How to Use the Horticultural Management Module
This document explains how to use BG-Map to create, assign and track the progress of Horticultural Management Tasks.
How to Create and Use Tree Inventory Sheets
This document describes how to create blank spreadsheets for use in the field for conducting in tree inventories using Microsoft Excel. Entered data is automatically checked for errors and uploaded into BG-BASE and BG-Map.
How to Display Semi-Transparent Tree Canopy Fills in Web-VQF
This document describes how to display semi-transparent tree canopy fills in Web-VQF, allowing objects under the canopies to be seen.
Eliminating Popup Windows in Web-VQF Home Page or "Find a Plant" Page
Follow these directions to eliminate the use of popup windows for the "Find a Plant" functions in a Web-VQF home page or "Find a Plant" landing page.
Using the Web-VQF API
This document explains how to use the Web-VQF API, which allows you to retrieve maps and information on plants and canned tours in the form of XML files that can be used to provide data to other software applications.
Moving BG-Map from a Stand-Alone Installation to a Network Installation
This document explains how to move BG-Map from a stand-alone installation on the local C: drive to a network installation on a Windows server.
How to Display Unmapped Plants in BG-Map Web-VQF
This document explains how to allow visitors to search for and display unmapped plants in Web-VQF.
Features Not Available When Running BG-Map with CMS IntelliCAD 8.1
This document lists the features not available when running BG-Map with CMS IntelliCAD 8.1. All other features are available.
How to Insure "Plain" AutoCAD Loads Properly
There may be times when you wish to use AutoCAD with menus and toolbars other than those associated with BG-Map. This document will explain how to always load "Plain" AutoCAD.
How to Send In an AutoCAD or CMS IntelliCAD History Report To Assist in Debugging a Problem
This document explains how to capture an AutoCAD or CMS IntelliCAD history report (the contents of the CAD Text Window) to assist in debugging a BG-Map problem that involves CAD: For example, failure to generate plants or print a map.
Moving BG-Map to a New Computer
This document explains how to move BG-Map from an existing computer to a new computer.
Unraveling the Mystery of the User ID File: Running BG-Map User Setup
This document explains the details of the user ID file, which contains settings unique to each user institution and user workstation.
Configuring Printers and Plotters for BG-Map
This document explains how to configure printers and plotters for printing of book maps and large format maps in BG-Map.
Running BG-Map with AutoCAD 2006 on Windows 7
This document describes how to configure AutoCAD 2006 to allow proper operation of BG-Map.
BG-BASE Data Entry for for Web-VQF and Visitors QUICKFinder (VQF) Kiosk Software
This document lists the recommended data entry in BG-BASE for use with the Web-VQF web interface and Visitors QUICKFinder kiosks. Your goal should be to fill in as much of this data as possible in order to provide maximum information to your visitors.
How to Assign Multiple Locations and Images to Web-VQF Garden Features
This document explains how you can assign more than one map location and more than one image to a single Web-VQF Garden Feature.
How to Display Memorial Trees, Benches, and Other Memorials in Web-VQF
This document explains how plants or Garden Features can be designed as memorials, which are searchable in Web-VQF.
Forcing the Contents of a Web-VQF Web Page to Refresh
This document explains how to force the contents of a Web-VQF web page to refresh to display the latest information from BG-Map and BG-BASE.
How to Add Audio and Video Content to Web-VQF
This document explains how to add audio and video content to Web-VQF for Garden Features, Canned Tours and Plants.
Setting up BG-Map Web-VQF for Mobile Devices
This document explains how to set up your Web-VQF installation for mobile device support.
Fixing Stoppages or Slowdown of Web-VQF
This document explains how to recover if Web-VQF should stop operating or slow down.
Finding Plants in BG-Map That Are Missing in BG-BASE
This document explains how to find plants that are in BG-Map but which are missing in BG-BASE.
Renewing Your OpenInsight License to allow Uninterrupted Operation of Web-VQF
This document explains how to renew your OpenInsight license for Web-VQF and explains how and when to renew the license.
How to Display Memorial Trees, Benches, and Other Memorials in BG-Map Visitors QUICKFinder
This document explains how to set up BG-Map Visitors QUICKFinder kiosk software to allow visitors to search for memorial trees, benches, and other types of memorials, such as sculpture.
How to Set Options for BG-Map Visitors QUICKFinder
This document explains how to set the various options that control the operation of BG-Map Visitors QUICKFinder.
How to Customize BG-Map Visitors QUICKFinder
This document explains how to customize BG-Map Visitors QUICKFinder for your institution.
Setting the Date Format for Total Station or GPS Survey Data
This document explains how to set the date format for total station or GPS survey data collected on a data collector.
Stopping or Restarting Web-VQF
This document explains how to stop or restart Web-VQF in the event of a problem or to install a software update.
Using RFID Tags with Garden Notepad, GreVidô and PropNoterô
This document reviews RFID technology and how it can be used with BG-Map applications for Windows Mobile Devices.
Determining the Installed Versions of BG-Map Software
for Windows Mobile Devices
This document explains how to determine the currently installed versions of BG-Map software for Windows Mobile devices.
BG-Map Layering Standards
Typical layer assignments, colors, and retricted layers for BG-Map.
AutoCAD 2009 Menu Issues
This document reviews issues pertaining to running BG-Map with AutoCAD 2009.
Running BG-Map with AutoCAD LT
This document explains how to set up BG-Map to run with AutoCAD LT.
How to Create or Update a Basemap For Use With GreVid
This document describes how to create or update a basemap for use with GreVid.
