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DRC 4.0 Features

The Digital Rockhound's Companion 4.0 is a database application that is the compilation of a lifetime's interest in rock hounding. I designed this application for my personal use and I actively use the application to maintain my mineral collection.

The focus of the application is provide location information for mineral collecting sites and mines and cross-reference against reported mineral occurrences and also against specimens in your mineral collection. Having more specific information about a mineral location adds interest and value to a specimen.

Nerd Stuff:  This is the fourth interation of Digital Rockhound's Companion (DRC) which I have created. DRC 4.0 is specifically designed for Windows 10 using Sqlite database backend using a modern user interface design approach: WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) using M-V-VM model, view, view model pattern.  The user interface is a simple single window design that can easily be used with mouse or touch screen.  

Databases include:
  • Mining database with over 400,000 locations for North America and the world
  • Mineralogy database with over 3800 species.
  • Geographic Place Names database for the United states
  • Catalog and manage your personal mineral, fossil, and rock collections.
    • Print Labels
    • Import images
    • Capture or import digital micrscope images.
    • Document specimen storage locations.
  • Easier to use data search feature.  
  • Search minerals from the Periodic Table.
  • Links to Online Mineral databases like Athena, Mindat, and WebMineral.
  • Add your own mineral occurrences to mining locations.
  • Add online URL links to online mine resources.
  • Add your personal mineral collecting locations.
  • Add Images to mineral specimen data.
Manage your Personal Mineral/Fossil.Rock Collections:
  • Mineral collection catalog to organize your collection. 
  • Print labels and index report for your mineral specimens.
  • Manage the location where specimens are stored.
Digital Mapping:
  • Create digital street maps of mine locations.
  • Display mine locations on various mapservers: Bing, Google, and Open Street Maps. 

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