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Specify 6.1
30 October 2009
Release Notes
Specify Software Project


New Capabilities:

  1. Added support for automatic generation of Life Science Identifiers (LSIDs) for Agents, Chronostratigraphy, Collection Objects, Geography, Journals, Lithostratigraphy, Localities, Reference Works, and Taxonomy.
  2. Added NASA World Wind plug-in for geo-referencing specimen localities.
  3. Added support for the GBIF IPT toolkit for publishing XML structured data with the TAPIR protocol to the GBIF cache and to other specimen database portals.
  4. Added database audit records which identify changed records.
  5. Added support for polygon boundaries for localities and added fields to the GeoCoordinate Detail Table to accommodate ever shifting MANIS Network requirements for mammal collections.
  6. Added several requested fields to Specify WorkBench schema
  7. Added capability to extract Day, Month, Year from date fields in queries and reports.

A new Specify Mobile WorkBench application and a new easy-install version of Specify 6, Specify EZDB, will be released shortly as an update Specify 6.1.01.


List of changes for 6.1

  1. [NODUP][branch] Only one collection object can be saved in Accession.  2009-08-05 10:14:22 -0500  (7526).
  2. [trunk] Should removed hold on "root" for master username in MySQL embedded.  2009-08-05 10:26:25 -0500  (7517).
  3. [Trunk/Branch] To only permit one instance of each launcher for all mobile, embed, and external launchers.  2009-08-12 12:29:27 -0500  (7505).
  4. [branch] Can't add attachments to Pages subform in Field Notebook.  2009-08-12 12:31:16 -0500  (7515).
  5. [Trunk] Neither Close button nor (X) button kill the ImportFileSplitter program/process  2009-08-12 12:32:57 -0500  (7365).
  6. [Br,Tr] Exception when deleting Taxon Citations in taxon tree editor.  2009-08-17 16:33:17 -0500  (7536).
  7. Can't save changes to Institution  2009-08-26 13:11:50 -0500  (7279).
  8. Branch and trunk - Carry forward is creating many to one for prep attributes, and Collection Object Attributes.  2009-08-27 13:56:29 -0500  (7488).
  9. The wizard's build process is generating two error messages  2009-08-31 10:39:11 -0500  (7608).
  10. Cancel button in Wizard should be dumb-mistake proofed  2009-09-04 09:46:44 -0500  (7185).
  11. [Trunk] Warning message for creating new Discipline/Division should mention that root credentials are required.  2009-09-14 10:02:06 -0500  (7612).
  12. [Trunk] After entering root credentials for creating a new discipline or division, the screen "unlocks."  2009-09-14 10:04:42 -0500  (7613).
  13. "Removing" a user does not totally remove it: cannot re-add the same username.  2009-09-14 10:17:34 -0500  (7243).
  14. The Loan preference, Due in Months, does not do anything (yet).  2009-09-14 10:26:54 -0500  (7283).
  15. [Branch/Trunk] Help->Help in SpiReport brings up a broken link in a web browser.  2009-09-14 10:32:32 -0500  (7416).
  16. [Trunk/Branch] The Next button in 70% (Preload Taxon) becomes badly enabled upon keystrokes in Choose field.  2009-09-14 10:40:48 -0500  (7432).
  17. Custom Catalog Number Formatter causes exception upon save.  2009-09-14 15:37:35 -0500  (7494).
  18. [T&B] Don't allow deletion of the Administrator  2009-09-14 16:21:17 -0500  (7410).
  19. [T/B] Deleting CO from query results exception  2009-09-14 16:29:18 -0500  (7444).
  20. [trunk] Exception when editing "Ayn Timusanat" in Geography Tree.  2009-09-16 14:14:05 -0500  (7583).
  21. [trunk] Even though an accession authorization is not added, it says its added.  2009-09-16 14:15:22 -0500  (7573).
  22. [trunk] Exception in resource Import/export in davinci & localhost.  2009-09-16 14:16:24 -0500  (7565).
  23. Exception when deleting user defined picklist in schema config.  2009-09-16 14:24:19 -0500  (7547).
  24. [br/tr] Deleted users in Security still show up in existing user list.  2009-09-16 14:28:58 -0500  (7520).
