The latest released production version of Plant Base is 2.1.8 and the database release is 27 (what's this?).
The Screen Saver module is 2.0.3
For detailed release information see the Full Version History.
A maintenance version that includes a some small changes to the user interface and a few bug fixes. There is no new database with this version, it remains the same as the previous versions at release number 27 (database revisions are in progress for release at a later date).
Main visible changes are - the addition of a roll-up/roll-down button to the select tab and a different file-select window for those users who need to switch database files.
Due to the bug fixes, this is a recommended program update for all existing users. There are equivalent editions for Windows 32-bit, 64-bit and Mac OSX systems.
This previous release was also a program maintenance version, including bug fixes and other minor changes. It included a new database release, number 27, with many plant record updates, plus new plants and pictures
For new users the trial period was extended to 20 days.
This was a major version of the application and the first public release of the newly re-coded program.
The database content was Data Release 24, the same as the final Plant Base '1'.
Plant Base 2 is a 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, a Mac OS edition and a mobile Android app are now available. A Linux desktop edition is written and under initial testing. All current editions 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.