Roberts VII Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa is a comprehensive and interactive multimedia program. It combines multimedia data on over 960 Southern African bird species, with eight interactive modules that facilitate almost every aspect of 'computer birding'.
The BIRDS database includes: the comprehensive text of 'Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition'; the field-guide text and illustrations of the 'Roberts Bird Guide'; Guy Gibbon's collections of bird sounds; 962 individual bird pages; over 40 'new' species; 180 'field guide' pages; over 1700 illustrations, 6000 photos, 900 bird sounds, 500 nest photos, 700 egg photos; Roberts 6 or 7 English names; Afrikaans, Scientific, German, and French names; color-coded distribution maps; over 6000 rare bird records; rare bird maps; seasonal status bar; endemic and red data species; habitat soundtracks as background.
In the interactive modules you can: Search for a bird or browse the larger 'field-guide' pages; View individual bird pages, compare similar birds, add notes, and print bird pages; Identify birds, nests, eggs and sounds using simple observations; 'Go Birding' at over 270 birding spots, with text, photos, maps and bird lists; Generate bird lists for any area or create your own personal lists; Edit bird pages and birding spot pages, and add your own photos and multimedia; Enjoy a screensaver with over 2000 photos; Link to our web page for the latest program updates.
Requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7, Internet Explorer 5 or later, Pentium 2 or better. Minimum hard drive space 2GB. The program is distributed on both DVD disc for PC, and USB flash drive for small PC's without a disc drive.
New Program Features:
One of the many new program developments has been the introduction of 'wizards' to help the user select the appropriate module or function, while some such as Identification have been developed into sequential screens that guide you through the process. The wizards also include links directly to pages in the Help File. These wizards have proved to be a wonderful way of showing the many functions available in the program.
The Bird Lists module has been upgraded to include GPS-based records imported from the PDA edition. A new bird list import and export format is designed to facilitate SABAP2, our national bird atlas project. The Birding Spot module has the added functionality of adding or editing birding spot data, including adding your own photographs and bird lists. On the Bird Pages you can add your own notes and photos as well. Other improvements include a fully adjustable program window and sizing of fonts in both the bird list and general texts.
In terms of data we have entirely new and expanded texts from Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition and field guide texts from the Roberts Bird Guide by Hugh Chittenden, new illustrations with identification pointers, maps updated with distributions of subspecies, rare bird records updated, the photo database expanded to over 6000 quality photos, completely re-edited bird sounds, and alternative bird names expanded to include many languages. In fact not much of the data has been left untouched.