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Bird Brain Software

Bird Brain 7.1 Instructions
Downloading, Installing and Upgrading

There are three sections of instructions on this page. Everyone should do Section A first.

Then, if you are upgrading, you will do Section B or Section C, depending on what version you are upgrading from. 

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Click or scroll down to see the appropriate instructions
Section A

All new users, upgraders, and free trial.
Everybody should do this first. Follow these instructions to download and install the Bird Brain 7.1 Folder on your Mac.

Click here
Section B Upgrading from Bird Brain 7.
After you have done Section A, and you are upgrading from Bird Brain 7 to Bird Brain 7.1, use these instructions. 
Click here
Section C Upgrading from Bird Brain 6.5, 6.4, 6.3, 6.2, or 6.1.
After you have done Section A, and you are upgrading from any of the Bird Brain 6.x versions, use these instructions.
Click here

Instructions Sections A, B, and C are below.

 


Section A — for new users, all upgraders, and free trial


1. Check System Requirements

Your computer should match or exceed the system requirements listed below.

Operating System Recommended Computer Minimum RAM Recommended RAM
Sierra v10.12 Intel-based Mac 2 GB 4 GB
El Capitan v10.11 Intel-based Mac 2 GB 4 GB
Yosemite v10.10 Intel-based Mac 2 GB 4 GB
Mavericks v10.9 Intel-based Mac 2 GB 4 GB

2. Download and install Bird Brain 7.1 Folder

Be sure to follow the instructions (Step 3 below) to Control-click or Right-click the first time you launch Bird Brain after downloading.

Download the Bird Brain 7.1 Installer.dmg

Clicking the link above will download the Bird Brain 7.1 Installer.dmg file to your Downloads folder or wherever you have set your browser's preferences to download files. Be sure you wait until the download is complete.

After it downloads, open your Downloads folder, and you should see the Bird Brain 7.1 Installer.dmg file.

Installer

Doubleclick on the file to launch the installer. The installer will open.

Bird Brain Installer

From the Installer window, drag the Bird Brain 7.1 Folder icon to the Documents folder on your Mac. That will copy the Bird Brain 7.1 Folder to your Documents Folder.

Do not drag it to your Applications folder or anywhere else. Put it in the Documents folder.

After the copying is finished, you can close the installer, by clicking the red button in upper left.

3. Launch Bird Brain

Open the Bird Brain 7.1 Folder that is inside your Documents folder.  You should see these files:

Four Bird Brain Files

First launch: The first time you open an application that has been downloaded from the Internet, you need to do it in a special way. You need to give it permission to open. Double-clicking on the icon may not work.

Instead...

Hold down the Control key while selecting the Bird Brain 7.1 app.

Choose Open from the menu that pops up.

                           

You'll get a dialog box similar to one of these, asking you if you're sure you want to open Bird Brain.

Yosemite El Capitan & Sierra

Click the Open button. Bird Brain will open.

After you once open Bird Brain this way, you can open it by clicking normally from now on.

4. What you see when Bird Brain Opens

You will see an About Bird Brain window for a few seconds, and then the Sighting Record window will open, with a Downy Woodpecker sighting showing.

About Bird Brain   

This is the first record of the Tutorial Records that come pre-installed in Bird Brain. They work with the Bird Brain Quick Start Tutorial to help you learn how to use the program. You'll find the Bird Brain Quick Start Tutorial in the Help menu.

5. Put the Bird Brain 7.1 icon in your dock

It's a great idea to put the your Bird Brain icon on the dock. Makes it easy to launch Bird Brain. Here's how.

Open the Bird Brain 7.1 Folder. Select the birdie icon in the Finder. Hold down the Shift Key, and choose Add to Dock from the File menu. The icon will be added to the end of the application section of the Dock. You can then drag it wherever you want it on the Dock.

