iBird Pro Version 2.2.1 for Android is now available. This document explains what is new. Feel free to ask questions or leave any comments you wish.
The new iBird Pro for Android version 2.2 now has a How to Search tutorial which explains how to best use the Search Engine to identify birds. You can find this on the top of the search screen in a button named How to Search. Also every attribute has its own definition of how it should be used. This is accessed by a button at the top of the values page for each search attribute.
The Android iBird Pro 2.2 App has been reduced in size from over 20 MB to around 1 MB. This means your initial install from the store will be very fast – which you might have noticed when you just installed.
A totally overhauled installer verifies all files before downloading. This means we can update the app without affecting database. And in the same way the database can be updated incrementally so only the changes to it need to be downloaded. We have removed the ability to download the images and songs for individual species because this was causing more problems than it solved. We also removed downloading by letter of the alphabet for the same reasons.
All the photos in iBird have new titles which more accurately describe the species gender, age, etc.
This version now includes incredible composite drawings of many birds, which means we show the male and female as well as the bird in flight. You will find new drawings for such species as the Acadian Flycatcher, Acorn Woodpecker, American Redstart, Barred Owl, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-whiskered Vireo, Blue-head Vireo, Cactus Wren, Cerulean Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Dark-eye Junco, Dusky-headed Parakeet, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Evening Grosbeak, Green Sandpiper, Le Conte’s Sparrow, Little Bunting, Mexican Whip-poor-will, Northern Cardinal, Northern Goshawk, Ovenbird, Pacific Wren, Plumbeous Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Short-eared Owl, White-eyed Vireo, Whooping Crane and Yellow-breasted Bunting.
We are aligning iBird with both the AOU and ABA species lists. For example you will now find we have split the Winter Wren into the Winter Wren and the Pacific Wren and split the Whip-poor-will into the Eastern Whip-poor-will and the rare Mexican Whip-poor-will.
New 64 x 64 pixel icons have been added which are optimized for better contrast by showing only the perching bird in the icon.
We have also fixed several small bugs.
You can find the new iBird Pro for Android at these links:
Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or suggestions please visit our iBird.com web site and use the contact-us form at this link to send us a message.
Mitch Waite Group
August 2, 2012