Website updated… v0.0.2.3 available

Further to my post of yesterday, my web host is back playing nice and so I’ve been able to get the new release back online. Check out http://www.naturerecorder.com and download v0.0.2.3 to get the major changes since v0.0.1…

You can now create and edit real locations rather than being tied to the dummy Site A, Site B, Site C from the earlier releases.

I’ve had a small number of people using the new features for a while but I’ve finally got it to a point where I’m happy for a wider audience to have a play.

This marks a major extension to functionality and brings it much closer to a system you can actually use for real recording.

Further developments are on the way.

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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.