Morcombe app - some comments from the author

To: Murray Lord <>
Subject: Morcombe app - some comments from the author
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 09:41:20 +1100
Hi Murray et al,

When I have visiting birders I carry Pizzey & Knight and without fail the 
pocket Morcombe guide.

The fact that the Morcombe maps have all the sub-species shown is invaluable 
for visiting birders to get to grips with our birds. I use it a lot and 
recommend it so am looking forward to the App being perfect as I'm sure it 
eventually be with Murray and all B Aussers help and advice.



PS what's a Blackberry?  ;-)

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On 23/10/2010, at 07:04 , 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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