14 January 2017

Releasing WildLog v4.4.0

The new version of WildLog v4.4.0 can be downloaded over here.

Major changes:
  • This new version includes a number of improvements under the hood, to the code base.
  • One of the biggest differences to previous versions is that files uploaded into the WildLog Workspace will now be stored in a cleaner folder structure. Files linked to Observations will also now be renamed to reflect the date of the Observation. It is recommended to run the "Check and Clean the Workspace" task from the Application menu, to apply the new structure to existing data.
  • WildLog can now be (optionally) bundled with third party media viewers, when using the Full installer, that should in most cases provide a major improvement over the default applications used before. The JPEGView application will be used for images, and for movies the Media Player Classic - Home Cinema application will be used. If you don't want to use these media viewers then simply disable the feature from the Settings menu inside WildLog to continue using your default media viewers, or download the Basic installer.
  • A feature (under the Advanced menu) has been added to reduce the size of the images stored in the Worksapce. This can be done for specific Creatures, Places and View Ratings. This can be useful to try and keep a Workspace small without having to delete any images.
  • There has also been a number of smaller fixes and improvements.

13 August 2016

Releasing WildLog v4.3.2

You can download WildLog v4.3.2 over here.

The new versions includes a few small bug fixes:
  • The report and map export files will now use better names.
  • The GPS Dialog has been fixed to no longer sometimes change the GPS value when toggling between DMS and DD.
  • Small changes to keep up with the latest WildNote version.
  • Workspaces will now contain a default license file that can be used to copy-write the data to the user.
  • Other small fixes and library updates.

07 March 2016

Releasing WildLog v4.3.1

I'm finally done with the next major upgrade to WildLog. You can download WildLog v4.3.1 over here.

The biggest improvement in this new version is the overhauled mapping functionality. The new maps now use a similar approach as the reports. You can now choose which Observations you wish to display on the map using the provided Observation filters.

WildLog is now using the Google Maps API for most of the online maps, instead of the old OpenStreetMap, which provides much better base layers for the maps.

The new code also allowed me to build some interesting new maps to help you explore your dataset. For example, the new Heat Maps immediately add a tremendous amount of value.

It is still important for me to provide offline maps as well. Although basic internet connectivity is getting more and more common I still feel that one of WildLog's greatest strengths is the fact that it can stand on its own and continue to provide meaningful value even without an internet connection or third party services. Third party service providers, such as Google Maps, could cancel or change their services at any time and for me it is important that WildLog should still be able to continue to provide the core functionality should that help.

For a long time I've wanted to add some GIS functionality to WildLog, and I think with this release I've finally taken the first step in that direction. I've added a new "Custom Map" that allows you to upload basic Shapefile and GeoTiff layers. These layers can then be displayed on the map next to your Observation records.

This is still a very basic feature, but if it proves to be valuable, there is a lot of room for future improvement.

There has been a slew of other small upgrades, improvements, additions and fixes. For example, you can now filter Observations by GPS coordinates (using a map selection box), upgrades to the GPS popup, some amazing new reports specifically aimed at analyzing camera trap data, reports are now clickable to see the data values, uploaded portrait photographs should now be automatically rotated, improvements to various export formats, new Observation filter categories, Observation filter categories can now be saved, etc. etc. etc.

I really hope you enjoy these new features, in particular the maps.

I would like to thank everybody that have shown an interest in WildLog over the years. Even if it was only me using it I would still love working on it, but knowing that there are people out there that also find the application useful really helps to keep me interested and motivated to make the application better and better for a broad audience.

If you experience any problems or have any other feedback, please feel free to contact me.