Locations, Notes and More! February 21st, 2009

We’ve released a lot of improvements and new functionality to ChirpTracker today. Here is a quick overview of what we have changed and improved on in this release:

  1. Improved location recognition
  2. Ability to update your sighting location by dragging the sighting pin on your sighting map
  3. Ability to add “Additional Sighting Notes” to your sightings
  4. Multiple bug fixes

The main focus of this update was to improve location recognition. We’ve completely re-written how we figure out where the location you type in is. It is still not perfect by any means, however it is greatly improved. We now recognize almost all bodies of water,  national forests and national parks. For example you can input a national park instead of a city and state and it will register as a location. Wildlife refuges are still hit or miss but we do know that some work. One suggestion that we do have is to try to be as specific as possible when typing in your location. We will have another round of improvements for international location recognition shortly and also another full release some time down the road.

The next update has to do with one of our best beta testers, bevson. She brought to our attention that traveling birders usually don’t know where they are (zip code and “city” wise). If you’re a traveling birder and have no clue where you are, that’s ok! Simply type in anything close or any place you know of, then go into your sighting details and move the pin to the location. We’ll update the message text and link for you!  

Another feature that we’ve added is the ability to add “Additional Sighting Notes” to any of your sightings. There are often times when you would like to be more descriptive and the 140 character limit doesn’t allow for a lot of detail. If you want, you can go into your sighting details and add as much extra information about the sighting as you would like! You can use limited HTML markup in here as well, for example if you want to bold or emphasise some of the text description. To add these details, all you need to do is click on the content of the “Additional Sighting Notes” and it will bring up an editable text area, then simply hit “Save” or “Cancel” and you’re done! It is as simple as that!

We hope you enjoy all of these new updates and hopefully it will make ChirpTracker more enjoyable to use. As always, if you have any comments or suggestions we would love to hear from you! Stay tuned for our next update and as always, good birding!

2 Responses to “Locations, Notes and More!”

  1. Alan Tilmouth on February 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm wrote:

    Hi Guys,

    Is this going to be US only? Any plans to cover the UK either directly or by licensing the product? If the latter I could be interested.
    Regards
    Alan

  2. mattbango on February 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm wrote:

    We have coverage in the UK as well as many other parts of the world. ChirpTracker is by no means limited to the US. Our location detection for the UK is not always spot on, but we will be improving the service over the course of the next few weeks!

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