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Installation Steps

All of the services provided by PlantX use a simple utility called ConneX to install and upgrade the required software.
To download the ConneX utility, follow the instructions below:


Windows

  1. Click on this link connex.exe
  2. Save the file and/or go to the downloads folder
  3. Move Connex to your Desktop
  4. Open Connex
  5. Enter your name and password provided with your membership or click here to start a free trial.
    If prompted, select the application you would like to run (typically "Grower").
  6. The PlantX application is now ready to use.

Mac/Linux

Note: we are unable to fully support Mac or Linux because not all features will be accessible.

  1. Click on this link connex.jar
  2. Save the file and/or go to the downloads folder
  3. Move connex.jar to your Desktop
  4. Open connex.jar
  5. Enter your name and password provided with your membership or click here to start a free trial.
    If prompted, select the applicatoin you would like to run (typically "Grower").
  6. The PlantX application is now ready to use.

Android

  1. Open the Google Play Store
  2. The Android application is available in the Google Play Store, under PlantX.net Field. The PlantX.Net Calendar app, PlantX.Net Clicker App and PlantX.Net Item Scan.
  3. Install which apps you would like.
  4. The app will now appear in your phone's menu.
  5. For more additional support, visit our android support page or give us a call.

Previous Versions

  1. Connex2.exe (Old Version)
  2. Connex2.jar (Old Version)

Installation Requirements

PlantX applications are written in Java, which allows them to run on a number of operating systems. Windows and Linux are the two most common, but other operating systems supported by Java will work just as well.


Hardware

  • Internet Connection All PlantX applications are Internet-hosted and require a connection to the Internet. Although the applications are designed to run over slower 56K modems, a Broadband Connection is recommended.

  • 100MB Hard Disk Space Installing all applications requires only 16MB of storage. For performance, some of the applications record a local Persistent Cache that can use additional space.

  • 1 GB RAM Memory This is considered a minimum for both Windows and Linux. This is the total amount of memory required, not in addition to what you already have. Since Java tends use lots of memory, it is recommend that you have 2GB to 4GB of RAM.

  • HD 720 (1200x720) Monitor Typical minimum resolution used by most monitors. Of course, 1920x1080 would be better, and is much more likely to be used on 21" or larger displays.

Software

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Linux 2.6.8 or greater

  • Java 1.8 or Greater

  • Adobe Reader or other PDF viewer

Recommendations

  • Broadband Connection Anything is better than a modem!
    • Fiber Optic - If you can get it, don't pass it up!

    • DSL, cable modem or T1 line will work great.

    • Wireless connections work well so long as the interference level is low.

    • Laptop? Verizon's Wireless Broadband service works anywhere your cell phone can go!

    • ISDN is another option, but it is only if modem is your only other option.

    • Satellite is feasible but not recommended. The extraterrestrial round trip adds 2 seconds to every transaction, and that added delay can be taxing on your patience.

  • Digital Camera If you sign up for the web hosting services, you will probably want to post pictures of your plants to your website.

  • 4GB RAM Memory More memory is always better. Windows 8 and 10 use more memory than ever, and Java also has a tendency to consume vast amounts.

  • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome Web Browser To best view your website and this documentation, we recommend you install and use the Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome Web Browser. This is by no means a requirement since Microsoft Edge or Safari will work (with possible bugs); we just prefer Firefox or Chrome.

Fast Track

Here is a recommended way of getting started with PlantX quickly.

  • Create a list of users and passwords so we can be ready with logins and permissions.

  • Send us company logos to use on your forms. Higher resolution the better.

  • Install PlantX on each computer system. ~10 minutes each.

  • Enter the material list. This is just the bontanical+common name. Save the descriptions, pictures and plant facts for later. Estimate 30-40 names per hour.

  • Enter the catalog. Use the materials that you just entered to create catalog items of various sizes (and other attributes). Be sure to use the Copy button to speed entry of like material.

  • Enter the pricing for each catalog item. You can use the batch edit to select all plants with the same pricing and update them at once.

  • Enter the locations for your inventory. Sometimes people just start with one location "Field", and then diversify later. It usually depends on the quality of your current inventory reporting.

  • Enter a crop to use for current inventory. (one entry)

  • Enter the supplies for each catalog item. From the Inventory Window select Supplies/Orders Tab and enter the supply quantity. Estimate about 30 per hour.

  • Enter customer information. There is an import from CSV file (comma separated values) that speed this up. Of course, it depends on the quality of your current list. You can create a CSV file from a spreadsheet.

Other considerations:

  • Entry of UPC codes which could require one additional data entry pass at the catalog.

  • Change customer settings for those customers that will use UPC and SKU codes.

  • Assign specific revenue accounts to catalog items. Most start with one revenue account, but you can use the batch change to update groups of products.

You are ready to start entering orders!