Plant Base for Android in now available on Google Play.

To accompany the main app, a simple and free Data File Support app has also been released.  This provides three file maintenance functions that are not included in the main app.  A first essential for new users who do not run the PC or Mac editions is the database file download, which will install the database onto the device ready for the main app to run.  So the entire install can be done on the device, without the need for a PC or Mac.  The Data Support app also has an Import function that will be useful when there is an updated database release. There is also a database compact function, which may be good for some people.

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A new version of Plant Base is released – 2.1.6. This time it includes updated database contents, which is at Release 26.

The program version is basically a minor maintenance release, with no obvious big changes.  The main incentive for the release was to bring the executable build up to the latest available code complier and database engine.  This gave opportunities to improve the code efficiency and possibly program stability.  This resulted in a lot of internal code changes and the work kept me busy for the last couple of months.

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Another quick update on this rather tedious issue.

Our ‘Buy Now’ buttons are back for most people.  But for EU countries (UK excepted) they remain disabled. We took the decision to code in a geo-location check on the IP address of anyone who views our purchase page. We only retrieve the country code and if that indicates one of the 27 non-UK EU countries then the PayPal Buy Now button is disabled. Those users can however, still place an order by email which we process entirely manually.

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I’m a bit of a stick-in-the-mud when it comes to web design – I like simple informative web pages that just “do the job” and don’t tend to follow the latest design fashions.  So our site has not changed overall for a long time.  However, there is a specific issue that clearly needs improvement, which is accessibly for mobile devices. Our old method of having a small set of pages specifically for mobiles is simply not good enough nowadays.

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I have spent a lot of time recently looking at this, but have not found a satisfactory solution so far.

We have disabled the “Buy Now” buttons on the website, so purchases cannot be made using the automated method.  It is still perfectly possible to purchase software licences from us by simply sending a request email.  The transaction and licence code generation is then handled entirely manually, though continues to use PayPal and email delivery as previously. We are told this falls outside the scope of the new rules so no VAT is applied and our prices are unchanged.

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The EU regulations about paying VAT for the sale of “digital services” are changing with effect from 1st January 2015.  There is masses of information and comments on this subject all over the Internet, so I’m not going to describe every aspect of it here (just boring for most people anyway!).  I think however, that  it will directly impact on the Deeproot business – which is relevant to all our existing and potential customers.

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