Since the first versions, the Plant Base program has offered a function menu of large buttons at the left side of the window. These give quick access to some of the most common functions.  They repeat some of the functions from the traditional top menu-bar,  so some users don’t use them at all (and don’t display the side panel) while others find them quick and convenient.

However,  feedback indicates that people work in different ways and some users would like to arrange the menu buttons in a different order.  At a future version there will be a simple, mouse-controlled customisation.  However, part of the configuration basis for it has already been done and  included from version 2.1.3.  So with some manual configuration, it is now possible to change the order.

Here’s how:–

With Windows Notepad, open the file PlantBase.prefs  – this is normally found under your Windows Profile, but if you are not sure then the location is displayed at the bottom or the Plant Base Configuration Options Window.

At the end of the file add a new line:


Below that we add the lines giving the button positions.  There’s no need to add them all, only the ones you wish to change.  But a minimum of 2 entries are needed, in order to swap 2 button positions. There is no automatic positioning – you must specify all changes.

For  example, to change around the Add and Delete buttons, just add these lines:

AddPlant = 4
Delete = 2

Where the number gives the button order from the top.

Now save the PlantBase.prefs file and re-start the Plant Base program.

The sequence of the lines is not important, they just need to be in a group under the [MenuButtons] heading.  If you make any error, such as giving two buttons the same number – don’t worry, all lines are ignored and the default order is used. Just correct them and try again.

The lines for all buttons are as follows, with their default position number:

FindPlant = 1
AddPlant = 2
Edit = 3
Delete = 4
AddToList = 5
AddPicture = 6
References = 7
PlantList = 8
ManagePictures = 9
SlideShow = 10
Help = 11
Exit = 12

You can Copy&Paste the above lines if you wish.

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A new version of Plant Base, 2.1.3, was released today and is available for download.

Like the last couple of versions, this is a program maintenance release. There are a number of bug-fixes and a few small changes to the user-interface,  so I would recommend that  any user already running Pant Base 2 updates to this version.  There are no updates to the plant database itself.

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A new version of Plant Base is available for download – 2.1.2.

This is a program maintenance release with only minor changes and no updates to the plant database itself.

As with version 2.1.1,  there is no urgency to update, unless directly affected by the issues fixed.  There are a couple of bug-fixes to the HTML Reporting function and also a small change to the behavior when deleting an  entry from a Plant List.  Also the program executable is created using the latest release  of the development compiler (PureBasic 5.20), which may give improved stability and efficiency.

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A new version of Plant Base is available for download – 2.1.1.

This is bug-fix only release with no feature changes or updates to the database.  For users already on 2.1.0 there is no urgency to update, unless directly affected by the issues fixes. The most significant resolves an issue that prevented plant list being imported from text files.

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The new Plant Base 2 has finally been released as our current production version.  This version is 2.1.0 and it follows on from a long sequence of Beta Test versions produced during the last year.

Though the application is broadly the same as the previous 1.6.1 version and currently has the same plant record content, it is in fact a total re-write using a different programming language and database engine.  So it is still a very young program and I’m sure there will be further version releases relatively soon.

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A new improved version of Extra Keys has been released – our small tool that makes it really easy to type accented letters and other characters that may not be on your keyboard.

I know there are plenty of other ways to do this, but it can still be quite awkward.  In fact the Extra Keys tool is our most popular program with very many thousands of downloads (well it is free!),  so I guess quite a lot of  people are finding it handy.

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We have recently changed our Cookie Law compliance so that we now use a kind of semi-implied consent.  We still show a banner asking first-time website users to agree to our use of cookies, but it no longer blocks continued navigation of the site and the notice is now shown as a bar at the bottom of the page.  The notice is still more conspicuous than many – so we can be sure that users are well informed.

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Another new Beta Test version of Plant Base 2 is up on the website.

This is mostly a bug-fix release, but the install file also includes the recently issued database release 23.  Together with the features added in the last couple of test versions, this brings the Plant Base 2 package up to a level that is very equivalent to the current production version (or better in some parts!).

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