Friday, 24 April 2009

New feature: Change language!

This week's update introduces a nice new feature, one I've often been asked for, especially by Dutch speakers. I've added a setting so that the language of the bird names can be different from the main language of the iPhone/iPod, so that for example, the device can be set to English, but the bird names, song descriptions and wiki link can be in Dutch.

To change the language of the bird names, go to the Settings of the iPhone/iPod and scroll down until you see the settings for Chirp! There you can choose from the range of languages available - German, Dutch, French, Norwegian, Swedish, and also partial translations into Danish and Irish Gaelic.

Another new feature, but rather more trivial, is that on the Main Menu, shake the device to hear a random bird song!

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Easter treats

Happy Easter! Frohe Ostern! I hope you all have good weather and can enjoy the spring season!

More new birds are on the way for Chirp! Europe as we add some birds that have been among the most requested - the Skylark, Buzzard and Chiffchaff. These will be followed next week by the summer-visiting trio of Swallow, Swift and House Martin.

As well as new birds, new features are being added this week and next. The first of these, available now, is a link to Wikipedia so that when you have identified a bird, you can go to the Wiki to check its distribution, size etc and find out more general information about it (as long as you have an internet connection). 

More treats next week - details to follow!