Custom categories
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We all look at the world from our own perspective.  Making sense out of what we see and organizing what we've learned requires us to divide our new-found knowledge into groupings that match our world view.

The Compleat Botanica makes it easy for us establish our own classification systems through the use of custom categories.  A custom category is a database item that can store our own set of descriptions and classification codes.  With this established, we can sort, search, display and print our plant collection to easily highlight the differences and similarities hidden in the data.

There are 80 separate items per specimen that can be categorized this way.  In addition, there are approximately 100 other items per specimen that use traditional check boxes and text areas for data entry, as well as special items for word processing-like documents, seasonal calendar ranges, measurement dimensions, and picture viewers.


See these Pathfinder documents for more about this:

  Customizing your categories

  Filtering by custom category

  Why do some categories allow free-form data?

  Using codes as short-cuts in the category fields

  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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