Birdy icon

Here's another way to add the birdie icon to the Dock. You can drag the icon from the Finder to the Dock. But if you do, be careful to hold down the mouse button until you reach the dock. If you let up too soon, you will move the Bird Brain 7.1 file out of its folder. You don't want to do that. If you do, Bird Brain won't work until you put it back.

Getting rid of the Installer (optional)

Installer iconThe installer has finished its work. It's OK to keep it around, but if you want to get rid of it, here's how to do it.

You can eject it by right-clicking on its icon on the desktop and choosing Eject.

Or you can also eject it from the Finder sidebar by clicking its up-arrow there.

 Installer sidebar icon

What new users of Bird Brain need to know

Bird Brain Quick Start Tutorial

Bird Brain 7.1 comes with 60 Tutorial Records installed. The first thing you should do is take the Bird Brain Quick Start Tutorial that's in the Help menu. It works with the 60 Tutorial Records that come pre-installed in Bird Brain 7.1 to help you learn the program.

Go to Bird Brain's Help menu, the last menu on the right.
Choose Bird Brain Quick Start Tutorial.

The Quick Start manual will open in a separate window. It's a standard PDF file. You can have it open at the same time that you're using Bird Brain. Or you can print it out.

Rules you will need to follow

Keep the files in the Bird Brain 7.1 Folder intact
Don't move any of the files out of the Bird Brain 7.1 Folder, and don't rename them. Their names and locations are critical for Bird Brain to work correctly.

Always open Bird Brain using the birdie icon
Always launch Bird Brain by clicking on the birdie icon in your Bird Brain 7.1 Folder or the birdie icon in the Dock. Don't open the program by clicking on the Bird Brain Records.USR file.

Birdy icon

Bird Brain Registraion

Although this download is the full, working version of Bird Brain 7.1, you can't enter more than 70 records until after you purchase a Bird Brain 7.1 registration code. Previous registration codes won't work.

To purchase a registration code, go to the Birdwatching Dot Com Store.

When you order, you'll receive an email with your registration name and license code. To enter them in Bird Brain, you'll choose Bird Brain Registration from Bird Brain's Help menu. Please enter your name and code exactly as you received it.

License agreement

By installing Bird Brain, you agree to the terms of this software license agreement.

See License Agreement

 


Section B — Upgrading from Bird Brain 7


Upgrading to Bird Brain 7.1
from Bird Brain 7

If you have not done Section A, above, be sure to do it first.

Overview

To upgrade, you will export your data from Bird Brain 7, which will create new files in your Bird Brain 7 Folder. You will move these new files into your new Bird Brain 7.1 Folder. Then you will import that data into Bird Brain 7.1.

How to export your data

Your old Bird Brain 7 Folder should be in the Documents folder. It should be named Bird Brain 7 Folder. If you happen to have put it somewhere else, you'll need to find it.

  1. Open Bird Brain 7
  2. Choose Export All Records Data from the File Menu
  3. Quit Bird Brain 7
  4. Open your Bird Brain 7 Folder. You should see one, two, or three files that have now been created there. These files contain all your data.

    Exported BB7 Location LatLong.fmp12
    Exported BB7 Records.fmp12
    Exported BB7 Species Pics.fmp12

Exported Files Icons

It's OK if you see only one or two of these files. It just means you didn't have all three kinds of data in your Bird Brain 7 records. But you should at least have the Exported BB7 Records.fmp12 file. If not, start over.

How to import your data into Bird Brain 7.1

Assuming you have already downloaded and installed Bird Brain 7.1 on your computer, you should see a new folder, the Bird Brain 7.1 Folder, in the Documents folder on your computer.

Copy your one, two, or three exported files from your Bird Brain 7 Folder and paste them into your Bird Brain 7.1 Folder. Now you're ready to import your data into Bird Brain 7.1.

Import your data into Bird Brain 7.1.

Re-ImportOpen Bird Brain 7.1.

From the File menu, choose Re-Import All BB7 Records Data.

Bird Brain will import your data into Bird Brain 7.1.

Please wait for the process to finish. You'll get a message telling you when it's done. 