  25. [Br/Tr] Attachments tools are enabled for Manager, but are restricted after logging in as Manager.  2009-09-16 14:43:08 -0500  (7484).
  26. Error when opening Help in Security  2009-09-16 14:47:37 -0500  (7648).
  27. [trunk] Export mapper button does not have icon in security tools.  2009-09-16 14:48:32 -0500  (7477).
  28. Carry forward - Partial date label needs more to explain WHICH is partial date  2009-09-17 10:05:48 -0500  (7638).
  29. Botany labels is not working - get no pages  2009-09-17 13:28:31 -0500  (6638).
  30. Problems with availability of fields  2009-09-17 13:34:55 -0500  (6882).
  31. Trunk and Branch Loan Invoice generates error.  2009-09-17 13:46:33 -0500  (7469).
  32. Mammal loan invoice comes back with error.  2009-09-17 13:46:52 -0500  (7344).
  33. Trunk - suspected bad data causing an error message  2009-09-17 14:33:07 -0500  (7541).
  34. Trunk - clicking cancel on the preview produces different results  2009-09-17 14:33:47 -0500  (7543).
  35. Trunk and brank - The help is not linking to the correct help  2009-09-17 14:45:21 -0500  (7556).
  36. [trunk] The default help isn't going to the correct location.  2009-09-17 14:51:47 -0500  (7558).
  37. Trunk - External backup and restore  2009-09-17 14:52:42 -0500  (7559).
  38. [trunk] It would be WONDERFUL if for the external backup and restore function, if it said IT user  2009-09-17 14:53:10 -0500  (7560).
  39. [Trunk and branch] Workbench sample label popup has no captions.  2009-09-17 14:54:32 -0500  (7569).
  40. For plants - the botany label is not working at all.  2009-09-17 15:17:23 -0500  (7596).
  41. Cannot delete prior mappings and change them  2009-09-17 15:22:28 -0500  (7620).
  42. Taxon tree is only getting top level and you cannot add anything  2009-09-17 15:24:41 -0500  (7652).
  43. Adding two instances of a user in Security and then deleting one of them deletes both  2009-09-25 09:38:50 -0500  (7646).
  44. Adding a user to two different user groups in security and them removing them causes exception.  2009-09-25 14:18:20 -0500  (7645).
  45. [Trunk] Attempting to open two linux copies of internal Specify causes an error message.  2009-09-28 09:44:14 -0500  (7550).
  46. [branch] In nonglobally accessioned databases, creating a new division does not allow you to pick your accession number format  2009-10-06 16:29:18 -0500  (7690).
  47. ]Branch] The LSID authority field is missing on the Institution form.  2009-10-06 16:34:15 -0500  (7677).
  48. [Branch] Discrepancy concerning the level above which nonglobally accessioned databases share accession data objects.  2009-10-07 17:05:25 -0500  (7686).
  49. [Tr] (embed) Cannot log into an embedded database with SpiReport (unless Specify is open and logged in already)  2009-10-07 17:06:24 -0500  (7578).
  50. [branch] Exception upon creating a new division.  2009-10-08 14:59:50 -0500  (7689).
  51. All Date + (Day, Month, or Year) fields in querybuilder cause exception upon search.  2009-10-15 15:38:35 -0500  (7678).
  52. [Branch] Upon logging into a database and opening a new query, an exception results.  2009-10-19 15:36:01 -0500  (7709).
  53. [Branch] Creating a new mapping results in exception.  2009-10-19 15:37:04 -0500  (7710).
  54. Cannot create a new database 6.2b.01  2009-10-21 12:51:39 -0500  (7667).
  55. [trunk]Email tool in Agent should not ask for email address again  2009-10-21 12:57:27 -0500  (5505).
  56. Simple Search does not find DNA Sequence results  2009-10-21 12:59:46 -0500  (5608).
  57. [trunk]Should not have duplicate agents for Groups subform  2009-10-21 13:05:16 -0500  (5855).
  58. [trunk]Duplicate Authors allowed in Reference Work  2009-10-21 13:06:45 -0500  (6003).
  59. In Exchange In/Out, the Exchange Date field clears when the Address of Record subform is enabled  2009-10-21 13:11:53 -0500  (6121).
