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 Post subject: Creating Bird lists
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:23 am 
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This information about Twitchlister by Doag Newman, a free listing software package for birds of the world just in via SABirdNet. The download is 15Mb in size and at this stage only working on Windows systems.

Doug Newman is the author of Bird Calls For Beginners

I have not yet downloaded and used it myself.

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HI all.

We have been threatening for a while and now it is here.

Simplybirding has written software that takes care of listing all your sightings and supports the full world bird list....

AND IT IS FREE.. Download it, pass it around... the point is it is free.

The first ever listing program that supports all the birds of the world, does not involve logging onto a web site to maintain your world and Southern African life list and sooooo much more and we will be expanding on it later.

There is no user manual at present but one will be coming soon. In the interim email me if you have installed it and you have problems and the default username and password to log in is

Username: Admin
Password: password.

http://simplybirding.co.za/software.shtml

Use and enjoy,
Doug Newman.
Simply Birding

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It is a 15MB download.


Some questions were already put to Doug and he prepared a couple of answers.

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Hi all.

I have had a few questions already so here goes on a few pointers.

1) The admin user is not for entering records but for system
administration. When you first login it will ask you to create users. (User Management - Add New User)

2) When creating a users you can decide
a) Does life list work on seen and heard or seen only (the life list
report will tell you birds you have heard but not seen)

b) Whether or not to remember last entry settings - this will
automatically populate fields for venue and trip to speed up entry of lists after the fact

c) Default Language - yes the entire interface and bird names will
switch to Afrikaans - it was as if it was written in Afrikaans to begin with

3) Once users created - log in as user.

4) When "taking on" an existing life list, add these records under the
"visit" named "No specific visit.

5) If multiple observers in the system when on the same outing, add their names under additional observers and it will automatically add it to their data when they login - they do not have to capture the same records themselves.

6) You can also load your records using Latin names

7) If you want to see the world list, tick the "Use World List" box
and the drop downs to add species will now have the full world list.

8 ) For species that do not have an English/Afrikaans family name e.g.
Bokmakierie, set family to (blank) i.e. the text "(bank)" rather than nothing in the box and then the bokmakieries will appear.

9) To enter species, select family first and then the species drop
down box will be populated by the species in that family.

Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Cheers,
Doug.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:24 am 
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Thanks for posting this, FD. :lol: I've been battling all morning to get this info together for posting on the forum! I personally do not need a lister as I (bought a while ago) use the Robert's MM v3 and find it absolutely satisfying of my needs. Doug's effort looks great as a listing tool, especially if you don't have anything to use... AND it's FREE! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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Johan I just downloaded it but have not installed it yet to check it out. I'm using a Excel spreadsheet that keeps good enough record of my life list and Cape list. Trip lists I keep in Roberts PDA at this stage

Don't know if I'll be taking the time to add 518 records to the new software just yet :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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I downloaded it earlier this morning and have been trying to test it out. Have only had error messages till now. Will uninstall, try again and get back to you guys.

My current setup is more or less the same as Francois'. Got my life-list on Excel and do trip-lists using Roberts.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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DuQues wrote:
I'm getting errors galore here...

That was my question! :lol:

'K....... I'll give it to the kids to install first, not going to crash my own PC now, am I? :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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DuQues wrote:
I'm getting errors galore here...


Do you have XP SP3 installed?

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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Had to check that.... Reinstalled quite recently. Nope, not yet...

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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I do and thought it might be connected. Won't be the first time.

I'm talking to Doug about the errors at the moment. Could you maybe email what you are getting? You still got my address?

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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Will do so tomorrow, quite busy here at the moment so I can't create a nice list.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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Strange problem solved for me.

Enter username and password, Click OK and then get a error something about ODBC links. How to solve? Enter username and password and press Enter (do not click OK).

So now to check the rest of the app.

Will not be here next week and maybe also not tomorrow but might check in to this thread

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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Thanks guys

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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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Update:

Doug Newman wrote:
I have found the source of the error 13 everyone is getting. In regional settings your date format must be dd/MM/yyyy....

For those of you that have already installed the program, download the service pack at http://simplybirding.co.za/twitchpatch.zip

This does not make it compatible with all date formats but it has increased error handling to tell you that your date format is the problem.

To set the date format to be compatible with the application click on Start - Settings - Control Panel - Regional And Language Options - Click Customize, select the date tab and make sure the short date format reads dd/MM/yyyy and the long date format reads dd MMMM yyyy...

P.S. the updated version now also has a backup facility to regularly backup the database.

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Does anyone have Dougs email address? I would like to send him some suggestions from trying the program out.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird listing software: Free download
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Check your PM Imax.

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