Newmans Birds of Southern Africa App!

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4 years 3 weeks ago #86319 by gordon
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Hi everyone,

Struik have just released the Newmans Birds of Southern Africa App!

I have a copy of this app on my phone and can say it is awesome!

This is the first birding smartphone app that splits the calls into call type.

You can find more images from the app here:
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Hope you all enjoy!

Cheers,
Gordon
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4 years 3 weeks ago #86326 by steveclark
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G'day Gordon

How about giving us your thoughts on this app versus the Sasol app. Do they both cover essentially the same range of countries and species? Would you want both on your iPhone or only one? If one - which one?

The bonus of course is that they will push each other to improve! We are still waiting for a second Australian field guide app to get our arms race going.

Cheers
Steve
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4 years 3 weeks ago #86327 by gordon
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G'day Steve,

I would have both apps on my phone purely because you then get two independent authors interpretations of our species. Newman's has an advantage in the calls in that they have split the calls up by type.

If you were only going to choose one app I would download the lite versions of each and see which layout etc I preferred then purchase that one.

Newman's is currently on special at around US$20.

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Gordon

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4 years 3 weeks ago #86328 by steveclark
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I just installed it on my iPod Touch 5 running iOS 7 and it crashes repeatedly and easily...

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4 years 3 weeks ago #86329 by gordon
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G'day Steve,

I'll contact Struik and let them know.

It is working well on my iPhone 4 with iOS7 and Dougs iPhone 5 with iOS7.

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Gordon

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4 years 3 weeks ago #86330 by steveclark
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I've rebooted and problem persists.

For example:

After the opening screen (which takes too long to go away) I get the screen with bird groups. If I select the group with the crane I get a list of families. Choose Pratincoles, then Temminck's. Crash! Doesn't matter how I get there it always crashes when you try to look at an individual species.

Makes it hard to test the text, calls, distribution maps etc.

I'll try a reinstall.

Steve

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4 years 3 weeks ago #86331 by gordon
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G'day Steve,

I see they have put a warning up on Apple's site:
NB: We are aware of a bug, specific to iOS 7.0.3, which is causing the app to crash. We are resolving this asap.

So at least they are aware of the issue.

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Gordon

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4 years 3 weeks ago #86332 by steveclark
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I deleted the full version and installed the lite version. It has the same issue. Poor buggers got their timing wrong. No doubt the bug will be obvious when they find it! That was always my experience when coding.

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4 years 3 weeks ago #86333 by gordon
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Yes I have experienced exactly the same thing!

I am sure there are many bleary eyed developers high on caffeine busy trying to sort this out... <!-- s:shocking: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/shocking.gif" alt=":shocking:" title="Shocking" /><!-- s:shocking: -->

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4 years 3 weeks ago #86334 by Doug
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I think it might be an iOS 7.0.3 issue. Certainly had none of these issues in all the beta versions we were asked to squiz our eye over.

Hopefully apple will release iOS 7.0.4 soon

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