  60. (tr & br)In Field Formatting Editor, cannot accept changes once the Name has been deleted and typed again  2009-10-21 13:17:01 -0500  (7551).
  61. Cannot edit a newly added picklist  2009-10-21 15:17:14 -0500  (7571).
  62. Exception when you try to delete the original collection that you built with  2009-10-21 15:33:35 -0500  (7575).
  63. Cannot search by Collecting Information Start date in Collecting Trip form  2009-10-21 15:47:52 -0500  (7585).
  64. Exception when adding Accession to CO  2009-10-21 15:55:43 -0500  (7591).
  65. Exception when saving a Reference Work without a title  2009-10-21 15:56:53 -0500  (7622).
  66. Adding an Attachment in Icon or Grid view for FieldNotebook Page or Set gives exception  2009-10-21 15:59:34 -0500  (7634).
  67. [Branch] The "Ask for collection at startup" pref causes refresh button in Reports to prompt for collection.  2009-10-22 14:50:20 -0500  (7711).
  68. Changing Permissions in Security causes exception  2009-10-22 15:04:42 -0500  (7647).
  69. Specify Wizard hangs on start-up pane  2009-10-22 15:22:25 -0500  (7693).
  70. Specify freezes if the field formatter editor window is closed before all changes are saved to a Cat#  2009-10-22 15:23:08 -0500  (7695).
  71. Cannot use search tool for Storage querycbx in Preparations  2009-10-22 15:24:32 -0500  (7700).
  72. (Trunk) Catalog Numbers are not being auto-incremented that should be  2009-10-23 14:23:39 -0500  (7519).
  73. WB mapping service throws error when lat2/lon2 are empty  2009-10-26 14:30:39 -0500  (7713).
  74. Can't save Reports with USER scope  2009-10-26 14:33:48 -0500  (7706).
  75. Sometimes hidden fields are displayed in queries  2009-10-26 14:36:54 -0500  (7703).
  76. Tree locks based on the 'Usage Count' - form lock are not handled by 'Unlock Tree' items.  2009-10-26 14:43:56 -0500  (7696).
  77. Geography tree not un-locked after form edits  2009-10-26 14:47:07 -0500  (7691).
  78. Cannot add a Manager user because cannot add an agent.  2009-10-26 14:48:52 -0500  (7669).
  79. When I added a field to the query and then went to export tool, it showed that it needed to be updated BUT did not create any records.  2009-10-26 15:14:42 -0500  (7664).
  80. Cannot add an administrator user  2009-10-26 15:18:08 -0500  (7662).
  81. AutoNumberSchema for Accession need to be shared at the Division  2009-10-26 15:18:55 -0500  (7659).
  82. Common Form importing doesn't work correctly  2009-10-26 15:30:58 -0500  (7655).
  83. Having a taxon with a taxon citation cannot remove it.  2009-10-26 15:32:36 -0500  (7653).
  84. [Tr Br]The new Day/Month/Year query builder fields don't work in reports  2009-10-26 15:38:13 -0500  (7651).
  85. [Tr + Br]running queries with fields from AgentVariant causes exception dialog  2009-10-26 15:40:27 -0500  (7642).
  86. Geography doesn't load on Windows  2009-10-26 15:42:14 -0500  (7641).
  87. [Tr - Br]Deleting an agent caused an exception  2009-10-26 15:52:35 -0500  (7636).
  88. [Br + Tr]Queries won't save after edits.  2009-10-26 15:53:21 -0500  (7633).
  89. [Tr Br] Add 'Empty' operator for Tree ranks  2009-10-26 15:59:52 -0500  (7632).
