Archive for September, 2015

Introducing Orchid Album for PC

Track your orchid collection on your Windows PC – Now Available!

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Today I’m pleased to announce the release of my new PC app, Orchid Album. If you’re an orchid collector and are looking for a tool to make keeping track of your plants easier, you can’t go wrong with this.

The PC version has many of the same features as the iOS version, with the addition of printing. enhanced search capabilities, and data transfer to and from the iOS version over WiFi. I’ve also included some other features like duplicating orchid entries, right-click context menus, and a host of other tweaks and improvements. Orchid Album for PC also has a built-in crash-reporting mechanism and software update notifications.

Localization into multiple languages is very important for modern apps. The PC version of Orchid Album is localized into English (obviously!), French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. This also includes every aspect of the installation and ordering process. Clicking on any of the links below will take you to the information page for the app in each language:

English, Français, Italiano, Deutsch, Español, Português

To use Orchid Album on your PC, you’ll need either Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1, or Windows 10. The app also requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 with the KB2468871 update patch.

The download version initially runs in an unregistered trial mode, limited to 3 orchids, 3 watering schedules, and 3 logs, with 3 photos each. It will also only allow a single database to be open at a time, and database import is disabled. The full feature-set can be unlocked via purchase, either within the app or via my Web Store

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You can learn more about all the features of Orchid Album here, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page, or like Orchid Album on Facebook.

I’d like to thank all the Beta testers for helping me polish the app, and to everyone else for their patience (especially family!) while I toiled away on it. I hope you’ll agree it was worth the wait!

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Álbum de Orquídeas – monitore sua coleção de orquídeas

Álbum de Orquídeas facilita monitorar suas orquídeas. Monitore o desenvolvimento de suas plantas durante suas vidas, em seu PC Windows!

Álbum de Orquídeas

Quer você seja novo com orquídeas ou um colecionador experiente, Álbum de Orquídeas é a ferramenta ideal para organizar suas plantas, agendas de irrigação e notas.

Requisitos do Sistema:

Não tem certeza se Álbum de Orquídeas é para você? Experimente a versão de teste grátis disponível para download aqui.

A versão de download funciona inicialmente em um modo de teste não registrado, limitado a 3 orquídeas, 3 agendamentos de irrigação e 3 logs, com 3 fotos cada. Também só permitirá uma única janela de banco de dados, a importação de banco de dados está desativada. Comprar uma licença dentro do app ou pela Loja Web desbloqueia a funcionalidade completa.

Veja o que você pode fazer com Álbum de Orquídeas:

– Grave detalhes sobre suas plantas, incluindo nome botânico, nomes híbridos, detalhes de florescência, fragrância, dimensões e necessidades de irrigação.
– Selecione dentre mais de 500 nomes botânicos (com mais de 100 gêneros), ou adicione novos nomes.
– Classifique orquídeas por nome ou gênero.
– Monitore agendas de irrigação para múltiplas plantas.
– Monitore florescimento, fertilização e outros eventos para cada planta em entradas de log datadas.
– Crie e edite lembretes de entrada de log vinculados ao seu calendário (requer Outlook 2010).
– Use o campo de busca para buscar rapidamente listas de orquídeas, horários de irrigação e log.
– Adicione e reorganize múltiplas fotos por planta e entrada de log.
– Adicione legendas para cada foto.
– Selecione fotos para exibir na miniatura principal para cada orquídea ou log.
– Veja fotos em uma vista de galeria em tamanho original ou em miniatura.
– Reorganize fotos com suporte a seleção múltipla e arrastar e soltar.
– Veja o histórico do log para cada planta, classificado por data.
– Reveja as estatísticas de sua coleção.
– Salva alterações automaticamente.
– Imprima listas de orquídeas, horários de irrigação ou logs, ou informações específicas de uma orquídea, horário de irrigação ou log.
– Importação e exportação de banco de dados com WiFi para Álbum de Orquídeas em seu iPhone, iPad ou iPod touch.
– Suporte de formato CSV para importar/exportar o banco de dados de seu Álbum de Orquídeas para e dos aplicativos de planilha do desktop.
– Função exportar Relatório da Orquídea (HTML). Veja sua coleção no navegador web do seu computador. Ótimo para acompanhar sua coleção para fins de inventário ou seguro.

