BeeKeeper Lite iOS

This is a free to download and free to use App, there are no costs involved by using this App, there are adverts to help recover cost of development and cover ongoing maintenance costs. The Tabs below correspond to each screen that can be seen in the App, along with a screen shot there is also an explanation on what each screen is used for and how to complete it.

  • Welcome Screen
  • Location Screen
  • Move a Hive
  • Info Tables
  • Site Screen
  • Hive Screen
  • Visit Screen
  • Summary Screen

After starting the App you will be presented with this screen, from here you can move to the three separate areas of this Lite App.

Show Locations
If this is the first time you have clicked this button, or you have not previously pressed the Read Me button located top right of the screen, you will be presented with an alert providing a disclaimer which ensures you understand the risks of locating your Sites and Hives with GPS. Depending on your answer will depend on the App allowing you to save the location of your Sites and Hives. If the button is no longer visible then you have previously understood the risks and the disclaimer will not be displayed again.
Show Info Tables
The main feature of the App, this button will first open up the Sites Table, for more details on this screen click the Tab above. Be aware that the first time you click the button, there will be no data presented, simply an empty table for you too populate with your data.
Move a Hive
The ability to move a Hive from Site to Site was a commonly requested upgrade to the App, this allows all details of a Hive to be transferred to another Site within your App Dataset.
About Artisan Honey
This button provides a simple web page, detailing information about the Artisan Honey Company, and its owner, Simon Croson, an avid BeeKeeper with years of experience. The idea for this App was first devised by Simon with the help of Andrew Jackson, owner of Interneers a Web Hosting Company that has provided low cost and scalable web services for over 10 years. Click on their links for more information about the companies and people behind this App.

An advert will be displayed at the top of the list, Ads have been included in this version of the App to help recover the costs of development and ongoing maintenance of the App.

This screen is displayed after you have understood the disclaimer, however, as with all Apps that use the built in GPS location system, you will also have to agree that the App can use the system. Location services will not work until you allow it. This can be adjusted in the Settings at any time should you change your mind.

This screen displays the built in Maps that come with the iOS Operating System, if the system has GPS Locations saved then they will appear on the Map as a pin, on selecting the type of event will appear, either Site or Hive, and the thumbnail if their record has a picture stored against it.

On clicking, you are presented with a list of Sites, with their respective Hives listed

Upon choosing a Hive to move you are presented a List of Sites from your Dataset, the Site the Hive is currently in is not shown. Choose the Site by selecting from the List and confirm the Move in the alert dialog that pops up

On move confirmed the displayed list will show the Hive has been moved.

As the image on the left shows, the Info Tables are a set off three table views that hold information on Sites, Hives and Visits.

Each table has rows that are created by pressing the plus button on the top right of the screen, the screens to add more data are detailed in further Tabs.

For each row created, the name and number of hives or visits are displayed except the Visit table which shows the Notes as a subtitle. By clicking on the main body of the row, the next table will be displayed, except for the Visit, when the Summary screen will be displayed.

To edit the record, you must click the Accessory mark at the right of the row, after making the changes you will return to the table view.

Each row in the table views are records, and like most tables built by iOS, these records can be deleted by swiping across the row, and pressing the Delete button, there is no confirmation of deletion, ensure you want to delete before pressing the Delete button, click anywhere else to remove the Delete button from the row. The order of rows at this stage cannot be altered.

Warning:The App will delete all children of the deleted record, by deleting a Site, all the Hives and Visits that are parented by the Site are also removed. Deleting a Hive does not remove its parent Site, but will delete all its Visits, and removing a Visit will not remove its parent Hive. There is no undo functionality to the dataset, once the record is gone, it is gone.

After clicking on the Plus Button from the Site Info Table you are presented with this TableView.

Name
Unique name given to the Site.
Available Forage
Allows the type of forage to be recorded, different forage can provided different flavoured Honey.
Include Location Data:
Stores the Latitude and Longitude of the Site for displaying on the Locations Map, if permission has been given.
Additional Site Notes
A Text box where any notes about the Site can be stored.
Site Photo
A photo can be taken and saved against a Site for identity purposes, to replace an existing image, simply click the old one to take another photo and save.

This is the TableView that is also displayed when you are also editing a record, with the details already populated.

After clicking on the Plus Button from the Hive Info Table you are presented with this TableView.

Identifier
Unique identifier given to the Hive.
Hive type
Used to store the model/type of Hive.
No of Supers
Number of Supers to help project/predict colony size and honey to be harvested.
Include Location Data:
Stores the Latitude and Longitude of the Site for displaying on the Locations Map, if permission has been given.
Additional Hive Notes
A Text box where any notes about the Hive can be stored.
Hive Photo
A photo can be taken and saved against a Hive for identity purposes, to replace an existing image, simply click the old one to take another photo and save.

This is the TableView that is also displayed when you are also editing a record, with the details already populated.

After clicking on the Plus Button from the Visit Info Table you are presented with this TableView. The rows containing a red cross or a green tick are true/false or yes/no records, to toggle, simply click the image.

Visit Date
On pressing the Now button, the current date and time is created, this identifies the Visit in the App.

Inspection

Activity Amount
A sliding representation of the Activity at the Hive on a particular Visit.
Is Pollen Going In?
A yes/no answer represented by a tick or a cross.
Colony Temper
A sliding representation, with colour, to show the temper of the bees during this Visit.
Eggs Present?
A yes/no answer showing the presence of Eggs during a Visit.
All Stages of Brood?
A yes/no question to compare brood stages between visits.
Sealed Brood?
A yes/no question asking if the Brood Box is sealed.
Honey in Supers?
A yes/no question regarding the presence of honey in supers.
Frames of Stores
Enter a number in the text box to indicate how much Honey is stored in the frames.

Queen Info

Queen Seen?
A yes/no question to confirm if the Queen has been seen on a Visit.
Origin/Strain
A text box to store the queens origin/strain.
Is the Queen Marked?
A yes/no question stating if the queen has been marked, this mark is used to denote her age.

PDD

Pests
A yes/no to record the presence of, or damage caused by pests, further details can be added into the Notes box.
Diseases
A yes/no to record the presence of diseases, further details can be added into the Notes box.
Disorders
A yes/no to record the presence of disorders, further details can be added into the Notes box.

Additional Notes

Notes
A text box to include notes about the Visit.

Visit Photo

Visit Photo
A photo can be taken and saved against a Visit, to replace an existing image, simply click the old one to take another photo and save.

This is the TableView that is also displayed when you are also editing a record, with the details already populated.

This screen shows the details for the selected Visit.

The Summary screen also includes the details for the Hive the Visit took place at and finally the Site the Hive is located at.

All the details for each of the Info Tables is displayed providing quick and easy reference to parent Hives and Sites.

It is planned that future versions of this App will allow the export of this data to a external source.

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