  90. Export Tool: clicking the 'Build/Update' button repeatedly can lock up app  2009-10-26 16:02:36 -0500  (7625).
  91. Add way to delete Export Schemata  2009-10-26 16:05:10 -0500  (7624).
  92. When clicking on a field down in a long list - the page jumps to the bottom.  2009-10-26 16:09:44 -0500  (7619).
  93. Get an exception if I map and delete mapping too often  2009-10-26 16:12:04 -0500  (7618).
  94. Add Day/Month/Year QueryBuilder controls for Dates  2009-10-26 16:14:45 -0500  (7615).
  95. If you go Back to Preload Taxon, the Next button becomes disabled  2009-10-26 16:16:56 -0500  (7654).
  96. Uploader incorrectly finds geo coord data invalid  2009-10-26 16:18:10 -0500  (7611).
  97. Cannot search for Chronos Strat in Paleo Context  2009-10-26 16:19:56 -0500  (7663).
  98. Searching for an agent with multiple addresses returns with multiple agents  2009-10-26 16:22:42 -0500  (7671).
  99. Loan invoice throws error and cannot generate report  2009-10-26 16:23:06 -0500  (7610).
  100. [trunk][NoDup]Searching Locality fields in a Collecting Trip Query causes error  2009-10-26 16:41:55 -0500  (5906).
  101. Changes to reports are not refreshing in Specify  2009-10-26 16:45:00 -0500  (7554).
  102. Pausing an Upload and Viewing uploaded records disables the Upload button  2009-10-26 16:48:56 -0500  (7621).
  103. A manager with all permissions updating trees causes exception  2009-10-26 16:59:01 -0500  (7712).
  104. Error when adding more than one FieldNotebookPage  2009-10-27 11:07:17 -0500  (5488).
  105. Exception when deleting a row that has a picture attached to it  2009-10-27 11:27:48 -0500  (7721).
  106. "Next Empty" button does not function in Schema Localizer  2009-10-27 15:21:47 -0500  (5850).
  107. Wizard Catalog number field formatting editor lockup problem  2009-10-27 16:04:45 -0500  (7170).
  108. Cannot search for Parent in Storage forms.  2009-10-27 16:20:05 -0500  (5874).
  109. HoverOver ToolTips  2009-10-27 16:21:39 -0500  (6476).
  110. [NO DUP]Geography is loading on Windows, but getting old error message  2009-10-27 16:22:04 -0500  (7701).
  111. Mixed case db names causes problems on Windows  2009-10-27 16:23:31 -0500  (7725).
  112. Can't switch Collections after logging in  2009-10-27 16:23:48 -0500  (7726).
  113. Pre-load of botany taxonomy fails to load family common names  2009-10-28 14:04:14 -0500  (7204).
  114. [T/B] Wizard: If database name is numeric, wizard cannot continue  2009-10-28 14:08:16 -0500  (7434).
  115. [MAJOR WORK]borrow form doesn't display entered in the fields  2009-10-28 14:21:53 -0500  (7018).
  116. [TRUNK] Table Format Editor Exception  2009-10-28 15:05:12 -0500  (7062).
  117. add a choice of 'None' to Catalog Number Pick List  2009-10-28 15:12:01 -0500  (7071).
  118. Exception when using magnifying glass to search for storage parent  2009-10-28 15:17:12 -0500  (7728).
  119. Email address does not get updated in Outlook express.  2009-10-28 15:25:37 -0500  (5954).
  120. This usecase permanently disables OK button when creating a custom catalog numbering format.  2009-10-28 15:32:34 -0500  (7387).
  121. Date format gets changed in certain circumstances to be just 2 digits for years  2009-10-28 15:41:33 -0500  (7555).
  122. For multiple collections, different Catalog Numbers change to match format and incrementing  2009-10-28 15:49:51 -0500  (7681).
  123. Address details for Institution that are entered in the Wizard are not displayed in System Config  2009-10-28 15:52:09 -0500  (7674).
  124. [trunk/branch] Exporting workbench data set causes exception.  2009-10-28 16:12:34 -0500  (7440).
  125. Problems removing fields from a saved query.  2009-10-29 10:09:09 -0500  (7616).
  126. [Branch]Exception when editing agent in security  2009-10-29 11:45:48 -0500  (6983).
  127. [Branch] LSIDs are failing to generate.  2009-10-29 14:16:38 -0500  (7733).
  128. Unrecoverable Error if database name has a space  2009-10-29 15:36:44 -0500  (7717).
  129. Exception when creating a new Repository Agreement Agent  2009-10-29 15:44:02 -0500  (7731).
  130. Exporting from Search Results to MS Excel while the Excel file is open causes exception  2009-10-29 15:45:48 -0500  (7553).
  131. Can select different Accession numbers when creating a new Discipline or Collection  2009-10-29 15:47:35 -0500  (7729).