Friday, September 28, 2018

Apiary Book at 3

Apiary Book is turning 3 this month.

I started my beekeeping journey 4 years ago. I have to tell you, beekeeping offered me a lot of satisfaction. I love bees, I like honey (who doesn’t), I like to spend time in nature. But I have to tell you also about some pains. I lost a lot of beehives in the last years.

Bees, as you all know it, are in great danger, because of diseases, pests, invaders (like varroa mites), weather change, agriculture pesticides, falling bio-diversity, lack of information.


So that’s why I am on a mission: to help all beekeepers from around the world to make better informed decisions based on historical data, current conditions and best practices, to minimize bee colonies loses, increase productivity.

How? By providing a complete solution for management of apiaries, monitoring of beehives (using IoT), and a beekeeping decision system that will present useful reports, notifications to an apiary or to a group of apiaries in a region or even in a country.

Apiary Book wants to give something back to the bees and to the world. If you want to be part of this journey, you are more than welcome. Join me!

Bogdan

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Strength of bee family

Apiary Book aims to be an easy-to-use digital tool for all beekeepers. Feedback is important, each received suggestion is taken into account.

Predrag Jovanovic:
"As for the strength of a bee colony is difficult to determine the strength of the hive through a slider but my suggestion is to be modified by buttons, - or +."


This feature is available now in version 3.7.
Thank you Predrag!

Send your ideas to bogdan@apiarybook.com 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Startup Europe Awards

Apiary Book is the Romanian winner of Agritech category

http://startupeuropeawards.eu/apiary-book-is-the-romanian-winner-of-agritech-category/



This award is important, more people are aware now that honeybee colonies are essential for agriculture and environment, ensuring plant reproduction by pollination.

In the last years, beekeepers had to face many challenges in order to maintain their beehives and honey production, problems like losses of the bees’ colonies, strong diseases, beehives’ invaders, increasing costs of production and also products sold as honey but that they were actually synthetic, such as corn syrup, dextrose and other flavors and additives

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hive - Notes and Feedings

A beekeeper can add general notes and feedings related to the apiary or to a specific hive:

Examples of notes:
- hive: autumn check on 26/08/2018 for Hive 1-03
- apiary: inventory on 06/07/2018

Examples of feedings:
- hive: added 2 liters of sugar syrup for Hive 1-03
- apiary: added 1/2 kg protein patties for all hives



In the list of Notes and Feedings, the records added for a specific hive are labeled with Hive.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Cloud restore

You can restore app data and settings from the cloud.

CLOUD RESTORE
1. Open the Apiary Book app
2. In the top left, tap Menu ≡
3. Tap Settings
4. Go to BACKUP/RESTORE
5. Choose CLOUD BACKUP/Restore
6. Cloud Restore screen is displayed
7. Tap on RESTORE button
8. Confirm the restore
9. The application data and settings are restored from cloud
10. Apiary Book will close
11. Open again the Apiary Book app
12. Check the restored data



The last backup dataset (database and preferences) is restored to the smartphone.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Hive details

Apiary Book’s latest update is arriving for Android smartphones and tablets today.

The version 3.4 is adding one major feature with this update, and it’s the Hive Details screen that let beekeepers to do the following:

  • check the latest inspections
  • adding/removals of components
  • queen information
  • add star/flag/label
  • check the strength of the bee colony
  • add reminders
  • print qr code or scan NFC tag etc.






Notes and Feedings

Now it is possible to add notes and feeding for a specific beehive.
- added 0.5 litter of sugar syrup on 18/08/2017 for Hive 1-01

Previously it was possible to add general notes and feedings only for the apiary like:
- extracted honey on 06/07/2018
- added 1/2 kg of protein patty for each hive on 17/02/2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Apiary image

Please use the following instructions to add a cover image for an apiary:

  1. Open the Apiary Book app
  2. In the top left, tap Menu ≡
  3. Tap on the arrow in the header
  4. Go to "Manage apiaries"
  5. Choose an apiary
  6. Tap on PHOTO to capture an image using camera
  7. Tap on SELECT to choose an existing image from the Media Gallery

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

1,000 reviews

Thank you all for your support and feedback, we've reached 1,000 reviews on Google Play!

