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What are the tradeoffs between Graphical Analysis and Logger Pro?

Most of our products now work with Graphical Analysis. A full guide is available at:
TIL 2871: My school is moving to Chromebooks. Will the probeware I already own work with a Chromebook?

Many teachers are faced with the decision of using laptops or Chromebooks for classroom work. Here are some things to consider.

Computers Running macOS or Windows
Vernier has been developing software for Mac and Windows for decades, and Logger Pro, our data-collection software for Mac and Windows, is very powerful. We offer full-written curricula for collecting data using Logger Pro.

     The following hardware only works with Logger Pro on a computer, or with a LabQuest interface in stand-alone mode:
     -LabPro interface
     -Mini GC Plus Gas Chromatograph
     -Ohaus balances
     -Watts Up
     -Go Wireless Temp (Note that "Go Wireless" is separate from the newer "Go Direct")
     -Go Wireless pH
     -Go Wireless Electrode Amplifier
     -Wireless Dynamics Sensor System
     -Blood Pressure Sensor
     -Respiration Monitor Belt
     -Diffraction Apparatus
     -Motion Encoder Cart Receiver
     -Polarimeter (Chemical)
     -Rotary Motion Sensor
     -Time of Flight Pad
     -Vernier Projectile Launcher
     -Digital Control Unit
     -Vernier Structures and Material Tester - linear displacement

     Some sensors made before ~2003 do not automatically identify (Auto-ID) when connected to an interface and require Logger Pro
     Older sensors that do not automatically ID when connected to the software (e.g., DIN-style sensors and sensors that require an adapter to connect to an interface)
     The following links provide some assistance in determining the age of your sensors by appearance:
     TIL 1279: Why doesn't my Vernier Photogate (VPG-BTD) auto-id?
     TIL 3658: Which version Dual-Range Force Sensor do I have?
     TIL 3269: Which Motion Detector model do I have?
     TIL 3041: Do I have an old or current O2 sensor?
     TIL 3351: Do I have an old or current style CO2 sensor?
     TIL 3403: What model Colorimeter do I have?
     TIL 4110: How old is my pH Sensor?

     Data Collection and Analysis Features requiring use of Logger Pro on a computer:
     -FFT
     -Video Analysis*
     -Gel Analysis
     -Mapping data (export to Google Maps or ArcGIS)
     -Error Bars
     -Complete experiment files for the experiments in our lab books
     -Custom curve fits
     -Obtain the highest performance from interfaces
     -Work with very large data sets

Chromebooks
Chromebooks are inexpensive and very easy for IT to support. Our software for Chromebooks is Graphical Analysis 4, a free application available from the Chrome Web Store.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/vernier-graphical-analysi/dncgedbnidfkppmdgfgidcepclnokpkb

-Our biggest software team is working on adding features to our Graphical Analysis 4 app, so the above list of things that are only available with Logger Pro on computers will decrease over time.

-Lab Book support for Graphical Analysis 4 is available with 4th Edition updates, with more coming soon.
     -Biology with Vernier, order code BWV, $48
     -Chemistry with Vernier, order code CWV, $48
     -Advanced Chemistry with Vernier, order code CHEM-A, $48
     -Investigating Chemistry through Inquiry, order code CHEM-I, $48
     -Elementary Science with Vernier, order code EWV, $48
     -Middle School Science with Vernier, order code MSV, $48
     -Physical Science with Vernier, order code PSV, $48
     -Physics with Vernier, order code PWV, $48

-Support for Go Direct SpectroVis Plus and SpectroVis Plus spectrometers is available when using our free Spectral Analysis app for Chromebooks.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/vernier-spectral-analysis/neagmanoonoaijlnipjppnjknalpodmi?hl=en

Conclusion
If full-featured data collection and analysis from a wide spectrum of devices is your goal, traditional computers are the most versatile choice for now.

If basic data collection with the most common sensors is enough, the Chromebook is a good and inexpensive option.

For additional information that will help you determine if Chromebooks will work for you, see:
TIL 2871: My school is moving to Chromebooks. Will the probeware I already own work with a Chromebook?
TIL 2453: Do you have data-collection technology that works with Google Chromebooks?
http://www.vernier.com/chromebooks

TIL 3693: Please notify me when you have product updates for Chromebooks.

* The best option for video analysis on a chromebook is Pivot Interactives. Free trials are available at:
www.vernier.com/pivot

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