Version 6.1

  • V6.1 Build 28 – 23-Feb-2024
    • Added more features to the Find Any Feature (F1) function. Some that were only found on particular form popup menus were added in order to facilitate finding them.
    • Did the same for Sightings View Setup on the End Date as I did for Begin Date in the last Build.
  • V6.1 Build 27 – 22-Feb-2024
    • Changed most Date controls used in BD such that clicking on the up/down spinner arrows increments/decrements the date one day at a time. Prior to this, clicking these arrows would increment/decrement the select field in the Date control; which is usually the month by default.
    • In Sightings View Setup, changing the Begin Date to a date greater than the End Date will auto-set the End Date to the Begin Date.
    • Added some info the “eBird Import Files Found” window to better explain the use of this window.
  • V6.1 Build 26 – 21-Feb-2024
    • Fixed rare/intermittent bug with the Sightings Popup window. It would produce an RTE 5 and close the program.
    • Fixed error in HTML Report that was counting non-species in the group totals.
  • V6.1 Build 25 – 8-Feb-2024
    • After using the new Build 8 feature for “Move Sibling Trips…”, we were not properly rebuilding the Trip hierarchy table. This has been corrected. 
    • When building reports using the Report Designer (F7), if you used the Group By setting on any selected Output Column, that results were Always sorted by that column (among possibly others) whether you chose “No Sort” or not. This prevented you from sorting on other more relevant columns. For example, if you wanted a Sightings report across multiple Trips, but you wanted all sightings grouped by their attached trip, you would Group By Trip, but now the trips would be listed in Alphabetical Order instead of Trip Date or Sightings Date. This is now fixed. You can Group By columns, but set it to No Sort such that you can add another column and sort on that instead.
  • V6.1 Build 24 – 2-Feb-2024
    • Corrected problem with Petey’s Lifer settings in the Options dialog. These were not being used since V6.0 due to a typo in the saved settings name. They are now properly used when determining whether to show a Lifer Alert during sightings entry or import.
    • Prior to this build, if you selected the Attachments checkbox on the View Sightings Setup window without selecting one of the ratings checkboxes (0 thru 5), it would produce an error and close BD. Now, it will give you a message indicating that you must select at least one of the ratings boxes.
  • V6.1 Build 23 – 22-Jan-2024
    • Trapped for notorious Cruise-Ship-No-Internet error. This error has only been seen on a Cruise Ship when Internet access is unavailable. And only by 2 users ever. Since I cannot test for it or reproduce it, I am hoping based on log files that I am successfully trapping the error and allowing BD to continue without internet access in this situation. Won’t know until it is tried again under the specific situation.
  • V6.1 Build 22 – 3-Jan-2024
    • Fixed bug in Checklist Entry window. When assigning a Trip to the session, the Time is ignored when comparing the selected Date to the Trip start/end dates.
    • Added new feature in popup menu on the “View & Edit Sightings” window – “Create New Thing for Any Taxonomy…”. This will popup the Create Thing window and allow you to add a new Thing to any taxonomic list. Saves the step of having to open the Taxonomy Viewer first and then open the Create Thing window.
    • Changed the delay for showing the Sightings History popup on the “View & Edit Sightings” window from 1 second to 1.5 seconds.
    • Changed the delay for showing the Sightings History popup on the “Compare Sightings” window from 0.5 seconds to 1.5 seconds.
  • V6.1 Build 19, 20 & 21 – 13/14-Dec-2023
    • Repair a couple cosmetic issues. New Sightings Popup was getting triggered when it shouldn’t. 
  • V6.1 Build 18 – 12-Dec-2023
    • Newly rewritting Location Hierarchy Summary report is available. This report has had trouble for some time. You can access it from the Report Designer (F7), Special Reports Tab. Once the Special Reports Tab is selected, a popup will appear and give you access to this new report. Existing functionality on this Special Reports Tab remains unaltered.
    • Added counts to the Group By lines in the Html Sightings Report feature.
    • Added a feature to the View/Edit Sightings window that will disable/enable popup when you move your mouse over either the Location column, or now the Name column. Pausing over the Name column for 1 second will now show a popup listing all previous sightings for that Thing starting with the most recent. As where this popup window shows in other places, there is a slider that allows you to adjust to different branches of the taxonomic tree. The Location popup has already been there for some time. It shows the ancestor hierarchy from the specified location up to World. This popup is also controlled by the new feature in the Options panel of the View/Edit Sightings window.
    • If, on Sightings Entry Setup, you don’t specify a Location Filter, you were always asked if that is what you intended with no option for disabling that question in the future. You can now disable future prompting in this case.
