Igor Pro 8 Highlights

IgorProSplash@2x.png

Igor Pro 8 contains hundreds of improvements, including 20 new operations, 5 new functions, and a new NetCDF XOP. Some of these changes are highlighted below. The "What's New in Igor Pro 8.ihf" help file that is installed with Igor Pro 8 Beta describes the changes in more detail.

All Igor Pro 7 English licenses (new and upgrades) sold on or after November 1, 2017, will be eligible for a free upgrade to Igor Pro 8 when it's released.

 

General

Long object names

 
LongObjectNames.PNG
 

Object names are now limited to 255 bytes, versus 31 bytes in Igor Pro 7 and before. Go ahead and

Make cell12_trial1_500nmol_tetrodotoxin_highFlow_35deg

Igor won't object!


User Interface

Window Browser

Use the new Window Browser to see all your windows at once, or filter by type, name, and/or wave to find that one special graph among a sea of great data.

WindowBrowser.PNG

Toolbar

The new toolbar provides easier access to frequently used features.

Toolbar_WithMenubarAndToolbar.PNG

Procedure Browser

The redesigned Procedure Browser allows you to quickly find and filter symbols (functions, macros, etc.).

ProcedureBrowser.PNG

Graphics

New Box Plot and Violin Plot graph types make it easy to show the distribution of values within a data set.


Programming

Command Completion

Procedure windows and the command line now suggest options to complete the current command.

Autocomplete2.png

Go Back/Forward

New Back and Forward buttons in procedure and notebook windows allow you to quickly navigate in these window types.

GoBack.png

Data Analysis

Transformations

  • New Short-Time Fourier Transform (STFT) operation
  • Added seven new dialogs for transformation operations

Curve Fitting

  • New built-in Voigt and dblexp_peak fit functions
  • ODR fitting is now thread safe and has built-in parallelization

Igor Filter Design Laboratory

Igor Filter Design Laboratory (IFDL), which was previously a separate paid product, is now part of Igor Pro 8. IFDL is a sophisticated and flexible environment for interactive design, evaluation, and application of Finite Impulse Response (FIR) and Infinite Impulse Response (IIR) digital filters.

Arbitrary Guided Tour Set Weighting Results.png

Performance Improvements

  • Greatly improved the speed of creating and looking up waves by name when there are many similarly-named waves in a data folder.

  • Drawing speed of graph traces on High-DPI displays under some specific circumstances is dramatically improved.

  • Improved speed of displaying notebooks, help windows, and procedure windows.