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OzBuzz
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« on: January 09, 2011, 10:17:52 PM »

Just wondering if anybody uses any software to manage their hives? I found an interesting one this morning whereby you can print out barcoded labels to identify your hives and you can scan them with an iPhone to automatically bring up all of the information relevant to that hive
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2011, 03:57:52 PM »

G'day Oz
I've just started playing with "HiveTracks" but that software sounds interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2011, 02:54:25 AM »

Notes and history written down on top of each hive saves a lot of electricity and greenhouse gas. I use a whiteboard marker gives you a couple of years for each box.
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2011, 10:58:03 PM »

Notes and history written down on top of each hive saves a lot of electricity and greenhouse gas. I use a whiteboard marker gives you a couple of years for each box.

It doesn't get washed off with the rain or when you rub on it?
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2011, 05:05:56 AM »

I use whiteboard marker because I have some, no probs with rain although some of the others up here use permanent markers and/or a notebook in the back pocket.
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2011, 10:15:52 AM »

Hey Ozz what is that software called you are using?

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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2011, 03:53:09 PM »

Doug, sounds like he's using "BeeTight".  I downloaded it and he's right about the bar codes and you can use it right on your iPhone or other smart phones as well.  It's pretty cool and a low price too.  Personally, I decided to try Hive Tracks myself because it's free. However, they are both web-based and the data is stored remotely.  That's the one thing I don't like about EITHER of them... your data input is subject to mining by others who you don't know.   Probably not a huge deal, but I'm an individualist and I'm not sure I like other folks I don't know being able to see my data and know what I'm doing [he says as he lifts the tin foil hat to scratch his head].

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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2011, 06:22:25 AM »

Doug, sounds like he's using "BeeTight".  I downloaded it and he's right about the bar codes and you can use it right on your iPhone or other smart phones as well.  It's pretty cool and a low price too.  Personally, I decided to try Hive Tracks myself because it's free.--John

I loaded "BeeTight". it is 15€/year. I think that it is free.

It is interesting with phone connection.
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2011, 12:04:59 AM »

Hey Ozz what is that software called you are using?

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I haven't got any yet although i found one that seems to be pretty good online www.beetight.com
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2011, 01:36:47 PM »

Notes and history written down on top of each hive saves a lot of electricity and greenhouse gas. I use a whiteboard marker gives you a couple of years for each box.

It doesn't get washed off with the rain or when you rub on it?

Use a China Marker, or what some call a grease pencil. You can find them in stationary stores.

We write straight on top of the hive lid. It doesn't wash away and you can write even when it is raining.

We have been experimenting with Hive Tracks. So far we like it, though there is a host of usability features they could improve. We have experimented with BeeTight, but... it's even more awkward.

You can export your data out of Hive Tracks, by the way.

Notes on each hive is great info. The "brick method" is helpful. But there is nothing like a written record, in one place, to see trends over time or get a quick "look" at all your hives (we have hives in multiple locations). I.e., I don't have to drive to my hives to get a reminder of what I did there.

Try Hive Tracks.
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