Iconic data
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Tour of features

   7 key features
   16 more features
   Categories
   Spell-checker
   Specimen lists
   Data sharing
   Pictures
   Localization
   Reports
   Family names
   Filters
   Botanical names
   Views
   Labels
   Notes
   Databases
   WYSIWYG
   Checklist
   Colors
   Calendar
   Measurements
   Finding
   Customizations
   Pathfinder
   Publishing
 
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Well written commentary is the cornerstone of every good documentary effort.  But so much of what we record in our diaries, journals, notebooks, and databases is subject to repetitive entries describing what we've learned.  In our paper-based efforts, this gives rise to common abbreviations:  shortened words for locations, botanical terms, growing conditions, and other technical jargon.  In today's graphic-rich computer centric world, abbreviations become icons.

The Compleat Botanica exploits the graphical power of today's computers and the high-resolution output of color printers, to eliminate abbreviations, and at the same time to make our collection of data more readable.  Because graphics and icons are consistently shown throughout the software, a new lexicon can arise which replaces codes and abbreviations with iconic symbols.

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See these Pathfinder documents for more about this:

  Getting the most out of the Specimen List

  Setting default values for new specimen records

For an index to other topics see

   Getting started

 

Last reviewed March 25, 2004   

 

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