Beta 7 of Plant Base for Linux is released and available for download. This a minor update still based on version 2.1.11

It fixes for a few late-breaking bugs that only occured in the Beta 6 release. Almost all are related to situations where pictures are resized to fit on the screen and the problems were due to small issues with the latest version of the build software that is used to generate the program. There are no other significant changes since Beta 6. ( read more . . . )

There is a new update for the Plant Base Linux edition – 2.1.11 Beta 6

To clarify – the program version 2.1.11 means that this is equivalent to the version releases for Windows and Mac.  It is also the Linux Beta release number 6.  In this particular case the Beta release and the version number are not associated. As this Beta phase is a long term thing, the releases will span the general version updates! ( read more . . . )

We run the business from our home and in a few days time we will be moving house  to a new area in a beautiful part of Wales, about 200 miles west of our current location.

There are a number of problems arranging an internet connection for the new house, due to its very rural situation.  It may take several weeks for the land-line and broadband to be connected  and it’s probable that communication will be difficult during  most of  July.  We may be unable to respond to support and other queries for a while.  However, we will do our best to catch up as soon as possible. ( read more . . . )

I took a rare day off from coding yesterday, to have a walk around the Hillier Gardens. The weather was a bit dreary but as soon as I entered the gardens my spirits were lifted!  Just behind the entrance buildings the winter garden area was looking great – all the classic elements were there, coloured stem dogwoods and willows, white birches, plenty of evergreen foliage and lots more. Probably the highlight for me were the flowering witch hazels, some with that fabulous fragrance. There is also a even larger collection of these over at the other side of the gardens.  And then of course there are the snowdrops and aconites.  Well worth a February visit. ( read more . . . )

We switched to a new web hosting company just before the Christmas break and after a few small transfer problems the website seems to be running nicely.  The move was really forced on us because the previous web server had become so slow that main Plant Base installation download was taking up to 5 hours. Thankfully everything is much quicker now – the install download is back to just a few minutes on a good broadband connection and the online database is much faster too. ( read more . . . )