I drew Michael Morcombe's attention to some of the points discussed here
yesterday. He has asked me to post the following.
"Publishers have advised there will be a Blackberry version, then also for some
other makes of so-called "smartphones" . (Blackberry version very soon to be
released for the Sibley Guide). Also, we are exploring use of GPS linking in
several areas There will be additional personal bird list data storage and
access features. Further search facilities will include (but not be limited to)
plumage patterns (in addition to present colour choices). Some of these
features have been proposed to the publisher by myself and/or David Sibley, but
have not included in this first version (nor yet his) due to time needed for
programming and/or database rebuilds, and testing.
The Sibley version was published about March 1010, already up to version 1.5.2,
and it is anticipated the Australian version will have a similar rapid sequence
of updates, additional features, adjusting and extending present functions, and
correcting errors and omissions. The first version differs from the Sibley in
many details, where it seemed appropriate.
Compared with paper version, there are many new maps, and this updating will
continue. Also new or additional illustrations, some of the present having
been made some 10 to 20 years years ago. The bird list follows quite closely
the Christides & Boles 2008 list, but for present excluding offshore islands.
Taxonomy likewise is 2008 C&B. Most importantly, suggestions and wishes
expressed on sites such as Birding-aus will be most valuable in the future
evolution of the programme."
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