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Unread postby Krokodile » Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:04 am

I believe that the software can be purchased from a number of different places, but as the program was written by PDA Solutions, all technical queries will ultimately have to go through them.

I should reiterate, my problem was not with eBirds: it is a fantastic piece of software and works perfectly with my PDA. The problem was with eTrax, which would not work with my GPS (it would show the GPS was switched on, but would not show the co-ordinates when logging whatever you were tracking - without this, the software is useless because logging co-ordinates is the whole point of the software!). I emailed and phoned and was promised answers, but none were forthcoming. They didn't phone me back (fair do's - it would have been an international call and potentially very expensive, so that didn't bother me too much) and were not responding to emails I sent them. Time was getting short so I was emailing them every 2 days trying to prompt a response. They finally said they had no idea what the problem was and asked if I could visit them in Craighall Park, Joburg. I said I could only on the coming Saturday (the day we arrived in SA) as all our holiday was being spent up north. There was some to-ing and fro-ing over times as their offices were not normally open on a Saturday, but they assured me that someone would be there up until 12. We arrived at their offices at 10.45, fresh off our flight, and waited until nearly 2. Nobody answered at the door or on the phone. Eventually someone who works in another business in the same building came to the door and said that they had been there but left at 10am! He tried various numbers to get hold of someone with no luck. He took our SA mobile number and said he would pass it onto them on Monday. Nobody called.

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Unread postby Jumbo » Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:13 am

Have any of you seen this!
PDA software

It seems that this software can be used on any mobile that has Windows Mobile operating system. My SO says phones on the SA market that has this, includes I-Mate and HP Ipaq (unfortunately comes with a hefty price tag :cry: ).
This is truly amazing. Here are some extracts from their website:


The Sasol e.Birds of Southern Africa electronic field guide is a mobile version of the best-selling Sasol Birds of Southern Africa field guide. It is an ideal companion to the book and has electronic features which will add to your enjoyment of birding.

Features:
User friendly interface; Large self explanatory buttons quickly take you through the 2 - 3 step searches.
Pictures of all 950 bird species found in Southern Africa.
Distribution maps and text.
Over 680 sounds recently upgraded
Logging facility; To keep a personal record of birds spotted.
Search family lists in English or Afrikaans
Complete Old/New Names Comparison
Receive program updates free of charge


After the huge success of the Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa electronic field guide, we are proud to announce the release of the eWildlife of Southern Africa. The Pocket PC version of the popular Wildlife of Southern Africa field guide features the same ease-of-use as well as quick visual searches when looking for plants.

Wildlife field guide features:
Categories: Lower invertebrates, Insects, Spiders and other arachnids, Freshwater fishes, Frogs, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals, Grasses, Sedges, Ferns, Fungi, Trees and Wild flowers.
Fast, user-friendly interface: quickly sort through invertebrates, animals and plants.
Information on over 2000 species with more than 1600 images.
Quick "Easy ID" feature to search the plants.
Species lists in common or scientific names.
Receive program updates free of charge.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Sep 02, 2005 9:40 am

Just received this new software notification. All looks good.

Dynamic Pocket Solutions.
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Sasol e-birds for PDA

Unread postby Ton & Herma » Sun Oct 16, 2005 3:35 pm

you can also get it in England
Software on 128Mb SD Card £79.95 UK & EU
Non EU £68.00

http://www.wildsounds.co.uk/

go to search and type ebirds
and click on eBirds: Birds of Southern Africa for Pocket PC v2

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Unread postby arks » Sun Oct 16, 2005 5:57 pm

My question is whether the PDA software works on all PDAs? I gather that there are differences between the Palm and the HP PDAs in terms of OS and what software they can run?

I am looking to buy a Palm Treo with combines a PDA and a cell phone and seems a preactical solution for my needs. I would be interested in some of the software packages if they can be run on a Palm PDA.

