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Introduction

Botaniculum is a compendium of local wild and medicinal plants for Android smartphones and tablets.

Botaniculum is a perfect tool for plant identification, not only for botanists but  for  interested laymen as well.

The Botaniculum database knows about 7,000 plant names. It contains features of classification and detailed information regarding  major domestic and wild growing plants, as well as medicinal plants.  In addition, there are 2,500 large-format colour photos and illustrations in brilliant HD quality.

The wealth of information in Botaniculum corresponds to a textbook of  more than 1,000 pages, yet this data collection fits into any pocket.

Botaniculum is easy and intuitive to use. In  seven steps or less, even laymen will  identify any native wild plant with the help of his or her smartphone (according to flower colour, flower shape,  petals arrangement, leaf shape, arrangement of leaves, leaf edge  and specific  form). In addition, time of bloom  and time of collection can be specified.

Photos can be added to each plant taken with the smartphone’s camera or added from existing photo collections. The photos can be greatly enlarged on the Android device, while still maintaining detailed quality.

Many search functions and a fast full-text search option make it possible to use Botaniculum as a comprehensive and convenient reference. With a few clicks, the plants are sorted according to their properties, which include   medicinal plants, culinary herbs, their use in homeopathy, flowering time, collection time, growth form (was soll das sein?), location and  many more – the search possibilities are almost endless.

Numerous synonyms in the database allow the user to quickly locate plants  by their popular  or  botanical names.

Botaniculum contains  information about  the healing effects of the more than 400 medicinal plants.   Their applications and contraindications are  listed, as well as their possible  homeopathic use and other interesting details.

All information is available “offline” at any time after installing the Botaniculum App on your Android device: after installation, an internet connection  is not necessary,  therefore no connection costs will be incurred   and the program functions of Botaniculum  work in remote places.

Installation

System requirements:

• Android smartphone or tablet

• Android OS version 2.2 or higher

• 600MB (0.6 GB) of free storage

• 480 * 800 pixels screen resolution or higher

• WIFI/WLAN

Before the first start of Botaniculum WIFI/WLAN should be set up on the Android and switched on.

When first starting the application loads about 2500 image files in HD quality from the Botaniculum web server. The download of images can be done only if there is a WIFI-/WLAN-connection. There are approximately 0.6 GB of storage capacity required on the Android device. The download of the image database can – take a few minutes – depending on the wireless speed. After downloading Botaniculum can be operated permanently offline. After that a connection to the Internet is no longer necessary.

Determine plant

The program part “determine plant” appears after the start of Botaniculum. Here the determination of the desired plant criteria can be entered:

1.              Flower colour

2.              Flower shape

3.              Inflorescence

4.               Leaf shape

5.              Leaf arrangement

6.              Margin

7.              Special form

Clicking on a list item will open a menu where the available plant features are displayed as icons.

Once one of these features is selected, they are listed in the other determining criteria, which meet the requirements and lead to hits in the search results. Once only a single plant appears as a result, this plant is automatically displayed.

It does not matter in which order the criteria are entered. If you are not sure when choosing a feature, you can skip this step without any problem. Clicking „Start Search“ at the bottom of the screen time displays at any the list of those plants that match the search criteria. The final determination of this plant can then be made ​​using the pictures, graphics and text information in Botaniculum.

If very few particulars are given, however, it happens that the list of plants in the search results is very long. For example, if only the flower colour “yellow” is selected and then you click “Start search„, several hundred plants will appear in the search results. In general, it is therefore useful to choose at least two or three criteria before clicking „Start search„.

In addition to the seven criteria Botaniculum offers many other powerful search capabilities as well. Plants can be selected with a few clicks of their healing effect to time of blooming time, time of collecting, and many other criteria. In this way Botaniculum not only serves for plant identification, but also as a convenient reference book and compendium of native wild and cultivated plants.

Using the “back“ button of Android, you can delete the entries and start the search again.

Note: The Botaniculum logo on the right side of the title bar has the same function as the “ back“ button of Android.

Full text search

By clicking on the title bar, you can always perform a full text search. This is the most powerful search function in Botaniculum. Who knows the English or botanical name will use this fastest way to this plant. In the full-text search any words or parts of words can be entered. By typing “ros“ can be found for example all plants of the rose family (Rosaceae), but also some more plants like the Rosmarinus officinalis, because this bears the popular name “rosemary”. So if you want to look for rose family, you should better enter „rose” to the full term or “ Rosaceae “ in the full text search.

Search results

After entering the search criteria and clicking „Start search” or by performing a full text search, the search result will appear in an alphabetical list of all plants that meet the search criteria.

The title bar of the number of hits will be listed in the search results.

The list of plants is sorted either by English or botanical name. This sorting process can be set in the settings themselves.

Clicking on a list entry takes you to the detail view of the plant (see below). Use the “back” button of Android to get back to plant identification.

Click to enlarge

Once a plant has been selected by clicking on the result, a multi-page detailed view with all the important information about the plant appears. The buttons at the bottom of the page are used to scroll to the first, previous, next, or last record in the results.

Home

On the main page of the detail view you will find the most important information about a plant, as well as a reduced graph.

A full screen view of the image is obtained by clicking on it. In the full image view, it is possible to enlarge sections of the graph by using two fingers. Use the “back” button of Android to return to the detail view.

If the Android device is connected to the Internet via WIFI/WLAN, you can easily fall back on to additional information to the plant from the Internet: a simple click on the name of the plant in the detail view opens the Internet browser, to perform a Wikipedia or Google page that provides additional information about the plant.