  • v6.1 Build 17 – 9-Dec-2023
    • In the Range comments window accessible from many places in BD (e.g. Rosetta Stone, then the resulting list), the formatting of the comments has now been split into Clements and IOC where appropriate.
    • Multiple Range windows can be displayed at the same time.
    • Minor correction to the new IOC/Clements Aligment Tool.
  • v6.1 Build 16 – 7-Dec-2023
    • Added new features to the new IOC/Clements Alignment Tool. 
      • EXPORT MODE ONLY: Ability to replace the internal Thing that one tax list points to with another Thing, and transfer all sightings from the old Thing to the new Thing.
      • Added convenience Search field for searching the bottom Grid for any substring.
      • Added convenience button, “View/Edit Sightings…”, that allows you to individually edit all sightings for a specific Thing shown in either upper grid. This is for complicated sightings that need to be reassigned to multiple things due to splits in one taxonomy, but not in another.
    • Correct a small bug in the product logging feature.
    • When edit window is unloaded from View/Edit Sightings window, clears all photos previously shown from the Options pane.
  • v6.1 Build 15 – 29-Nov-2023
    • Added new “Is Null” option to the User-defined Data (UDF) query builder for all data types. When the user first creates a new UDF field for use, pre-existing sightings have a value of “Null” in that field. You can test for that using this new setting. 
    • Updated the new IOC/Clements Alignment Tool. Added a new “View/Edit” button. This allows you to pull up all Sightings for the selected Thing in one of the upper grids for detailed editing in the main View/Edit window.
  • v6.1 Build 14 – 27-Nov-2023
    • Updated the new IOC/Clements Alignment Tool adding a new “Copy” button. This is for the case where one taxonomy has something like a SPUH, Slash, or species simply not recognized by the other taxonomy, and you have sightings for it. It will create the Thing in the other taxonomy with the same name and classification. Sightings are attached to the Thing in question, so there is no need to move Sightings for this function. They will be automatically available in the other taxonomy after this function is performed.
    • Fixed bug that allows the user to clsoe the “Match Location” window when importing sightings by clicking on the “X” on this window. This results in bad sighting records.
  • V6.1 Build 12 – 25-Nov-2023
    • A new IOC/Clements Alignment Tool is available for use.
      For the users that want to maintain their Sightings in both the latest version of Clements and IOC, this has been a next-to-impossible task in the past.
      This new tool allows you to reassign Sightings that are attached to one of these tax lists, but not the other.
      It allows you to find Things (species or subspecies) for the Sighting that exist in both tax lists and then quickly reassign the Sighting to that Thing.
      Now, your Sightings will show in both taxonomic lists.
      There is also a Reassignment History feature that shows all changes you have made and quickly allows you to revert any that you choose.Find this under ‘Features | Sightings | IOC Sightings vs Clements Sightings‘ in the menu.
  • V6.1 Build 11 – 20-Nov-2023
    • During Reconcile, some computers would abort Birder’s Diary if the 2nd Reconcile window had the Auto Return checkbox checked. This Checkbox has been disabled and removed.
    • If users attempted to remove duplicate sightings and had more than 32k such duplicates, an overflow error would occur. This has now been corrected and updated to support 2 billion such records.
  • V6.1 Build 10 – 16-Nov-2023
    • LLD flag on Sightings can be reset by editing the sighting and clearing the User-defined Field(s) that have their LLD property set. Prior to this, you had to delete the sighting and re-add it without the User-defined Field set (that has its LLD property set).
    • Changed the name of the Backup copy created of your database before an actual Compact and Repair operation is initiated. It used to be “<database_file_name>.mdb_bck_copy”, it is now “<database_file_name>_copy_before_backup_compact_repair.mdb”. This file is overwritten at the beginning of each backup. It serves as a failsafe in case something goes wrong with the compact, repair, backup, copy operation.
  • V6.1 Build 9 – 1-Oct-2023
    • The latest sightings grid (Ctrl+B) on the right of the main BD window (if visible) was incorrectly showing photos attached to Reconciled Sightings records that were copies of the record before the reconcile. This has been fixed.
    • Within 42 days of the annual license expiring, the user will now receive a popup notification of this fact every time they start BD. Too many users not seeing the notification within 2 weeks of expiration.
    • The new v6.1 screensaver was incorrectly including photos from copies of Reconciled Sightings records. This has been fixed.
  • V6.1 Build 8 – 25-Sep-2023
    • Added a new feature to the Trip Maintenance window. A new menu option in the popup menu, when you right-click on a Trip, allows you to MOVE All Sibling Trips (Trips at the same level as selected Trip) under the selected Trip as Children of that Trip.
      My Trips started out looking like this…