So far I haven't been able to figure this out for myself, probably because I still know very little about PDAs :redface: :D

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Unread postby lam » Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:27 pm

DinkyBird wrote:PDA ..... I really think that this is the way to go and that these will become more and more popular. Logging bird sightings is a piece of cake.


I was seriously thinking about buying a PDA, but with the advances in cellphones, (bigger screens and taking 512mb multi media cards), I think PDA's will be overtaken by cellphones pretty soon. j-ms has already loaded our bird calls on his cell, which is what we wanted from the PDA.
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Unread postby Krokodile » Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:40 pm

Can you use GPS software on mobile phone's yet? This is one of my favorite uses of my PDA.

I don't think I'd like to have everything on a mobile. I'd worry too much about being mugged whilst using it for a telephone call, or leaving it somewhere! At least with a PDA, you can keep it hidden when you're not using it, and you can back everything up from your phone just in case it does get stolen.

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Unread postby j-ms » Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:23 pm

I just get the feeling that Symbian OS on mobile phones has gained such a footprint so quickly and is attracting such a large pool of developers (especially Java developers) that Palm OS is going to lose out.

Youngsters have become used to the two thumbs keyboards of mobile phone that any advantages that the stylus approach that Palm uses has been lost. In fact, we have a friend who desperately wants a mobile phone type keyboard for his PC because it is more natural for him than a QWERTY keyboard.

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Briza Photographic Guide to Trees of Southern Africa for PDA

Unread postby Krokodile » Thu Oct 20, 2005 10:03 pm

This software is the latest offering from Dynamic Pocket Solutions, the company which recently released the SANParks Kruger National Park software reviewed by myself and DinkyBird on this forum.

Like the SANParks software, this guide is multifunctional and enables the user to ID trees using a number of criteria, as well as to log sightings using GPS and find out more about uses of the tree and its various components. The guide covers 300 trees (as per the Briza book), so is not comprehensive, however provides a wealth of useful information in a very handy package.

The format of the guide will be familiar to anyone who has used the animal guide in the SANParks software. From the main menu, selecting “Reference Guideâ€Â

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Unread postby Ton & Herma » Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:39 pm

We received the sasol e-bird software yesterday
and it's looks very nice
the pic's are nice and also the sounds is great
and its works very easy 8)

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Unread postby Krokodile » Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:08 pm

It's also nice to be able to export your sightings log to your pc as a permanent record.

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Unread postby restio » Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:03 pm

I just bought version 2 of the Roberts PDA software. I haven't had much time to play with it yet, but it looks great. There is a feature to assist with identification that seems useful - once I've figured out exactly how to use it. I'll post a review once I've used it more.
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Unread postby katydownunder » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:33 am

Bought my version 2 of the Roberts PDA software a few weeks ago.
I saw it during our trip in May ''in action'' and was very impressed by the sounds.
Now having it in my own hands I am even more impressed.
Wow how much of information is there to be found.
Great sketches and photos of the birds. All these sounds. Suddenly it occurs to us, that we already heard a lot of birds but were just not be able to ID them by their call. :redface: :roll:
I still need some time to ''play'' around with the programme though.

For those in Europe here some information about prices and delivery.

I ordered my software (incl. Plug and Play SD Card) in South Africa at Southern African Birding.
I ordered it on a weekend and within a week I got it in my hands :thumbs_up: .

Including international delivery it came to a total of R783 (about 80€).
I found it here in Europe as well but the price was ridiculous.
At the NHBS Environment Bookstore you are paying 119 GBP(approximately 175€ or R1700 !! :shock: ).

You can find some more information and screen shots on the Soutern African Birding page.

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:59 am

I have just discovered this thread. Most information was posted during 2005/2006. With technology advanced since then I would like to know the following:

I have a laptop with a memory slot card reader built in. Will these SD cards refered to (ebirds, ultimate guide to Sanparks) work on my laptop or do I still need a PDA?

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Unread postby Niall » Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:42 am

The software is designed for Windows Mobile, so yes, you still need a PDA. Products like Roberts offer both PC and PDA versions of the software.

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