Limited functionality alpha test now available

I’ve now done battle with the installer routine and have got something fairly rough and ready but that installs the software, so I’m happy to make it available (in a controlled manner at first).

The purpose of this version is primarily to have people test out the mechanism for creating reports and selecting/viewing species info… its not an all singing and dancing version and a lot of the features that I’ve posted about on here are deliberately removed in order that a) people don’t confuse it with the a fully functioning version of the software, and b) so that people focus on what I really want the feedback on.

What you will be able to do with this version…

  • Add multiple reports, selecting from the species on the BOU list, using the Add Report wizard
  • Use the detailed reports page to add notes and photos to the reports you added with the wizard
  • Select species from a flat list, a hierarchical list, or using quick codes for species
  • See the results of adding reports to your year list and life list, plus how they feature on the home page’s news section
  • Report on sightings per species across multiple visit and view photos added

Some of the key things you wont be able to do…

  • Add new locations (restricted to three sites in this database)
  • Edit the taxonomy or quick codes for species
  • View reports on a per location basis

Thanks to all those who have expressed an interest… in the first instance I would like to share this version with a small group to ensure that it installs properly and that there aren’t any glaring problems that would get in the way of people trying it out. I’ve tested on two machines at the moment – one 64 bit Windows 7 (my development machine) and a creaky old XP machine that is at the bottom end of the requirements.

If you’d like to have a play with this version please drop me a comment with your e-mail address and let me know what operating system your PC is running (ie Windows 7 / Vista / XP) and if you have Microsoft Office installed what version. It may be that I need to point you in the direction of some pre-requisite downloads from Microsoft depending on what you’ve already got installed. NB – I’ll ensure that e-mails aren’t displayed on the site.

Once I’ve had a few people try out this install I’ll make it available to all, and I’ll also make available alternative lists such as the UK400 lists.


6 Responses to “Limited functionality alpha test now available”

  1. John Fleet Says:

    Hi Paul
    i can do either Windows 7 Home Premium or XP SP3 – both are Microsoft Office free zones though!
    Windows 7 might be preferable as plenty of disk space on that machine, on the other hand my RSPB app is on the Windows XP machine but depending on any import routines that may not matter too much as I can export the records to Dropbox and access them from there on any machine.
    If neither of the above is suitable I do have another laptop running Vista with Office 2007 on it…


  2. Rob Vaughan Says:

    I’d be very happy to test out your alpha release: I am running WIndows Vista with Office 2002.

    Cheers, Rob

  3. Alan Cairns Says:

    I’d like to try your alpha release. XP SP3 in Parallels VM on iMac. Office 2010.

    I’m in Canada, but I’ve lots of British sightings to test with.

    Cheers, Alan.

  4. David Nolan Says:

    Hi Paul,

    I’d like to give the alpha release a try.
    XP64 SP2, Office 2003.


  5. David Hird Says:

    I would like to help. I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Open Office, not Microsoft Office.


  6. Jonas Nordin Says:

    Hi Paul!
    Here´s Jonas in Stockholm. I would like to try the alpha release and help out (if I can). I´m on Vista SP2, 32 and Office.

    Best wishes // Jonas

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