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Frequently asked questions

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General Questions

Can I install on a machine with no internet connection?

A single electronic license can only work on one computer but it is easy to move it around if you need to.  Please contact us for pricing and more information.

Can I use the software on multiple computers?

Yes you can. It is called a manual installation and if there is no internet connection on registration then you just follow the instructions to get a license working. If you plan to use the machine offline then make sure it is unplugged on registration.

How can I purchase the software?

Our software is available directly from us. It is also available with a number of gel documentation systems. Please contact us at info@totallab.com to get more details.

I have further questions. Can I have a demonstration?

Yes we can organise an online demonstration with a member of our team if required. If you have your own images already then they can be used in any analysis we do. We are always interested in our customers questions.

Is it possible to have a trial of CLIQS 1D Pro?

I haven’t had a chance to use the trial can I have an extension?

If you contact our sales team at info@totallab.com then we may be able to extend your trial if you have not used it yet.

Which Operating Systems can I use?

All of the latest TotalLab products will work under Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 10, 32 and 64 bit versions.

Why should I pay money for software?

TotalLab software is a lot easier to use than free software. It has more automation, more functionality and better reporting. Also you get high quality support from our experienced team. Please get in touch with our sales team to check out any current offers.

CLIQS 1D PRO Questions

Why does Automatic Lane Creation fail on my gel?

There could be a number of reasons this happens. It could be because

  • The lanes are short or have very few bands
  • The lanes are too close together so the algorithm cannot split them
  • The lanes are not quite the same width which is an assumption the algorithm uses
  • The resolution of the image is very low and there is not enough band information, using an AOI for lane detection can help (just draw a box when in automatic detection mode) or simply try to create the lanes manually.

How does Molecular Sizing work?

Each lane has its own calibration curve calculated from where the iso-molecular weight lines(yellow) cross the centre of a lane. With only one standard lane these curves are usually the same as the lines just run horizontally across the gel. However with more than one standard lane it joins up the bands of the same value and so the lines can be slightly off horizontal depending on the gel.

Why use different curve types?

The default curve fit is cubic spline. This curve type creates a smooth curve passing through all points. It has no defining equation. This option can be somewhat over sensitive to inaccurate mappings but will guarantee that the results are as expected from where the iso-molecular weight lines(yellow) cross the lanes. First order Lagrange is similar but uses straight lines.

The other main option used historically is the Linear Log equation which is a straight line calculated from the log of the Molecular Size. This is theoretically correct but can lead to misleading results due to any inaccuracy of the curve fit. Even curves with high R2 results can still have problems.

What is the name of the curve fitting algorithm?

We use an iterative algorithm called Levenberg-Marquardt to get the results for the curve fitting equations. Cubic Spline and First order Lagrange are also well-defined algorithms.

My image does not look like the image I captured. Why?

A histogram of all pixel values is created. Then the default auto contrast is created from the value of the histogram after 0.5% of all pixels and at 99.5% of all pixels. This stops outliers or scanner noise affecting the result, but it can look a little different.

If the image has a calibration (from Powerscan) or an encoding (from GE or Fuji scanners) then the converted values are used by default for the image. If you do not want this, then use the “Raw” option to go back to the raw pixels values

Note: Contrast does not affect the values used in any calculations.

My profile is upside down. What can I do to fix it?

Go to the File menu and select Invert Measurements to reverse the calculation used to generate the Profile. This option is remembered so you should not need to change it again.

What file formats can the software support?

The software can load in .tif, .tiff, .jpg,.jpeg, .png, .gif, .gel, .img (Fuji), .bmp files.

When I load in my JPG file the image is inverted

This occasionally happens as part of the loading function. Just press the invert button on the toolbar to see if reversed again.

I cannot load my tiff image?

One type of tiff image we cannot load is a multi-page tiff. These are very rare in life science and are only used for items such as multi page faxes. There are many free tools which can split the tiff into single image files including ImageMagick.

What is Band Volume?

This is defined as the total value of all the pixels in a band with background subtracted. The pixels are shown on the image as between the 2 red lines (the band edges). Another way to look at it is as the area under the profile for the band (with background subtracted) multiplied by the lane width.

Where can you get the total volume of all the bands in a Lane?

This information can be found in the Analysis Report (previously called Gel Report). On the first page total band volume (and total lane volume) are displayed in a summary table of all the lanes in the gel.

What is Profile Deconvolution?

This option allows the user to model each band as a gaussian and use these to recalculate the band volume. This is sometimes used to split the volume of overlapping bands in what is believed to be a more accurate manner. Advanced fitting is best but there are problems. They are firstly, that is can be very slow and secondly, without good background subtraction they can be very wrong.

Why do 1D Pro tables show all bands matched even when it is not true?

This happens when Image file names have one or more extra “.” in them (e.g. fred.flintstone.tif). This is fixed in latest version when adding lanes to the database.

How do I export images/dendrograms in CLIQS 1D Pro?

To do any exporting to the clipboard or to file just right click on the image to bring up a context menu then choose the function you require.

What is the normal procedure for using Rf lines to aid matching?

Use the same marker lanes in every gel (or common bands across the gels)
Put an Rf line on each marker band you wish to use and adjust for any smiling (you do not need to use an Rf line for all marker bands)
Edit the number of the Rf line so they are consistent between gels
Make sure the 0 and 1 marker lines are either in consistent places on each gel or removed so that the values are extrapolated from the other Rf line

I cannot move my Rf lines?

This may be because they are too close to each other. There is a limit to how close they can be and on low resolution images you may not be able to move them close to each other.

In 1D can I select which lanes to do a Dendrogram on?

Yes. Standard lanes are not matched by default and they would not be in a dendrogram (they can also be matched if required). Also, you can use Lane Selection in the Options dialog to switch off some lanes if you wish.

My profile is flat at the baseline, but I can see some background on the image?

This is probably due to Intensity Calibration errors (from Powerscan or Phoretix 1D). If your calibration curve intersects the y intersect at too high a value, then all raw values under the y intersect value will be calibrated to zero. This can lead to the background and some lane material showing as zero. Recalibrate the curve to improve your results or force it to go through the origin.

How many lanes can be stored in a database/library?

The limit is only based on RAM and disk space. We have loaded 500 in simple tests and they should cope with >1000.

Can more than one person access the database at the same time?

As many people as they like can access the database at the same time though it has not been designed for this type of use. However, if one user adds lanes to a database/library or changes bands then the other users may not get to see the changes straight away unless they load the database back in. So if you are careful it should be fine.

Can I create a Principal Component Analysis (PCA) on the database matching results?

You cannot currently do this within the product, but you can use the data generated to send to another package. By going to the Matrix table, you can right click to Copy the table to the clipboard and this can be used to generate a PCA plot.

What is the BSI?

BSI is short for Band Sharing Index. It is calculated as (2*number of bands matched)/(total number of bands in both lanes) So for example two lanes have 5 bands and 7 bands. 3 bands are matched in each lane so the BSI = (2*3)/(5+7) = 0.5. This is then displayed as a percentage so it is 50%. It is a measure of how similar two lanes are and is best known as the “Dice” similarity.