The latest released production version of Plant Base is 2.1.6 and the database release is 26 (what's this?).
The Screen Saver module is 2.0.3
For detailed release information see the Full Version History.
This is a minor maintenance version. There are few visible program changes but uses the latest available code builds and database engine. Some bug fixes are included and small GUI changes. There are also additional improvements to the reporting function.
A new data release, number 26, is issued with this version. The database has approximately 2,000 plant record updates and corrections, also some new plants and pictures.
There are equivalent released editions for Windows 32-bit, 64-bit and Mac OSX systems.
The programs remain compatible with all Plant Base 2 database releases (.dpb2 files). Users may choose to update program and data or only the program and continue using their existing database.
The online web database, which is also used by the small Android viewer apps, is updated to the same data release content.
This was a major new version of the application.
The database content was Data Release 24, the same as the final Plant Base '1'.
Plant Base 2 is full re-write that replaces the previous 1.6.1. version. As it uses completely different program technologies, upgrading from old versions requires a database migration step in order to preserve user data. Here is a detailed guide describing how to convert from a 1.x.x version to 2.x.x.
It is possible to install and run the new Plant Base 2 version alongside version 1.6.1
All existing license registration codes remain valid for Plant Base 2. New users get a 15 day trial period, exactly as before.
The current release has approximately 12,000 plants and 6,000 pictures. However our eventual aim is for this to grow considerably and loading additional data and images will be an ongoing process for some time to come. For this reason all registered users can update to new versions at no additional cost.
The default language for user interface of Plant Base 2 is English, but language can be changed by using external translation files. Versions 1.x.x. are English language only. Please see the languages page for further information..
Plant Base 2 needs Windows 2000 or later, Plant Base 1 will run on older Windows versions (95, 98, NT4, ME as well as 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7). The old version will remain available for download.
Though Plant Base was originally developed for MS Windows PCs, we are also aiming to provide native editions for other platforms, notably Mac OS and Linux, in addition to the mobile Android app that is currently already under development (Mac OSX edition is now available). All new editions will use the same database system so that plant data is interchangeable regardless of platform.
Plant Base 2 is coded in a different programming language from the older versions. This is important and necessary because the original development system from Microsoft is now regarded as obsolete.
After considering several alternative programming languages for the re-coding of Plant Base, we selected PureBasic from Fantaisie Software, France. This powerful and highly efficient development tool provides great capability for producing native PC applications. It is an excellent choice for small-scale developers with limited resources and one of the best programming languages we have seen.
We would like to thank the Fantaisie Software team and the entire PureBasic forum community. Many have helped and provided code examples, but for their substantial contributions we specially mention Timo Harter, Stephen Rodriguez and Martin Guttman.