A new version of Plant Base is available for download – 2.1.4.

This is a program maintenance release with only minor changes and a number of bug fixes.

Along with the new program version there is also an update to the plant database itself, data release 25. It has been some time since the last data release, so we decided to issue one now. There are many updates to existing records and some new plant records and pictures. However, there were quite a large number of amendments that we could not finalise quickly so these will be carried over for the next release. ( read more . . . )

Over recent years there have been more requests for this than anything else!   Well, it should be ready for public release quite soon.

The Mac edition of Plant Base is a direct port from the Windows program and coded in the same language – the spectacular PureBasic from Fantaisie Software.   A large part of the program is exactly the same as the current Windows release and this has greatly helped in speeding along the development. The Mac operating system is however quite different (and new to me!),  so a fair number of changes were needed to switch over and adapt things that are specific to the two environments.  The bulk of this work is done, leaving mainly finer details still to be tweaked and of course some extended testing. ( read more . . . )

This has been waiting in the wings for quite a while, but finally completed and released!  Extra Keys Pro is an extended edition aimed at web writers, computer programmers and possibly technical writers.  It is based on the latest standard edition and looks much the same. However,  it offers the important additional capability of outputting characters in a number of coded formats. These include HTML entity name and code, plus other numeric code formats. ( read more . . . )

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:

[MenuButtons] 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. ( read more . . . )

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. ( read more . . . )

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. ( read more . . . )

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. ( read more . . . )

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. ( read more . . . )