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Announcing Artwork Tracker for PC

Artwork Tracker

Way back in the early days of the App Store (circa 2010) I released Artwork Tracker, an artwork tracking app for artists and collectors. This was eventually followed by a companion Mac app in 2013. I’ve had requests for a PC version since then, but until now couldn’t dedicate the time to it. Well, the wait for a PC version will soon be over!

Today I can announce I’m working on a Windows PC version of Artwork Tracker. I’ve reached the point where I’m fairly comfortable developing apps for the PC, and earlier this year I completed several major updates of my other apps. That frees up some spare time for me to work on Artwork Tracker for PC.

Artwork Tracker for PC will support Windows versions from XP SP3 through to Windows 10. The app will contain many of the features of the iOS version, with the addition of some new features like enhanced search and printing capabilities. You’ll be able to transfer your database to and from the iOS version via WiFi, too. A free trial version will be available direct from my website, with the full feature-set unlocked with purchase of a license.

What might Artwork Tracker look like on the PC? Take a look at a few screenshots from the Mac version. The PC version will have a similar look and feel:

If you’re interested in learning more about Artwork Tracker for PC, visit the Artwork Tracker Facebook page or the Artwork Tracker for PC page on my site.

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Orchid Album for PC v1.2.0.0 update now available

Orchid Album

Orchid Album makes keeping track of your orchids easy, whether you’re new to orchids, or an experienced collector. It’s the ideal tool for organizing your plants, watering schedules, and notes.

The Orchid Album for PC v1.2.0.0 update is now available.

For existing customers, click ‘Check for Updates…’ in the Help menu within the app and follow the prompts to update.

This update contains the following changes:

  • Increased photo resolution when adding new photos.
  • Added Extra-Large photos option for the Orchid Report feature.
  • Bug fixes.

You can learn more about Orchid Album at my website or on the Orchid Album Facebook group.

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Bonsai Album for PC v2.0.0.0 update now available

Bonsai Album for PC

Bonsai Album makes keeping track of your bonsai or penjing collection easy, whether you’re new to bonsai, a collector, a dealer, or even a bonsai master.

The Bonsai Album for PC v2.0.0.0 update is now available.

For existing customers, click ‘Check for Updates…’ in the Help menu within the app and follow the prompts to update.

This update contains the following changes:

  • Increased photo resolution when adding new photos.
  • Added Extra-Large photos option for the Bonsai Report feature.
  • Log photos are now automatically added to the associated Bonsai and Pot.
  • New Bonsai fields: ID, In Collection, Value, Sell Price, Fertilizer, Location, Weight, Light, Temperature, Medium.
  • Bonsai Source field is now an editable text field.
  • New Pot fields: ID, In Collection, Value, Sell Price, Weight, Location.
  • Added Semi-Cascade Pot shape.
  • Pots can now be sorted by shape.
  • Bonsai and Pot lists now show ID field and In Collection state.
  • Bonsai and Pots can now be hidden if not in your collection.
  • Added barred snowflake icon for Bonsai with Winter Indoors set to Yes.
  • Bonsai search can now filter trees needing Winter Indoors by starting to search for “Winter Indoors”.
  • Value statistic now takes the new Value fields into account.
  • Added Apply button to Info windows.
  • Increased photo caption font size.
  • Added table right-click context menu.
  • Added Duplicate Item feature.
  • Bug fixes.

You can learn more about Bonsai Album at my website or on the Bonsai Album Facebook group.

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Introducing Cactus Album for PC

Track your cactus and succulent collection on your Windows PC – Now Available!

Cactus Album

Today I’m pleased to announce the release of my new Windows PC app, Cactus Album. This is my cactus and succulent tracking tool already available for iOS and Mac.

The PC version is similar to the Mac version and 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 cactus entries, right-click context menus, and a host of other tweaks and improvements. Cactus Album for PC also has a built-in crash-reporting mechanism and software update notifications.

Cactus Album for PC is localized into English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Thai. This also includes every aspect of the installation and ordering process (aside from ordering the app in Thai). 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, ไทย

To run Cactus 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. These are already included with Windows 8 or higher.

The download version initially runs in an unregistered trial mode, limited to 3 cacti, 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.

DownloadBuy Now

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

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Cactus Album for PC – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Cactus Album for PC

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

1. When will Cactus Album be available for PCs?

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

2. What operating system do I need to be able to run Cactus 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 Cactus 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 Cactus 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 Cactus Album for PC will suit my needs. Is there a free trial version available?

Yes, it is available for download from my website here. The app is initially in an unregistered trial mode, limited to 3 cacti, 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 Cactus Album for PC be localized into my language soon?

