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Bird Brain Software

Bird Brain 7 Upgrade Instructions
with File Conversion

Bird Brain 7 is created in FileMaker Pro 13 and has a new file structure. If you are upgrading from Bird Brain versions 6.5, 6.4, 6.3, 6.2, or 6.1, you will first need to convert your records data to this new file structure.

Download File Converter

Download Bird Brain 7

See Help Videos on Converting and Importing

Note you do not need the File Converter if you are a new user of Bird Brain 7.
See New Users Instructions instead.

1. Check System Requirements

Check to see if your Macintosh computer meets the Bird Brain 7 minimum system requirements. To see your Mac's system version number, processor, and RAM memory, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu on your computer.

Bird Brain 7 works with the following or later systems:

System Requirements

2. Download the File Converter

Because Bird Brain 7 has 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.

Choose Converter

Clicking the link above will download a file to your Downloads folder or wherever you have set your browser's preferences to download files. The name of the file that gets downloaded is Bird Brain 6.5 File Converter.zip (or the appropriate File Converter name). Be sure you wait until the download is complete.

After it downloads, if your browser is set to do this, the zip file will automatically unzip and create a folder called Bird Brain 6.5 File Converter. If it does not, you can make it happen by double-clicking on the zip file.

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 won't work.

Instead...

Right-click or control-click on the Bird Brain 6.5 File Converter app.

Choose Open from the menu that pops up.

Right-click Menu

You should get this window. Click the Open button.

Open D Box

If it still doesn't work, see Installation Troubleshooting, below.

3. Launch the File Converter

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 Folder after you download it.

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

4. Download Bird Brain 7

Download the Bird Brain 7 Folder zip file

Clicking the link above will download a file to your Downloads folder or wherever you have set your browser's preferences to download files. The name of the file that gets downloaded is Bird Brain 7 Folder.zip. Be sure you wait until the download is complete.

After it downloads, if your browser is set to do this, the zip file will automatically unzip and create a folder called Bird Brain 7 Folder.

If it does not, you can make it happen by double-clicking on the zip file.

Bird Brain Folder Zip Icon

Bird Brain 7 Folder Icon

5. Put the Bird Brain 7 Folder in your Documents folder

Move the entire Bird Brain 7 Folder with all its files into your Documents folder. Do not put it in your Applications folder or anywhere else. Put it in the Documents folder. Really! Just take our word for it.

6. Copy the exported files from your Bird Brain 6.5 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 files, but they will look like this:

Downloaded Files

Open your Bird Brain 6.5 Folder, and copy those exported files into the Clipboard.

Open your Bird Brain 7 Folder, and paste the files there. Now you're ready to import your data into Bird Brain 7.

7. Open Bird Brain 7   

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 won't work.

Instead...

Right-click or control-click on the Bird Brain 7 birdie icon in its folder or in the Dock.

                           Open from Dock

Choose Open from the menu that pops up.

You should get this window. Click the Open button.

Control-click Open

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

If it still doesn't work, see Installation Troubleshooting, below.

 

8. Import Converted BB6 Records Data

ImportWhen you  get Bird Brain 7 open, choose Import Converted BB6 Records Data from the File menu.

Bird Brain will import your data into Bird Brain 7.

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

 

9. Put the Bird Brain 7 icon in your dock

Open the Bird Brain 7 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.

Birdie Icon

You could instead just drag the icon from the Finder to the Dock. But if you do, be careful to hold down the mouse until you reach the dock. If you let up too soon, you will move the Bird Brain 7 file out of its folder. You don't want to do that. Bird Brain won't work until you move it back.

What upgrading users need to know

Now that you have Bird Brain sucessfully installed, you can open the Bird Brain 7 User Guide and use the Table of Contents to jump any section you have questions about.

Note that there is a special section on What's New in Bird Brain 7.

Help Videos

We also now have a series of online videos that show how to use Bird Brain. Seeing and hearing are often better than simply reading.

Rules you will need to follow

Keep the files in the Bird Brain 7 Folder intact.
Don't move any of the files out of the Bird Brain 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 Folder or the birdie icon in the Dock. Don't open the program by clicking on the Bird Brain Records.USR file.

Birdie Icon

Bird Brain Registration

Although this download is the full version of Bird Brain 7, you can't enter more than 70 records unless you purchase a Bird Brain 7 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 Registration from Bird Brain's Help menu. Please enter your name and code exactly as you received it.

 


 

Installation Troubleshooting

Unidentified Developer File Converter Unidentified Developer

If you get one of the above windows when you try to open the File Converter or Bird Brain, first try this.

Click once on the File Converter app or the Bird Brain app while you hold down the Control key. Choose Open from the menu that pops up. This time you should get a dialog box with a button that lets you open the app.

Internet App

If this doesn't work, you may need to change  your security settings. Here's how.

Open your System Preferences and click on the Security & Privacy settings.

System Prefs

Choose the General tab and make the Allow applications downloaded from: setting to say Anywhere. (You'll probably need to first click the lock and enter your password to change the setting.)

Security Anywhere

The Anywhere setting will change what happens when you double-click on the Bird Brain birdie icon and give you a window that allows you to open the program.

After you've done the installation, you can come back and change back to the setting you prefer.

License agreement

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

See License Agreement

The download link below lets you download the full, working copy of Bird Brain for free. You can try out all the features. The only limitation is that you can't enter order more than 70 records until you purchase a registration code.


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