User Guide

Getting a Google Wave account

Google has opened Wave to the broad public. Everyone can register for an account on:

Creating a new Wave

Once you got an account, log into Wave. It should look like this:

Click on new Wave to start a conversation

Now click on “New Wave” in the right panel to create a new Wave, which is basically a new conversation.

Turning it into SynBioWave

To “install” SynBioWave, you just need to ad our main robot ( to your Wave. Never added a robot to a Wave before? No Problem: You first need to add the robot to your contact list, click on the “+”-button in the bottom “contacts” window. Enter “” (our robots URL) into the appearing window and click on “Submit”.

ad to your contact list

Now you can add the robot to your wave like people from your contact list! Click on the “+”-button, this time the one on the top of your wave window, and doubleclick the robot.

Working with SynBioWave

Of course you can do all the following alone, but it is more fun together! Invite your friends to Google Wave and add them to your Wave just like you added the robot. They will see all your actions in real-time, but can also get active and use SynBioWave together with you. Start working together!

The SynBioWave-Robot will now add a menu to your Wave. This menu contains some basic features.

In addition the synbiowave robot creates a ‘workspace’-wave in your inbox. This workspace allows the user to review the imported or created sequences and provids the possibility to set this sequences active for the menu functions. The user can switch between the workspace and the normal window via the inbox or open both windows at the same time. We recommend the second suggestion for comfortable usage. For this, open the workspace wave via the inbox window and minimize it. Now reopen the normal wave and restore the minimized workspace window.

You should now see something like this:

Let’s try uploading a DNA-sequence from your local hard-disk. Currently plain text and the FASTA (.fas, .fasta) and GenBank (.gb) formats are supported. If you don’t have such a file, you can take this file for example.

Click File -> Import -> File.

Click File - Import - File.

Select your file and click on “Send”

Select your sequence file and click on send

The result looks like this:

Extending SynBioWave

You can now explore further functions in the menu. Look at the help menu, if you need further information. You can extend the functionality by adding specific other robots to the Wave. For example, add “” to your contact list just like you did with the SynBioWave-Robot and it to the Wave.

You will see that a new Translaty menu appears. To translate the sequence you uploaded, you need to verify that it is selected in your Workspace, go back and click on “Translate”.

This is an very easy example of how SynBioWave works, but more advanced robots will surely be availability in time.

If you want to get an idea whats coming next in SynBioWave, you can also try our Beta-Robot (, but don’t expect them to work perfectly as we are try new things all the time.

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