Specify Release Announcement


Release Announcement

Compatible with Specify 6.8.01 or newer (March 3 2023)


  • Attachments now have a dynamic preview when viewed that includes the ability to download, open in a new tab, or view the record the attachment is associated with. This new implementation now uses the form associated with the attachment table to allow setting defaults in the form definition (useful for isPublic or License information) (#2787) – Requested by Gothenburg and others
  • Date fields can now be directly pasted into and relative date input is now accepted (#2845)
    • Relative dates can be entered by double clicking on a date field and then typing today - 5 days or a similar input with plus or minus the count of days, weeks, months, or years
  • External image URLs can now be used for buttons or separator icons on the forms (#3032)
  • The query export delimiter can now be configured (#2849) – Requested By Natural History Museums of Denmark
  • Time remaining for WorkBench validation and uploading is now shown (#3058) - Requested by CSIRO
  • Added a CITATION.tff file to allow users and researchers to cite Specify when publishing or referencing the software (#3067)
  • The Specify data model can now be downloaded as XML (#2594)
  • The Specify data model can now be printed (#2988)


  • Dialogs now remember their position when resized (#2691)
  • Strict mode for regular expressions is no longer enforced for user-submitted regex (#3042) - Reported by CSIRO
  • The max year accepted in any date field is now limited to 9999 (#3036) – Reported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Non-docker installation instructions have been improved (#3043) – Requested by University of Florida
  • A WorkBench row with all matched records will no longer be highlighted as a new record (#2966)


  • Resolved an issue with plugins being rendered as read-only (#3076)
  • “Year” in the date picker now requires the correct format (#3075)
  • Fixed the inability to create new agents from the query combobox in the Security & Accounts panel (#2696) – Reported By SAIAB, Natural History Museums of Denmark, and others
  • Collectors are now sorted by orderNumber instead of CollectorID, matching the Specify 6 behavior (#2981) – Reported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Paleo Context and other -to-one resources are now correctly stored upon save (#2785) - Reported by KU, The Ohio State University, and others
  • Resolved unexpected behavior regarding tooltips introduced in the previous release. Tooltips now trigger and dismiss as expected (#3060)
  • Query combo boxes are now enabled for all tables even when type search is not defined (#3047)
  • Queries exported from one user and imported on another user’s account no longer duplicates the import on both accounts (#3020)

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.