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

6. Is it possible to sort the cacti by species, rather than name?

Click Preferences… on the Tools menu and select the “Sort cacti by species” checkbox under Sort Options. Close the window and you’ll find all cacti are now sorted by species. 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 Cactus will show the cactus name selected in the Cactus field, and Note will show a brief summary taken from the Notes field. Select either Cactus 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 Cactus 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 Cactus 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 Cactus 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 Cactus 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 Cactus field, select the corresponding cactus. Set the Type field to Cactus. 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 Cactus Info window, you’ll see the complete history of the cactus.

11. I have an Cactus Album database on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. How do I transfer it to Cactus 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 Cactus Album for PC and save it to your Documents folder.
(3) Click the Import Database button in the document window toolbar within Cactus 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 -> Cactus 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 Cactus Album on your device. Check the Messages box in Cactus 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 Cacti and Watering Schedules, Import Cacti, 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 Cactus Album for PC should now match the database on your device.

Note that the above steps will completely replace the contents of the Cactus Album database within Cactus 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 Cactus Album database in Cactus Album for PC I’d like to transfer to Cactus 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 Cactus 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?

Cactus 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 Cactus 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. Cactus 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 cactus, 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 cactus, 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 cactus. 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 cactus 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 Cacti 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 Cacti 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 cacti report feature? How do I view the cacti report?

The cacti report shows a summary of your collection, followed by the data and photos for every cactus, 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, Large photos, or Extra-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 cacti 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 (CactusAlbum@andrewnicolle.com), on the Cactus Album Facebook page, or on Twitter (I’m @andrewnicolle). I can usually respond to queries within 24 hours. If you like Cactus Album for PC, please spread the word. Thanks!

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Announcing Cactus Album for Mac & PC

“Cactus Album

Back in early 2014, at the height of my cactus collecting mania, I released a cactus and succulent tracking app called Cactus Album on the iOS App Store. Over the years I’ve had emails asking if I had any plans for Mac or PC versions of the app. Being busy with other projects, the answer was always no. Until today!

Since I’m nearing the end of some major Bonsai Album app updates for 3 platforms (iOS, Mac & PC), today I can finally announce I’ve started working on the desktop versions of Cactus Album. I’ll be releasing both Mac and Windows PC versions, hopefully on the same day in the not-too-distant future.

I surveyed fans of the iOS app, asking which platform they would prefer: Mac or PC. The response was resoundingly in favour of a Mac version. Not wanting to disappoint anyone with a PC (myself included!), I’ve decided to develop for both platforms in parallel.

These new desktop apps will allow transferring your database to and from the iOS version via WiFi. Like the iOS version, I also plan to support multiple languages, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Thai. In addition to both versions being available direct from my website, the Mac version will also be available via the Mac App Store. Free trial versions will be available for download from my site, and can be unlocked with purchase of a license, with separate licenses per platform.

What might Cactus Album look like on the desktop? Here’s a mockup screenshot I put together from one of my other apps:

Update 29-Oct-16: Cactus Album for Mac is now available!
Update 4-Nov-16: Cactus Album for PC is now available!

If you’re interested in learning more about Cactus Album, visit the Cactus Album Facebook page or the Cactus Album for Mac or Cactus Album for PC pages on my site.

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Orchid Album for PC v1.1.0.0 update now available

Orchid Album

Orchid Album makes keeping track of your orchids easy, whether you’re new to orchids, or an experienced collector. It’s the ideal tool for organizing your plants, watering schedules, and notes.

The Orchid Album for PC v1.1.0.0 update is now available.

For existing customers, click ‘Check for Updates…’ in the Help menu within the app and follow the prompts to update.

This update contains the following changes:

  • New botanical names can now be added for the Synonym, Hybrid 1 and Hybrid 2 fields.
  • Increased thumbnail-sized photo resolution.
  • Bug fixes.

You can learn more about Orchid Album at my website or on the Orchid Album Facebook group.

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Bonsai Album for PC v1.2.0.0 update now available

Bonsai Album for PC

Bonsai Album makes keeping track of your bonsai or penjing collection easy, whether you’re new to bonsai, a collector, a dealer, or even a bonsai master.

The Bonsai Album for PC v1.2.0.0 update is now available.

For existing customers, click ‘Check for Updates…’ in the Help menu within the app and follow the prompts to update.

This update contains the following changes:

  • Increased thumbnail-sized photo resolution.
  • Bug fixes.

You can learn more about Bonsai Album at my website or on the Bonsai Album Facebook group.

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Introducing Orchid Album for PC

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

“Orchid

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

DownloadBuy Now

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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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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