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iBird Pro Guide to Birds Review Breakdowns

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iBird Pro is a self-contained, take-anywhere-no-Internet-required app that turns your iPhone into a field guide to birds of North America. iBird offers a search engine designed for identifying birds plus a neural-network feature for identifying birds from any photo. What birders say they love about iBird the most is its premium-quality encyclopedic reference to every avian species in the United States, Canada, the Hawaiian Islands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the unique island nation of Palau, which should be on every birder’s life-list. iBird follows conventions of the 2019-20 American Ornithological Union (AOU) standard. iBird inspired Apple to feature it in their famous "We have an app for that" videos. (go to: Why? Because, most notably, iBird offers functionality not found in books or most other birding apps. ILLUSTRATIONS. Accurate drawings are a must for the correct identification of any bird. Only iBird has full-size, high-resolution, hand-drawn, field-marked illustrations for every species. These composite illustrations contain images of the male, female, juvenile, bird-in-fight, and other variations in plumage based on age or location. PHOTOS. Unlike other bird apps, iBird contains a growing library of over 4,000 photographs, allowing you to see the species in multiple settings and real-life environments. No other birding app offers both illustrations and photographs. FIELD-MARKS. Another way iBird enhances your birding experience—a detailed field mark layer that exists for each illustration can be toggled on or off to highlight important identification characteristics. MAPS. iBird has Range Maps for every species that show where the bird spends its time throughout the year. SONGS. To enhance your ability to identify any species, iBird contains over 4,000 birdsong and bird-call recordings. These are super-useful to confirm an ID or when you can hear but not see the bird. PHOTO RECOGNITION. iBird's amazing Photo Sleuth feature takes advantage of modern AI-based photo recognition techniques to identify any bird from any photograph, even a poor-quality, fuzzy photo. See how Photo Sleuth works: SMART SEARCH. We’ve saved the best for last—iBird's patented, comprehensive Percevia™ nature-based search engine that will turn novices into bird ID experts. The search engine comes with 35+ characteristics of birds that can be searched (e.g., body-color, GPS location, habitat, bill shape, song type, etc.). Unlike most birding apps, no Internet connection is required to use iBird in the field—it has a self-contained database of all content. iBird Pro’s architecture is now “consolidated,” with four countries contained in its database: North America, United Kingdom, and Ireland, Hawaii, and Palau. More databases will be added to iBird in the future. In addition to all of the features we’ve mentioned, iBird Pro comes with these additional features: Birds Around Me (BAM)—shows just those species within a radius surrounding your GPS location, Percevia™ smart search—a patented feature that helps you identify birds just like the birding experts, Time-of-Day—lets you search for birds by activity levels during day or night, dawn, dusk, etc., Owls of Mexico—includes illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls for 16 remarkable Owl species. Version 12.7 adds 5 new illustrations—to see these go to Search > Illustration Update > 12.7. More Details of iBird Pro Version 12.7: EULA:

