There is now a native Plant Base application for Apple Mac OSX systems.
This edition is based on the same code as the Windows program, but adapted to suit the Mac OSX environment. It offers all the same features and uses exactly the same underlying database files. It is a fully native application for OSX 10.6 or later and does not use any kind of emulation. It is also a totally stand-alone product that has no other software dependencies, just the same as the Windows edition.
An important concept of Plant Base 2 is that the database files are the same on all platforms, not only their data content but also the file format. So they can simply be copied between Mac and Windows machines, in either direction, and without needing any kind of conversion.
As this is a relatively new project it should still be considered as a Beta Test release. However, there have already been several Beta versions and the current downloadable program has proved to be stable enough for normal use. All development is done under OSX 10.6.8, Snow Leopard, to ensure that the application will be compatible and should also run safely under later operating system versions. We don't currently have resources to test under all Mac releases, so please let us know if you observe any issues.
The full product download file is a normal "dmg". Inside the package there are two folders, one for the application program itself and the other for the data files. The application can be copied into the usual Applications system folder or an alternative location. Similarly, the data folder can be placed where the user chooses, for example under the user's Home directory would be typical. The location of the data files may need to be given at the start of the first run. Full instructions are provided in the package.
The licence for the Mac edition is the same as for Windows. Initially new installation will run as a 20 day trial. Further use requires entry of a licence code. This licence code is the also exactly the same for both platforms, so existing users of the Windows edition can simply use their original code. New users will need to purchase a licence code, but one-time only for Mac and/or Windows.
Important :- Plant Base is not currently available from the Apple Store and is not digitally signed with an Apple developer identity. On Mac OS Mountain Lion or later your system may therefore complain about installing it. You can however enable installation by adjusting the Security & Privacy setting in System Preferences. This can be reset to the original value immediately after installation. For the new MacOS Sierra release the procedure is slightly different but it can still allow Plant Base to run - best to search the Mac support forums for the method and full explanation.
We don't yet have, or need, membership as an official Apple Developer since the Plant Plant application is not coded using Apple's programming language and is the single product we make for the Mac. This may change in the future. Plant Base for Mac is written with exactly the same independent cross-platform programming language as the Windows edition and the possible forthcoming Linux version - PureBasic from Fantaisie Software (www.purebasic.com).
You can safely download the full installation file from the Downloads page of our own website. If you obtain an installation file from any other source, please be very careful! Some software indexing websites may list it and most are perfectly legitimate, simply linking to our own site. Never, ever, use any site that offers a download that includes a licence code or 'crack'. If you have any concerns about running Plant Base on your Mac, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions about it.
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