Feature Release: New image marker tool

In order to use images in a scientific context, you need to make a few annotations very often: Marks and labels help to understand what´s important, be it in your notes or in your publications. In your good old paper notebook, you would just simply scribble by hand to get the message across and to highlight your findings on agarose gels, graphs, or any other data output. For presentations or publications, most of us have used power point, photoshop, or any other sophisticated image processing tool. In these programs, processing your images can take a while depending on how savvy you are with them– mostly also because they offer a lot of features you rarely need.

Life just got easier for labfolder users

We have added the most frequently used editing tools to the image annotation section.

labfolder offers easy and pretty annotation of scientific images

labfolder offers easy and pretty annotation of scientific images

For the annotation of your images, or for simply marking an important feature, you can now quickly drag a line, rectangle or circle in different size and color. For pointing out important features, you can use arrow, arrowheads and asterisks as well. And of course we added a text tool, as many of you requested. The freehand pencil tool has been improved, now allowing for smoothening to make your freestyle annotations even prettier.

The ‘Selection’ tool allows you to select and move individual edits like rectangles, circles or text box, and change their color or size at any time.

In line with good scientific practice, your raw images and editing visuals are stored in separate layers. The original raw data remains preserved at all times, and you can always restore it by pressing the ‘Clear’ button.

For all images that have been edited with the previous version of the labfolder image annotation tool, you can choose between the old and the new toolbox to optimally preserve the context of your previous work.

Watch our video tutorial on the new editing features


In a previous post we presented our new entry layout. Check it again if you are not familiar with it as yet. Now both, entry layout and image annotation are as easy to use and user friendly as you can imagine.

Let us know how you like it – we always welcome your feedback and suggestions for new features to make your research easier.




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