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  1. Mac version

    Make a native mac version of Bird Journal

    149 votes
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      I’m pleased to report that Bird Journal 5 is now live, with a refined user experience, Mac support and some great new features:
      https://www.birdjournal.com/version-five-desktop-app

      If you’re currently using Bird Journal Free, a complementary 14-days premium subscription has been activated since license restrictions are now in place.

      Many, many thanks for all of your help during the beta. We hope you’re as pleased with the end result as we are. It’s certainly been the most open, collaborative development process for us so far, with the initial beta being available very early on.

      And a special thank you to all Mac users for your patience while we made this happen.

      Making the web version of Bird Journal available is one of our next priorities.

      Best wishes,

      Justin

    • Life list count running total

      I think it would be interesting to have a graph that provides a running tally of the life list. So time on the x axis and number of life birds on the y axis, so one can look at "progress" over time. Alternatively (or additionally), it would be nice to have BirdJournal provide your life count on a certain date or over a date range. There are times when, after a big trip, I wonder how many lifers I got on that trip and right now there doesn't appear to be a good way to really get at that number.

      46 votes
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      • Date range filter

        For all screens, including export, allow to filter by a range of dates. Currently it's only possible to filter to a month, month-year or year.

        44 votes
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          This is now possible as part of the version 5 beta software:
          https://twitter.com/Bird_Journal/status/708643295874961409

          This feature will be generally available in an update shortly.

          You can vote for the outstanding work on this if you wish. Date range filtering for mobile apps:
          http://support.birdjournal.com/forums/262707-general/suggestions/12925491-date-range-filtering-for-mobile-apps

          And date range filtering for the export screen:
          http://support.birdjournal.com/forums/262707-general/suggestions/12925500-date-range-filtering-for-export-screen

          Best wishes,

          Justin

        • Allow taxonomic sorting on mobile versions

          Currently the birds are arranged alphabetically, but you tend to see families of birds in the same locations (and you tend to remember them in taxonomic groups too). Any taxonomy would be an improvement on alphabetical sorting.

          38 votes
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            This is now live in both the Google Play and Apple App Stores! To enable the feature, select taxonomic ordering in the options section of the observation input screen.

            If you want taxonomic ordering of species generally, this can be enabled using the Windows software. Go to Account > Settings > Personalistion.

            Don’t forget that you get your votes back to spend on something else, now the item is completed.

            Next up is the combined Mac/Web/Windows software.

            Best wishes,

            Justin

          • Filters for iOS & Android

            Add filters, like those in the desktop version of Bird Journal, to the mobile apps, so you can filter entries by eg. a species, and species by year, location, etc.

            29 votes
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            • iPad version

              Create a iPad version of the mobile app to fully take account of the much better resolution on the device.

              And better still would be to add some of the Windows functionality around managing entries, editing of geotags in particular (by selecting from a map) would be good.

              26 votes
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                This has now been completed and an update is available in the App Store that makes full use of the iPad screen.

                If it doesn’t yet show as an update then wait a few hours to let the App Store update – this is very hot off the press!

                We didn’t add any desktop features as part of this. If you’d like to see that then please vote for or create the relevant suggestions.

                Best wishes,

                Justin

              • Custom Report Generator

                E.g. Under "Entries" I might want to select a particular species and select records marked with the "interesting" property (or any other property) and then view a report showing not only a list of entries but also the notes, counts, etc for those sightings (all on one page).

                24 votes
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                  This is now possible as part of the version 5 beta software:
                  https://twitter.com/Bird_Journal/status/708013091531984900

                  This feature will be generally available in an update shortly.

                  There is plenty of scope for extensions of the new “reports” tab. Please create new suggestions/vote for reports/features you would like to see.

                  For example, new reports could help identify target species, such as in this suggestion:
                  http://support.birdjournal.com/forums/262707-general/suggestions/7305505-target-species

                  Best wishes,

                  Justin

                • Target species

                  Introduce features that help you see more species. Specifically to answer the following questions:
                  - Which country has the most species that I have yet to see?
                  - Which species have I not seen, in a particular country?
                  - Where should I go to see a particular species?

