A few months back we got an email from the company that
stores all of the synchronized data in Bird Journal, telling us we were running
out of space. A good problem to have some might say! But a problem
that needs solving none the less.
Luckily, the company we use offers space upgrades that can
help. But on reflection, this would quickly become expensive and be
harder and harder to maintain. So we paused and had a think about how we
might do better. We considered learnings from running Bird Journal as a
service for the last few years.
The result is a very different approach to storing
synchronized data. It’s faster, highly scalable, easier to maintain,
cheaper to run and of course, secure. We’ve been running this in parallel
for a while now, ensuring behaviour is identical.
And it’s live for all account today!
Good for this change is no noticeable difference.
Which is sadly, not terribly exciting. But it is (we hope) at least
comforting to know that this change will allow Bird Journal to continue running
smoothly for a long time to come.As ever, let us know if you have any feedback, concerns or issues. No app updates are required for this change to be in effect.
I just wanted to let you know that we’re today retiring support for Windows XP for Bird Journal version 4.
This decision is prompted by a security change in some of the services we use, combined with low usage of version 4 on Windows XP.
If you’re still actively using Bird Journal version 4 on Windows XP, please:
- Make sure all of your changes have been synced. You can verify this using Bird Journal on any other supported device. If you don’t have any other devices to check on, please get in touch.
- Uninstall Bird Journal 4 from your computer running Windows XP.
- Consider installing Bird Journal to a computer with a more up-to-date operating system.
Versions 1, 2 & 3 may still work on Windows XP as they do not use any of the impacted services. We are however not planning any future updates for these versions.
Sorry for any inconvenience and please get in touch with any concerns.
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It has always been possible to use Bird Journal on an iPad, but only as an iPhone app. This meant over-sized text and graphics and also being harder to find in the App Store.
The recent Bird Journal iOS app update solves this. The same app is designed for both iPhone and iPad screens. We also took the opportunity to enable landscape orientations, increase the resolution of images to ensure crisp display on the iPhone 6/7 plus and fix a number of bugs.
Our initial effort was to try to reuse the same full V5 user interface found in our desktop software. While this was clearly possible, our experiments showed performance was not satisfactory. Startup time was increased notably, especially on older devices. There were also challenges preserving edit screen behaviour to ensure the fastest and most tailored experience for recording in the field.
We decided keeping and extending the existing mobile user interfaces was the best choice. The apps will be as fast as possible and fit with the design style of iOS/Android. Behind the scenes we'll be making changes to ensure we can add features more quickly, have less to maintain and bring more consistency between platforms.
Don't forget to visit our feedback site to let us know what mobile features you'd like to see next. And if you have a moment, please consider leaving a review on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. These really help others discover us.