In addition to the main page, additional pages that can be accessed by a horizontal swipe:

Health

On the right of the main page you will find the information concerning the healing effect. You reache this page through a swipe from right to left. This information is available in more than 400 medicinal plants in Botaniculum.

Pictures

Left from the main page is the image list. You reache this page from the main page of the detail view by a swipe from left to right. In the top row photos are scaled that are included in Botaniculum. A click on one of these thumbnail images will open the full-screen view of the photo (see below).

Here you as well find the icon for the Internet file search in addition to the Botaniculum photos. This icon is only visible if your Android device is connected to the Internet via WIFI/WLAN. A click on the icon opens the web browser and takes you directly to the search results of Google Image search.

Camera

In the second row of the image list is a camera icon. By clicking on this icon you will open the internal camera of Botaniculum.

With the Botaniculum camera, you can take own photos for a plant in a comfortable way. The operation of this camera we have kept as simple as possible. A click on the trigger on the screen is enough to take a photo.

If the camera of your Android device has a flash or continuous light, you can this turn on with a click on the flash icon. If the camera has an autofocus, the function is automatically activated.

The images are automatically stored in the correct size and at the right place, under the name of the respective plant and in a separate directory.

If you “hold” one of the own preview pictures, you open the menu of editing options. There you can delete your own images, replace, share, send by email or post them to the editors of Botaniculum ready for publication.

Publish your own pictures

All photos provided in Botaniculum the editors for publication require a release under the Creative Commons Attribution – Non-commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license (CC By- SA 3.0). After selecting the menu option ”publish” you can enter the author’s name. By clicking on the „publish” button, the image of CC By- SA 3.0 is released, sent to the editorial and Botaniculum provided in a publication by the name of the author.

See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.de

Full screen view

Once you click on a thumbnail, the associated photo is displayed in full screen size. Use the “back“ button of Android, to return to the detail view.

When viewing pictures in full screen you have the following options:

• You can enlarge an area by “rearing” a portion of the image with two fingers.

• By a horizontal swipe you find all other images and illustrations that are assigned to a plant. In addition to the Botaniculum photos and your own photos this way you can also view the plant graphics.

• A vertical swipe takes you to the next or previous plant inside the search result.

One who prefers to “tap” instead of „wipe”, can also tap the left and right, or lower and upper edge of the image between the images of a plant within the search results.

If there is another photo of a plant, this is shown in a thumbnail on the edge of the image.

There are currently no photos or graphics in Botaniculum to a very few plants. But at least a photo or graphic is provided. In this case, a replacement image is displayed. It is always possible to replace the missing photo with your own.

In full view the author (and if known the year of creation) appears in all photos that do not originate from the Botaniculum editors. These photos are licensed by CC By- SA 3.0 (Creative Commons Attribution – Share Alike 3.0 Unported conditions).

See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.de

Headline

The title bar of the Botaniculum app displays the title of the currently selected part of the program and also offers some additional features:

The Botaniculum logo on the left side of the title bar has the same function as the “back“ button of Android. By clicking on the logo you can go back to the previous program or undo your inputs.

On the right of the title bar is the „menu“ button. This button has the same function as the “menu” button of Android (not available on any device). Using the menu, you can for example reach the settings of Android, quit and call other functions.

Just to the left of the menu button, there is the „search“ button. It has the same function as the „search“ button of Android (not available on any device). With this button you can always perform a full text search.

Button bar

At the bottom of the screen is in some parts of the program a button bar. You can – depending on the currently selected part of the program – call important program functions.

 

Determine plant

Here is the „start search” – function in the button bar.

Details

The four buttons in the button bar have the following functions

1.              Move to the first record of the search result

2.              Go to the previous record of the search result

3.              Move to the next record of the search result

4.              Go to the last record of the search result change

Settings

On the right of the title bar is an icon to access the menu. From this menu, the settings can be achieved. The following options can be found in the settings:

Language

Here the application language (German or English) can be selected.

Sorting

Here you can specify whether the alphabetical sorting of search results is performed by the botanical name or by its English name of the plant.

My Pictures

Here you can select whether own pictures to be taken with the internal camera or whether existing own files that are stored on the device. Normally this should be “internal camera“.

Font size

Here the size of the font in the detail view can be defined. There are five font sizes to choose.

Web link

Here you can choose which Internet address will be used for web pages. The choices are Google and Wikipedia. In the detail view, the selected web site is automatically called when you click on the name of the plant. Depending on the selected language either German or English version of the website is used here. 

Customer Support

Our technical support is available for questions concerning the operation and installation of Botaniculum:

support@botaniculum.de

For suggestions concerning the content of Botaniculum, contact our editorial department available:

redaktion@botaniculum.de

Legal information

Idea and content: Hendrik Wiethase. Implementation, programming and design: Jörg Bergmann.

Publisher and editor:

Wiethase Verlag

Johannisstr. 11

06193 Wettin – Löbejün

Germany

All contents of Botaniculum Database (text and images) are – unless otherwise indicated protected by copyright. The copyrights belong to Hendrik Wiethase.

The Botaniculum app is protected by copyright. The copyright belongs to Jörg Bergmann.

Photos without copyright notice: Hendrik Wiethase.

 

Photos with copyrights note: licensed by Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported. see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.de

 

The image plates with illustrations of plants are in the public domain. All other in-app graphics, photos, and icons are copyrighted.

The unauthorized disclosure, copying, modification and use of Botaniculum app and its copyrighted contents are not allowed. The publisher assumes no responsibility for the contents. Errors and modifications reserved.

 

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