At the moment I am revisiting the development of a Plant Base edition for Linux. This was briefly looked at before but this a more concerted effort and a good winter project! Strictly speaking Plant Base already runs on Linux, in that we have the existing Android edition and Android is built around a Linux kernel. However, in this case we are talking about Linux operating system distributions for PC’s and laptops.
An updated version of Plant Base is released and available on the downloads page – 2.1.7.
This is essentially another maintenance release and there are no really big changes. It does contain some important bug fixes, so it is a recommended update for all existing users.
We have reduced the purchase price of a Plant Base license by £5 to just £20.
This is to coincide with the release of version 2.1.7
There is no definite plan about whether this will be a permanent price change or not, we will see how things go!
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.
Version 1.27 of the Plant Base for Android app is available for download by registered users. At the moment this is still part of the Beta test phase, but we are treating this version as the first candidate for general release.
There is a new version the Plant Base for Android app – 1.25. This continues the Beta phase. Only very minor changes since the previous version, but has the addition of an entire new section for plant record References. This mirrors the references function of the desktop editions. The section was intentionally omitted for the first Beta release.
We are now starting Beta testing of the Plant Base for Android on-board database edition. The Beta test download is available to registered users of Plant Base for PC and Mac. All the details, download and installation guide will be published on the main website very soon.
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.
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.
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.