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FRAUD-Poor Developer/Terrible Support to Begin With/Unethical and Unresponsive Developer
Skinoch on 2022-10-06
FRAUD. FRAUD. FRAUD. I hope you’re following these comments if you’re interested in this app. The title says it all… Until this developer makes right, I will continue to post reviews/ratings that mirror my experience with their “support”…which was fairly awful prior to the current bait and switch. I am waiting until the developer “makes right”. Until that time, I will continue to post reviews that speak to my experience. Continued “Boo” for everything about this developer. Forget this developer and move on. You will be grateful for the decision to do so. What exactly will I be paying for in this subscription model? I have owned this app for many, many years. In that time, I have reported numerous issues to the developers, only to have most of them promised in a future update and then summarily ignored. Updates have been few and far between, and not properly tested for QA. This developer will eventually reap what has been sowed…and I shall joyfully move on. I have owned and used this app for years, in addition to the Photo Sleuth add-on. The Photo Sleuth which I paid for no longer works. Customer support is lacking, and no refund is provided for the add-on I purchased. Updates are sporadic (maybe 3X/year) and have yet to address issues that I have brought to this company’s attention in the past. This is really a shame, but not surprising anymore. I can no longer recommend this app in good conscience. Yes...buyer beware.
Don’t trust these developers!
appalled & outraged on 2022-10-06
I actually purchased iBird Pro and found it useful. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of purchasing from developers who are not only lacking in honor, but are extremely greedy and are intentionally taking (stealing), something they have already sold, from those who purchased it. Instead of offering purchasable updates to iBird Pro owners, the developers decided to alienate their supporters by “converting iBird from a one-time paid app to a subscription-based app.” For some reason these developers seem to think that a one year “free” subscription to the app people have already PURCHASED is worth the app’s purchase price (as well as, the lost potential monetary investment value of that purchase price)! Why would anyone ever trust these developers again? The better app choices would be Cornell’s Merlin Bird ID, or Audubon’s Audubon Bird.
It’s Biblical 🙏🏽
Bigwave chief on 2022-10-06
“As you sow, so shall you reap.” …..or “going under.” 🥵The newest iBird “What’s New” (version 12.7.3)’ buried the “RENTAL” price . Buyer beware !!!!!! FYI: Merlin, eBird, & Audubon apps are FREE. 🤡 Where’s their (iBird) response to alllll the negative reviews??? Hey Mitch where are you????? FYI: Best FREE apps are Merlin, eBird, and Audubon. Best option for iBird is provide a new app; FREE to DOWNLOAD, then have the user determine a payment schedule. Keep the old version in place for those of us who own the app. Tooooooo easy????? 👍 😜 If you previously backed-up your iphone that included the older app (the one we alllllll purchased and owned), simply do an iphone “restore.” That’s what I did after previous app iterations. Just be certain you no longer do an UPDATE on your iphone. It’s a hassle to do, takes time, but it works…..
App broken after subscription model
Aaron McNany on 2022-10-06
Since they moved to the subscription none of the Songs work/play and all of my 'Favorites' were deleted. As expensive as this app was when I bought it in 2012, I would gladly pay a subscription IF THE APP WAS PROFESSIONALLY MAINTAINED. In reality the app has had almost no refreshes or updates since I purchased in 2013. No support site, no obvious way to reach out to support. Developer should be ashamed to move to subscription without significantly upgrading the experience (or at least making it usable.)
Fraud and rip off
ISHat1 on 2022-10-06
Forcing customers that already paid for a product outright into a monthly subscription is shady developer practice at its best. Didn’t even realize the update was taking place - as I’ve trusted iBird for years with their automatic updates to help me identify birds in the field. When last week I opened the app to learn my PAID LIFETIME PURCHASE was gone. If you want to roll out new features that require subscription access - go ahead. I’ll keep the original iBird I paid for.
Took my money and left
Norcal rainer on 2022-10-06
Well. So much for lifetime app. The one year “extension” doesn’t help. Neither does help that “all” plugins are included for “free” for a year. I could t care less about birds in another continent since I am not there. Those companies screw it for all honest companies because customers will stop believing this “lifetime” claim. Give me the app I paid for (and quite a bit) Keep your updates until Apple changes the os and the app doesn’t run anymore. Good luck
Extremely disappointing
Neek of the North on 2022-10-06
Like so many others here, I bought the pro version of this app, seeing it as worth the money since functionally its a guidebook but with the benefit of songs & calls available while out of cell service range. What a disappointing turn of events to have the app turned into a subscription service with no accommodation for their existing community of customers. I will uninstall as soon as the trial is up & in the meantime will try the Audubon & Merlin guides instead.
They’re in violation 🙀🔥🔥
Bigwave chief on 2022-10-06
From Apple app requirements: “If you are changing your existing app to a subscription-based business model, you should not take away the primary functionality existing users have already paid for. For example, let customers who have already purchased a “full game unlock” continue to access the full game after you introduce a subscription model for new customers. “ My,my!!
LikesMyTouch on 2022-10-06
As so many others, I am outraged that the developers are stealing what I purchased. The update announcement did not mention the change!! Fraud? It is understandable for a developer to say that they will no longer support an app at some point, so that it eventually won’t work. But not to change what you purchased. Bait and switch!! Sell one thing and deliver another.
Stripping functionality for those who paid is against App Store guidelines
Bisnicks on 2022-10-06
Apple’s App Store Guidelines 3.1.2 Subscriptions: If you are changing your existing app to a subscription-based business model, you should not take away the primary functionality existing users have already paid for. I’m fine with not getting further updates without subscribing—but don’t take away existing functionality we already paid for.

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