There are a number of ways to work with plant databases in the gCADPlus environment.
We have created a separate Windows application called SppDb that's designed to work with gCAD+. Here is a link to its web site: www.plantdatabase.gardencad.net and to a page on that site that contains a short YouTube movie showing how to use it with gCADPlus [http://plantdatabase.gardencad.net/?q=node/2].
It is important to note that SppDb is designed as a personal plant data file to work with plants with which you are already familiar so you can find species for a particular need. It also stores information about hardscape elements so you can paste images into plans to illustrate concepts.
Once installed, SppDb is called from the Tools drop down menu as shown below.
The database floats in its own window. Use the search facility to find species with the characteristics you want and export the list to gCADPlus or copy the link to an image file and paste it into a drawing.
2. As part of the gCADPlus drop down menu, the gCAD+ also loads, edits and works with its own internal plant lists. That list is part of the gCADPlus system of automating the process of creating plant lists.
Sample plant list
We have included a spelling checker in that tool. The red underlines in the figure above show that these species names have not yet been added to the dictionary. This is an important step to ensuring that botanical names are accurate.
These plant list files are associated with each design. It is possible to attach unique files for each job or attach a more general list. It is possible to use SppDb, create a list and then import into gCADPlus.
3. Online web databases such as Deep Root can also be used in association with gCADPlus drawings.