J-Bird is a record keeping system for observations of birds. In the parlance of birders, it is bird listing software. It is oriented toward birding trips. Information recorded includes region, trip date, locality, keywords, notes, species observed, and notes on individual species. It can record sightings, produce trip reports, produce composite lists such as life lists, tally observations by category, and query sightings. Regional checklists can be built, used to record sightings, and be included in trip reports. Sightings can be exported to CSV tables and HTML tables.
Release Notes: Keyboard navigation has been improved by adding shortcuts, mnemonics, and key strokes that can be used to cancel or commit most dialogs. The Windows installer can install a Java Virtual Machine on non-Vista versions of Windows. Both common and scientific names of species can be displayed when ticking species, editing checklists, and in trip reports. Some bugs have been fixed on all platforms.
Release Notes: This version installs as a native application on Mac OS X. A few bugs have been fixed on all platforms.
Release Notes: Sightings can be imported from files of comma-separated values, Excel spreadsheets, .dbf files, tables in Web pages, and from relational databases. Bugs have been fixed in the tree of trips and in the tree of checklists.
Release Notes: The installer should no longer fail on MS Windows systems. Text boxes should no longer be impossibly small on MS Windows systems on which Java JVM 1.4.2 is used. This release should no longer fail to launch a Web browser on Linux KDE 2.0 systems on which the BROWSER environment variable is set to run kfmclient.
Release Notes: The master checklist builder has been converted to Java Swing from an AWT interface. New data sources may be used for the master checklist: Excel spreadsheets, HTML tables in Web pages, and any relational database for which the user can provide Java drivers and an SQL query. A new hierarchy is available for the tree of trips: year/region/trip.