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2. Personal Plant Database (SppDb)
SppDb (aka Species Database) has been created specifically for landscape designers and is a tool for storing comprehensive and detailed information about the characteristics of individual plant species that you actually know and work with. It is not a replacement for massive online plant databases. In essence, the software enables the creation of a searchable, personal plant file that you use to filter your own information about familiar plants. It works as a memory jogger helping find species that solve particular landscape design problems. When used while CAD drafting, SppDb dramatically cuts drafting time as information can be cut and pasted from SppDb into CAD software such as GardenCAD, gCADPlus, AutoCAD and MicroStation.
SppDb is a great tool for building plant knowledge. Photographing and entering data about a species into SppDb helps learn about new species, expanding and consolidating knowledge.