APSquery: Australian Native Plants Selector

An Application for PCs or PC Emulations

NEW! APSquery (Win-7+ Compatible V2022.12.1.34)
UpLoaded: Saturday 10th December 2022 at 2000 CDT

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(Note: data is now included in APSquery - no separate data file downloads.)

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The 2022 APS-SA Spring Plants Sale was held at the
Urrbrae High School on Saturday, 29/October/2022 10am to 4pm.

Click here for the List of Plants.


I have developed a program called APSquery which allows me to find Australian Native Plants to suit specific requirements.

APSquery uses a database created and maintained by the Australian Plants Society (S.A. Region, Inc), which contains descriptions of over 8000 native plants. Many are proper species, but the list also includes a growing number of common hybrids and cultivars.
The database has been developed with emphasis on plant characteristics in Mediterranean to semi-arid climatic conditions. It will best relate to South Australian conditions, and is reasonably close for Western Australia and Victoria. However, it may be less accurate for eastern seaboard environments.

A program of this nature is of necessity rather complex, given that there are over 40 selection criteria which can be chosen to help find the plant you want.

APSquery features include:
Extensive suite of search key criteria, divided into categories.
On-screen view of a Summary List Page for all plants matching the specified criteria.
Ability to save information as files, or to print any selection from either plant list.
Option preferences are stored in the Windows Registry.
Font selection (including colour) is independently defined for the Information Pages.
Integrated Selected Plant Page (including photostrip) of any plant in the Summary List.
Quick Search for a known Genus and species, a Basic criteria selection, or for Keywords.
Ability to display photographs of selected plants.
Criteria can be selected as either ANY or ALL options for a match.
Advanced Criteria Selection modes.
QuickLoad file to speed up loading.
Directed web links to other sites.
Plant Linking (Old/New/Base plant information and photographs linked)
Plant Cards concept improves multiple plant comparisons
Skin Styles introduced - choose from a selection of provided styles
Scrollable Thumbnail Photostrip in Selected Plant Page
Tiled Interface function overlay for those more familiar with Windows-8 and Windows-10
On-screen view of Plant NoteBooks for plants selected from the Selected Plant Page.
Notes Page to allow users to add their own notes to plants.
"Sounds Like" Search to find plant names with only approximate guess of spelling.

Using APSquery for the first few times can be likened to using a word processor; you can do basic operations, but practice and frequent use of the help files is essential.

However, APSquery has been written to make it easy to use. It contains a comprehensive Help File to explain every function and criteria. There are even fourteen specially selected topics in the Help Menu of APSquery to help new users:

Quick Start Help
Really Quick Start Help
Names Selection Help
Criteria Option Selection Help
Marking Information Help
Plant Information Help
Photograph Page Help
Plant Cards Help
Plant Notebook Help
Plant Notes Help
Photographic Images Help
Error Messages Help
No Results - Help!
Short Cuts

APSquery runs on any standard PC with preferably 1024x768 pixel resolution or more (ideally 1920 x 1024) and 16-bit (64K) or better colour resolution. It is developed and tested on Windows-10 and regularly tested on Windows-11, and should run with Windows-XP, Windows-2000, Windows-Vista, Win-7 or Win-8.1
A Self-installation program provides simple installation of the application and database.

The application is completely self-contained and runs off-line. It does not require (but can use) on-line access during use. Application and database updates are released as a single installation file, so you only need to use the new built-in on-line check, or compare the version/date on the top of this page with those in the Title Bar of APSquery.

This version of APSquery is FREE for your enjoyment. Your email comments and feedback would be appreciated to make it an even better program.

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Operating Systems Supported

O/S Details
Win-98 Sorry, 16-bit O/S prior to Windows-XP are no longer supported due to API limitations.
Win-XP This was the primary O/S for most of the APSquery development cycle and should still be OK, but is no longer tested.
Vista, Win-7 Failure to show Help files was solved in V1.9.4, now uses the more modern CHM help file format.
APSquery is developed and tested with Windows-7 and no longer violates UAC rights. There appear to be no other real problems except that all APSquery files must be installed by a user with Administrator access privileges.
Win-8.x APSquery runs in Windows-8 as a normal Application. Otherwise refer to Win-7 above.
(The new Tiled Interface provides function selection similar to Tiled application selection in Windows-8)
Win-10, Win-11 APSquery runs in Windows-10 and Windows-11 as a normal Application. Otherwise refer to Win-7 above.
(The new Tiled Interface provides function selection similar to Tiled application selection in Windows-10)
A new Style (Haoi Win10) is available to make APSquery look similar to standard Win10 applications.
Linux If you are running Linux, you should be able to run APSquery using the WINE Windows Emulator.
Mac If you are running a Mac, you may be able to run APSquery using CrossOver or the WINE Windows Emulator.
Tablets Android or iOS Tablets are not suitable for supporting APSquery, but an HTML version (limited count, no search) is being developed. It will support about 1000 plants, with photograph and description, by name only.
Windows-8/Windows-10 Tablets (not Windows-RT) can support APSquery, but a stylus/pen device or mouse will be essential. However, full photographic support may not be possible with limited storage memory (already heading for 4GB).

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Screen Shots

What does APSquery look like? Here are some screenshots of a typical short session.
(Window size is approximately 840x600px with Basic Windows style applied)

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APSquery Help File

If you are really feeling like a closer look at the capabilities of APSquery you might like to download the APSquery Help File (559KB zipped)
Unzip the file to create the APSquery.CHM Help File in a suitable location.

Windows may object to displaying the Help File. If so, take the following steps:
  1. Right click the APSquery.chm file while in Explorer
  2. Select "Properties" at the bottom of the options dialog box to open the Properties dialog box
  3. Near the bottom of the Properties dialog box there should be a Security: warning message. Check the "Unblock" box
  4. Select "OK" to unblock and close the dialog box.
  5. You should now be able to run the APSquery.chm help file.
Look through the file: However, be warned that APSquery.chm is a BIG file, even when compressed.

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Purchase APSquery?
Why would you want to buy APSquery when it is available Free here?
There are several good reasons, but most importantly:

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