Clamp File Tab
Folders / Files
When previewing or recording a Stimulus Protocol, the acquired data is stored inside a NeuroMatic Data Folder, the basic structural element of NeuroMatic. Besides the acquired data, NeuroMatic Data Folders will also contain a copy of the Clamp Stimulus Folder used to acquire the data, a copy of the Clamp Notes Folder, and all other global variables necessary to interact with NeuroMatic. After acquisition, NeuroMatic Data Folders are automatically saved to a predefined location on a disk, as described below.
Prefix Name – during initialization of the Clamp Tab, NeuroMatic creates a data folder prefix name based on the current date (e.g. “nm13Oct2017”). To change the date format click the configs checkbox at the bottom of the NeuroMatic Panel, click the FolderNameDateFormat parameter and choose the format of your choice. Alternatively, enter a prefix name of your choice.
Cell Number – a cell counter used to create a short sequence string beginning with “c” that follows the prefix name (e.g. “nm13Oct2017c0”). Once you finished recording from a cell, click the “+” button to increment this counter; the Folder Sequence Number (see below) will automatically be zeroed. Enter NaN if you wish to omit the cell identifier.
Folder Sequence Number – a folder counter consisting of three digits that also follows the prefix name (e.g. “nm13Oct2017c0_002”). This sequence number is automatically incremented after each recording from a cell.
Stim Suffix – a short string to identify the name of the current Stimulus Protocol, added to the end of the stimulus folder name (e.g. “nm13Oct2017c0_002_vstep”). Enter nothing if you wish to omit this identifier. Save your Stimulus Protocol to save this identifier for future use. This string parameter can also be edited on the Clamp Stim Misc Tab as file name suffix.
Save To – the disk directory path where data files are to be saved. To set the path, place your cursor inside the SetVariable control and hit return. You will be prompted to select a directory. You can also set the directory via Configurations (click “configs”). If no directory is specified, NeuroMatic will prompt you to select a directory the first time you click the Record or Preview acquisition button.
Save (When) – option to select when data files are saved (after recording, while recording or never).
Save (File Format) – Igor Binary (pxp) or the Hierarchical Data Format (HDF5).
Close Previous Data Folder (recommended) – have this option checked to close the previous data folder before NeuroMatic creates a new one for data acquisition. This prevents accumulation of data folders during your experiment, providing maximum working memory for Igor.
Enter values for your name, lab and experiment title at the bottom of the Clamp File Tab, or click the Edit All button to enter values, or create new note variables, via the Notes Table.
After each recording, Notes are saved to a Log Folder. This folder will automatically be saved to an external Igor binary file if auto save is checked. While you are acquiring data, the log can be displayed as a table, notebook (text) or both.