      Now they look like this…

  • V6.1 Build 7 – 24-Sep-2023
    • Drag-n-drop in the Trip tree-view allowed dropping one trip onto another where the first trip is not contained by the second trip’s dates. This has been fixed. The user will receive an error message on such a drop and the drop is not allowed to happen.
    • Increased the size of the Checklist Comments field on the eBird Export window from 3 to 5 lines in height. In order to not make this window any taller, I reduced the size of the font used in most places on this window from 10 pts to 9 pts.
  • V6.1 Build 6 – 19-Sep-2023
    • Fixed a couple bugs in the eBird Export window. The prior logic was incorrectly calculating travel time and a few other values under rare conditions. This is now corrected.
    • Auto-add Trip comments for all Trips connected to selected Sightings. This is an option that can be turned on or off. This allows the user to see Outing-related (trip-related) comments during the eBird export process for the purposes of tailoring start time, duration and distance; among other things.
  • V6.1 Build 5 – 16-Sep-2023
    • Added “T” feature to new screensaver. This will tag the current sighting comments with the string “@SS”. You can then search for all sightings with that tag for later processing. This is faster than manually added the string yourself with the new Edit Comments feature added in Build 4.
    • In the past, if you selected all sightings in the View & Edit Sightings window and then clicked on the Photos icon (Show All Attachments for Selected Rows) in this window’s toolbar, the photos were shown in chronological order, not in the order they appear in the Sightings Grid. This is now changed. The photos will appear in the same order as they are currently sorted in the View Sightings Grid. If, on the other hand, you individually select one or more sightings you want to view the photos for by Ctrl+Click’ng on a row one at a time, then the photos are shown in the order that you clicked on them.
  • V6.1 Build 4 – 16-Sep-2023
    • Added checkbox to the bottom of the eBird Export window; defaults to checked. If checked this will force the window to auto-close on Export. Your last setting is remembered.
    • In the Taxonomy Viewer window, we added accelerators to the Add (Ctrl+Shft+A), Edit (Ctrl+Shft+E) and Close (Esc) butttons.
    • In the new v6.1 screensaver, I have added the option for editing the comment of the Sighting for the current photo being displayed. Pressing “C” while any photo is being displayed will bring up a text editor so that you can edit the comment. It supports bold (ctrl+B), italics (ctrl+I), underline (ctrl+U) and bullets (ctrl+L).
      I have found that when viewing the photos I find mistakes I have made (wrong species to sighting) or that I later want to do something with that photo like send to a friend. So, I can now press “C” and quickly tag the comment with any text such as “wrong pic”, or “check photo”, or “paint”, to be searched on in BD later to bring it up and take action.

  • V6.1 Build 3 – 23-Aug-2023
    • Added Family and Scientific Name (g + s + ss) to the new v6.1 screensaver.

  • V6.1 Build 2 – 21-Aug-2023
    • Added a few new features to the Sightings Attachments window
      • Open the current file (photo, etc) in the default Windows App. This was always here, but now I have added a Ctrl+E accelerator for it instead of having to click the button in the toolbar.
      • Ability to specify another application for opening the current photo. For example, an image markup application or other image editor. Ctrl+1 is the accelerator for this feature. You specify the path to the App you want this to activate on the Attachements Option window.
      • Refresh the current file. This is handy after you have edited the current file in another application. Ctrl+R is the accelerator for this feature, or there is also a new refresh button in this window’s toolbar.

  • V6.1 Build 1 – 20-Aug-2023
    • Removed option for disabling screensaver on new Juke Box window. This was causing screensavers to be disabled unless manually reset via the Windows Change Screen Saver dialog.
    • Update bird list automatically upon change in the new Juke Box window. When the user changes the Play List, update the grid below that.
    • Correct wording on Juke Box Tip Window.
  • V6.1 Build 0 – 16-Aug-2023
    • Added Bird Song JukeBox functionality. Be quizzed on any group of bird sounds to learn and/or prepare for an upcoming trip. Build your own bird lists for listening or quizzing. Quickly listen to dozens of sound recordings for any species you want. Read all about it here.

    • For those that attach and keep photos with Birder’s Diary, v6.1 has a new Windows ScreenSaver! It will display your photos based on your criteria with name, location and date for each photo. Read all about it here.