Flexible specimen lists
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Tour of features

   7 key features
   16 more features
   Categories
   Spell-checker
   Data sharing
   Pictures
   Localization
   Reports
   Family names
   Filters
   Botanical names
   Views
   Labels
   Notes
   Databases
   WYSIWYG
   Checklist
   Colors
   Calendar
   Measurements
   Finding
   Iconic data
   Customizations
   Pathfinder
   Publishing
 
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Looking at long lists of data using traditional list boxes and spreadsheets quickly leads to eye fatigue.  Trying to find the similarities and differences in text-only listings is a chore.

The success of graphical user interfaces like the Windows operating systems, is based largely on their ability to move beyond Gutenberg's invention of the printing press.  But few software applications today take advantage of the platform's capabilities to present data in a truly graphical form.

The Compleat Botanica makes no mistake here.  It applies icons and graphical elements consistently throughout its user interface making it easy to know where you are and what you're looking at.  The Specimen List is the centerpiece of this approach.  Proper formatting of botanical names is where it begins.  Embedded graphical elements, like icons, color wheels, checkboxes, measurement indicators, thumbnail pictures, and seasonal calendar tools, breaks free from the centuries old text-only world.  Adjustable column widths and placement lets you put related data items adjacent to each other.  Alternating bands of subtle background colors lets your eye track the data across the screen.  Custom font sizes lets you adjust everything to your comfort level.

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See these Pathfinder documents for more about this:

  Graphics in printed reports

  Adjusting the specimen list column width

  Changing the order of columns in the specimen list

  Sorting the list of specimen

  Changing the specimen list font size

For an index to other topics see

   Getting started

 

Last reviewed March 25, 2004   

 

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