Observe que Álbum de Orquídeas não vem pré-carregado com fotos, nem inclui informações de cuidados de plantas, e assim por diante. Ele só monitora informações e exibe fotos que você mesmo adicionou.

Por favor, visite http://andrewnicolle.com/all_apps/orchid-album-for-pc para mais informações sobre o Álbum de Orquídeas, incluindo informações para contato se quiser fazer perguntas, solicitar recursos, ou relatar problemas. Junte-se à página de Facebook para falar sobre o Álbum de Orquídeas com outros fãs.

Álbum de Orquídeas: lleve el control de su colección de orquídeas

Álbum de Orquídeas facilita el seguimiento de sus orquídeas. Controle el desarrollo de sus plantas durante el ciclo de vida de las mismas en su equipo con Windows.

Álbum de Orquídeas

Tanto si es su primera vez como si es un coleccionista experto, Álbum de Orquídeas es la herramienta ideal para organizar sus plantas, el cronograma de riego y las notas.

Requisitos del sistema:

¿Duda de que Álbum de Orquídeas sea para usted? Pruebe la versión de prueba gratuita disponible para descarga aquí.

La versión para descargar al principio funciona en modo de prueba sin registro, y se limita al control de tres orquídeas, tres cronogramas de riego y tres registros, con tres fotos cada uno de estos. También permite solo una ventana de base de datos y no tiene habilitada la función de importación de bases de datos. La compra de una licencia, ya sea desde la aplicación o a través de Web Store desbloquea todas las funciones.

Esto es lo que puede hacer con Álbum de Orquídeas:

– Registre los datos de las plantas, incluyendo el nombre botánico, nombres híbridos, datos de floración, perfume, tamaño y necesidades de riego.
– Elija entre más de 500 nombres botánicos (con más de 100 géneros), o agregue nombres nuevos.
– Ordene las orquídeas por nombre o género.
– Controle los horarios de riego de varias plantas.
– Lleve un seguimiento de la floración, fertilización y demás eventos para cada planta en entradas de registro con fecha.
– Cree y edite recordatorios de entrada de registros vinculados a su calendario (requiere Outlook 2010).
– Use el campo de búsqueda para encontrar las orquídeas rápidamente, el cronograma de riego y las listas de registros.
– Agregue y ordene varias fotos por planta y entrada de registro.
– Añadir leyendas para cada foto.
– Seleccione las fotos que desea que aparezcan como miniaturas en la pantalla principal para cada orquídea o registro.
– Vea fotos en una vista de galería de tamaño completo o en miniatura.
– Vuelve a acomodar las fotos con la selección múltiple y la función arrastrar y colocar.
– Vea el historial de registro para cada planta, ordenado por fecha.
– Analizar las estadísticas de su colección.
– Guarde los cambios automáticamente.
– Imprima la orquídea, el cronograma de riego o las listas de registros, o cualquier información sobre una orquídea en particular, cronograma de riego o registro.
– Importe y exporte bases de datos a través de WiFi a Álbum de Orquídeas en su iPhone, iPad o iPod touch.
– Admite formato CSV para importar o exportar la base de datos de Álbum de Orquídeas desde y hacia aplicaciones de hojas de cálculo de escritorio.
– Exporte el Informe de la orquídea y vea su colección en el navegador web de la computadora (HTML). Esta aplicación es perfecta para mantener un control de la colección para inventarios y seguros.

Tenga en cuenta que Álbum de Orquídeas no trae ninguna foto cargada, ni incluye información alguna sobre el cuidado de las plantas, etc. Esta solo lleva un registro de la información y muestra las fotos que usted mismo agrega.

Por favor, visite http://andrewnicolle.com/all_apps/orchid-album-for-pc para obtener más información sobre Álbum de Orquídeas, como datos de contacto para realizar preguntas, pedir funciones o informar cualquier problema. Únase a la página de Facebook para hablar de Álbum de Orquídeas con otros fans.

Orchideen-Album – Erfassen Sie Ihre Orchideen-Kollektion

Orchideen-Album macht es Ihnen einfach, den Überblick über Ihre Orchideen zu behalten. Behalten Sie die Entwicklung Ihrer Pflanzen deren Leben lang im Blick, auf Ihrem Windows PC!

