Morcombe field guide released as an iPhone/iPod touch app

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Subject: Morcombe field guide released as an iPhone/iPod touch app
From: "Murray Lord" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:11:26 +1100
This is to let everyone know that the Michael Morcombe field guide to 
Australian birds was released as an iPhone / iPod touch app yesterday.  It can 
be found by searching for "Australian birds" in the Apple iTunes store.

The main advantage of this format (aside from the obvious size and weight 
issue) is that it comes with the calls of all but a couple of the regularly 
occurring species, provided by David Stewart.  It sells for $36.99.  Beware 
that it's a very large download (over 300MB).

I provided comments on an earlier beta version of the app.  Personally I hope a 
lot more field guides become available in this format.  While I think I'd 
always choose a book if I was going somewhere where I didn't know most of the 
birds, in a place where you don't need to be looking at a book too often having 
all the information in your pocket all the time with calls easily accessible is 
so convenient.  I just hope the authors of the Australian mammal, frog and 
reptile guides follow suit!

For people who have not used iPods or iPhones before, this software will only 
run on those devices.  The cheapest iPod touch is around $280.


Murray Lord

(and before anyone asks I have no financial interest in the product).
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