Re: Official Launch of Hive Tracks
Right off the bat, it is nearly useless to me.
While I am sure the many people with Langstroth style hives will find it handy, I have only a couple of those, with the majority of my hives being tbh's.
There are many people I know who keep a variety of hives now a days in a bee yard, not only Langs, even though langs may be the majority in their yard, they may still like to keep track of the other hives as well.
The way people work with bees and the equipment used is very diverse and I know that will increase the difficulty of creating a fully comprehensive site. but the more options you can provide, the more useful the site will be to a wider audience.
presentation wise, the click through screens for entering information is nice.
the methods of using sliders and other data entry methods beyond text is interesting and appealing as well.
I would suggest in the inspections that an area for pests be included. it isn't just diseases that bees suffer from. beetles and skunks and raccoons, even bears, depending on location are things to pay attention to in the apiary.
beyond that, I guess what stands out most to me is the lack of options. you have selections for type of foundation except none, for example.
same for treatments. sure, one can simply not check those items, but what if one wants others to be able to read those inspections and not have the reader have to guess that they don't use treatments or foundation or other things? "none" as an option can be quite descriptive in terms of hive management as well.
speaking of which, are there plans for a summary or reports section where people can print or download reports and information about their beeyards and hives?
as I mentioned in reviewing someone else's bee tracking website, online apps are great until I can't access them due to my ISP being down, your server being down or any number of database crashes, code issues, etc... data is completely inaccessible at those times and that's not a good feeling for anyone. having a way to obtain backups or working offline with one's data is a confidence building plus.
ok. that's it for now I think. you asked, I answered.
I'll keep watching and see how/if it progresses/improves.
No, I am NOT a bee "Keeper". Anything I post is just my opinion. Take it easy and think for yourself.