Orchideen-Album

Ganz gleich, ob Orchideen für Sie neu oder Sie ein erfahrener Sammler sind, Orchideen-Album ist das ideale Tool für das Organisieren Ihrer Pflanzen, Gießpläne und Notizen.

Systemanforderungen:

Nicht sicher, ob Orchideen-Album etwas für Sie ist? Testen Sie diese kostenlose Probeversion, die hier zum Download bereit steht.

Die herunterladbare Version läuft zu Beginn im nicht registrierten Testmodus, der auf 3 Orchideen, 3 Gießpläne und 3 Protokolle mit jeweils 3 Fotos begrenzt ist. Sie ermöglicht auch nur ein einzelnes Datenbankfenster und der Datenbank-Import ist deaktiviert. Wenn Sie eine Lizenz entweder von der App aus oder über den Web Store kaufen, werden sämtliche Funktionen freigeschaltet.

Dies können Sie mit Orchideen-Album machen:

– Zeichnen Sie Details über Ihre Pflanzen auf, darunter den botanischen Namen, Hybridnamen, Details zur Blüte, Duft, Maße und Wasserbedarf.
– Wählen Sie aus über 500 botanischen Namen (mit über 100 Gattungen) oder fügen Sie neue Namen hinzu.
– Sortieren Sie Orchideen nach Namen oder Gattung.
– Erfassen Sie Gießpläne für mehrere Pflanzen.
– Erfassen Sie die Blüte, Bestäubung und andere Ereignisse für jede Pflanze in datierten Protokolleinträgen.
– Erstellen und bearbeiten Sie Protokolleintragserinnerungen, die mit Ihrem Kalender verbunden sind (erfordert Outlook 2010).
– Nutzen Sie das Suchfeld, um schnell nach Orchideen, Gießplänen und Protokolllisten zu suchen.
– Fügen Sie mehrere Fotos pro Pflanze und Protokolleintrag hinzu und ordnen Sie diese an.
– Fügen Sie jedem Foto eine Bildunterschrift hinzu.
– Wählen Sie Fotos aus, die in der Hauptanzeige als Miniaturbild für die einzelnen Orchideen oder Protokolle angezeigt werden sollen.
– Sehen Sie sich Fotos in einer Galerieansicht mit Vollbildern oder im Miniaturformat an.
– Ordnen Sie Fotos mit Mehrfachauswahl und Drag-and-Drop-Unterstützung neu an.
– Sehen Sie den Protokollverlauf für jede Pflanze, sortiert nach Datum.
– Prüfen Sie Statistiken für Ihre Sammlung.
– Speichern Sie Änderungen automatisch.
– Drucken Sie Orchideen, Gießpläne oder Protokolllisten aus sowie Informationen zu einer bestimmten Orchidee, zu einem bestimmten Gießplan oder Protokoll.
– Datenbank-Import und -Export über WLAN an Orchideen-Album auf Ihrem iPhone, iPad oder iPod touch.
– CSV-Format-Unterstützung zum Import/Export Ihrer Orchideen-Album-Datenbank in und aus Desktop-Tabellen-Anwendungen.
– Funktion zum Exportieren des Orchideen-Berichts (HTML). Sehen Sie sich Ihre Kollektion im Webbrowser Ihres Computers an. Toll, um zu Inventar- und Versicherungszwecken den Überblick über Ihre Kollektion zu behalten.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass im Orchideen-Album keine Fotos vorgeladen sind und es auch keine Informationen zur Pflanzenpflege oder Ähnliches enthält. Es erfasst lediglich Informationen und zeigt Fotos an, die Sie selbst hinzugefügt haben.

Bitte besuchen Sie http://andrewnicolle.com/all_apps/orchid-album-for-pc um weitere Informationen über Orchideen-Album zu erhalten, inklusive Kontaktdetails, um Fragen zu stellen, Funktionswünsche zu äußern oder Probleme zu melden. Werden Sie Fan unserer Facebook-Seite, um mit anderen Fans über Orchideen-Album zu sprechen.

Album Orchidee: monitora la tua collezione di orchidee

Album orchidee rende facile monitorare le tue orchidee. Monitora lo sviluppo delle tue piante per tutta la loro vita, sul tuo PC Windows!

Album Orchidee

Che tu sia un novizio delle orchidee o un collezionista esperto, Album Orchidee è lo strumento ideale per organizzare le tue piante, i programmi d’innaffiamento e le note.

