Aus App Field Guides

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Subject: Aus App Field Guides
From: "Guy Gibbon" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:50:53 +1100
Hi everyone

Reading the comments on the Pizzey app it would appear there are a few
misconceptions and perhaps lack of familiarity with the app.  Overall the
app is not simply a bird list with a few functions attached, but a
comprehensive and integrated program with seven interlinking modules.  

Bird sounds can be played directly off the bird list in the Bird Guide.  It
couldn't be any simpler, more direct or easy to access than this. In fact
the bird sounds can be played from any list including your personal lists.
Particularly useful is to make a personal list of birds you would like to
find at a location, and then to use this shortlist for sounds in the field.
Other functions available directly off the list include Add directly to your
list (tap to add), or Add with editing the sighting details, open the Bird
Page, view Similar Birds, or open the Field Guide page.

To view the bird images you can use either the Field Guide or Bird Guide.
The Field Guide displays the full pages of the book and is best viewed on a
larger device, but usable on a smaller device.  It has the advantage of
quick access to a family group, and direct functions include Play Sound, Add
to list, Bird Page and Similar Birds.  For smaller devices you can use the
Bird Guide to access individual bird pages by tapping on a name in the bird
list.  The bird pages include comprehensive data by field guide standards,
including good text, preferred illustrations, outstanding photos, quality
sounds and colour coded maps.  Perhaps not appreciated is how useful the
maps are, indicating resident, breeding migrant, non-breeding migrant,
subspecies ranges, months of occurrence, endemic and red data species.

Other modules include My Location for a local area list based on GPS
location, My List reports sub-lists to a life list, Similar Birds lists
similar species and Compares them side by side, Identification shortlists
possible species in a few easy steps, and Birding Sites describes 270
birding sites functions for bird list, weather and show on map. There's lots
more the app does and includes, but that can be explored on

Finally, the app no longer requires a 30-day licence check.  This only ever
applied to the Android app and you simply need to update your app from the
play store to enjoy this.

Guy Gibbon

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