Sharing Data Between BG-Map and ArcGIS Products ArcView and ArcInfo
This document explains how to share data between BG-Map, which is AutoCAD-based and other GIS systems that use ESRI ArcGIS products, such as ArcView or ArcInfo.
Restoring Programs and Data to the HP200lx Palmtop
This document describes how restore programs and data to the HP 200lx palmtop in the case of complete battery failure.
Changing Batteries on the HP 200 lx Palmtop Computer
This document explains how to avoid losing data and having to reload software by changing the batteries on your palmtop computer regularly. For users of the Total Station Interface and Garden Notepad
Questions and Answers Involving Use of Volunteers in Mapping and Plant Records
This document contains an e-mail message thread regarding use of volunteers for mapping and plant records in botanical gardens and arboreta.
Starting BG-Map with AutoCAD in Read-Only Mode
This document explains how to start BG-Map with AutoCAD in read-only mode if another user on a networked system is currently accessing your basemap.
Questions and Answers Involving Plant Labeling and BG-Map
This document contains an e-mail message thread regarding how to label plants - specifically if the accession number qualifier should be included on the label.
Avoid Naming Both Local and Network Folders as BGBASE
If BG-Map is accessing BG-BASE data through a network server, avoid naming a folder on your local C: drive as BGBASE.
Mapping Non-Plant Objects with the BG-Map Total Station Interface and GPS
This document explains how to use BG-Map for automated mapping of non-plant objects.
Using a Giant Clipboard for Field Checks
This document suggests the use of a giant clipboard to make it convenient to take large format maps out into the garden.
Using a Bamboo Pole for Plant Surveying
This document suggests the use of an 8-foot bamboo pole in place of a measuring tape for surveying plant sizes and locations.
Mapping Group Plantings with a GPS or a Total Station That is Not Using BG-Map Surveying Software
This document explains how to map group plantings using a GPS or a Total Station that is not using BG-Map surveying software.
Using Stored Station Coordinates
This document explains how to use the feature of the BG-Map Total Station Interface - Stored Station Coordinates, allowing you to store a list of stations (monuments) and their coordinates.
Notes and Suggestions for Botanical Garden Surveyors
By Walt Dunlap and Wayne Cahilly, Institutional Mapping Department, The New York Botanical Garden
Walt and Wayne offer their considerable insight and experience into land surveying techniques and terminology.
Using Paper Maps and a Scanner to Map Dense Plantings without the Need to Survey With a Total Station or GPS
This article was contributed by By Gergely Boroczki, a recent Horticultural Intern at The Holden Arboretum. It explains a simple technique to map complex densely planted areas without the need to survey with a total station, GPS, or tape measure. It involves marking up paper maps with the locations of the plants
Using New Features of the BG-Map Total Station Interface
This document explains how to use the new features of the BG-Map Total Station Interface - left and right offsets. For users of the Total Station Interface and Hand Station Interface
Procedure for Collecting Total Station Field Mapping Data
Rick Lewandowski of Mount Cuba Center for the Study of Piedmont Flora prepared this document. We are posting it here as an example of an in-house protocol for field mapping. Feel free to adapt it for your own use.
Questions and Answers Involving Construction and Installation of Survey Markers
This document contains an e-mail message thread regarding methods of constructing and installing ground markers (monuments) for use in surveying plant locations in a botanical garden or arboretum.
Basemap Editing Tips
How to Break Out a Portion of Your Basemap
This document describes how to break out a portion of your basemap and place it into a separate file.
How to Draw a Road or Path with Parallel Sides
This document describes how to draw a road or path with parallel sides by first drawing a centerline and then offsetting it.
Software and Documentation Downloads
GreVid and Garden Notepad Standalone Version 2016 Users Manual
This users manual, in PDF format, has been updated for GreVid and Garden Notepad Standalone Version 2016.
Plot Styles, PMP Files, and Plotters for BG-Map
These files are required for plotter and printer setup in BG-Map. (Includes updated Plotters and PMP Files used to export maps to GreVid)
Garden Notepad Plus for iPad Users Manual
Garden Notepad Plus Manual.pdf
This users manual, in PDF format, has been updated for Garden Notepad Plus Version 5.0.
Garden Notepad Version 8.01
This is the latest version of Garden Notepad for mobile devices running Windows Mobile devices. If you are using GreVid, update your version to 5.4 or later before installing this update.
Total Station Interface 5.8 Update
For Users Topcon, Nikon, Pentax, Northwest Instrument and Leica Total Stations
This is the latest version of the Total Station Interface Software for mobile devices running Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded.
Total Station Interface Users Manual
This users manual, in PDF format, has been updated to Total Station Interface version 5.8.
Garden Notepad and GreVid Users Manual
GreVid and Garden Notepad Manual.pdf
This users manual, in PDF format, has been updated to Garden Notepad version 8.0 and GreVid version 5.41.
GreVid Version 5.41
This is latest version of GreVid.
PropNoter 1.33 Update
This is the latest version of the PropNoter Software for mobile devices running Windows Mobile and Pocket PC.
PropNoter Users Manual
This users manual, in PDF format, is for PropNoter version 1.0.
Tools For Creating or Updating a Basemap For GreVid
This download contains the software tools you will need to create or update a basemap for use with GreVid.
Improved Monument Symbol for BG-Map
This symbol will automatically take on the color of whichever layer you place it on.
Sample Script to Change the Layer of a Defined View Outline
This is an example of an AutoCAD script that can be used to change the layer of a Defined View outline so that it can be permanently saved. For a discussion of this item on the BG-BASE and BG-Map Users Forum, click here.
TRANSFILE WIN 200 File Transfer Software
TRANSFILE WIN 200 is a file transfer program that can be used to transfer data between your PC and the HP200lx palmtop computer.