To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: PDAs and HANZAB
From: "Simon Mustoe" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2006 18:34:28 +1000
Sure, a copy of HANZAB in this format would be great. I am not convinced that 
much time needs to be spent producing a fully stand-alone piece of integrated 
audio-visual software - the CDs of bird calls are great and gradually improve 
and are simple to change to MP3. I like the versatility of keeping a good range 
on the device then dropping other choice species on for different trips. The 
plates from a guide such as HANZAB though could be easily incorporated. I'd 
love to have the ability to user-define links to audio data files. For example, 
when one first accesses a call, you define the location and then it remains the 
default. This way you could update calls as new recordings come available. As 
for the plates, there is a massive amount of memory taken up with blank parts 
of the existing plates. All you'd need is a simple image with the birds lined 
up above one another. This would save loads of space and I suspect, the whole 
thing could be condensed to very little.

But let's not run before we can walk. When are we going to see a HANZAB 
fieldguide full stop? I would be lost without it since field notes I have on 
potentially difficult species such as Red Goshawk and Buff-breasted Buttonquail 
are better than all the existing fieldguides. If it wasn't for HANZAB I don't 
know where I would go for identification support except perhaps a trip to the 
museum to look at skins (which is what I had to do for BBBQ before I got 




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