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My PlantFile Editable version of PlantFile Pro

My PlantFile is the most comprehensive and useful plant database available as well as being very easy to use. Each plant listing includes 42 categories of information at your fingertips with detailed photos.


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My PlantFile gives professionals that extra competitive edge with clients. Easy to use database of thousands of plants. Create customised proposals in PDF format for easy emailing with plant profiles & photos from the 14,000+ DVD photo gallery and add your own plants, plant data and photos as desired to keep up with new cultivars and species available in your preferred nurseries. More...

Key Features include

  • User Data Input allows you to enter information on plants and photographs of your choosing. The plant information then becomes an integral part of the PlantFile Database and is open to additional editing.
  • Over a 100 fields of information on each plant including foliage and flower details, soil type, plant use, growth habit, water usage, climatic zone and more!
  • Up to 5 photos for each plant can be included and can be pasted from the clipboard or imported from a file.
  • Pictorial glossaries and drop-down selections are available for easy data input.
  • Memo text fields allow you to input data specific to your needs.
  • Miscellaneous check boxes allow you to hone the plant use, climatic conditions, etc.
  • Backup facilities allow you to copy your data and images to a folder in your computer or on a portable hard drive, CD and USB drive.
  • Once your plants have been added to MyPlantFile Pro all reports can be turned into PDF format for professional printing and easy emailing to clients.
  • Plant information and images can be exported to your favourite CAD system such as LandWorks CAD or plant list can be turned into a text file for other applications such as spreadsheets.
  • MyPlantFile Pro also includes all the features of PlantFile Pro with over 24,000 images, 8,000 plants and detailed information on 3,000 plant species.

Questions & Answers

What is the difference between the standard and pro version?

The pro version has a DVD photo library with over 11,000 additional images that are linked to the appropriate plants. It also allows you to turn the images, reports and selected plant list into a PDF for easy e-mailing. You can make unlimited number of plant lists by saving them to the hard drive or to a CD as a back up. The pro version also has more plant species than the standard version.

What Version of PlantFile do I have?

Click on the 'Help' menu item in PlantFile and then click on the 'About' sub-item.

How Do I Install PlantFile?

PlantFile CD is self-loading. Just follow the prompts on screen and look at the instructions inside the front cover of the CD case for details on how to register. Once it's installed, you don't need CD in drive.

PlantFile PRO - must have Photo Gallery in DVD drive while PlantFile Pro is running to access the Gallery.

VISTA users - ( Not required for PlantFile Pro v 10.2 or PlantFile STD v 10.0 and above) If your User Account Control is turned on:

  1. On the desktop right-click the PlantFile icon.
  2. Select Properties, then select the Compatibility tab.
  3. Check the Run as Administrator checkbox.

To run the PlantFile program, double-click the PlantFile icon.

How do I register PlantFile?

  • Click Open and registration page appears. You'll see an Install Code in the top right hand corner. Copy this down on a piece of paper and click Continue to enter PlantFile.
  • Are you connected to the Internet? If yes, easiest way to register is online. You can also register over the phone or via fax by printing the registration form.
  • Click File in top right, choose Register PlantFile and Using Internet. This will take you to a registration page asking for contact details and install code and serial number on back of CD case. Fill in and click Submit. This will generate an email to PlantFile and we'll respond with a Key # to complete your registration process.
  • You have 30 days to register with us once you load the CD.

Installing PlantFile upgrade CD...

Upgrade will automatically overwrite existing version of PlantFile. If you're upgrading from Standard to Pro, you'll end up with 2 icons on your desktop but nothing will be behind the Standard icon, just delete the icon.

When I insert CD in the drive nothing happens

If you see a message about a 16-bit issue, this is a Windows XP issue not a PlantFile loading issue. Please send me an email saying you have a Service Pack 2 problem, and I'll send you a return email with the fix I've put together using internet research.

Take the CD to another PC and try to install. If it works, then it's not a CD problem but rather something about the first PC you tried it on. If it still doesn't work, then send it back to us and we'll replace it with another.

It is important to figure out if it's a CD or a PC problem.

How do I learn about using PlantFile?

  • Access Help once you've installed the program
  • Tool tips appear when you scroll over each photo
  • There is a also a Powerpoint presentation on your PlantFile CD. You must put CD in drive again, at the Welcome screen, hit cancel and exit set-up. Then, click Start, Programs, and open Powerpoint. In File, Open PlantFile CD, PPT demo. Once it's open, can save it to your PC so you don't need a CD in drive to view it again.
  • Run the PlantFile Tutorial available on this website

How do I use Quick Search?

Just start typing - there is no flashing cursor in the text box

I know the old botanic names but not new ones

In Quick Search, highlight cultivars and type in old name you know. You'll see a listing for each plant with both old and new names

How do I access photos in DVD?

  • You must have a DVD drive on your computer
  • Gallery DVD must be in disk drive & PlantFile must be running
  • If Windows prompts show up, just close them
  • In PlantFile, just choose Photos tab which accesses Photo Gallery.

I am using PlantFile Pro on 2 machines. How do I access photos for both?

You can load Photo gallery on to 1 and use DVD in the other or burn a 2nd DVD for the 2nd machine

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System Requirements

  • IBM PC or compatible computer
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 or Vista
  • RAM: 2MB
  • HD: 400MB
  • 8 bit Video Card - minimum req. (16 bit or higher recommended)
  • Monitor resolution: 800x600 (1024x768 or higher recommended)
  • CD Drive - DVD drive required for PlantFile Pro
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