Over the years Bird Journal apps have been released for Windows, iOS, Android and Mac. Now, making Bird Journal even more accessible, Bird Journal is coming to the web!
The full desktop experience is available on Chromebooks, Linux, work computers, Amazon Fire devices, tablets, phones, TVs and more. Anywhere that has a web browser and an internet connection.
When we designed and built Bird Journal 5, primarily to add Mac support, we did so using web based technologies. This made it conceivable to someday make the same experience available over the web directly.
Over the last month we been very busy making this happen. It has been available to our beta testers for about two weeks, and with their help it's ready in public beta for you to use today.
- It’s essentially the full desktop app
- Free and premium features are available
- It syncs with your other devices
- It’s fully secure
- It’s globally distributed, so it should be responsive wherever you are
- When updates are available it will just refresh the browser and be using the latest version
- Data is saved to our systems, minimising space used on our device
The web app doesn't replace native apps. If you're using the desktop app on a Mac or PC for example, you already have the best Bird Journal experience. But it lets you run Bird Journal on a wider range of devices, and brings the full depth of the desktop apps to devices that could previously only use the mobile apps.
You can sign in to the web app at https://app.birdjournal.com
- The layout doesn't update on phones yet making it tricky to use on small screens
- It's a little slower than the desktop apps. We've plans to make it faster in some areas, however the native desktop/mobile apps will remain the fastest way to use Bird Journal.
- The taxonomic updates screen is particularly slow.
- Give it a try and let us know how you get on via email or the contact form on our feedback site
- We'll continue to fix any issues and improve the performance until it's fully ready
We're pleased to announce that IOC 10.2 is live in the library! This was officially released two days ago on the 25th and includes many taxonomic changes and a few splits and newly described species and subspeices. Checklists have been updated to match. Many thanks for the hard work of the IOC team.
Please refer to the IOC website for further details on the changes, including range data available in the master list. Also see our guide on taxonomic updates.
10.1 was made available on 26th June and we hope to demonstrate our ability to stay up-to-date going forward.
The Clements 2019 update will be coming soon as well. However something new will be releasing before this.. stay tuned!
We've made some good progress on an IOC 9.2 taxonomy update in the last weeks. Work is continuing and it will be released soon. This will include updates to all of the checklists that are based on IOC. Thanks for your patience here. Whilst we do this, we're making sure that future updates will be easier to deliver.
After IOC, our roadmap includes:
- Support for new European Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) requirements
- BirdTrack export improvements
- iOS and Android app updates
- Clements 2019
For those attending Birdfair, we wish you a great weekend. Sadly, we'll not be exhibiting anymore. We're always keen to hear from you though, so please feel free to get in touch.
We've just released an update for the Clements taxonomy, bringing it right up-to-date!
You'll see a number badge on the Library button if you've updates to install.
Updates are automatic where possible, but there may be changes that you need to think about, for example when species are split or lumped. Head to Tools > Taxonomic Updates in the desktop app to see a list of issues and details of changes applied. You may wish to refer to our a guide on taxonomic updates.
We're aiming to issue future updates around the time they're released by Cornell, and have put processes in place to make this easier to achieve.
Let us know how you get on. Updates to the IOC taxonomy are next.
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.