                  20 votes
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                  • update IOC, Clements World Lists taxonomy changes

                    Due to regular changes made by these bodies I would want to know my Life List is up to date with the latest releases of the likes of IOC taxonomy changes, lumps, splits etc. Currently I am aware of several changes made some time ago that I am currently missing in my list. Therefore I would really like to have my Bird Journal updated with these changes as and when they occur that then reviews and updates my lists in BJ and either updates automatically or asks me to review or validate any changes when required. To also know what…

                    16 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Admin →

                      Taxonomy update are now available for BOU and IOC taxonomies:
                      http://blog.birdjournal.com/post/first-taxonomy-updates-live1

                      We’ll be updating Clements next which will be significantly easier now that we’ve done all of the groundwork. No need to open a new suggestion for this – it’s already planned.

                      Feel free to open suggestions for enhancements to the taxonomic update process if there’s something you think we can improve on.

                      Thanks for your patience!

                      Justin

                    • Option to Arrange Lists Chronologically

                      Under species view if I'd like to be able to list birds by date of sighting. Then I can easily determine if I just seen a bird for the first time this year or the first time ever etc. ......or in reverse order so I can easily see when was the last time I saw a particular bird. Perhaps by clicking on "Last sighting" or First sighting" the list could be displayed in ascending or descending chronological order.. (May also need an option to restore the users default order or alphabetical or taxonomic)

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                        While not implemented exactly as suggested, it’s now possible to view lifers in this way using the new lifers/firsts report.

                        Please create a new suggestion for allowing to sort earliest first, if that’s something you’d like to see. Only most recent first is currently supported.

                        Best wishes,

                        Justin

                      • Daily sightings list.

                        I would like to be able to compile a list of all sightings in a day's observing, when more than one sight is visited

                        13 votes
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                        • Option to download all photos

                          Add an option to download all photos to another computer or device and sync when new photos are added. The current behaviour only downloads photos when they're viewed for the first time.

                          12 votes
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                          • First of Year Birds

                            Mark first of year birds in some way.

                            9 votes
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                            • On the desktop version be able to filter/search in the edit locations dialog box

                              I have possible hundreds of locations in many countries on 6 continents ( not Africa, yet!). If I need to change a location it's very tiresome trying to find them without being able to filter

                              7 votes
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                              • Sort species by first and last observation

                                It should be possible to sort species by first and last observation. Then you could easily see i.e. your last 10 lifers.

                                5 votes
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                                • Satellite view for desktop version

                                  Add a satellite view map for the desktop version

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Option to Switch Off Life Ticks

                                    Am I the only one to find these recent additions irritating ?
                                    Having bird and nature watched for 50 years and used Bird Journal for less than two you can understand that BJ is not in synch with my memories.
                                    Justin has suggested I do a brain dump of every species I can recall seeing into BJ to stop the Life Ticks appearing. This seems an incredible amount of work when an option to just switch them off would be very simple.
                                    Not exactly overjoyed at the Year Ticks either but I can live with those although I would not…

                                    4 votes
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                                    • enable adding sub-family/order data

                                      The ability to add more taxonomic details such as sub-family / order is essential when trying to record invertebrates such as Australian moths where there are no english names and taxonomy is quite confused!

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Choose first day of the week

                                        In the summary page "sunday" is the first day of the week.

                                        In many countries "monday" are the first day of the week.

                                        Making this an option would make the "This calendar week" more precise for alot of people.

                                        4 votes
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                                          We’ve made Bird Journal respect the first day of the week typically used in different cultures. The hope is that this will satisfy the majority of users.

                                          If this isn’t sufficient and you would still prefer an option for this, then please post a new suggestion.

                                          This change will appear in the next update of each of the apps/software.

                                        • Allow insertion of lines into taxonomic lists

                                          when creating or editing taxonomic lists it is currently required to add a new species to the end of the list and then move it up into the correct place one line at a time per click.. if someone were to add a new swallowtail to the
                                          European Butterflies Taxonomy. this would require the new species to be moved up the list over 400 times as the list is now approximately 450 species long. it would be a massive help if you could simply insert an extra line into the database where it was required and then fill the data…

                                          4 votes
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