A little off topic, but!
I’ve we written many methods on the Fx where I dynamically add labware based on user input. I’ll set the labware properties including “the volume amount is true” and the volume value in the labware, and this allows me to pipet at liquid level with the 8-span even when using clear tips. The same code on the i-7 doesn’t work. Has anyone else run into this?
I do the same in Biomek Software 5 and in Biomek Software 4 without issues. If you are referring to the Biomek 4 variant dictionary ‘Othros’ is a set or createobject command then use ‘Biomek5’ as the name instead.
Wrote this to open a file browser in Biomek any comments or cleaner VBscript coders out there.
' Navigate to a file from a biomek method and store the filepath in a global
' INPUT : none
' OUTPUT : SelectedFilePath [Scope = Global, Type = String]
If not World.Globals.Browserman.Simulating then
' Wrapped in if statment to only pull up browswer for simulated or real runs
' and not virtual runs, i.e. pressing finish searching for red...
strFile = SelectFile( )
World.Globals.PropertyChanger.SetGlobal "SelectedFilePath", strFile
Function SelectFile( )
Dim objExec, strMSHTA, wshShell
SelectFile = ""
' For use in "plain" VBScript only:
strMSHTA = "mshta.exe ""about:<input type=file id=FILE>" _
& "<script>FILE.click();new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject')" _
Set wshShell = CreateObject( "WScript.Shell" )
Set objExec = wshShell.Exec( strMSHTA )
SelectFile = objExec.StdOut.ReadLine( )
Set objExec = Nothing
Set wshShell = Nothing
That’s really cool! I’m just getting started with scripting in the Biomek software, is the scripting interface standard Visual Basic script? And is there a cheat sheet out there for accessing Biomek state variables like “World.Globals.Browserman.Simulating”?
I tried a bunch to ask about that. You have to press “Cntl Shift Alt REDACTED” at the same time to enter the debug mode and open the editor to track down variables. Would love for someone like @EricSindelar_Hamilton frok Beckman to jump on this forum though one day!
*Update - Someone has warned me that Beckman really really really doesn’t want the mysterious alien finger key combination that helps user to stuff on their machine get out. Ask your FSE tell you today though and keep pressure on them.
Thanks for the feedback. I’m glad it can be done and that I’m just doing something wrong! I ended up using booleans that were set in a vbscript for which labware to use and then queried it Method Launcher’s “Guided Labware Setup” commands. It seems to be working well. The software is Biomek5
It looks like that forum was taken down. It now displays a “This community is not available” webpage. I hope that they bring it back, there was some good ideas on there even outside of the VBscript stuff. I’m really disappointed!
How I usually solve (most) scripting issues: Write everything (data handling, etc.) in python code, than call this via “Run program” and get it back into the biomek software.
Much easier than (slowly) dying VBS.