Lab Assistant

The data processing and plotting program for Acorn RISC OS machines

Now 32-bit compatible, works on RISC OS 5!

Now Shareware! Send £10 donation, or £20 to get a 150-page manual too.

Downloads updated 18/4/2005
If your need is for simple data entry, manipulation and plotting, or for analysing large quantities of computer-acquired data, and printing it out for your notebook or for publication, then Lab Assistant is for you!

This powerful, multi-tasking, menu-driven application includes the following features:


Graph plotting

Click to see examples (sizes 8K, 11K, 19K, 49K):

Plot with Grid Small graph within big graph 4 graphs+info Greyscale plot

Data editor


Macro language

Data acquisition

There is a very powerful and sophisticated companion program to acquire data using a wide range of instruments (including those with an IEEE interface). Simple commands allow one or more sources to be swept, while reading up to 12 channels of data from different instruments. Single sweeps or large sets of measurements may be performed with ease, interactively or eg overnight. Data is plotted on the screen as it is acquired, and you can zoom in or out and replot it without disturbing data collection. The data is completely compatible with Lab Assistant, and information can be stored at the start of each sweep recording voltages and other settings. A new version now exists for use with National Instruments' Lab View on most other types of computer.

Downloading full version

Click here to download the full version (691K, uncompresses to 1080K). It is the full version of the program but without a full manual. This archive is kept separate from the extras (below) since it is periodically updated, so you do not need to download everything each time. Please do also take a copy of at least the tutorial (below); the extras archive is also well worth taking, as it includes example files, help files, etc. If you are at least moderately interested in using Lab Assistant, please don't hesitate to e-mail the author (Dr Chris Ford) for help to try out things that might be useful to you but which are not covered in the tutorial. You are also welcome to suggest improvements and additions.

Click here to download extras (examples etc) (322K, uncompresses to 514K).

Click here to download tutorial (as a 57K PDF file).

Click here to download tutorial (as a 60K archived !Publisher file, uncompresses to 119K).

Click here to download tutorial (as a 29K archived html file, uncompresses to 58K).

Click here to view the tutorial (58K).

Click here to download the full 150-page manual (4.35MB). This is intended for printing as an A5 book. It would be easier to register the software (see below)!

Note that you need David Pilling's !SparkPlug or equivalent to decompress these archives. To download a self-extracting version of !SparkPlug, click here, save the resulting web page to disc, then change the filetype of that file to BASIC, and double-click on it.

For more information, please contact:

Dr Chris Ford, Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, UK, (tel: 01223 337486.

Price: please consider registering the software by sending the author £30 if you make heavy use of the program, or a mere £10 for personal use. Add £10 for a full (and very useful!) 150-page manual.

The source code is available on request.