What's New in Bird Brain 6.4
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Reference database changes
Latest world bird list — Bird Brain 6.4 reference birds data have been updated to to be consistent with the Clements 6.7 World List, released October, 2012, by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The reference database contains all the current Clements species, subspecies, and range information.
AOU and ABA bird lists — Bird Brain 6.4 checklist data have been updated to reflect 2012 changes in the ABA and the AOU checklists.
Updated Splits and Lumps
In the 2012 update of the Clements World List, there are many changes from previous versions.
Six species have been lost through lumping or other revisions, and 82 species have been added because species have been split. The taxonomic sequence has also changed.
Bird Brain 6.4's reference database reflects the current names and taxonomy. And it makes it easy to see, find, and change your splits.
Bird Brain provides access to Google Maps from within Bird Brain.
For each sighting, you can easily map and identify the exact spot where that sighting took place. You can then store the information in the record, so that you can pull up the map from the record at any time.
With a click, you can email the exact spot of the sighting to friends. They can use Google Maps to see just where you saw the bird.
This is especially helpful if your sighting was out in a rural area where street addresses don't work. You can map the spot to within a few feet.
Mapping Location Names
For each name in your Location field (for example, a certain national park, or your favorite birding patch), you can assign a Google Maps spot.
You can use this data when submitting a trip list report to eBird, so that you don't have to separately go into eBird's website and map the location.
World Life List Record indicator
In response to requests from users, Bird Brain now displays a blue asterisk by the Record number field for each sighting that is one of your world life list birds.
Also, on lists, the common names of world life list records appear in blue. There is a option that lets you turn this feature on or off.
Additional Blue-Dot Indicators in Sighting Record window
In the Sighting Record window, there are now blue dots next to fields to indicate that they contain information, without requiring you to click on them.
New Record / Change Bird option
Bird Brain 6.4 makes entering new records or changing species in a record faster and more intuitive.
Gone is the confusing Command-N / Shift-Command-N choice. We got complaints about this, especially from customers who like to enter by letter codes, and we took their wishes to heart. Now Command-N is all you need.
You can now have the default for the top search field be either Letter Code or Common Name. You can switch the default setting instantly in the Choose Bird dialog box. Your choice gets remembered until you change it again, even after quitting Bird Brain.
Speed-entering by Letter Code is now faster and easier. You no longer have to tab twice to reach the Letter Code field. That means fewer keystrokes to create a new record.
The Picture List provides an overview of everything that's in your container fields. You can see the images in all three container fields in multiple records all at once. You can insert or delete images directly within this list. It's an easy way to manage your images or other data in your container fields.
Switch between zoomed pictures
When you zoom one of the container fields to show a larger image, you can switch among the three container fields by using buttons for the Species, Sighting, or Media contents. You no longer have to go back to the Sighting Record to switch between zoomed pictures.
In the zoomed picture view, blue indicator dots will show you whether the other container fields have something in them or not. You don't have to click to find out.
Scientific Names in Checklists, Targetlists, and Wishlists
Checklist, Targetlists, and Wishlists now provide the option of displaying scientific names in addition to the common names.
These lists show one species per line, with each line displaying one record's common name, scientific name, and a space for brief, hand-written notes.
More reports can now be viewed at 150%. You can enlarge the following lists:
Bird Brain Preferences
Beginning in Bird Brain 6.4, you can customize the way your copy of Bird Brain works.
Accessing Bird Brain Preferences from the Help menu, you can customize the following functions:
Nation Bird Count
This report was also in Bird Brain 6.3, but it now also displays the total world life list species, near the top of the report.
When you click on a nation name in the Nation Bird Count, Bird Brain 6.4 displays only the life list records for that nation. The numbers in the Nation Bird Count Report will agree with the total in nation each life list.
In Bird Brain 6.3, clicking on a name produced a list of all the records in that family.
Orders Seen displays all orders
The Orders Seen list now displays all 34 orders, including both those seen and those not seen. Bird Brain 6.3 displayed only the orders seen.
In Bird Brain 6.4, there is a checkmark next to the orders you have records for.
Families Seen shows all families
The Families Seen list now displays all 228 families of birds, both those seen and not seen. Bird Brain 6.3 displayed only the families seen.
In Bird Brain 6.4, there is a checkmark next to the families you have records for.
Added Fields in Table Views
More Power in Power Replace
Two additional fields can now be replaced in the Power Replace window:
Four additional fields occur in the Power Replace table:
You can now look up letter codes directly from the Power Replace window.
Checkmarks before the Species Name in lists
In the Checklists, Targetlists, and Wishlists, checkmarks now come before the bird name instead of after. It looks better, and it's easier to scan down the list.
Download free trial of Bird Brain 6.4
You can download a free trial of the full working version of Bird Brain 6.4, in which all the features function. However, the number of records that can be entered is limited to 70 until you purchase a license.
If you are coming from Bird Brain 5
Here are instructions for getting your records from Bird Brain 5 and importing them into the new Bird Brain 6.4.
Bird Brain 6.4 requires Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion. Your system must match or exceed one of the following:
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