the ultimate guide to plants
The most comprehensive plant guide
PlantFile® is the most comprehensive plant guide for professional designers and horticulturalists. With over 14,000 images of thousands of unique plants, complete with every aspect of their appearance, habits, pests, diseases and suitability to your design criteria.
“PlantFile is literally the most valuable tool in horticulture I know of. We used it all the time at hort. college and it’s the best learning tool. I now use it for design selection with my CAD program.”
PlantFile has been created with all users in mind. It is suitable for southern and northern hemispheres.
The Visual Plant Browser is the workhorse of the database allowing you to scroll through the plant images (picture book-like). It also gives you access to the many aspects of the PlantFile database.
Plants may be grouped into growth types (trees, palms, grasses etc.) to ease locating a species. The plants may be sorted by botanical, common and family names. you can also group plants into special categories such as weeds only. This group lists plants that are potential weeds and this may include common ornamentals.
The user can compile plant lists by right clicking on the image and adding it to the Selected list. The selections are used for study or client lists and for purchasing. When plants are selected by criteria (soil, position, flower colour, etc.) they are placed in the Filtered group. These plants, singularly or collectively can be added to the Selected list and saved.
Quick Search is way of doing a rapid search and sorting for commonly used groupings such as Botanic, Family, Common and Cultivar name or by their ID number by clicking on the appropriate tab.
Typing in a partial name will incrementally short-list the plants to the nearest match. You can scroll down through the list and view a corresponding photo of the plant. After selecting the plant, you may locate it in the Visual Plant Browser or view the plant details by clicking the appropriate button.
The selected plant is highlighted with a red rectangle. Double click on the image to open the plant details. All plants are documented in equal detail with five pages of information covering all aspects of the plant. Each detail section also includes a Glossary page and a page for User Comments.
Plant section covers a physical description and a general overview of the plant eg height, growth habit, water usage and growth rate, Whilst the Leaf section covers in detail a botanic description of the leaf. Click on the ‘?’ icon to reveal a pop up pictorial glossary of the term.
The Plant Overview overs in detail a botanic description. Click on the ‘?’ icon to reveal a pop up pictorial glossary of the term. By pressing the icon next to the Plant Overview, a pop up screen will appear. This contains additional information on the plant and lists the cultivars with a brief description. It also contains the diagnostic features of the family and lists its USDA climatic range. The displayed information may be printed separately or copied to another application.
Flower and fruit page covers all aspects of the flower and fruit of the plant including botanical description and additional information.
Hemisphere Settings covers a physical description and a general overview of the plant eg height, growth habit, water usage and growth rate.
Environment and Cultivation.Many aspects of the plant are displayed on this page in a practical easy to understand manner. This includes soils, aspect, pruning and fertilising of the plant.
Cultural Use provides a general overview of what the plant is commonly used for and indicates how long it will take to establish.
Propagation methods are displayed with additional detailed information displayed when opened.
Pests and Diseases
This page lists common pests and diseases that are likely to attack this plant. Scroll through the list and click on the pest or disease detail icon to reveal detailed information.
Every plant has up to 5 photos that cover the different features, including leaf, flower, bark and growth habit. Profile sheet and images can be printed in report form or may be turned into a PDF with the Pro version.
The Professional version of PlantFile includes a DVD photo gallery with over 16,000 additional images. All images may be copied to other applications or printed in a report form. This makes PlantFile an excellent resource for landscapers, architects, students, nurseries for informing or display purposes.
The images are linked to the appropriate plant and can be printed or copied and turned into a PDF report for easy e-mailing.
Each plant has a hardiness zone map that indicates the climate range of the plant. The maps can be selected for different zones, such as Australia, USA or UK.
Each plant has a Reports and Glossaries page.
Reports. A single page Profile Sheet covering all aspects of the plant may be printed. The plant images can also be printed in a report form. The plant profile can be used as a study guide or as an information sheet for suggested planting to a client.
Glossaries. The glossaries may also be printed in report form and used as handouts in a classroom situation. There are ten pictorial glossaries covering all botanic aspects of plants. A General Glossary that lists over 900 botanic terms with easy to understand descriptions is also available.
Pictorial Glossaries have easy to understand descriptions of each part of the plant. The glossaries may be expanded for the visually impaired or copied out to other applications for reports or assignments. The glossaries can also be activated in other parts of the program, i.e. the Advanced Search.
Educational. The PlantFile program is an excellent learning tool for students of horticulture and avid home gardeners.
Click on the Filter Search tab to open a window. Two types of search are available: Simple Search allows 87 attributes to choose from. or Advanced Search offers over 260 different attributes for selecting plants.
The Simple Search system has 13 categories, allowing you to group plants according to your requirements, eg a shrub for a small garden growing in sandy soil in a cool temperate (zone 8) climate to 2m (6ft) tall. There are 87 criteria available to choose from and the results can be previewed at the bottom right hand corner or displayed on the Visual Plant Browser.
Advanced Search facility allows you to select plants from 23 categories each with mutable choices including botanical descriptions, eg the leaf shape, inflorescence type or bark type, etc.
With this tool, you will be able to identify species or select plants with particular attributes. Selected plants may be previewed at the bottom right hand corner or displayed on the Visual Plant Browser.
Plants can be added to the selected file to create lists. You can create up to 32 individual lists in the standard version and the professional version allows you to archive old lists to the hard drive or on to a CD as a back up.
