Morcombe app - some comments from the author

To: Murray Lord <>
Subject: Morcombe app - some comments from the author
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 08:35:16 +1000
When you think about it, the great thing about online guides is that there is less of a limit on the number of plumage variations that can be included - the authors can include juvenile, immature, sub adult, various breeding / nonbreeding / mid moult for each race / morph ...

Just the thing for field guide illustrators ...

Regards, Laurie.

On 23/10/2010, at 6:04 AM, Murray Lord wrote:

Hi everyone,

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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