Requisiti di sistema:

Non sei sicuro se Album Orchidee fa per te? Prova la versione gratuita scaricabile qui.

La versione scaricabile funziona inizialmente in modalità di prova non registrata, limitata a 3 orchidee, 3 programmi d’innaffiamento e 3 registrazioni con 3 foto ciascuna. Consente inoltre solo una singola finestra database e l’importazione database è disabilitata. L’acquisto di una licenza sia dall’app stessa sia tramite Web Store ne sblocca la funzionalità completa.

Ecco cosa puoi fare con Album Orchidee:

– Registra i dati delle tue piante, includendo il nome botanico, i nomi degli ibridi, i dati di fioritura, la fragranza, le dimensioni e le necessità d’innaffiamento.
– Seleziona tra oltre 500 nomi botanici (con oltre 100 generi) o aggiungi nomi nuovi.
– Ordina le orchidee per nome o genere.
– Traccia i programmi d’innaffiamento per più piante.
– Traccia la fioritura, la fertilizzazione e altri eventi per ogni pianta in voci di registrazione con data.
– Crea e modifica voci di promemoria collegate al tuo calendario (richiede Outlook 2010).
– Usa il campo di ricerca per cercare rapidamente l’orchidea, il programma d’innaffiamento e gli elenchi delle registrazioni.
– Aggiungi e riorganizza più foto per pianta e voce di registrazione.
– Aggiungere le didascalie alle foto.
– Seleziona le foto che appariranno sulla schermata iniziale miniature per ogni orchidea o registrazione.
– Vedi le foto in vista galleria a dimensione piena, o come anteprima.
– Riorganizza le foto tramite selezione multipla e supporto trascina e rilascia.
– Visualizza la cronologia delle registrazioni per ogni pianta, ordinata per data.
– Rivedere le statistiche della tua collezione.
– Salva i cambiamenti automaticamente.
– Stampa le orchidee, i programmi d’innaffiamento o gli elenchi delle registrazioni, oppure le informazioni su una orchidea, un programma d’innaffiamento o una registrazione particolari.
– Importazione ed esportazione database tramite Wi-Fi nel Album Orchidee sul tuo iPhone, iPad, o iPod touch.
– Importare / esportare il database del tuo Album Orchidee in formato CSV, al/dal foglio elettronico del desktop delle applicazioni.
– Funzionalità di esportazione Report orchidee (HTML). Visualizza la tua collezione sul browser web del tuo computer. Eccellente per tenere sotto controllo la tua collezione per finalità assicurative o di inventario.

Considera che Album Orchidee non ha nessuna foto precaricata e non contiene alcuna informazione sulla cura delle piante o altri dati, ma monitora le informazioni e mostra le foto che hai aggiunto tu.

Per maggiori informazioni su Album Orchidee visita http://andrewnicolle.com/all_apps/orchid-album-for-pc in cui troverai i dettagli per contattarci e per porci domande, richiedere le caratteristiche o per inviarci qualsiasi messaggio. Registrati sulla nostra pagina su Facebook per discutere con gli altri fan di Album Orchidee.

Album d’orchidées – suivez votre collection d’orchidées

Album d’orchidées facilite le suivi de vos orchidées. Suivez votre collection d’orchidées sur votre PC Windows !

Album d'orchidées

Que vous soyez novice en matière d’orchidées ou un collectionneur expérimenté, Album d’orchidées est l’outil idéal pour organiser vos plantes, calendriers d’arrosage et notes.

Configuration requise :

Pas sûr que Album d’orchidées soit faite pour vous ? Essayez la version d’essai gratuite disponible en téléchargement ici.

La version téléchargée initialement fonctionne en mode de démonstration non-enregistré, et est limitée à 3 orchidées, 3 calendriers d’arrosage et 3 journaux, avec 3 photos chacun. Vous n’aurez droit qu’à une seule fenêtre de base de données et l’importation de bases de données est désactivée. En achetant une licence soit directement dans l’app ou soit via le Web Store vous débloquerez toutes les fonctionnalités.

