Category Archives: Specify 6

Blog posts for Specify 6 Software

Specify 6.6.05 Update Release [Schema Update 2.3]

The Specify Software Project is pleased to publish Specify 6.5.05, an update to the Specify 6 biological collection data management platform. The release is downloadable from the Project web site: It includes a number of fixes and several improvements for institutions which operate multiple Specify databases. This release also updates the Specify database schema to […]

Specify 6.6.04 Update Release

Specify 6.6.04 Update Release 25 February 2016 Release Note: This release includes as small number of bug fixes, it does not update the Specify MySQL database schema. List of changes: Simple search results are now returned correctly for searches that have an exceptionally large number of matching records. 2016-02-19 (Bugzilla 10205) The Accession Number content […]

Specify 6.6.02 Update Release

Release Notes Specify 6.6.02 9 June 2015 This release fixes a small number of engineering issues and adds some minor capabilities. It does not update the Specify database schema. Changes in Specify 6.6.02 Georeference Determination By (Geo Ref Det By) field now updates correctly when localities are georeferenced multiple times. 2015-05-20 (Bugzilla 10129) “Gift Preparations” […]

Specify 6.6.01 “Tardigrade”

Release Notes Specify 6.6.01 “Tardigrade” (1,2,3,4) 27 March 2015 This release fixes a number of engineering issues. It does not update the Specify database schema. Changes in Specify 6.6.01 The range of allowable values for the Specify MySQL network port has been increased to accommodate network firewall restrictions for port ID ranges. 2015-03-05 (Bugzilla 10067) […]

Specify 6.6.00 “White-Tailed Ptarmigan” [Schema Update] Java 8 Required to Install

Release Notes Specify 6.6.00 “White-Tailed Ptarmigan” 31 December 2014   Changes in Specify 6.6.00 This release addresses many existing engineering issues, updates the database schema and upgrades Specify to operate with Java 8. Specify 6.6, Specify helper applications, and the Specify installation package all require the Java 8 SE runtime environment (Java 8 JRE) to […]

Specify Web Portal Software Update

Current installations of the Specify 6 Web Portal are affected by an unexpected change in the Sencha CDN URLs. These URLs designate the remote location of the EXT Javascript library used by the Specify 6 Web Portal application. The Web Portal repository at has been updated with working URLs. For those using git, issuing […]

Specify HelpCasts Streaming

The Specify Software Project broadcasts short, weekly, video “HelpCasts” to provide practical tips and demonstrations on using Specify for specimen data computerization and biological collection management. Announcements for the live webcasts are made through the SpecifyNews e-mail list. To subscribe to SpecifyNews, browse over to: HelpCast videos are available for viewing any time at:, […]

Specify Project Upcoming Releases

We are pleased to announce three Specify Software product releases within the next several weeks. First, we are finalizing testing and in late August will ship a Specify 6 update. Specify 6.5.05 fixes about 50 software issues of a variety of kinds, including some related to: form behavior, catalog number formatting, performance, record sets, query […]