It is very common to work with other people and other applications while using Origin. We anticipate that you may need to frequently share Origin files with colleagues and connect to Origin using other applications to facilitate your work.
Collaborate with other Origin users
Origin not only allows you to share project files (*.OPJ), but users may also customization settings such as graph templates (.OTP).
Which kinds of Origin files can be shared?
The following is a list of Origin files that can be shared:
General Files: project files (*.OPJ), graphs (*.OGG), workbooks (*.OGW), matrix (*.OGM), LabTalk Script files (.OGS) and X-Functions (.OXF)
Customization Settings: graph templates (*.OTP), themes (*.OTH), Analysis Templates (*.OGW or *.OPJ), Dialog Themes (*.OIS), Curve Fitting Functions (*.FDF) and Import Wizard Filters (*.OIF),
Package Files (version 8.0 and higher): a group of Origin files (can be any of the types above), packed into a single file (*.OPX)
Share Files directly
A quick and easy way to share a particular file with another user is to simply send them the file such as via e-mail, and the file can be added to their Origin installation by drag-and-drop onto Origin.
Sharing Files between Multiple Machines (Single User)
In the situation where one user needs to access Origin files between multiple computers, the User Files Folder (UFF) can be placed in a shared location such as a network drive, or even a USB flash drive, and the same UFF path can be specified with each installation.
Sharing Files with Other Users in a Network
If your Origin installation is part of a concurrent network, Origin provides a Group Folder mechanism to share files among multiple users. There can be multiple groups within a concurrent network, and each group can have a specific user acting as the group manager who can utilize the Group Folder Manager tool to publish custom files for sharing with other members of the group.
Connect Origin with other Software (Connectivity)
Origin can function as an automation server (or COM, Component Object Model) whereby other applications communicate with Origin using methods and properties exposed by Origin. Any application that supports COM programming, such as Visual Basic, Microsoft Excel, National Instruments LabVIEW, or similar can function as the client application that connects with Origin. Such applications can exchange data back and forth with Origin and can send commands to be executed by Origin.
Origin provides a collection of custom building-block Virtual Instruments (VIs) that enable the user to create their own VIs to communicate with Origin. For more details, please refer to LabVIEW Connectivity.
Origin offers a MATLAB Console tool which can allow Origin users to use MATLAB commands within the Origin environment. With this tool, you can easily transfer data between the two applications.
The Origin Link for Mathematica tool can easily connect Mathematica with Origin and then to exchange worksheet and matrix data between them. Other operations such as evaluating Mathematica expressions and creating Origin graphs using Mathematica functions are also allowed. For more details, please refer to Mathematica Connectivity.
Origin can directly open Excel 97–2007 workbooks (XLS, XLSX) and it also offers a collection of menu options to operate on Excel Workbooks. Likewise, the features of Origin can also be easily accessed from Excel.