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

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[] Ontario, Canada - APPinspect inc. today is pleased to introduce Master Gardener's Buddy (MGB), a multi-map, multi-field, garden planting map app for iPad. Starting with a user created sketch, photo or map uploaded into the iPad via iTunes, MGB allows the gardener to create graphical overlays of 9 different plant icons, viewed by Layer (trees, bushes, bulbs, perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables, plus borders and water) or all at once. Save as many gardens, with as many different garden layouts in each, as you wish. Within a garden layout folder Gardening Days are created, consisting of a layout and the ability to enter your planting points upon them, in many different plant layers, each with its own scaling icon.

MGB launches in portrait mode (but functions in both portrait and landscape modes) to display the following button choices: Garden List, Layer Settings, Help, and Contact buttons. The app can accommodate multiple users and gardens, and a Change User button appears in green on the top right. Tapping on any user-created garden folder brings up the base layout of the garden map, plus a choice of seven different plant icons indicating the kinds of plants added (trees, bushes, bulbs, perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables) and their location, or PlantPoint.

Having created a new Gardening Day, gardeners can choose the planting Layer on the pop-up legend, and then enter PlantPoints in the layer of their choice. PlantPoints in each Layer have a distinctive icon to decorate the garden Layout. Each PlantPoint planted pops up a three-tab data entry form. The first tab shows the name of the gardener, the tag (usually the name of the plant), a description box, and a choice of flags: to plant-neutral, planted-green checkmark, to do-yellow checkmark. The second tab displays four distinct renameable fields, (e.g. light requirements, water requirements, color, and fertilizer requirements). The third tab provides a check off list for uploaded documents (photos, PDFs, etc.), keeping them associated with that PlantPoint.

Feature Highlights:
* Master Gardener's Buddy - the map-based iPad iDiary for the gardening enthusiast
* Add PlantPoints for trees, bushes, bulbs, perennials, annuals, herbs, and vegetables
* Make a complete record of every planting
* Base map with nine transparent layers denoting plant types and location, plus borders and water
* Multiple users may create and save multiple gardens
* Easy export using email or file syncing
* Share your Gardening Day by e-mail in PDF, CSV, or native Garden Package format (.gbp)
* Identify, document, and maintain every plant in a Gardening Day.

Fields for data entry include: Tag, Description, four renamable fields, and an associated documents folder. The Tag feature has a special feature that allows the user to upload nine text files for each Layer. In this way plant names can be uploaded as a name Tag, and are accessible via a dropdown. A list can also be made on the fly for each Layer while gardening, saving troublesome typing of long plant names. Gardeners have a wide variety of information that they might like to keep within the PlantPoint for a given planting, such as: the Latin and common names of plant they have put in; any photos they might have of the plant; other documents that might be important regarding that plant; and miscellaneous data (temperature tolerance, watering, fertilization, etc.) for which the four renamable fields can be used.

Each PlantPoint is flagged with one of a choice of four flags (to be planted, planted, to do, and replace). For any given Layer, or the all Layer view option, PlantPoints have one of four flags. This allows the gardener to focus on what needs doing. Mapping the garden has numerous advantages for gardeners, allowing them to: plan what they will plant, record what they have planted before they forget, make a to-do list of what to thin and prune and fertilize, etc., and make a hit list of what plants have to go. In addition, mapping enables gardeners to go back at any time and add information, comments and other data to their PlantPoints. When a new Gardening Day is made, all PlantPoints may be copied over, or only some, depending on the flag selection.

"Master Gardener's Buddy is designed to remove all the frustration from gardening," commented MGB creator Christopher Adam McLeod. "Identifying and maintaining every plant in your garden is simplified using this deep map app for iPad."

Language Support:
* US English for titles and help file. Help file in screenshots.
* Configurable text field names, and all text field entry windows are multilingual with Apple International Keyboard support

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* 3.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Master Gardener's Buddy 1.0 is $4.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Review copies are available upon request.

Located in Oakville, Canada, the APPinspect Inc team is a small independent software company founded by Brent Cornelissen and Christopher Adam McLeod in February 2011. With a focus on innovation, APPinspect creates spatial apps for the Mac and iOS platforms. Copyright (C) 2011 Brent Cornelissen and Christopher Adam McLeod. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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