Voici tout ce que vous pouvez faire avec Album d’orchidées :

– Enregistrez des informations sur vos plantes, comme le nom botanique, les noms des hybrides, les détails de leur floraison, le parfum, les dimensions et le besoin en eau.
– Faites votre choix parmi plus de 500 noms botaniques (avec plus de 100 genres) ou ajoutez de nouveaux noms.
– Triez les orchidées par nom ou genre.
– Suivez les calendriers d’arrosage de plusieurs plantes.
– Suivez la floraison, l’ajout d’engrais et tout autre évènement concernant chaque plante dans un journal daté.
– Créez et modifiez des rappels dans votre journal relié à votre calendrier (requiert Outlook 2010).
– Utilisez le champ de recherche pour trouver rapidement des listes d’orchidées, de calendriers d’arrosage et de journaux.
– Ajoutez et réorganisez vos photos par plante et entrée de journal.
– Ajoutez une légende à chaque photo.
– Sélectionnez les photos qui apparaîtront dans la vignette principale pour chaque orchidée ou journal.
– Afficher les photos dans une galerie en plein écran ou en miniature.
– Réarrange photos avec une sélection multiple et la prise en charge du glisser-déplacer.
– Affichez l’historique de chaque plante, trié par date.
– Vérifiez les statistiques de votre collection.
– Enregistre les modifications automatiquement.
– Imprimez des listes d’orchidées, de calendriers d’arrosage ou de journaux, ou des informations pour une orchidée, un calendrier d’arrosage ou un journal en particulier.
– Importation et exportation des bases de données par Wifi vers Album d’orchidées sur votre iPhone, iPad, ou iPod touch.
– Prise en charge du format CSV pour importer / exporter votre base de données Album d’orchidées vers et depuis les applications de tableur.
– Fonctionnalité Exportation de fiche d’orchidée (HTML). Visualisez votre collection sur le navigateur Web de votre ordinateur. Super pour suivre votre collection pour des besoins d’inventaire ou d’assurance.

Veuillez noter qu’Album d’orchidées ne contient aucunes photos préchargées, aucunes informations sur les soins à apporter aux plantes et ainsi de suite. Elle ne contient que les informations et les photos que vous avez ajouté.

Consultez http://andrewnicolle.com/all_apps/orchid-album-for-pc pour plus d’informations sur Album d’orchidées, y compris les coordonnées pour nous contactez pour poser des questions, demander des fonctionnalités ou signaler un problème. Rejoignez la page Facebook page pour parler de Album d’orchidées avec d’autres fans.

Orchid Album for PC – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Orchid Album for PC

The following should address any questions or concerns you may have about Orchid Album for PC. I’ll be updating this post as new questions arise. Let me know if I’ve missed anything!

1. When will Orchid Album be available for PCs?

Orchid Album for PC is now available for download from my website here. You can learn more about Orchid Album for PC here.

2. What operating system do I need to be able to run Orchid Album for PC?

The app works on Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10. It requires the .NET Framework 4, which will be installed automatically if your computer does not already have it. It also requires the .NET KB2468871 update patch. Outlook 2010 is required to store reminders on your computer’s calendar.

3. I already have Orchid Album on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Do I have to buy it again for the PC?

Yes, if you would like to run Orchid Album on your PC, you’ll need to purchase it direct from my site. The PC version includes some additional features over and above the iOS version, including photo organization, enhanced search, and printing capabilities. The app had to be substantially re-designed and completely re-written for the PC platform. Unfortunately porting the app to the PC wasn’t as simple as you might think!

4. I’m not sure if Orchid Album for PC will suit my needs. Is there a free trial version available?

Yes, it’s available for download from my website here. The app is initially in an unregistered trial mode, limited to 3 orchids, 3 watering schedules, and 3 logs, with 3 photos each. It will also only allow a single database open at a time, and database import is disabled. That should be enough to give you some idea of whether the app will work for you. Purchasing a license either within the app or via my website unlocks full functionality.

5. Will Orchid Album for PC be localized into my language soon?

Possibly. Orchid Album is currently localized into English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.

6. Is it possible to sort the orchids by genus, rather than name?

Click Preferences… on the Tools menu and select the “Sort orchids by genus” checkbox under Sort Options. Close the window and you’ll find all orchids are now sorted by genus. Repeat these steps to sort by name again.

