Quick start guide
Logging in, viewing gardens, logging out
- When the app is first opened (or you've logged out) you'll be presented with the start screen.
- Follow the 'Get started' or 'Log in' links at the bottom of the page.
- Log in is handled by Google. On sucessful log in you'll be taken to the home screen - the Garden List.
- The home screen is the Garden List. Here you can see all of the gardens you can view, which are:
- Gardens shared publicly, which all GardenMap users can see
- Gardens that friends have shared with you
- Gardens that you have created in GardenMap
- Tap on a garden in the list to explore!
- Details for the selected garden are shown
- TIP: Swipe the header image to view the garden photo slideshow, tap the image to view the slideshow full screen
- Switch to the garden map view from the bottom navigation bar
- Note: It's not necessary to log out, it's fine to remain logged in between sessions
- From the garden list home screen tap the settings button in the top right to open the settings screen
- Select the log out option
Editing the garden map
Good to know, Editing the map
The garden map structure is constrained by some simple rules. The interface inforces the rules, but it helps to undertand what they are:
- The map starts with a boundary
- The map is built up of a nested structure of objects, Objects can have child objects within them, they are contained within a parent object, and there may be other sibling objects within the parent.
- Objects must remain within their parent object
- Objects may not overlap sibling objects
GardenMap splits plants into two groups, based on how they are displayed on the garden map:
- 'Feature Plants': Plants that are plotted on the map individually, because of their importance (structural or emotional!)
- 'Plants': Plants (that are still important), but would take too much time (and would clutter the map) if plotted individually.
The garden map is built up using the following types of objects:
- 'Boundary': This is the first object in the map - it matches the real world outer boundary of the garden. Only 'Areas' can be placed inside the Boundary
- 'Areas': Areas of the garden that contain plants. Areas can contain other Areas, Structures, Plants, and Feature Plants. So, Areas might be 'Front Garden', 'Back Garden', 'Lawn', 'Bed' etc.
- 'Structure': Areas of the garden that don't contain plant, like paving, the shed, or the house
- 'Feature Plants': Plants that are plotted on the map individually, because of their importance (structural or emotional!).
- Enter edit mode: tap 'Edit' in the top right of the Garden Map view.
- Exit edit mode: tap 'Done' in the top right to confirm changes, or tap 'Cancel' in the top left to discard all changes in the current edit session.
The garden map edit actions can be performed using either:
- the Toolbar: Easy to preform edit actions. The toolbar will be displayed in Edit mode, unless it has been dismissed. A dismissed toolbar can be re-displayed from the option menu, acessed from the top right more menu icon (...) or
- screen gestures: Does not need the toolbar displayed, can be helpful on snall screens
Editing with the Toolbar
Editing with the screen gestures
- Repeated Tap cycles through the shape edit tools for the selected object: Move > Stretch > Rotate > Point Edit
- Long press a selected shape for the context action menu to add new objects (planting areas or plants), or edit the selected object. Note Plants (without location) are added by editing a Planting Area.
- Long press a corner point or edge in Point Edit Mode to delete or add a new point (unless you have a rectangular garden you’ll need this!)