Friday, 27 February 2009

NEW! Chirp! USA

It's been a busy day! At long last, after months of work, Chirp! USA arrived in the AppStore, and the new version of Chirp! Europe was also released.

So now we need to plan for adding more birds to each app. This is not a straightforward job in Europe, as Chirp! is now in 6 languages, thanks to Erik Myklebust, who provided a full translation into Norwegian. It is only fair to the translators to have the bird song descriptions translated in batches, so decisions need to be made in advance as to which birds will be included each week. We have chosen birds for the next few weeks from the feedback we've been having, so please keep sending suggestions!

For the USA, it is much simpler, so we intend to add birds as quickly as we can, choosing from feedback emails whenever possible. Suggestions so far for next week include the Pileated Woodpecker, one of the Grosbeaks (Red-breasted Grosbeak image above by Flickr's rjones0856) and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Please send more suggestions!

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Chirp! v2 coming soon!

At last! Version 2 of Chirp! should be available by the end of next week, depending on how long Apple take to check it. The most obvious new feature is a map that allows you to compare the commonest birds in the different countries covered by the app, from Sweden down to Switzerland, and from Ireland in the west, across to Germany. 

And even more exciting is that the behind-the-scenes changes will allow us to start including more birds! Already there may be birds that you did not see previously - the 'crunching marbles' sound of the Black Redstart (shown above) and the 'piece of cheeeese' of the Yellowhammer were not previously available if the app was running in Britain. As well as this we are intending to add one bird each week as we move into spring. The birds will be chosen from your feedback so let us know what you would like us to include - use the email button on Chirp!'s Info screen, post a comment below, click the link from the iSpiny website, send by pigeon post... just let us know!

Saturday, 7 February 2009


Thanks to the excellent Bo Bernvill, Chirp! will soon be fully translated into Swedish! Thanks Bo, and thanks also to Mícheál Ó Caoinleain for introducing us.