Gardener's Buddy 1.0 for iPad - Map and Record Plantings Using 7 Layers

in Lifestyle (E)

[] Ontario, Canada - Oakville Stamping & Bending, Ltd. today is pleased to introduce Gardener's Buddy 1.0, their plant mapping and recording app for iPad. Starting with a user created sketch or map which is uploaded into the iPad, the app allows the gardener to create graphical overlays indicating plant types, locations and complete annotated details. The app generates and saves 25 maps, and the gardener uses one per month to record new plantings. There are seven layers with icons denoting: trees, bushes, bulbs, perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables.

When first starting to use Gardener's Buddy, the user must create a sketch or map of their garden, save it as a JPEG, and then use the File Sharing function in iTunes to upload it into the app. With the base layer in place, 25 monthly maps are generated and saved, each with seven planting layers for use on top of the base. New plantings may be added as many times per month as desired, and all records can be emailed or synced with a computer database at any time. The app is always up to date, automatically creating a new map each month and deleting the oldest record. If a map sketch is not available, uploading a blank JPEG will result in a book type garden diary.

Gardener's Buddy launches in portrait mode to display a scrolling list of months, starting with the coming month and going back an additional 24. An icon view of the base layer accompanies each listing, along with month and year, and whether any garden data has been recorded. The app can accommodate multiple users by tapping a green Change User button on the top right. Tapping on any month brings up the base layer of the garden map, plus any of seven different colored icon layers indicating the kinds of plants added that month (trees, bushes, bulbs, perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables) and their location.

Feature Highlights:
* Gardener's Buddy - the map-based iPad iDiary for the gardening enthusiast
* Upload your own garden jpeg for base map
* Toggle function to select Planting Marker type for trees, bushes, bulbs, perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables
* Plant a Marker by tapping on the screen map in the desired location and filling out window that pops up with name and description
* Make a complete record of every planting
* Accommodates multiple users
* Easy export of planting using email or file syncing
* Identify, document, and maintain every plant using monthly maps

The Review button on the lower right of the map view allows the user to highlight each icon sequentially, revealing its nametag. Tapping on a Planting Marker already entered activates a pop up text window and keyboard. In addition to the Name, the text window has a Description field that allows the user to enter as much detailed information regarding the plant as desired. This annotating feature can be used to record and save relevant information that was included with the plant when purchased, plus notes, etc. In this way the gardener can easily visualize their garden as a whole, by plant type, or by date of planting. Gardener's Buddy is a convenient, portable application which enables the user to plan, plant, document, and maintain their own garden.

"Gardener's Buddy is designed to remove all the memory frustration from gardening," commented designer and garden enthusiast Chris McLeod. "Identifying and maintaining every plant in your garden is simplified using this well designed app for iPad."

Device Requirements:
* iPad compatible
* iOS 3.2 or later
* 1.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Gardener's Buddy 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Review copies are available upon request.

Founded in 1975 and owned by Brent Cornelissen, OS&B is a leading manufacturer and distributor of Plumbing Products. Located in Oakville, Ontario it is Canada's largest manufacturer and distributor of waste and overflows, traps, lavatory drains, tubular brass fittings, and various other plumbing parts. App development by 220 Software. Copyright (C) 2010 Oakville Stamping and Bending, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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