Specify 7.9.1 Release Announcement


Release Announcement

Compatible with Specify 6.8.01 (Schema 2.9) or newer.

7.9.1 (19 October 2023)


  • Added an “Attachment Gallery” for records with more than one attachment (#3624)
  • Added an all-new “Tree Split Viewer”, supporting both horizontal and vertical splits, syncing, and more (#3969Requested by RBGE, UT Austin, and others)
    • This helps with performing synonymy, moves and merging nodes in large trees
    • New icons for tree actions and customization have been added
  • Made full name updates on tree changes more efficient (#3175)
  • Added a “Clear All” button in the notifications dialog (#3893)
  • Added the ability to switch to ‘Basic View’ and ‘Hide Field Mapper’ in embedded query dialogs (#3850)
  • A search box has been added to the home screen (#3835)
  • Added automatic tests for useBooleanState hook (#4021)
  • Proudly added new SCC Founding Partners to the About dialog (#4040)
    • Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle Geneva (Switzerland)
    • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
  • Added a new “Without Preparations” button to Gift and Loan


  • Disabled transparent background in tree headings (#3460)
  • Added a maximum height for attachment image previews (#3390)
  • Improved Security and Accounts user interface (#3778)
  • Added a ring around color pickers (#3779)
  • Removed contractions in error message (#3978)
  • Relative dates now refresh every second (#3845)


  • Stopped the Create CSV export function from breaking when commas are included in the records. (#3946Reported by AAFC)
    • Added separators in strings to avoid confusion with export separator
  • Fixed form padding and rounded corners on forms in Firefox (#3827)
  • Users are no longer prompted to save after only selecting an input field (#4025)
  • Text area fields in the Agent Merging can now only be expanded vertically (#3916)
  • Specify now enables the Set Collections button when user is set as a Specify 6 admin (#3755Requested by CSIRO, NMSU, and others)
  • Results table in the Query Builder will no longer show if all fields are hidden (#3852)
  • Export to CSV button is now hidden when no fields are displayed (#3848)
  • When creating an interaction, preparations will now show a count of 0 instead of “NaN” when the count is not defined (#4006)
  • Add warning dialog when no prep available in disposal (#4030)
  • Improved notification fetching performance by only fetching newly added notifications
  • Fixed an issue causing forms to shift while browsing in forms (#3927)
  • Constrained the size of the side menu in the Security and Accounts panel for better compatibility with narrow/small screens (#3914)
  • Data Set transferring link now opens in a new tab (#4024)

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.