Features[ edit ] Origin Workbook with sparklines above data columns, this allows a quick glance of the data without plotting them. Origin is primarily a GUI software with a spreadsheet front end. Unlike popular spreadsheets like Excel , Origin's worksheet is column oriented. Each column has associated attributes like name, units and other user definable labels. Instead of cell formula, Origin uses column formula for calculations. Recent versions of Origin have introduced and expanded on batch capabilities, with the goal of eliminating the need to program many routine operations.
Other programming options include an embedded Python environment, and an R Console plus support for Rserve. Origin project files. OPJ can be read by the open-source library liborigin. There is also a free component Orglab maintained by Originlab that can be used to create or read OPJ files. A free Viewer application is also available. Editions and support[ edit ] Origin is available in two editions, the regular version Origin and the pricier OriginPro. The latter adds additional data analysis features like surface fitting, short-time Fourier Transform, and more advanced statistics.
A user forum is also available. There are a few version types that have been offered from Origin and OriginPro as personal, academic, government and student versions. However, the student version is not available for Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Laos.
History[ edit ] Origin was first created for use solely with microcalorimeters manufactured by MicroCal Inc. The software was first published for the public in by Microcal Software, which later was renamed to OriginLab Corporation,  located in Northampton , Massachusetts. Mini toolbar for 2d graphs, 10x faster import of large text file, enhanced database import, 5x faster scatter plot with large data. New graph types such as density dots, color dots, sankey and alluvial diagram, pie and doughnut charts, dendrogram, population pyramid, before-after plot and kite diagram, copy and plot plot, copy and paste HTML or EMF table, etc.
HTML and Markdown reports. Rug Plots , Split Heatmap Plot. First version to support Apps in Origin, also added R support.