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Old Sunday 19th June 2011, 23:58   #76
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I love Bluebill - best birding app - when a next releases planned?
In the past I made plans but they worked for a few months and failed for the whole Fall and Winter. So it's better that I don't plan :-)

In any case, in August I take almost a whole month of vacations... in the worst case, it should be ready for that month.
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Old Monday 20th June 2011, 09:47   #77
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I have a question for UK users.

About one year ago I did some work to integrate blueBill Mobile with the Nature Finder of BBC. The Nature Finder is a database related (also) to bird species (indeed, only the most common birds) providing some basic fact sheet about the bird and links to news and footage in BBC video archives. Indeed, for there's more fact sheet stuff at Wikipedia, but of course the linking to BBC news footage is a unique feature (which matches one of the purposes of blueBill Mobile, to give a "localized" experience of birding).

For instance, related to the "Black Grouse" there are, among other stuff:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/s...st/8114704.stm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007vzhz#programme



You can see what I did to integrate with blueBill Mobile here:

http://weblogs.java.net/blog/fabrizi...ic-web-and-bbc

(the article has a technical perspective, so you'll probably find it boring; just look at the pictures and eventually watch the demonstration video).

At the time I froze the development, since BBC didn't distribute any Android app to consume their contents and all I could do was to open a web page at the BBC site - which wasn't optimized for the screen size of smartphones and thus the user experience was ugly.

But a few months ago BBC released an Android app for browsing their contents (iPlayer). So it might be interesting to give the thing another try, as blueBill Mobile could launch iPlayer pointing to the desired contents.

Now, the problem. BBC footage can be only seen if you connect from within the UK and even the iPlayer app can only be installed by people living in the UK (I don't know whether the filter is applied on the internet connection you're using or to your personal profile; in the end, I can't install it). This makes it "a bit" harder for me to work on it, since I can't see the thing, but I could do it with some help from some UK users.

Before discussing the thing, it's worth while questioning whether this feature would be useful. I have some engineering motivations to do that, but they are not necessarily the same in the end user's perspective. I have also some personal motivation (BBC is cool and it had a great impact on me, my interests on nature and photography since the times of "The Living Planet" by sir David Attenborough), but since I can't see the provided contents I can't come to a conclusion (by the way, I don't ever know whether nature footage is available through iPlayer and this should be the first thing to check).

So please let me know what you think.
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Old Monday 20th June 2011, 09:55   #78
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I have a question for UK users.

About one year ago I did some work to integrate blueBill Mobile with the Nature Finder of BBC. The Nature Finder is a database related (also) to bird species (indeed, only the most common birds) providing some basic fact sheet about the bird and links to news and footage in BBC video archives. Indeed, for there's more fact sheet stuff at Wikipedia, but of course the linking to BBC news footage is a unique feature (which matches one of the purposes of blueBill Mobile, to give a "localized" experience of birding).

For instance, related to the "Black Grouse" there are, among other stuff:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/s...st/8114704.stm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007vzhz#programme



You can see what I did to integrate with blueBill Mobile here:

http://weblogs.java.net/blog/fabrizi...ic-web-and-bbc

(the article has a technical perspective, so you'll probably find it boring; just look at the pictures and eventually watch the demonstration video).

At the time I froze the development, since BBC didn't distribute any Android app to consume their contents and all I could do was to open a web page at the BBC site - which wasn't optimized for the screen size of smartphones and thus the user experience was ugly.

But a few months ago BBC released an Android app for browsing their contents (iPlayer). So it might be interesting to give the thing another try, as blueBill Mobile could launch iPlayer pointing to the desired contents.

Now, the problem. BBC footage can be only seen if you connect from within the UK and even the iPlayer app can only be installed by people living in the UK (I don't know whether the filter is applied on the internet connection you're using or to your personal profile; in the end, I can't install it). This makes it "a bit" harder for me to work on it, since I can't see the thing, but I could do it with some help from some UK users.

Before discussing the thing, it's worth while questioning whether this feature would be useful. I have some engineering motivations to do that, but they are not necessarily the same in the end user's perspective. I have also some personal motivation (BBC is cool and it had a great impact on me, my interests on nature and photography since the times of "The Living Planet" by sir David Attenborough), but since I can't see the provided contents I can't come to a conclusion (by the way, I don't ever know whether nature footage is available through iPlayer and this should be the first thing to check).

So please let me know what you think.
As I use Bluebill in the field I probably wouldn't use this feature. When I am at home I would use iplayer or BBC website for content.

The ability to download more information at a time would be useful. Downloading one call at a time per species is teadious.

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PS Things might have changed. For instance, I've found that I can see this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Eur...tcher#p00cdlxr


I'll investigate about it - in any case, please share your thoughts about the usefulness of the possible integration in blueBill Mobile.
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Old Saturday 13th August 2011, 23:14   #80
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Fellow Android users, for a possible end to our search for a UK/Europe Android bird guide, see my post here and support the developer please.

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=208479

Cheers, Pete

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Old Monday 29th August 2011, 13:38   #81
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I've found the mobile app "Bird Field Guide" quite interesting!! Downloaded it just a few days back.. I use it on my HTC Android phone.. but i believe its available for i-phone and i-pad too..
There are free & full version downloads available.

More information is available on the website http://birdfieldguide.wordpress.com/
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Old Sunday 4th September 2011, 11:13   #82
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New avialable in the Market is 'obbsmap', a program for recording nature sightings: https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result

Based on GPS or maps, you can record offline all your nature sightings, from birds to butterflys, forum plants to insects. Ideal for holiday use abroad!

Your recordings can be uploaded to www.observado.org, where you can make lists/exports/make maps etc. After installation, register on observado.org and register your account in obbsmap.

Your sightings are published on observado (or waarneming is case of Netherlands) and tagged with 'from app'. See this rarity I recorded yesterday: http://waarneming.nl/waarneming/view...ng=en&local=nl.

See here fore online help: http://forum.waarneming.nl/smf/index.php?board=166.0
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Old Thursday 5th January 2012, 17:30   #83
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Android version US only!!

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I just bought iBird (android) and have been playing with it for a half hour. Amazing. Two things to note: it's apparently North American species only
iBird: If you're from UK/Europe, Don't make the mistake I did and purchase it from the android app store only to find the Android version is US only! It's a good guide and I'll keep it for US trips but that'll teach me to read the small print, especially as it's the first app I actually paid for...
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Old Thursday 12th January 2012, 15:11   #84
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Wildlife Recorder is now on Android I believe.
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Old Thursday 26th January 2012, 21:15   #85
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I paid $4.99 for iBird pro for my Kindle Fire. There's stunning amount of info available on it for something like 900 different birds. I almost felt guilty paying that little.
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Old Tuesday 17th April 2012, 14:59   #86
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Anyone know what the progress is on Bluebill ??

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Old Monday 23rd April 2012, 19:49   #87
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There is an observation recording software for android called "ObsMapp". Have a look on android app markets. Your data can be uploaded to and administrated on the site "observado.org". I've tested it now for 1 month and I like it very much. It's a simple design but the background (database, upload, sorting, lists etc) works very well and I can download my data whenever I want. I can forbid others to see my data. And the best thing is it's not only for birds but also for plants, mammals etc etc.
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Birds of Britain is good, I get lots of enjoyment from it, I have it on the iPhone, but its also available on the android marketplace
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....birds.britain

Also they've just released an American app too
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....birds.america
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