7. What is the purpose of the Type field on the Log Info window?

The type field is used by the app to determine what should be displayed in the Logs list for that log entry. For instance, selecting Orchid will show the orchid name selected in the Orchid field, and Note will show a brief summary taken from the Notes field. Select either Orchid or Note in the Type field depending on what information that particular log entry is recording.

8. How do I re-order the photos on the Orchid Info or Log Info windows?

After the entry has been saved, double-click on it and then click on the All Photos tab. This will show all the photos associated with the Orchid or Log. Click and hold the mouse button on the photo you’d like to organize on the Info window, and move the mouse to where you’d like the photo to be moved. Release the mouse button when you’re done.

To move a photo into one of the primary photo slots on the Orchid Info or Log Info windows, arrange the photos in the All Photos section. The primary photo slots will now reflect the new order.

9. How do I add text captions to my photos? How can I hide them to take a closer look at the photo?

Double-click on the photo you’d like to add a caption to in the All Photos tab of the Orchid Info or Log Info window. Click the word balloon icon at the top of the window, then in the text box that appears, type in the text caption you’d like to associate with that photo. Click on the photo to end editing the caption. The new or modified text caption will now be displayed. Note that only the first few lines of the caption will be superimposed over the photo. To hide the caption, click once on the photo. You can scroll between the photos by clicking the left and right arrow buttons, and zoom-in by resizing the photo window.

10. How do I capture sold, stolen or dead plants, or other events?

The place for capturing these events is on the Log Info window. Create a new Log entry, click the Event field and type in the new Event (Sold, for instance). The new Event will be saved when you click the OK or Save button. It will then be available for use with this and other log entries. In the Orchid field, select the corresponding orchid. Set the Type field to Orchid. Set the date the Event occurred, and add any relevant photos or notes. Click Save, and the new dated Log entry will appear in the list. Now when you tap the Log History button on the Orchid Info window, you’ll see the complete history of the orchid.

11. I have an Orchid Album database on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. How do I transfer it to Orchid Album for PC?

You’ll need all devices on the same local WiFi network as your PC. Then follow these steps:

(1) Tap the Backup Database button on the Tools screen within the app on your device.
(2) Create a new database within Orchid Album for PC and save it to your Documents folder.
(3) Click the Import Database button in the document window toolbar within Orchid Album for PC. This is the button next to the printer button. The button has an arrow pointing to the right, away from the device icon. You can also select the Import from -> Orchid Album Mobile App item in the File menu.
(4) The Import Database window will appear. You should see your device shown in the Devices section. If it isn’t there, double-check that you’ve selected Backup Database (or Export Database) on the Tools screen within Orchid Album on your device. Check the Messages box in Orchid Album for PC for helpful information.
(5) Select the device you want to import from, then select Restore Complete Database in the Import Options section. You may also choose to Import Orchids and Watering Schedules, Import Orchids, or Import Watering Schedules.
(6) Once you’re satisfied with the selected device and import options, click the Import button.
(7) After the progress bar completes, an alert will appear indicating whether the import was successful. Click OK.
(8) The database in Orchid Album for PC should now match the database on your device.

Note that the above steps will completely replace the contents of the Orchid Album database within Orchid Album for PC, unless you’ve chosen not to restore the complete database. In that case, you may see duplicate entries in your database after the import is complete.

12. I have an Orchid Album database in Orchid Album for PC I’d like to transfer to Orchid Album on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. How do I accomplish this?

The steps are similar to question 11 above, except you must select either Restore Database or Import Database on your device, and click the Export Database button in the document window toolbar within Orchid Album for PC. This is the toolbar button with the arrow pointing toward the device icon. When the export is complete, you should consult the pop-up alert on your device for further instructions.

13. I have an iPad, an iPhone, and a PC. How do I keep the databases in sync between all of these devices?

Orchid Album currently doesn’t have a simple means of keeping databases synchronized on separate devices. However, it is still possible to transfer the database between devices manually. You first need to backup the database from the device with the most current copy to your computer (or from your computer to the device). The steps for achieving this are shown above in questions 11 and 12. A good workflow is to use your PC as a hub for the database, updating that after you’ve made changes on your device.

14. I have the Orchid Album trial version and just bought the full version. How do I transfer my data from the trial version?

When you purchase the full version you’ll be provided with license details to unlock the app. The trial version and the full version are the same app – there is nothing further to download. All of your data will be accessible the next time you run the app.

