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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. Tap this link to go to the iBird Pro Version 12 product page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibird-pro-guide-to-birds/id308018823?mt=8
  • 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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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 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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13 hours ago, Guest Bob said:

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.

iBird UK should receive a Sleuth IAP early 2019. 

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Guest Flytyer2

I am very disappointed in iBIRD, having payed for a product that is no longer valid. Somehow, someway, iBIRD should make it right!

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3 hours ago, Guest Flytyer2 said:

I am very disappointed in iBIRD, having payed for a product that is no longer valid. Somehow, someway, iBIRD should make it right!

Guest Flyer I understand your disappointment and you are right to be disappointed. I wish we could offer a solution. In my FAQ on help.ibird.com I tried to explain why we are in this predicament. Apple is the sole distributer of iOS apps and your purchase was made with Apple, not us. I've never understood this but with Apple, developers and publishers are essentially locked out from their customers (not the case with Google Android).  In many ways Apple's system has greatly benefited customers. But unfortunately,, customers transactions belong solely with Apple and details of them are not provided to developers. In other words we are not given any information on who our actual customers are, what app they bought, when they bought it, etc. Thus we have no mechanism to refund prior customers. We are given a small number of promo codes but we can only use those for testing. Thats just a basic reality all developers face. I'm not trying to make excuses, but right now there is no way for us to "make things right" for customers. 

The concept of obsoleteness is not limited to apps--pretty much the entire tech industry faces it. When's the last time you were able to get Apple to replace your iPhone because it could not longer be updated with iOS? How many Apple devices, from Macs to iPhones to iPods, have become obsolete as new models are released? Every single company that sells technology has to live with this issue. Perhaps one day there will be hardware that doesn't become obsolete, but I am not holding my breath.

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19 hours ago, Administrator said:

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

Can't wait for an Android Update, seems like a lot older version compared to Apple.  My iBird on Android is still at v7.6.825.  Looking forward to new features - Thanks!

 

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How does this differ from iBird Ultimate Birder? Which, by the way, I purchased just a few weeks ago. I am a bit frustrated by your constant "updates," which seem to actually be new apps for which you expect more money … I honestly wouldn't mind paying $5 or so for an update, but $15 seems a bit much considering all the other iBird apps I've purchased (and replaced by the "newest" one) over the years, including the original iteration of iBird Pro.
Thanks for all your hard work, but I think I'll just stick with The Ultimate Birder package I very recently purchased.

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Re. the email announcement & the original post on this forum thread... (I hope I don't sound angry. I'm just confused-- in fact I may still have it wrong. Let me know!)

I suggest that you tell us in the main body of the announcement if an update doesn't apply to Android iBird. Android is mentioned in the email as "A Parting Note" at the end of the page, an afterthought down under "The Future of the Field Guide". I didn't see it until I double checked the msg because Google Play didn't have an update. In the original forum post above, there's nothing at all about Android.

The new illustrations are fabulous! Will Android v. 8 be the same as Apple v.12? It's not clear whether the Android update will have the same illustrations and features announced for Apple. (I'm assuming that the version number system for Apple is different from Android's.)

Just telling you my experience. I love iBird. Oh, and Android rules!  :classic_tongue:

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22 hours ago, MT_Birder said:

How does this differ from iBird Ultimate Birder? Which, by the way, I purchased just a few weeks ago. I am a bit frustrated by your constant "updates," which seem to actually be new apps for which you expect more money … I honestly wouldn't mind paying $5 or so for an update, but $15 seems a bit much considering all the other iBird apps I've purchased (and replaced by the "newest" one) over the years, including the original iteration of iBird Pro.
Thanks for all your hard work, but I think I'll just stick with The Ultimate Birder package I very recently purchased.

Our announcement is about updates and as I explained in numerous places, the iBird Ultimate and iBird Plus apps will not be updated in the future. Your Ultimate Birder bundle of apps will continue to work just fine. Some people demand updates and complain there are not often enough, while others don't like them. The main update we do every year is make sure the app content follows the AOU standards. Its a really major undertaking and we don't get to "sell" that content again. 

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2 hours ago, Telorast said:

Re. the email announcement & the original post on this forum thread... (I hope I don't sound angry. I'm just confused-- in fact I may still have it wrong. Let me know!)

I suggest that you tell us in the main body of the announcement if an update doesn't apply to Android iBird. Android is mentioned in the email as "A Parting Note" at the end of the page, an afterthought down under "The Future of the Field Guide". I didn't see it until I double checked the msg because Google Play didn't have an update. In the original forum post above, there's nothing at all about Android.

The new illustrations are fabulous! Will Android v. 8 be the same as Apple v.12? It's not clear whether the Android update will have the same illustrations and features announced for Apple. (I'm assuming that the version number system for Apple is different from Android's.)

Just telling you my experience. I love iBird. Oh, and Android rules!  :classic_tongue:

You don't sound angry and thank you for your feedback. So far our Android customers have understood we have not yet brought Sleuth to that platform but its on our plans for 2019.

Gosh I am so glad to hear how much you liked the new illustrations!

And yes the next update of iBird for Android contains all these new illustrations. In fact iOS and Android use the exact same databases.

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6 hours ago, Administrator said:

You don't sound angry and thank you for your feedback. So far our Android customers have understood we have not yet brought Sleuth to that platform but its on our plans for 2019.

Gosh I am so glad to hear how much you liked the new illustrations!

And yes the next update of iBird for Android contains all these new illustrations. In fact iOS and Android use the exact same databases.

Yay! Good to know that both versions use the same databases. I like the new illustrations so much I downloaded some of them to look at while waiting for the update. Also forwarded your email to a friend who is always on the brink of getting iBird. She'll never be able to resist now :classic_smile:

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Guest Wondering in Massachusetts

I purchased Photo Sleuth as a standalone app when it came out and already have iBird Pro. You state that Photo Sleuth is now within the iBird Pro app. However, when I click on "Open Sleuth Photo Recognizer" located on the Browse page of iBird Pro, it takes me to a screen to buy Photo Sleuth all over again. I tried the Restore Purchases link, but that didn't help. Is there some way I can combine Photo Sleuth into my existing iBird Pro without having to purchase it again? I'd rather have one integrated app with all the pieces rather than separate ones. Thanks.

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14 hours ago, Telorast said:

Yay! Good to know that both versions use the same databases. I like the new illustrations so much I downloaded some of them to look at while waiting for the update. Also forwarded your email to a friend who is always on the brink of getting iBird. She'll never be able to resist now :classic_smile:

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On 11/19/2018 at 2:27 PM, Lady Tiff said:

Can't wait for an Android Update, seems like a lot older version compared to Apple.  My iBird on Android is still at v7.6.825.  Looking forward to new features - Thanks!

 

FYI Android Version numbers are not comparable to iOS. Android version 7 is close to iOS version 10.06 but lacks Sleuth. The next Android version will also be 7.X.X where X to be determined. 

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I have iBird Pro 11 and have been attempting to upgrade since the announcement. When I open iBird the window announcing the upgrade comes up. If I click on upgrade now it takes me to iTunes and presents the iBird app window but there is no button or any apparent way to get the upgrade. All I can do is open the app which takes me back to the current app.  It's also not listed in my upgrades. Any help would be appreciated. 

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