Quick start guide
- 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
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!).
Editing the map
- 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.
Editing with the Toolbar
Clear SelectionDeselects the currently selected garden object. Can be useful before selecting a new garden object
Edit ContentShows the edit contents sub-menu. Contents are the object details, and any objects it contains
DetailsEdit the details of the selected garden object. As well as details like name and description this is also where photos are added to the garden object
AddShows the add object sub-menu. To add new objects within the selected object
Feature PlantDrag this button onto the map to add a new Feature Plant within the selected object
PlantOpens the plant list of the selected object for adding (non-feature) plants
Planting AreaDrag this button onto the map to add a new Area within the selected object
DeleteDeletes the selected object, and all objects it contains
Edit OutlineShows the edit outline sub-menu. The outline is the position and the shape of the object on the map
MoveToggles object move mode. Turn on then drag the selected object to move around the map. All child-objects within the selected object will also move
StretchToggles object stretch mode. Turn on then drag the side or corner 'stretch handles' of the selected object to stretch. Child-objects will not be stretched
RotateToggles object rotate mode. Turn on then drag on the 'rotate handles' of the selected object to rotate. All child-objects within the selected object will also rotate
Point EditToggles object point-edit mode, and shows the point-edit sub-menu. Point-edit mode allows individual corner points of the object outline to be move, added, and deleted
Add PointDrag this button onto an edge of the selected object to add a new corner point. Once added the new point can be dragged to position it
Delete PointToggles point-edit delete mode. Turn on then select a corner point on the selected object to delete it
MinimiseToggles minimizing the toolbar. The minimised toolbar shows icons only (no text) which can be helpful when working on devices with small screens
CloseCloses the toolbar. Working without the toolbar may be helpful on devices with small screens - all the menu actions can also be performed using tap and long press gestures on the garden map. If the toolbar is closed it can be re-opened from the options menu, opened from the more icon (...) in the garden map screen top right