Community is the root of all innovation and you've helped us evolve into a better service. Keep up the good work, and don't forget to recommend us to your friends!


We're always eager to hear your thoughts and feedback. Drop us a line anytime at bogdan@apiarybook.com.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Weather forecast graph

Starting 3.2 version, weather display is enhanced with a new functionality: 5 day forecast information on a time based graph of your selected apiary.



Using the forecast, beekeepers can easily plan the beehive inspections.

Apiary map type

Choose one of the following map types for your apiary:
  1. Map - displays the default road map view (this is the default map type)
  2. Satellite - displays Google Earth satellite images
  3. Terrain - displays a physical map based on terrain information


Community is the most important asset for Apiary Book. If you have an idea that can improve the app, please send it to bogdan@apiarybook.com.

Andrius from Lithuania - "It would be nice if you could include possibility to turn on satellite view in location menu (the one with the grey circle)."

Duplicate hive

To make an exact copy of a hive:
  1. Open the Apiary Book app
  2. In the top left, tap Menu ≡
  3. Tap Hives
  4. Select a hive
  5. In the top right, tap ⁝ (option menu) 
  6. Choose Duplicate
  7. Confirm the action


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Support for Turkish language

Apiary Book is now available also in Turkish language.

Translation is provided by AYHAN ÇOLAK from Turkey! Çok teşekkür ederim!



Apiary Book was translated with the help pf beekeepers from around the word:
http;//www.apiarybook.com/credits.html

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cloud Backup

You can save app data and settings to the cloud.

CLOUD BACKUP
1. Open the Apiary Book app
2. In the top left, tap Menu ≡
3. Tap Settings
4. Go to BACKUP/RESTORE
5. Choose CLOUD BACKUP
6. Cloud Backup screen is displayed
7. Tap on BACK UP button
8. The application data and settings are saved on cloud



Log in or register to backup your data to cloud.



Use address https://web.apiarybook.com to
- manage the account information (change password, modify name)
- display list of backup datasets 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Winner of Startup Europe Award 2017, Romania

Apiary Book is the winner of Startup Europe Awards 2017, AgriTech section, Romania.

As recognition, Apiary Book will have the chance to compete with other startups from Europe in AgriTech category, in a date to be determined in 2018.

http://startupeuropeawards.com/romanian-best-9-startups-will-be-represeting-this-country-in-the-startup-europe-awards-2017/



Friday, January 19, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Apiary location (latitude/longitude)

Please use the following instructions to add the location for your apiary:

  1. Open the Apiary Book app
  2. In the top left, tap Menu ≡
  3. Tap on the arrow in the header
  4. Go to Manage apiaries and choose an apiary
  5. You can add latitude and longitude manually or using map
  6. Click on MAP and search for your location
  7. Long-press on map to indicate the location of your apiary
  8. A red marker will be placed on map
  9. In the top right, tap ⁝ (option menu)
  10. Choose Select location
  11. Latitude and longitude values will be added to Apiary details
  12. Click SAVE



Apiary Book 2.7

A new version 2.7 of Apiary Book is available in Google Play!

What's new:
• Transfer hive between different apiaries
• Selection of apiary location (lat/lon) using map
• Possibility to sort the list of queens
• Various improvements and bug fixes



If you are using a previous version of Apiary Book, you can check for updates on the Google Play Store.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Sort list of queens

The list of the queens can be sorted by name or date:

1. Select the Queens list
2. In the top right, tap ⁝ (option menu)
3. Choose Sort by...
5. Select Date or Name
6. Press OK
7. The list is sorted


The improvement was requested by Carlos Charpentier, a Spanish beekeeper:
"Hola la aplicación muy buena. Pero tengo una duda no puedo hacer q las reinas me salgan en orden"
("Hello, the application is very good. But I have a doubt I can not make the queens come out in order")

I am always listen to all suggestions, do not hesitate to send it to bogdan.iordache@gmail.com!