integration in Fitting Function Builder.

Fitting Function Builder

Worksheet Navigation Dialog

This new dialog allows you to view and manage multiple sheets in a workbook or a matrix window. Sort the list of sheets by name, size, and other meta data properties. Change the order of sheets, or select multiple sheets to duplicate or move to a new book.

Worksheet Navigation Dialog
To open this dialog, right-click the
worksheet tab and select Navigate...

Import Menu Customization

Origin imports many widely-used third party data formats using custom dialogs acccessible from the File: Import menu. This new version provides a dialog to customize the sub menu to add/remove file types.

The Import Menu Customization dialog

Customize the Import Menu
This dialog can be opened by selecting
File: Import: Add/Remove...

from main menu

Other features include:

  • New Messages Log Window

  • This window will display key messages such as successful execution of certain commands, or errors generated from various operations. The window can be set to be in auto hide mode, and it will pop open when new messages are available to view.
  • Split Worksheet Tool

  • This new tool allows you to separate data in an existing worksheet to multiple worksheets by groups of columns, groups of rows, or using a column label.
  • Flat Sheet Output for Column Statistics

  • Descriptive Statistics on Columns now creates a “Flat” worksheet with the quantities computed, in addition to the table in the report sheet. This allows users to quickly plot and perform secondary analysis on the results.
  • Raw and Index Data Support for more Statistical Tools

  • More statistics tools now provide support for raw versus indexed data arrangement.
  • System Path Tab in Tools: Options Dialog

  • This new tab provides information on various system paths such as User Files Folder and Autosave folder. Some of the paths can be changed by editing the paths in this dialog.
  • Ability to Specify Data Range using X Values

  • Many tools such as linear and nonlinear fitter now allow specifying the range of data by using begin and end X values. This allows for performing operations such as fitting on multiple datasets with different spacing, and restricting the fit to be in the same x range, which is not possible by specifying row index for range selection.
  • Repeat Existing Analysis on All Plots or All Columns

  • Once an operation such as curve fitting has been performed on one plot in a layer or one column in a worksheet, user can click on the lock and ask for the same operation to be repeated on all plots in the page, or on all columns in the source data sheet.
  • Improvements to Distribution Curves for Histogram Plot

  • Distribution curves overlaid on histogram plots can be normalized using data characteristics, or user can opt to normalize as a percentage of the tallest bar. Option is also provided to output ALL normalization curves to the histogram bin worksheet. The output to bin worksheet is created by normalizing using data characteristics, and the parameter values for each curve is stored in custom label rows.
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