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iBird Plus Guide to Birds

By Mitch Waite Group

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Description

IBIRD PLUS Guide to Birds—Here is the feature-rich birding app that started the revolution in smartphone field guides. Originally featured in Apple's 2009 TV commercial "We have an app for that", iBird showed bird lovers around the world that a smartphone could replace their heavy field guides. Today, the iBird brand is the best-known birding app, designed for experts and beginners alike. Now updated for iOS 7 and 8, iBird Plus is the perfect app to show off the features of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Check out just a few of iBird Plus's exciting new features:

■ The powerful iBird Plus search engine allows selecting characteristics of birds which then filters the species to show just the birds you've seen.
■ Search engine offers 18 individual attributes including location, shape, size, habitat, color, and much more. Note: only iBird Ultimate offers the patented Percevia search algorithm, see table below.
■ Day and Night Themes. Day theme is black text on a paper-white background. The dimmer Night theme keeps the iPhone from alerting every critter in the forest.
■ More sound recordings! Now almost all of our birds have audio songs and calls you can play at full volume, recorded by the best experts in the field. There are over 2,500 high-quality song and call recordings. Many species have 12 to 18 vocalizations!
■ Sound Player has been completely redesigned with features that can play all the vocalizations for a species and show the location the recording was made.
■ 50 new composite illustrations from our best artists. Our iBird products are the only birding apps with BOTH illustrations and photographs.
■ 37 Subspecies Range Maps show migrations and locations of numerous races throughout the year.
■ Favorites Sort and View Modes. Now your Favorites list screen has the entire set of Sort and View functions found on the Browse/Search screen.

iBird Plus is the original app that defined the market for smartphone-based field guides and was immortalized in Apple's "We have an app for that" television commercial. iBird Plus covers 940 birds of North America including the U.S., Canada, Baja, Hawaii as well as the oceans and coasts of the northern continent. Here are more features that have made this app the favorite among birders:

▶ SYNC – Automatically syncs Favorites, Notes and Photos to Dropbox.

▶ 18 SEARCH ATTRIBUTES – Search by color, shape, song, location, head and body patterns, flight style and much more plus a new way to search by prominent color. Plus there are tutorials on how to use the Search function and definitions of every attribute.

▶ 940 BIRDS of the U.S., Canada and Hawaii including the latest ABA splits.

▶ DETAILED FIELD MARK layers can be turned on or off.

▶ SLIDESHOW FEATURE for viewing lists of birds, listening and learning their songs.

▶ PHOTO CENTER lets you add your own photos to the species accounts and even play them in the slideshow

AWARDS and ACCOLADES for iBird:

■ MACWORLD'S "BEST REFERENCE APP 2009: 4 ½ out of 5 mice."

■ NOMINATED 2012 BEST APP EVER FROM 148APPS.COM

■ O'REILLY "BEST IPHONE BIRDWATCHING APP 2009"

■ RECOMMENDED BY SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2012

As a standalone iPhone app, iBird Plus does not require an Internet connection for access to the information in its database.

Wondering which iBird is right for you? Below find a quick guide as to how they differ.

Search
Version Species Attributes BAM*? Percevia**?
Ultimate 940 37 Yes Yes
Pro 940 37 No No
Plus 940 18 No No
Lite 64 37 Yes Yes

*BAM stands for Birds Around Me, which uses your device’s GPS to find birds most likely to be in your area. This feature is only found in iBird Ultimate.

**Percevia is iBird’s patented Search Engine helps to identify birds faster and simpler by eliminating attributes that do not apply to your search.

What's New in Version 7.2

Look at all these new features in version 7.2:

■ The powerful iBird Plus search engine allows selecting characteristics of birds which then filters the species to show just the birds you've seen.
■ Search engine offers 18 individual attributes including location, shape, size, habitat, color, and much more. Note: only iBird Ultimate offers the patented Percevia search algorithm, see table below.
■ Day and Night Themes. Day theme is black text on a paper-white background. The dimmer Night theme keeps the iPhone from alerting every critter in the forest.
■ More sound recordings! Now almost all of our birds have audio songs and calls you can play at full volume, recorded by the best experts in the field. There are over 2,500 high-quality song and call recordings. Many species have 12 to 18 vocalizations!
■ Sound Player has been completely redesigned with features that can play all the vocalizations for a species and show the location the recording was made.
■ 50 new composite illustrations from our best artists. Our iBird products are the only birding apps with BOTH illustrations and photographs.
■ 37 Subspecies Range Maps show migrations and locations of numerous races throughout the year.
■ Favorites Sort and View Modes. Now your Favorites list screen has the entire set of Sort and View functions found on the Browse/Search screen.

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Customer Reviews

Awesome App

I love this app and use it on every birding trip. Easy to navigate; it will make you a better birder. I set up favorites lists for every location I visit so I know what to look for when I go back. Love the notes section, where I can add my info on identification tips for that bird. Developers make regular improvements, which I appreciate. I dreamed of an app like this when I got my first Palm Pilot--so glad that someone else developed it and I didn't have to!

I suppose that someday, I'll be able to record a bird and have the app help me identify it, but until then, keep up the incremental changes--it is a great app continuing to get even better!

I THE BEST APP IN EXISTENCE!!!

I know so many different birds now with this app. I have learned so much about them and I even learned how to attract certain birds at my feeders. Im a huge fan of birds, and I always got those giant bird books. But they were annoying to carry around all the time. With this app it is easy to use, lots of things to learn, and what suprised me is that this app runs great and works perfectly. If you have the money, and you love birds, this is the app for you!

Needless "fixl

Here is yet another case of "fixing" something that wasn't broken. The layout of the search feature is a real step backward. The search fields are now jammed into the right side of the screen while a list of remaining birds that match the criteria is squished onto the left in an unusable display. Then you have to keep tapping "back" to open new search parameters. Please restore what you had. It worked perfectly fine.

iBird Plus Guide to Birds
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $9.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2014
  • Version: 7.2
  • Size: 1.04 GB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Mitch Waite Group

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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