Q:   Can I run OhNo! on my Microsoft Vista PC?
A:   OhNo! has been fully tested with Microsoft Vista. However you may notice slower performance with Vista. See System Requirements Chart

Q:   Can I access my data in OhNo! from both my hot lab and my office?
A:   Yes. You can install OhNo! Pro on multiple computers that access the same data files. See Multiple Front Ends.

Q:  My lab computer's operating system is Window 98 and I am running Office 98 on it. Can I run OhNo! on this computer?
A:   No. To run OhNo! your computer operating system must be Windows 2000 or newer. OhNo! was designed to integrate with Office 2000 or newer.

Q: Do I need to buy another copy of Microsoft Office just for OhNo!?
A: Check the Microsoft EULA (End User Lisence Agreement) for your version of Office. Most versions allow you to install Office on at least two different computers. One may have to be a laptop but OhNo! is designed to work on laptops. You could install and run OhNo! without MS Office installed but you will lose quite a bit of functionality (e-mail and task alerts, batch formulary, production reports, kit lists, export to Excel).

Data Import/Export

Q: My lab has many years of inventory and production data. Can historical data be imported into OhNo!?
A. Yes. The procedure depends on the format of the original data. 2nd Sight Solutions provides data import as a service to its customers. Please contact info@2sslab.com for further information specific to your historical data.

Q: I want to copy my data from OhNo! to <someProgram>. How do I transfer it?
A: All data in OhNo! is easily exported into Excel spreadsheets from the "File" menu on the Control Panel. You can export stock and deadline definitions, stock and deadline historical data, and your radiopharmaceutical production data. Most programs can import the data from Excel.

Q: Can I use OhNo! to record production data during radiopharmaceutical syntheses?
A: No. There are FDA and cGMP regulations regarding the completion of batch formularies (especially operator identity and authentication) that rule out using OhNo! in “real time” (for example, while making FDG). From a practical point of view, OhNo! was never intended for data acquisition – but if there is sufficient interest 2nd Sight Solutions will design a program add-on to collect data and pass execution to OhNo! – contact info@2ssLab.com to log a feature request.


Q:   I buy acetonitrile in both 500ml and 1liter bottles. Can OhNo! still keep accurate track of how much acetonitrile is on hand and maintain suitable stock warnings?
A:  Yes, a stock item that comes in various packaging sizes or numbers is not a problem. OhNo! asks you to record the size when the item is accepted. That size is used to predict item contents and to estimate the number of syntheses remaining.

Q: My bottle of HCl is half full, but OhNo! estimated 66%. What’s up?
A: OhNo! estimates stock levels based on the user-defined consumption rates, when the item was opened, and what it has been used for. If some of the stock was wasted or used for some purpose that is not tracked by OhNo! then the level estimation will be incorrect. It is easy to check the OhNo! estimation – just go to Stock Tools, and click the “Open Item Details” button to see a list of every production run or maintenance task that used some of the stock (along with how much was used and when).

If you would like to correct the estimate, simply copy the inventory tracking number from the item’s label into the ITN box in the Control Panel menu bar, then click the “Inventory” button on the ITN form. Subsequent level estimations will be based on the date and inventory amount that you entered, rather than the date the item was opened.

Q: Why does OhNo! sort my stocks by their ID? Why not by amount left?
A: There are many ways to sort and filter the stock subform on the Control Panel.

Amount Left - sorts the list numerically by the number of units remaining. But if you have one litre of HNO3 left, and 100 sterile pipette tips left, the nitric acid (one left) will appear above the pipette tips (100 left) even if you never use the former.

Runs Left - sorts the list accounting for the amount left and the known consumption rates. However many stock types are not consumed for production runs, so their Amount Left = "n/c" (not calculated).

Name - sorts by the name and description. Useful for finding a stock type when you know the name.

ID - sorts by the ID number. Useful for looking up a stock type from a report or a label.

Filter - use the text box at the top of the screen to search for a text string (for example "5 cc").


Q: Will OhNo! flood my inbox with warning messages about stock and deadline alarms?
A: No e-mails are sent unless you have turned an e-mail alarm on. If an e-mail alarm is set, when it triggers, only one e-mail will be sent for that warning. So if you set an e-mail alarm to trigger 14 days before a deadline expires, one e-mail will be issued on the 14th day before the deadline is due.


Q: Why can’t I record detailed results of equipment maintenance procedures  in OhNo!?
A: There are a few reasons:

  • There are countless types of deadlines - each would require a different form (Word, Excel, etc.).

  • OhNo! provides a deadline task comment field to record a pass/fail, an unusual observation or a page number from a lab book. 

  • From the big picture perspective the actual data are of minor interest. What's important is that a deadine was completed (in case you are audited), who performed the task , the date that it was carried out and where to locate further details.

  • OhNo! provides an instant link to an SOP describing the servicing of the deadline if it exists. Some SOPs will printable forms attached for recording deadline servicing details.

Q: Is there a faster way to startup OhNo?
A: You can skip the stock and deadline alarm checks by holding the <ctrl> button when the program starts up. This is NOT recommended as standard procedure but if you need to start and restart the program frequently it can save a bit of time.