Congratulations! You're ready to use Bird Brain 7.1.

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Section C — Upgrading from Bird Brain 6.5, 6.4, 6.3, 6.2, or 6.1


Bird Brain File Converter Instructions
for upgrading from
Bird Brain 6.5, 6.4, 6.3, 6.2, or 6.1

Converter Icon

If you have not done Section A, above, be sure to do it first.

1. Download the File Converter

These instructions use Bird Brain 6.5 as an example. Other versions (Bird Brain 6.4, 6.3, 6.2, and 6.1) will work the same way, except they'll have their corresponding version numbers.

Because Bird Brain 7 and 7.1 have a new file structure, you will need to convert your old 6.5-or-earlier data before you can import it.

Download the File Converter that corresponds to version of Bird Brain that you are upgrading from.

Bird Brain Version To download Bird Brain Converter, click below
Bird Brain 6.5 Bird Brain 6.5 File Converter
Bird Brain 6.4 Bird Brain 6.4 File Converter
Bird Brain 6.3 Bird Brain 6.3 File Converter
Bird Brain 6.2 Bird Brain 6.2 File Converter
Bird Brain 6.1 Bird Brain 6.1 File Converter

Clicking the link above will download the Bird Brain 6.5 File Converter.dmg file to your Downloads folder or wherever you have set your browser's preferences to download files. Be sure you wait until the download is complete.

After it downloads, open your Downloads folder and double click Bird Brain 6.5 File Converter.dmg.

Bird Brain 6.5 File Converter

Double click on the file to launch the installer. The installer will open.

Converter Installer

From the File Converter Installer window, drag the Bird Brain 6.5 File Converter folder to the Desktop on your Mac.

You can close the Installer by clicking the red button in upper left.

Getting rid of the File Converter Installer (optional)

Eject Converter Installer IconThe File Converter Installer has finished its work. It's OK to keep it around, but if you want to get rid of it, here's how to do it.

You can eject it by right-clicking on its icon on the desktop.

Or you can also eject it from the Finder sidebar by clicking its up-arrow there.

Eject Converter Installer Sidebar

2. Launch the File Converter

Locate the File Converter folder, which should be on your desktop. Open it.

File Converter Folder   

This folder will contain two files, Bird Brain 6.5 File Converter and its UT65.USR companion file.

File Converter Folder Contents

First launch tip: The first time you open an application that has been downloaded from the Internet, you need to do it in a special way. You need to give it permission to open. Double-clicking on the icon may not work.

Instead...

Hold down the Control key while selecting the Bird Brain 6.5 File Converter app.

Choose Open from the menu that pops up.

Right-click Menu

You should get this window similar to this. Click the Open button.

Open D Box

Click the Open button.

After you once have opened the File Converter this way, you can open it by clicking normally  if you should need to do it again.

3. Use the File Converter to export your Bird Brain 6.5 file data.

Once you launch the File Converter, a window will open that walks you through the conversion process. Follow the instructions.

Instruction Page

 

When the process is complete, your Bird Brain 6.5 Folder will contain your exported data files. These are the files that you will copy into your new Bird Brain 7.1 Folder after you download it.

Be sure to come back and do Steps 4 and 5 to complete your upgrade.

4. Copy the exported files from your Bird Brain 6.5 Folder into your Bird Brain 7.1 Folder.

In Step 3, above, you exported 1, 2, or 3 files with your Bird Brain 6.5 data in them. You may not have all three of these files, depending on the data that is in your older Bird Brain database. But you will at least have the Exported BB6 Records.fmp12 file.

Downloaded Files

Copy these files into your Bird Brain 7.1 Folder. Now you're ready to import your data into Bird Brain 7.1.

5. Import Converted BB6 Records Data into Bird Brain 7.1.

ImportWhen you  get Bird Brain 7.1 open, choose Import Converted BB6 Records Data from the File menu.

Bird Brain will import your data into Bird Brain 7.1.

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