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iBird Pro 12.0 – A Huge Update

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As we mentioned in our November iBird WINGSPAN Newsletter, iBird Pro version 12.0 is a major update and has been released with the following features:

  • AOU Update. Version 12 of iBird now includes all of the 2018 American Ornithological Union (AOU) convention changes to North American bird species.
  • iBird Photo Sleuth IAP. We added iBird Photo Sleuth—this feature uses artificial intelligence and machine language to identify the species of any photo. Previously Photo Sleuth was only available as a stand alone app (and it still is). 
  • New Composite Drawings. We've added 49 incredibly beautiful illustrations which we invite you to judge. See below.
  • iBird Ultimate and Plus Frozen.  We are sad to announce that iBird Ultimate and iBird Plus have been frozen. See below for details.

AOU Update. Every year we bring iBird Pro into alignment with the most recent AOU (American Ornithological Union) Supplement. The AOU is the governing organization we rely on to determine what species of birds in North America have split, merged, gone extinct or just been eliminated from the list of North American birds. And so our job is to update the 900+ species in iBird to reflect all these changes, and it's a major undertaking.  If you've owned iBird Pro for a few years you are probably familiar with these updates. They can cause a lot of controversy since you may find your favorite bird's name has changed, or even worse, it’s been discovered to be part of some other family. We also take this opportunity to introduce new features to iBird, to fix any bugs our customers have discovered and improved the user interface. Click here to see the AOU changes to this new version 12.0 of iBird Pro.

iBird Photo Sleuth In-app Purchase. Photo Sleuth is an IAP. Besides all these new AOU changes, this version of iBird Pro has what we think is a fantastic new in-app purchase feature called iBird Photo Sleuth. See the 4 screens above. Photo Sleuth is  an app we developed earlier this year that uses Artificial Intelligence to identify any bird of North America from a photograph. What is amazing is that the photo can be of very low quality and it will still figure out what species it is. In the example above its using AI to ID a sparrow from behind and it guesses with 93% confidence it's a Golden-crowned Sparrow. Birders have been raving about the stand-alone version of Photo Sleuth (click this link to read the reviews of 4.9 out of 5 stars). By putting Photo Sleuth in iBird Pro as an in-app purchase, we think more birders will discover how much this enhances your ID skills. And to make it even more attractive we cut the price of Photo Sleuth by 50% over the stand-alone version.  Click here to read about all the features of the stand-alone version of iBird Photo Sleuth and see the great reviews. The IAP version in Pro is exactly the same.

New Composite Drawings. In our interest to stick to our corporate mantra, "if it ain't broken, break it", we have been hard at work updating the illustrations in iBird (and whatbird.com) that don't live up to our (and yours as a customer) demanding standards. So to make it possible to get your thoughts on these changes we set up a Google Form (bless your heart Google) that lets you examine each illustration, turn on and off its field marks and most importantly, leave your opinion of the quality of the drawing. Getting your feedback on our art is a new idea, but given the enormous effort it takes, we'd like to know if its worth the effort. Click here to see What's New and Leave Feedback About New Our Illustrations.

iBird Ultimate and Plus Frozen. Sadly we had to freeze both of these apps to satisfy Apple's new goal to remove what they think is clutter in the App Store. We had to create a new version of iBird Pro that allowed customers to download databases from other countries and upgrade the features to give the equivalent of iBird Ultimate. We expect a lot of you will be unhappy and so we created this FAQ to explain all of the details. It also explains what you can do about it. Please read this FAQ and leave us your thoughts: iBird Ultimate and Plus: Why Can't I Update? 

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So this new 12.0 version is iTunes/Apple only?

When will Android birders feel the love, with all these new features?  Will the Sleuth program also be available for that 50% discount within the Android app as well?

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Guest Bob

Help ( send reply link ) in explanation link does not work.  My cell service contract is due for renewal in a month.  Time to tell Apple goodbye.  Pages of phone flashlight apps but only one iBird app.  Very disappointed.  I present several interpretative presentations a month and always demo and recommend iBird.  Going to have to rethink this now.

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1 hour ago, DLCPhoto said:

So this new 12.0 version is iTunes/Apple only?

When will Android birders feel the love, with all these new features?  Will the Sleuth program also be available for that 50% discount within the Android app as well?

Hoping for an Android version of Photo Sleuth next year. The business model and prices has not been determined. 

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16 minutes ago, Administrator said:

Hoping for an Android version of Photo Sleuth next year. The business model and prices has not been determined. 

Thank you. 

 

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Guest Mike J

Happy to hear that an Android update is on its way...

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Guest FreddyNoel

What about iBird UK Pro? Any update planned in the near future with iBird Pro Sleuth for UK birds?

Thank you for your apps with amazing source of informations.

Frederic

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