The Marked Birds Database can be run on Windows and on MacOS.
It was developed in FileMaker Pro 16 but you don’t need to have this installed: the database is delivered as a stand-alone application in a folder containing all necessary files.
Part 1. Updating JAVA
Make sure that the latest version of JAVA is installed on your system by visiting http://java.com and following the instructions on screen.
Part 2. Installing the database
The database runs from a folder that contains all the files that the database needs.
The installation process involves unzipping the folder from the downloaded file and placing it on your system somewhere.
Step 1. Download the files for Windows or MacOS from the database page.
Step 2. Unzip the file to a location somewhere on your system.
You will end up with a folder named Marked Birds Database v2.x.x (for example Marked Birds Database v2.0.0).
Tip: Create a main folder named MBDB and add the folder to it. Use the main MBDB folder to place any future releases and backups of the database so that you have everything in one place.
Step 3. Open the folder and double-click the file named MBDB v2-x-x.
Tip: create a shortcut to this file and add it to your desktop for easy access.
Step 4. Do one of the following:
- When this is the first time you are using the database, follow the instructions for setting up the database.
- When you have already worked with an older version of the database, import your data into the new version.
Instructions and information about known issues.
When running the database for the first time you might see the following message appear:
360Works plugins require a 32-bit version of Java 6 or later, which is not installed on this computer. Download from http://java.com.
Visit http://java.com and follow the instructions to update Java on your system.
For more information, see the 360Works documentation.
Primary file error
The following message might appear when opening the database on MacOS:
The primary file “Marked Birds Database vx-x-x” was not found but is required for the application
This means that the security settings on MacOS don’t allow this application to be opened. Do one of the following:
- Try opening the file as described in this article by Apple Support.
- Download file from a Windows system and use a USB stick to transfer it to the Mac.
When starting the database on Windows, an error might appear stating that VCRUNTIME140.dll is missing or is not found.
This seems to be a common error (see Google Search) and is related to a Microsoft Visual C++ file.
To resolve it, use any of the solutions found on the Internet. The instructions in the following link seem quite helpful and have been known to work: https://win10faq.com/vcruntime140-dll-missing-fix.