Our free online Plant Database has now been withdrawn from the website.

This is rather a shame as it’s always been very popular, but the time has come when we need to rationalize our resources.

If circumstances change in the future then it may be reviewed and possibly re-implemented. However, for the time being removing the online section makes a considerable saving on website support. ( read more . . . )

Our free online Plant Database will soon be withdrawn and removed from the website.

It has been freely available for over 16 years and is still heavily used. However, although the plant information has been updated in sync with the Plant Base software product, the pages and back-end database are really due for a major refresh. Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to continue support of this free service. All advertising was removed several years ago and voluntary donations have been non-existent (no surprise), therefore the service has been personally funded. ( read more . . . )

Amazon Fire tablets are relatively low cost cost and very popular. Since the first models it has been possible to run the Android edition of Plant Base on Amazon Fire tablets (then called Kindle Fire). We have recently tested the latest version of the Plant Base app on a 7th generation Fire 7. It installs and runs perfectly and we have no reason to doubt that it will work equally well on newer generations and other model variants. ( read more . . . )

The Plant Base for Android app and its small Data Support helper app have been removed from the Google Play store.

This is due to a restriction introduced by Google a little while ago and which comes into full enforcement in a few days. Although this change was introduced for the sake of improved security, it has an unfortunate impact on the Plant Base app. Compliance with the new standard would make the app unworkable as it conflicts with the basic design. Plant Base is very unusual because the app opens a large on-device database in a dedicated separate folder. This is no longer allowed for apps on Google Play, so there was no choice but to remove it from the store. ( read more . . . )

A Beta 13 update for the Linux edition of Plant Base is available on the Downloads page. This fixes a scaling bug with the Print Preview display, which was introduced in version 2.1.15 Beta 12 due to a last minute attempt to improve the print quality problem that is a known issue for Linux program. The bug fix is the only change and the other editions are not affected. ( read more . . . )

A new update of Plant Base has been released today and available on the Download page. This is for desktop/laptop editions – Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Primarily a maintenance release with the main objective of cleaning up and optimising some of the code. It also improves synchonisation between OS editions where a few sections had got out of step. The changes result in some improvement in run-time efficiency but the end-user will be very unlikely to notice any difference! ( read more . . . )