With hundreds to choose from, where
do you start?
Tiny, small, medium, large, gigantic, and ridiculous -- dahlias
come in sizes for everyone.
Ian was looking for the definitive word on plant families, orders, and
classes only to discover that there are conflicting opinions about the
best classification scheme. "Now I can create my own taxonomic
hierarchy if I feel up to it.", Ian says.
The Compleat Botanica
knows that the science of taxonomy will remain in flux for a long time.
Will genetics do any better?
Q: I've noticed that some customizations apply to databases and others to the software in general.
Most of the customizations apply to the software in general. Such
things as picture options, abstract options, and specimen list options are
set once for the entire software.
There are a few exceptions to this
rule. For the most part these are cultural preferences. They
apply to the currently open database only.
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Q: We are currently compiling a master list of our plant
collections, ultimately leading to a book. Can we import data from Excel
into the Compleat Botanica and print a book from it?
Yes. Data from Excel spreadsheets can be saved in a tab
delimited format which can easily be imported into The Compleat
The software has an excellent facility for publishing your data
in book format and in hyper-linked Web format.
In addition, the software has an export feature that allows your data to be
copied to word processors, page publishing tools, browsers, Web
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Q: How do I import data from other applications?
A: The Compleat Botanica stores data in four
tables: one table contains your
specimen records, another contains your customized categories, a third
contains the taxonomic checklist and botanical spell-checker., and another one
contains the vernacular list of common names.
The Import command, which is available from
the File menu, is coordinated with the current view. So to import new specimen records your current window
must be one of the Specimen Views. Similarly, to import custom categories, your
current view should be the Categories View; to import taxonomic records your
current view should be the Checklist; and to import common names your current
view should be the Vernacular Names View. See the full story.
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