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eBird Mobile iOS Beta Release First Look

posted by Tim Avery at
on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 

For those who don't have an iOs device, or just want to see what it looks like without downloading, here are the first looks at eBirds new mobile app called, "eBird Mobile" from the beta release going on right now.  The following is in the release from Team eBird:

Regular users of BirdLog will find that this app works much the same, with a few key improvements. The goal of the eBird app is to make a single, global data entry app for eBird. Using the former BirdLog code as a base, we transferred the existing functionality into the Lab’s development environment, solidified and consolidated the code, rebranded the app, performed some basic bug fixes, and made it free. Subsequent iterations of the app will focus on reworking the user interface, translations, and improving data out functionality. We have also begun development work for Android, and eBird Mobile should be available on that platform in the coming months.

What’s new with eBird Mobile?

  • Free – eBird Mobile is free.
  • Single global version – The eBird mobile app is available in a single consolidated version that works anywhere on earth.
  • Expanded languages – Offers species common names in many local language options, in parallel with the eBird web site. Four-letter quick entry based on common name and scientific name for all taxa globally, as on eBird.
  • Show rarities – Rare species are now indicated on the checklist view, prompting observers to provide more detail.
  • Refined start up screen – The ‘home page’ of the app has been reworked from a usability standpoint, making it clear how to get started entering data.
  • Continuity – App updates don’t cause you to lose existing unsubmitted lists or personal locations and startup is not delayed by taxonomic updates.
  • Data quality improvements – The app more closely matches functionality of eBird web for protocols, and prompts users to be more precise about location plotting.
  • Trip summary – Improved trip summary functionality makes keeping track of your trip list and day list fast and simple.
So here are the screenshots--I'll post a review of the app after I've tinkered with it a bit... The only thing I will say is I expected a better UI and experience right off the bat, hopefully performance is there to make up for the above...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

where can one download ebird mobile?

May 27, 2015 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Tim Avery said...

@Anonymous: Unfortunately, the beta release was limited to a 2 hour window so they could get feedback and testing before the official release this summer. From what I understand it will be released later in June or July on iOs, followed by Android, hopefully not too far afterwards. It will be free, so jsut check eBird.org with some regularity as they will announce it on their website.

May 28, 2015 at 9:26 AM  
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thanks for the info. Appreciate it.

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