Ranking - Lifestyle (iPad)
Birdwatcher's Diary for iPad by Stevens Creek Software
SAMPLE USER COMMENTS:
"I use this awesome iPhone app nearly every day and upload my sightings to eBird." – Fred Crotte
"I find it basically effortless to use in the field and love it. It is also great to directly send a report to your local listserv from the app, which allows for your comments, list, and a link to the Google map. Very cool." – John A.
"BWD is the most powerful listing app I've used. The filtering capabilities seem especially well-suited to bird surveys and big days." – The Birders Library
"We did a Big Day –I used the app to keep track through 5 different locations –it worked great right through uploading to eBird. Love it!"– Lois S.
"BWD had been indispensable while scouting for our upcoming Birdathon. I'll use it during the event and then provide a map to our sponsors and donors to show them our route with each species' location seen. They love that!" – Laurie F.
"I find Birdwatcher’s Diary easy to use and frankly fun. You will enjoy using this app and seeing not only your lists, but also the sightings maps." – Nancy J.
The staff of SCS are longtime birders active in bird conservation advocacy. We donate 50% of the proceeds to bird conservation, education and research organizations. Since its introduction in June, 2010, we have donated thousands of dollars to worthy groups helping to preserve and improve wildlife habitat.
• One tap records a species with exact location & time. Further taps increase the count. Built-in calculator for large increments
• Intelliscroll™ switches from one- to two-letter alphabet tabs for superfast scrolling
• Upload your sightings to eBird directly from the app
• Can mark sightings as "heard only"
• Built-in, user-configurable phrase list – tap, don’t type, your notes
• Quickly switch between viewing all birds, sighted only, or not seen yet
• Save and recall daily sightings directly on the iOS device, as well as in the "cloud" with Dropbox™
• Create life lists or filter by criteria: country, state, county, location, date and more
• Import your existing eBird sightings
• View sightings map on the device, or upload the information and create your own custom Google Map to view from a desktop
• Preconfigured with U.S., U.K., and Mexican bird lists. Many country and 50 state lists available for easy download; others on request
• Lists include standard English and scientific names as well as local names (Spanish, French, etc.) as appropriate
• Easily create your own custom lists like target species for your birdathon, county CBC list, etc.
• By installing (or simply entering) new lists, software can be used for sightings of anything - butterflies, reptiles, mammals, etc.
• Built-in tool for updating checklists and archives of past sightings for renames, splits, and lumps
• Include your own bird photos!
• Full support for Bluetooth keyboards, including not just text entry but also navigation capabilities including scrolling, selecting species, and entering counts directly on main screen, allowing a list of sightings to be entered completely via the keyboard with no screen interaction required
• Full support for portrait and landscape orientations.
View a video demo, user manual, available checklists and more at www.stevenscreek.com/birdwatchersdiary.htm
• A new method to add a sighting you forgot to record, using time and location from another sighting.
• Because it is now easier to add multiple sightings, the number of sightings of a species, if greater than 1, is always displayed as a superimposed number on top of the binoculars or ear icon.
• When you record sightings from a previous date, you now have the option of doing so by date only, or by date and a constant time.
• A new "Default to "Present"" setting, when set to "On", makes the first tap on any species set the quantity to "-", i.e., "present" but not being counted. For those species that you actually want to count, a second tap sets the count to 1, then a third tap to 2, and so on.
• A new "Default to "Heard"" setting, when set to "On", makes the first tap on any species set the status to "Heard Only." A quick tap on the "ear" icon then changes this to a "binoculars" (seen) icon, precisely the opposite of the "normal" behavior.
• The various checks (for the same date as existing ticks, for being at the location named, etc.) are skipped when simply updating counts on existing sightings.
• A new "Ignore Year" option has been added to the Life List screen. This allows you to create, for example, a life list of only birds seen in the month of April.
• When a Life List is created, the current active list is saved into a temporary backup, and can be immediately restored from the main screen, thus allowing more convenient searching of archived sightings while in the middle of an outing.
• Sighting maps now include a "where am I?" button, allowing you to pull up old sightings and see when you are getting close to the same location.
• Locations and Phrase List files can now be properly output by the various methods (Email, Dropbox, Clipboard, Internet Upload), and the "auto-naming" of the output file is properly suppressed when you are outputting those files.
• The display formats "Scientific Name, Name" and "Scientific Name, Local Name" are now properly implemented.
• A new "All Sightings Recorded" checkbox has been added to allow submitting sightings to eBird in which the answer is "No" (previously it was simply assumed the answer was "Yes").
• Added a warning that there are strict requirements for state/province codes (as well as country codes) in order to submit sightings to eBird.
• Added a warning to prevent attempting to submit sightings to eBird using the "Stationary" protocol with a duration (time) equal to zero.
• When a problem is encountered uploading a list of sightings to eBird (for example, when a species in the list is not "recognized" by eBird), you can now click on "Fix Species" right on the eBird webpage within Birdwatcher's Diary, without needing to login to eBird separately from a web browser.
• A "timeout" error when trying to login to eBird (because the eBird site was temporarily down) would crash the app. This is now fixed.
• When creating a new location, setting the county, state, or country to blank will update the "Default" county, state, or country as also blank.
• When creating a new location, the abbreviation is automatically created from the first 10 alphabetic characters of the location name as it is entered..
• When the species are sorted by Time, if you went to edit a sighting and change the name of the species, the displayed list was blank. This is now fixed.