Manta is a complete redesign over Stingray. We have started again from the ground up to address user requirements and feedback gathered from over 8 years of Dazdaq software being used in hundreds of labs across the world.
By doing this we have taken advantage of significant changes in hardware and software technology to satisfy expectations of today's end-users.
During the development phase our main design focus was to simplify the end-user experience: rather than presenting a myriad of options we have tried to minimise the options displayed at each step, with a goal of "least mouse clicks to results". This does not mean we have sacrificed features; on the contrary Manta now supports a much wider range of applications than its peers.
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As an example of this philosophy, the first thing a user may want to do is create an Assay Protocol for their application requirements. After selecting this option from the main Organiser screen, the user selects an appropriate Wizard which creates a protocol for the specific type of application they are running (e.g. Quantitative, Qualitative, Enzyme Kinetics, etc).
The use of these Specific Application Wizards means that the user is only presented with options relevant to their application. Each wizard sets up the analysis behind the scenes and the novice user does not need a full understanding of how the software works to get started with typical assay requirements.
The secret to Manta's flexibility and power, which the more experienced user will soon become aware of, is the use of transforms.
The transforms are essentially the toolbox from which assay protocols are made. The protocol Wizards actually set-up these transforms for the user or the user can set-up their own transforms for more advanced applications. In either case after readings have been made or data imported, the transforms can be tweaked and further transforms added.
Thus, the Wizards take application requirements and set-up the transforms required behind the scenes. For example, the Quantitative Wizard may set-up a blank correction transform, a curve fit transform using the corrected data and a dilution factor transform depending on the user's requirements. Alternatively the generic Wizard can be used as a starting point to get the data in and then transforms can be manually added to support more complicated assay requirements.
The new Manta architecture means that as Dazdaq develops new transforms and Wizards to support even more applications; as these become available they will be available for download to quickly address emerging technologies and new requirements without requiring a significant upgrade or change of working environment.