Saturday, August 20, 2016

Scythebill 13.2.3 - tweaks and bug fixes

Scythebill 13.2.3 is here! As always, download here, and let me know if you have any problems, either on Google+Facebook, or by email.   This is a fairly small bug-fix release.

Most notably, the "choose-your-own-abbreviations" feature now includes all common names and alternate names from groups and subspecies.  This is very helpful for extended taxonomies that assign common names to subspecies - this is very common practice for reptiles and butterflies, for example - but also makes it faster to enter some existing bird forms (e.g., "Cayenne Tern", which a subspecies of Sandwich/Cabot's Tern).

Other changes and fixes include:
  • The fix in 13.2 for export-as-spreadsheet with subspecies was only halfway there;  it should now be working for IOC users too.
  • Some users importing from Birdbase would have locations with empty names;  that's now fixed.
  • Users who imported content from sources with emoticons could have entirely broken sightings files!  They'll now be saved and read without issue.
  • Bulk deletes would sometimes produce an error message (though the bulk delete was correctly performed).
  • Courtesy of Steve Clark, the Australian state of Victoria now has a semi-official checklist.
(If you're wondering, 13.2.2 was never released.)