Specify 7.8.5 Release Announcement


Release Announcement

Compatible with Specify 6.8.01 or newer

7.8.5 (January 31 2022)


  • Taxon Author can now be displayed in the tree viewer (#1121) - Requested by Geneva, New Mexico, Unitec, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, CSIRO, RBGE and many others
  • After a WorkBench upload, creation of a Record Set is now optional (#1848) - Requested by Auburn
  • Spanish localization has been improved - thanks to @gallegonovato (commits). If you would like to contribute too, please see the instructions
  • To be more security conscious, Specify 7 source code is now regularly scanned by GitHub’s CodeQL tool, which is designed to find security vulnerabilities (commit)
  • Added a “Collapse All” button to tree viewer (#2050) - Requested by CSIRO


  • Data Model viewer has been redesigned to work better with printing the page and to support Ctrl+F across fields in different tables, along with other usability improvements (#2855)
  • Low resolution PNG table icons have been replaced with modern SVG icons. For most tables the new icons look similar. Attachments icons have been modified to make text more readable. (#2368)
  • Large text fields in grid view now maintain consistent height (#2765) - Fixed by @cdamyx


  • Permissions for dependent resources now cascade like expected (#2007)
  • Lines in remote prefs that follow a commented out line were not parsed correctly. This is now fixed (commit)
  • Fixed values that start with a number (5A) being incorrectly coerced into a number (5) (for visual purposes only) (#2805) - Reported by RBGE
  • Fixed the (formatted) column in query results not having a table icon (#2536)
  • All references to table names anywhere in the interface are now using the table name you chose in the schema configuration (#2420 and commit) - Reported by RGBE

The full changelog is available on GitHub.

For source code go to the GitHub Specify 7 repository.

For more information about Specify 7, or about this release, see Specify 7 | Specify Collections Consortium, or email support@specifysoftware.org.