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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...

Visual Plant Browser

The Visual Plant Browser is the workhorse of the database allowing you to scroll through the plant images (picture book-like). It also gives you access to the many aspects of the My PlantFile database.

Grouping of Plants

Plants may be grouped into growth types (trees, palms, grasses etc.) to ease locating a species. The plants may be sorted by botanical, common and family names.

Special Groups

  • All Plants: This group includes all the plants in the database.
  • Weeds Only: This group lists plants that are potential weeds and this may include common ornamentals.
  • Selected: The user can compile plant lists by right clicking on the image and adding it to the Selected list. The selections are used for study or client lists and for purchasing.
  • Filtered: When plants are selected by criteria (soil, position, flower colour, etc.) they are placed in the Filtered group. These plants, singularly or collectively can be added to the Selected list and saved.

Quick Search

  • Quick Search

    Plants may be sorted by Botanic, Family, Common and Cultivar name or by their ID number by clicking on the appropriate tab.

  • Selecting Plants for Viewing

    Typing in a partial name will incrementally short-list the plants to the nearest match. You can scroll down through the list and view a corresponding photo of the plant. After selecting the plant, you may locate it in the Visual Plant Browser or view the plant details by clicking the appropriate button.

Selected Plants

The selected plant is highlighted with a red rectangle. Double click on the image to open the plant details. All plants are documented in equal detail with five pages of information covering all aspects of the plant. Each detail section also includes a Glossary page and a page for User Comments.

Plant & Leaf

  • Plant: This covers a physical description and a general overview of the plant eg height, growth habit, water usage and growth rate.
  • Leaf: Covers in detail a botanic description of the leaf. Click on the icon to reveal a pop up pictorial glossary of the term.

Plant Overview

Covers in detail a botanic description of the leaf. Click on the icon to reveal a pop up pictorial glossary of the term. By pressing the icon next to the Plant Overview, a pop up screen will appear. This contains additional information on the plant and lists the cultivars with a brief description. It also contains the diagnostic features of the family and lists its USDA climatic range. The displayed information may be printed separately or copied to another application.

Flower & Fruit

This page covers all aspects of the flower and fruit of the plant including botanical description and additional information.

  • Hemisphere Settings

    This covers a physical description and a general overview of the plant eg height, growth habit, water usage and growth rate.

Environment & Cultivation

Many aspects of the plant are displayed on this page in a practical easy to understand manner. This includes soils, aspect, pruning and fertilising of the plant.

  • Cultural Use

    This is a general overview of what the plant is commonly used for and indicates how long it will take to establish.

  • Propagation

    The normal propagating methods are displayed in this window and when opened, will reveal additional detailed information.

Pests & Diceases

This page lists common pests and diseases that are likely to attack this plant. Scroll through the list and click on the pest or disease detail icon to reveal detailed information.

Plant Photos

Every plant has up to 5 photos that cover the different features, including leaf, flower, bark and growth habit. Profile sheet and images can be printed in report form or may be turned into a PDF with the Pro version.

Photo Gallery

The Professional version of My My PlantFile includes a DVD photo gallery with over 11,000 additional images. All images may be copied to other applications or printed in a report form. This makes My My PlantFile an excellent resource for landscapers, architects, students, nurseries for informing or display purposes.

The images are linked to the appropriate plant and can be printed or copied and turned into a PDF report for easy e-mailing.

Hardiness Zones

Each plant has a hardiness zone map that indicates the climate range of the plant. The maps can be selected for different zones, such as Australia, USA or UK.

Reports & Glossaries

Each plant has a Reports and Glossaries page.

  • Reports

    A single page Profile Sheet covering all aspects of the plant may be printed. The plant images can also be printed in a report form. The plant profile can be used as a study guide or as an information sheet for suggested planting to a client.

  • Glossaries

    The glossaries may also be printed in report form and used as handouts in a classroom situation. There are ten pictorial glossaries covering all botanic aspects of plants. A General Glossary that lists over 400 botanic terms with easy to understand descriptions is also available.

Pictorial Glossaries have easy to understand descriptions of each part of the plant. The glossaries may be expanded for the visually impaired or copied out to other applications for reports or assignments. The glossaries can also be activated in other parts of the program, i.e. the Advanced Search.

  • Educational

    The My My PlantFile program is an excellent learning tool for students of horticulture and avid home gardeners.

Selecting Plants by Criteria

Click on the Filter Search tab to open a window. Two types of search are available:

  • Simple Search allows 87 attributes to choose from.
  • Advanced Search offers over 260 different attributes for selecting plants.

Simple Search

The Simple Search system has 13 categories, allowing you to group plants according to your requirements, eg a shrub for a small garden growing in sandy soil in a cool temperate (zone 8) climate to 2m (6ft) tall. There are 87 criteria available to choose from and the results can be previewed at the bottom right hand corner or displayed on the Visual Plant Browser.

Advanced Search

This facility allows you to select plants from 23 categories each with mutable choices including botanical descriptions, eg the leaf shape, inflorescence type or bark type, etc. With this tool, you will be able to identify species or select plants with particular attributes. Selected plants may be previewed at the bottom right hand corner or displayed on the Visual Plant Browser.

Plant Lists

Plants can be added to the selected file to create lists. You can create up to 32 individual lists in the standard version and the professional version allows you to archive old lists to the hard drive or on to a CD as a back up.

Saving & Printing Plant Lists

Plant List Printout

  • Plant lists can have customer names or job numbers as a heading and can be opened to add or subtract plants from the list. The amended list will overwrite the existing file.
  • Plant lists can be printed with or without a thumbnail image and the Professional version can turn the lists in to a PDF for easy e-mailing.

Plant Profile Report

The list is printed in a report form with your typed heading at the top.

A single page report can be printed from each plant as a fact sheet for clients or as a study guide for students. The plant images can also be printed in a report form. Both reports can be turned into a PDF with the Pro version for easy e-mailing.

Pests & Diseases

Common pest and disease information is included in My My PlantFile. This information can be accessed by clicking on the Pest and Disease tab on the left hand side of the screen. This screen includes a tab for pests or diseases and a dictionary which contains information about insect orders and nutrient deficiency as well as many entomological terms.

Companion Software

Add My My PlantFile PRO to your purchase of LANDWorksCAD or simply buy it as a stand alone program. Use images from My My PlantFile to enhance the appearance of your drawing presentations too.

Get Supported

If you feel you want extra help choose full expert technical annual support with the support subscription plan for total peace of mind. We can assist you with practically any question.

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: 2GB
  • 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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