Plant List Printout. Plant lists can have customer’s names or job numbers as a heading and can be opened to add or subtract plants from the list. The amended list will overwrite the existing file. Plant lists can be printed with or without a thumbnail image and the Professional version can turn the lists in to a PDF for easy e-mailing.
PLANT PROFILE REPORT
The list is printed in a report form with your typed heading at the top.
A single page report can be printed from each plant as a fact sheet for clients or as a study guide for students. The plant images can also be printed in a report form. Both reports can be turned into a PDF with the Pro version for easy e-mailing.
Reports provided with designs produced your your favorite landscape design software such as LANDWorksCAD make for the most professional interaction with you and your clients.
And the list is huge
All contained in the one database, PlantFile is available in several formats from DVD for your desktop PC to online for everyone and also as an app for Ipad and IPhone. You’ll have access to an unprecedented plant library and in MyPlantFile you can edit and add your own.
“I couldn’t imagine trying to remember all these plants. This is a life saver”.
Click here to view the current list of plant Genera, Species & Cultivars contained in the current full version PlantFile Database. All plants are fully documented with photographs. 3586 Species 5271 Cultivars
PlantFile is both a reference resource and learning aid with a quiz system set up for you to test your knowledge against that of the database. Treat the online quiz as a game in which you will increasingly broaden your horticultural knowledge.
“I love how the quiz lets you try again or move on if you want to. I’ve learned a lot already”.
Key Features for adding plants include:
- Drop down selections on many fields to assist documentation
- Pictorial glossaries on all botanic features designed to assist documentation.
- Text boxes for all key features where data can be typed or pasted in.
- Your photographs can be added by copying from the clipboard or from a folder.
- Back up option for completed work.
- Your completed work becomes a part of your copy of PlantFile with all of the features listed below.
myPlantFile Pro PC CD features include:
- Two license keys so you can put it on two PC’s (Windows)
- 42 categories of information on each plant including cultivation requirements, flower, fruit, bark, growth habit, water usage etc.
- Pest & disease information linked to each plant species including control methods.
- Up to 5 detailed photos for each plant highlighting leaf, flower, fruit & habit, plus a photo gallery with over 17,000 additional images.
- An option to add up to 99 of your own photographs to any of the plants in the photo gallery.
- Simple search that allows you to select plants for landscape criteria such as growth type, plant use water usage, mature height, aspect and much more.
- The advanced search allows you to select plants on botanical features such as growth habit, leaf, flower and fruit features. (key out plants)
- Plants can also be searched using botanic or common name, family or cultivar name
- Creation of unlimited selected plant lists for individual clients, or gardens. They can be archived to hard disk or memory stick as a back-up.
- All reports including plant lists, fact sheets and images can be turned into PDF format for easy emailing to clients or friends or printed with your contact details at the top.
- TALK feature for all species with actual voice pronunciation and phonetic spelling of botanic names.
- Selected plant lists can be turned into PDF or available as a text file that can be imported into spread-sheets or other applications.
- Each plant has a users comment page for personalised information.
- myPlantFile Pro is regularly updated and registered users receive future upgrades for a nominal fee.
Hand in hand with LANDWorksCAD
Integrate the PlantFile plant list into LANDWorksCAD and not only will you be able to make better plant selection choices for your designs, you’ll also create detailed plant care and information reports for your clients and be able to integrate PlantFile’s excellent photographs.
“I’m the only one in the area producing reports with my designs. I don’t think anyone knows how i do it 🙂 “,
PlantFile’s list of plants can be imported into LANDWorksCAD Excel database. Assign your desired CAD symbols and if desired use the photographs from PlantFile in your drawings. When the design is complete, select the same plants you used in your drawing in PlantFile to print a complete multi-page report.
The two products go hand in hand
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Pests and Diseases
An option to add up to 99 of your own photographs to any of the plants in the photo gallery.
The advanced search allows you to select plants on botanical features such as growth habit, leaf, flower and fruit features. (key out plants)
Plants can also be searched using botanic or common name, family or cultivar name
Take it Personally
Selected plant lists can be turned into PDF or available as a text file that can be imported into spread-sheets or other applications
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How does this integrate with CAD or LANDWorksCAD?
You can use PlantFile with any CAD program by making it your plant selection tool. Enter the required criteria, locate the desired plant then manually add the label and plant schedule etc.
In LANDWorksCAD you get the added advantage that you can automatically find an insert a plant of the same name that you have selected and the labeling and plant schedules are automatically added to your drawing.
Additionally, you can use the many thousands of high quality images in PlanFile as part of your LANDWorksCAD drawing.
Do I need a CAD program to use PlantFile?
No. You can use PlantFile completely independently of your CAD program if desired.
What license options are available?
We provide PlantFile as a DVD and or Online tool. The DVD is good only if you have a Windows machine with a DVD drive, otherwise you will make use of the online access. Access is given for a year.
Includes LANDWorksCAD compatible plant database, complete myPlantFile database on DVD and 12 months PlantFile online database access that you can extend for just $90 per year
Prices shown in AUD. Australian buyers add 10% GST
- Windows 10, 8 or 7
- Intel i5 processor (i7 preferred)
- 64 bit machine
- 8GB RAM (16GB preferred)
- 500MB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
- Mouse with scroll wheel
- Dedicated graphics card with 2GB+ supporting OpenGL 2.0 or later
- 1280 x 800 screen resolution or higher