The New Scanview Application Database, Version 2020
Norbert Reuter*, Ingrid van der Meer, Agilent Technologies, Middelburg, The Netherlands
The new Scanview version 2020 is an application database that contains full method descriptions and literature references for gas and liquid chromatographical analyses, sample preparation, optical spectroscopy applications (UV, IR, CE, ICP-MS/ICP-OES and AA) and chemical cleanup and reaction monitoring. More than 5900 application notes are contained in the Scanview database. The user-friendly front-end allows you to search/filter on a variety of categories – the top five categories are the most used.
Scanview comes as only one ZIP file – ScanviewPortable.zip. This file contains the complete application database in a sub-directory named ScanviewPortable. Scanview is a so-called portable application, i. e. you do not need to install it, just copy the ScanviewPortable folder to a place on your SSD or HDD and run Scanview.exe. The full installation requires approximately 30 MB free disk space. The program is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, VISTA, 7, 8 and 10.
Note: You cannot run Scanview directly from the ZIP file as it will not find its database and components and give you an error message that the database is not in its expected location. This message will look like this below and is a clear indication that the ZIP file was not extracted to the local drive:
Users of previous versions of Scanview can still use the older version parallel as the portable version does not overwrite any older files. The difference in Scanview 2020 is that all application notes are in Agilent’s Online Technical Library and are downloaded the moment you want to see them. The change was made because all the application notes exceed 2 GB data and downloading all of those could be an issue, but this change guarantees that you will always see the newest version of an application note.
After starting the program the splash screen shows the version number. It disappears after a few seconds and the FILTER WIZARD INTRO screen appears. If you check the option to never see the INTRO screen again, the FILTER WIZARD screen appears instead.
Click the category you want to search, for example COMPONENT, click the NEXT button and then enter the filter criteria.
- If STARTS WITH is used, every character you type is extended to the closest name in the database.
- CONTAINS gives you the option to search for two text blocks within all names.
- SOUNDS LIKE takes care of unknown spellings or the typical problems with T vs. TH, P vs. PH or B vs. P.
Typically, the official IUPAC name of a component and synonym names are in the database. For example, the IUPAC name for lactic acid is 2-Hydroxypropanoic acid. In Scanview, prefixes are placed behind the name, so you could search for this particular component by either “LACTIC ACID” or “PROPANOIC ACID 2-HYDROXY“. It is also possible to add another component or a list of them, for example we added acetic acid.
Distribution of main analytical techniques used:
With LC containing LC, LC/MS, UHPLC, GPC, SEC application notes.
SPE contains also SSLLE, SPME and Filtration application notes.
These additional resources are included:
Tools - ScanviewFilterMerge
When you have saved filters in Scanview and re-install/copy a new version on top of an existing version, the filters are gone, unless you have exported them. Exported filters are saved in the filters sub-directory of your ScanviewPortable installation directory. Re-importing filters into a new version normally works one by one.
With ScanviewFilterMerge all saved filter files (*.svf) are merged into one file, allfilters.svf. When you import this file into Scanview all your filters are back. ScanviewFilterMerge is located in the filter directory or if not yet installed, you can download it below, unzip it to the filters directory and run it by double-clicking it.
Scanview is a versatile and valuable tool to assist you in the development of analytical methods.
Contact and Questions
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2018-04-12: Original document uploaded
2018-05-15: Updated ScanviewPortable.zip attached
2018-05-24: Minor bug fix to ScanviewPortable.zip
2018-11-01: New version (2018-1101) with 400+ added application notes uploaded
2020-02-01: New version (2020-01-31) with 147 added application notes added
2020-04-17: Re-upload of ScanviewPortable.zip with a re-compiled EXE file (got some false-positive virus alarms on the old one)
2020-04-20: Added the ScanviewFilterMerge program to ScanviewPortable.zip and as a separate download to this page