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  1. Route tracking

    Allow Bird Journal to track your route when recording on the mobile apps. The route should then be shown on the entry report on all apps, including the desktop apps.

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  2. View photos on iOS & Android

    Allow photos added using the desktop version of Bird Journal to be viewed on the iPhone/iPad/Android versions.

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  3. Allow import/copy-paste on the taxonomy edit screen

    Currently, you have to add data to the taxonomy editor by hand. It would be great to be able to import or copy-paste from a website/spreadsheet.

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    We’re considering if we can make a basic form of this available fairly soon.

    This may mean accepting only a predefined format that we’d have samples for.

    Now that all library content is available to everyone this feature is even more valuable.

    Justin

  4. Revert to v4 photo thumbnails displayed by month

    In v5 you can only see a narrow strip of photo thumbnails on LH side. In previous versions, it was possible to see all the photos for a relevant month at once and the ability to scroll through many rows of thumbnails at a time. Thus; you can see at a glance the quality birds you saw (or not) that month: or, just scroll through the years and reminisce ..

    35 votes
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  5. Allow customise Species Progress graphs on summary page

    It would be useful to be able to customise the graph on the Summary Page as I have little use for birds seen last day, last month etc so would like to take them off. However I would like fields like UK list, European list etc. Having facilities to customise this will be great as people can get the counts they want as soon as they go into the program.

    34 votes
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  6. allow easier linking of video and audio files as is case with photos

    its great uploading pictures with records and would be great to be able to link videos and sound recordings in same way

    32 votes
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  7. Allow bulk update between taxonomies

    For example, maybe you want to switch to recording with IOC instead of Clements, maybe you want to use the version of a wildlife taxonomy from the library rather than a custom item.

    This is separate from replacing individual species which will be completed as part of the taxonomy update work, now started: http://support.birdjournal.com/forums/262707-general/suggestions/11372313-update-ioc-clements-world-lists-taxonomy-changes

    30 votes
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  8. Automatically empty search field after a species has been added to the entries

    After you have pressed the 'done' button, to add a species to the observations, it would be convenient if the search field was emptied automatically, so you can start a new search right away

    29 votes
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  9. Update IOC!!

    Its now April 2019 and the last Bird Journal IOC update was June 2016 (IOC 6.2). The current version published by IOC is 9.1. Its very disappointing when it takes years to update a fundamental taxonomy. This should be the core of Bird Journal and updated as and when a new version is published.

    Unfortunately I am starting to get the feeling that the development (and updating of Bird Journal) is grinding to a halt. We get the occasional new or updated taxonomy created by users themselves, but now almost no in-house developments. Its a shame to see what was…

    28 votes
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  10. Keep filter when switching between species and entry screens etc.

    At the moment when switching between the entries view and the species view (and other reports and views too) the filters are cleared. Can we keep them on switching, please? It's only a single button press to clear them, if that's what you wanted, but it is harder work to restore them.

    26 votes
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  11. Weather Trend link

    Some how add a link for the Weather eg Met Office or BBC Weather, for the particular day

    24 votes
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  12. Enable multiple species checklists to be active

    In the mobile app it would be useful if more than one species checklist could be active, for example if birds, butterflies, and dragonflies could be open simultaneously, it would save constant switching between checklists in the field. It would be a useful feature on the PC too.

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  13. 22 votes
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  14. "Year Firsts Count" graph

    Add a new "Year Firsts Count" graph. It would look much like the current Year Species Count graph, but instead of showing the species count for each year it would show the number of lifers/firsts (filterable) for each year.

    After discussion via Facebook & Twitter this was considered a "nice to have" rather than "must have", etc. Feel free to vote for it if you would like to see it added!

    (It's pretty easy to do.)

    Justin

    19 votes
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  15. Have the program notify you when a bird is a life bird

    Most of the other programs I have used have a small pop-up that says lifer or life-bird when a species is recorded for the first time. I don't see that happening on the Mac version at least.

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    A number of lifer/first features have recently been added and are now in beta:
    – Badges and summary on the entry page
    – New customisable premium Firsts report
    – Enhanced premium Species Progress graph (Formerly Intra Year Species Progress)

    See: http://support.birdjournal.com/forums/262707-general/suggestions/6817448-life-list-count-running-total

    We plan to add notifications while entering as well a little later. This suggestion captures this intent.

  16. Create a Web version

    Now that the data is centralised, a web version should be possible. I guess the pricing model may need to change to a subscription one or maybe make it a cut down version available to people with the desktop version?

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    It’s tempting to do this as we’d be able to almost completely reuse the work we’ve already done and it adds a new way to access Bird Journal.

    It’s still a reasonable amount of work however and would significantly increase our maintenance and running costs.

    I expect we’ll do this at some point, but now is not the right time so for visibility I’m removing the planned status.

    Sorry if this disappoints.

    Best wishes,

    Justin

  17. Metric values

    In countries using the metric system such as Australia it would be extremely useful to be able to select metric values rather than converting acres to hectares and miles to kilometres. Its sometimes just a little frustrating..

    17 votes
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  18. Set the GeoTag for a new location, when created in the field

    When adding a new entry in the mobile app, it will create a new location for you, if the name doesn't match any existing location.

    If live mode is enabled, this location should have it's GeoTag set via the GPS.

    This would make submitting to BirdTrack, which requires GeoTags for all locations, much easier.

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  19. Add subspecies to country checklists

    The "correct" set of subspecies this is. This may be possible using IOC range data, though there may be the occasional error. But it would allow a starting point for future iteration - we could happily accept amendments.

    15 votes
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  20. Firsts Map

    Introduce a new map that shows the location of firsts. By default it would show world lifers. Filtering would allow it to show firsts for a particular year or country.

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