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ChirpTracker Mobile, Now with Auto-location! June 29th, 2009

ChirpTracker Mobile (m.chirptracker.com) has just received a small, but substantial update. We’ve created an all new Sighting form to make sharing your sightings from the field easier than ever. The updates include:

  • Brand new, easy to use form. This form has an individual field for Species, Location and your update text, just like the web interface!
  • Auto-complete species names as you type. The new interface will finish the species name that you’re typing, as you type it. For example, if you start typing in “Red tailed H”, a nice list of species will show up below the text box and “Red-tailed Hawk” will be at the top. Just tap on the name of the species you want and you’re done!
  • Automatic location. This is a great new feature. If you’re on the iPhone 3.0 OS, you will see a button appear below the location box, it says “Find my location”. Simply touch that button and we will automatically find your current location! Now that’s cool.
  • Interface updates. As with the recent interface update of the website, we’ve also slightly updated the mobile site with some cleaner graphics and easier to use layout. We’ve also updated your themes to match the updated themes on the website.

Following are a few screenshots to illustrate our changes:

What are you waiting for? Get outside, go birding and try out the new and improved ChirpTracker Mobile from the field! As always we would love to hear your feedback!

Introducing ChirpTracker Mobile May 31st, 2009

As per our commitment to make posting a sighting from the field easier, we’re excited to announce the first release of ChirpTracker Mobile (http://m.chirptracker.com). In our developments, we’re eliminating the need to go out in the field, bird, then come home to a computer to enter data. ChirpTracker Mobile brings us one step closer in achieving this vision and allows users to report sightings from the field as they happen from any mobile device, instantly in real time. ChirpTracker Mobile is the second installment of our mobile suite as you can also post an update or share a sighting via text messaging or email.

ChirpTracker Mobile is compatible with almost all modern day smart phones (iPhone, Blackberry, Android, etc) and it offers the same functionality that is available on our main site. Each user will have the ability to stay current on updates and sightings from their friends via their home and public timelines, update or post a sighting themselves and explore the entire database of species with access to all images, species data and species sightings. To begin using ChirpTracker Mobile, simply head over to m.chirptracker.com with your mobile device.

Below are some screenshots of a few selected mobile devices with ChirpTracker mobile running:

 

Tip: With the iPhone you can select to “bookmark” the site and it will appear as if it were an app on your iPhone desktop.

As our development with ChirpTracker Mobile progresses, we’ll continue to release updates and enhancements that will make birding easier and more efficient than ever before. As always, please continue to send us bugs or compatibility issues with your mobile device.

Share your sightings via Text or Email! April 21st, 2009

For the first time ever (as far as we know) you can submit a sighting directly from the field with any cell phone with text messaging capabilities! You can submit a sighting via text message and share it with the rest of the ChirpTracker community, automatically creating a map of where your sighting is located and the species you saw!

In order to take advantage of the new texting feature, you will need to click the “Edit My Profile” link in the left navigation and then click the “Mobile” tab (http://chirptracker.com/account/mobile). Here you can see the email address generated for you, while having the ability to customize your pin number in your email address to something you can easily remember. You can use your unique address to email or text your sightings and updates directly into your ChirpTracker account. Capture your sightings as you see them and share them instantly with other community members, streamlining the ability to share sightings instantly as never before.

In order to post a sighting via text or email, you will need to follow the sightings format. The format is as follows:

S "Species Name" L "Location" Followed by your message

In the near future, when you come in from the field and log into ChirpTracker, you will be able to export your sightings from that day into many formats, including full support for eBird! So while you are out in the field recording and sending your sightings to ChirpTracker, at the end of the day you’ll be able to share a compiled list with other applications and people!

If you aren’t already a member of ChirpTracker, you can request an invite to the private beta by going to chirptracker.com.

Good Birding!