iBird Yard+ Guide to Birds
iOS Universal Reference
iBird Yard Plus 9 is Mitch Waite Group's original field guide to birds of North America for the iPhone and iPad. Introduced in 2009 in a famous Apple television commercial "We Have an App for That", iBird Plus was the first smartphone app which showed birders an iPhone could replace a heavy printed field guide.
iBird Yard Plus 9 now includes the new features of iOS 9 including 3D Force Touch for opening iBird with shortcuts and Deep Linking to search for any bird right from the iPhone's Spotlight screen.
iBird Yard Plus 9 Guide to Birds is designed for the backyard or casual birder, and offers all the backyard bird species of North America plus a number of common birds you are likely to see in parks and urban areas.
"If you’re looking for the most expansive digital key, the encyclopedia-like iBird excels. It has the most sophisticated algorithm, incorporates live location, shows search results in real time (with a slide show option) and has the most fine-grained advanced key choices."
-The Quest for a Bird Identification Key by Diana Doyle in ABA BIRDING magazine, March/April 2014 issue
New in 9.1
■ Faster Downloads with App Thinning. It now takes much less time to update iBird.
■ New illustrations. Be sure to visit the Illustration Update attribute on the search menu and select the latest version number.
■ Improved Thumbnail and Gallery images.
Check out a few of iBird Yard Plus's exciting new features:
■ 3D Force Touch uses shortcuts to open iBird to specific screens while Deep Linking puts iBird's database into the SpotLight search results.
■ Save Search remembers all your search settings even after quitting iBird.
■ Day and Night Themes. Day theme is black text on a paper-white background. The dimmer Night theme keeps the iPhone from alerting every critter in the forest.
■ More sound recordings! Almost all birds, even the shy ones, have songs and calls, and iBird Yard Plus has the best from professional recordists in the field.
■ The only bird field guide app with BOTH illustrations and photos.
■ Powerful Sound Player is the only bird app that displays waveform and spectrograms of the song, has multiple vocalizations per species and shows the recording location.
■ Includes 37 different search attributes covering everything from color, habitat, size, patterns, bill shape, crown color and many more.
■ New subspecies Range Maps show migrations and locations of numerous races during the year.
■ Flickr Option. Allows you to see hundreds of photos people have stored on Yahoo's Flickr site for a chosen species.
Check out these additional features of iBird Yard Plus:
■ Photos. An extensive collection of photos from professionals accompanies all the illustrations.
■ Field Mark Layer. Detailed field marks on illustrations that can be turned on or off helps you to learn the key ID characteristics to look for.
■ Search for any bird by entering a species Band Code, its Common or Latin Name.
■ Favorites, Notes and Lists. Lets you pick birds to add to custom lists, back them up to free Dropbox, sync and share among other iBird apps or send them to your friends.
■ Sort and View Modes. Sort species by name or family and view by compact, icon, and thumbnail or gallery mode.
■ Slideshow. Choose species you want to learn about and the app will present photos and/or illustrations accompanied by songs and calls.
AWARDS and ACCOLADES for iBird:
■ MACWORLD'S "BEST REFERENCE APP 2009: 4 ½ out of 5 mice.
■ NOMINATED 2012 BEST APP EVER FROM 148APPS.COM
■ RECOMMENDED BY SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2012
(1) Note iBird Plus requires iOS 7, 8 or higher.
This update uses a new feature of iOS 9 called "app thinning". Based on asset catalogs, slicing and on-demand resources it avoids downloading assets you'll never need. So for example an iPhone doesn't need to download an iPad splash screen. Overall this means updates only download the files that have changed -- so updates are much faster to finish. Which allows us to update more often.
Improved Thumbnail and Gallery images. The images for the Thumbnail and Gallery view now use 24-bit PNGs which are much sharper and easier to see than the previous JPG images.
New illustrations. Be sure to visit the Illustration Update attribute on the search menu and select the latest version number. This will show you all the illustrations that have been updated.
Fixed a bug in Force Touch when used with Gallery mode.