15. I have a whole spreadsheet of data I’d like to import into the app. How can I do that?

Provided your spreadsheet program can export to CSV format and allows you to specify comma separators and dates in a particular format, you should be able to import it into the app. Orchid Album expects to receive CSV data according to the CSV template file, available in the Downloads section of this site.

16. Can you incorporate some new fields into the app? Can I change the names of any of the data fields?

Incorporating new fields may be possible, but keep in mind that any changes will also need to be made to the iOS app version, where screen real estate is very limited. I’ve tried to select fields that would be useful for most people using the app, and have tried to minimize clutter as much as possible. The Notes field may be used to log information that isn’t captured by any other field. Sorry, the names of the data fields cannot be changed.

17. What is the X icon in the toolbar used for?

The ‘X’ icon (next to the ‘+’ icon in the toolbar) is used to delete a particular orchid, watering schedule, or log. It has no effect until you select an item from the list. Clicking on one of the rows in the table will select that row and highlight it. To delete the highlighted orchid, watering schedule, or log, click the X icon in the toolbar. Alternatively you may select Remove Item from the Edit menu. Note that an alert popup will appear asking if you still wish to delete the orchid. There is no such alert for watering schedules or logs.

18. How do I use the reminder feature?

First, pick a log entry or create a new one. Select Yes next to the Reminder field, then click the OK or Save button. A popup will appear asking if you want to add a reminder to the calendar. Click Add and another window will appear where you can create a calendar entry. If there’s already an entry, it’ll allow you to edit it (or delete it). If you check your calendar in Outlook, the entry should be recorded against the date/time you set.

The idea is you set a future date, set Reminder to Yes, and the log entry will be highlighted on and after that date. The Reminders Due statistic is also updated. Once you’ve taken care of the task (fertilizing, repotting, etc), set Reminder back to No.

19. How do watering schedules work?

Watering schedules are a convenient way to remind you when certain plants in your collection need watering. You can configure how frequently they need watering (Water Every field), how much (Quantity field), when they were last watered, and when they shouldn’t be watered (No Water Between fields).

The app automatically calculates the next watering date based on the information you’ve entered. If there’s a conflict or insufficient information, you’ll see None Scheduled beside the Next Watering field.

The watering schedule entry will be highlighted on the main list when the Next Watering date arrives. Any corresponding orchid entries on the main list will also be highlighted on the same date.

Select the Watering field dropdown menu for individual plants to associate them with a certain watering schedule. If you have a lot of plants, a quicker way is to open the Watering schedule, then click the Orchids To Water tab. To add or remove plants from a certain Watering schedule, click the + button in the top right-hand corner. You can then select which plants to add to the schedule by clicking on them in the list. A blue watering-can icon will appear next to the plants you’ve selected. To remove a plant from the schedule, return to this window, click the plant and the watering-can icon will disappear. Alternatively, select the plant(s) on the Orchids to Water tab and click the – button.

By associating a plant with a watering schedule, the Last Watered and Next Watering fields for each associated plant will be updated automatically whenever the Watering schedule is updated. While it is possible to change the Last Watered field directly for individual plants, it is not recommended since the watering of this plant will become out of sync with the associated watering schedule.

20. How do I use the orchid report feature? How do I view the orchid report?

The orchid report shows a summary of your collection, followed by the data and photos for every orchid, watering schedule, and log entry in your collection. This report can be useful for inventory or insurance purposes, and may be printed from within your web browser.

Click the Export To -> HTML Report lines on the File menu.

(1) Select the Report Folder where you’d like to store the report and the corresponding photos.
(2) Enter a filename in the Report File field. Note that the photos will be stored in a sub-folder of the same name with a _photos suffix.
(3) Select whether you’d like to export a report with Small photos, Medium photos, or Large photos, then click the Export button.
(4) A progress bar window will appear, followed by a popup when the export is complete.

To view the report, locate the Report Folder you specified in (1) and double-click on the Report File you specified in (2). Your web browser will load the orchid report.

21. I have questions, feature requests, or concerns that aren’t listed above. How can I contact you?

You can reach me via email (OrchidAlbum@andrewnicolle.com), on the Orchid Album Facebook page, or on Twitter (I’m @andrewnicolle). I can usually respond to queries within 24 hours. If you like Orchid Album for PC, please spread the word. Thanks!

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