Windows XP

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.

Recent community content

The new year has seen a huge boost in the number of Bird Journal users. Some of these users have published content about Bird Journal.  Here are a few:

Video Tutorial: Locations, Entries and Photos by Simon Booton-Mander

My Views on Birding Apps by Terry Woodward

Bird Journal Review by Dr Gerco Hoogeweg

We've received many wonderful comments too.  Here are some of our favorite recent tweets:

"If you watch wildlife, I can heartily recommend @Bird_Journal as a way of recording and analysing your sightings." by @gardener_the

"Have to say mighty impressed with the @Bird_Journal app... Superb for nest recording - only a photo option would make it perfect for me." by @Nestfinders5978

"Been using this for a couple of years and it's great. Couldn't recommend more highly! Fantastic for all recording - not just birds." by @MarkG76

Let us know if you've produced or have seen an article you would like to share.

Wishing you great birding for 2017!

Making the most of the iPad screen

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.