Recorder 6 Addins
Recorder Addins are Microsoft COM objects (written in Visual
Basic, Delphi, C++ etc.) that provide additional functionality
alongside the main Recorder application. Addins are implemented as
.ocx or sometimes .dll, but may also be supplied with a small
number of other files (such as .bmp or .mdb files for example). All
files supplied with an addin MUST be saved in the same directory as
the .ocx or .dll file to successfully install.
The most up to date addins for Recorder 6 are available to download
from this page. To check the version number of any addin currently
installed open Recorder 6 and go to Tools - Install Add-In Module.
The version number of each addin is displayed in the 'Description'
field for each addin selected. If you are upgrading from an earlier
version of Recorder 6 and already have a copy of an addin
installed, you should uninstall the old version first (see
instructions below) before installing the new one. To download each
addin click on the links below.
To uninstall existing addins:
- Open Recorder 6 and go to Tools - Install - Add-in
- Select the addin you would like to remove and then
click the [Remove] button
- Click [Yes] to confirm or [No] to cancel
- If you are replacing the addin with a new version you
will need to delete the .ocx and all other files related to that
particular addin in the Recorder 6/Addins folder
To install an addin:
- Download the relevant zip file to your desktop or
addins folder and unzip
- Open Recorder 6 and go to Tools - Install - Add-in
- Click on the [Install] button and browse to the
relevant .ocx or .dll file and click [Open]
- A message should then be displayed to say 'The
following addin has been successfully installed...'
|Bulk Load Addin
||Can be used to import multiple map tiles in .GSF format into
Recorder's mapping system. After installation, a new option "Bulk
load maps" appears in the Maps menu. When you select this option, a
dialog appears. This has:
Once you have selected the map tiles to import, click the [OK]
button and the selected tiles will be copied to your Recorder 6\Map
files directory (if they are not already present) and registered in
Recorder 6's mapping system. The next time you open the specified
base map, the tiles should be available.
- a drop down box from which you can select the base map you want
the tiles added to.
- an edit box where you enter the name of the directory from
which the .GSF files will be imported. This has a browse button
which will open a Windows directory selection window allowing you
to choose a directory.
- a list box. Once you have selected a directory, a list of the
.GSF files it contains will be displayed. You can select multiple
files by Shift- or Ctrl-clicking on the filenames in the list.
- edit boxes where you specify the cut-in and cut-out scales to
be applied to ALL the selected map tiles.
|CIS Export Addin
||Used to export in a format that can be loaded into CIS. After
installation, a new option "CIS Export" appears in the "Export
type" list in the Export dialog box. Selecting this option exports
a ".dat" file which can be loaded by CIS version 6.
|Go To Grid Control
||Used to pan the map so that it is centred on a given grid
reference. When the addin is installed, a new edit box and button
appear in the bottom margin of the Map Window. Type a grid
reference in the edit box and press [Return], or click the button,
and the map will be redrawn so that it is centred at the grid
reference specified. The scale at which it is drawn is not
affected. You will be prompted to select the base map you want to
|Go To Key Addin
||Displays a given record in Recorder 6 by typing its
16-character identifier. After installation, a new option "GoTo
Key" appears in the Tools menu. When you select this option, a
dialog will open with an edit box into which a 16-character key can
be typed or pasted and a drop-down box indicating which window it
applies to. Options include:
Click the [OK] button to open the specified window and load the row
with the specified key. If the key you specified cannot be found in
the table you selected, an error message will be displayed.
- Survey event
- Taxon occurrence
- Biotope occurrence
- Taxon (taxon_list_item_key)
- Biotope (biotope_list_item_key)
- Admin area
|Last Key Update Addin
||Updates the LAST_KEY table in the database. After installation,
a new option "Update Last Key" appears in the Tools menu.
Recorder stores a counter in the LAST_KEY table which it uses to
generate NBN-Keys. A new key is generated by concatenating the
SiteID of this copy of Recorder with the value held in LAST_KEY for
the table in question and the value is incremented when the new row
If this ever gets out of sync (for example if information was
imported directly into a table in the database without using
Recorder) then the next time you try to make a new entry you may
get an error because a row with the key generated already exists in
the target table.
This addin fixes such problems. It checks each table in the
database and finds the maximum running value that has actually been
used and updates the LAST_KEY table entry if necessary.
||Displays a Phenology histogram for a taxon. After installation,
a new option "Phenology" appears in the Reports menu.
When you select this option, a window will open showing a blank
chart. You generate a histogram by dragging the name of a taxon
onto the chart from the Taxon dictionary browser or from a taxon
occurrence (from the observation window). A histogram will be
generated showing the number of records of that taxa falling in
each week of (any) year. Note that, if you drag the name of a taxon
group (e.g. a family), then the number of records of all the
genera, species, sub-species etc contained within that group will
be included. Various options to control the display are available
by right-clicking on the chart:
- You can select the length of the period for which records are
counted: the options are week, fortnight or month
- You can select the colour of the bars
- You can set constraints, for example, you may want to include
only records of adult females or exclude records of juvenile
- You can save the histogram in a variety of image formats or
save the underlying data to an Excel spreadsheet for further
|Show Unchecked Addin
||Displays records in the observation hierarchy that are flagged
as unchecked, invalid or are zero-abundance records. Once installed
is available via the Data Entry menu, go to Data Entry - Display
Unchecked records. You are then given the option to display one or
a combination of records that are unchecked, invalid or have zero
|Recorder 3 Import
||Imports the .csv files created by the Bulk Move in R3v3.4.6
into Recorder 6. Once installed is accessed from Tools – Import
data. There are plans to update the guidance provided with this
|NBN Exchange Addin
||The NBN Exchange Addin for Recorder 6 exports records in the
NBN Exchange Format allowing submission of datasets to the NBN
Gateway. The export creates two files - a tab-delimited text file
containing the records in the NBN Exchange Format and an XML file
containing some metadata information.
These are combined into a single .zip file for
submission to NBN. For more information please refer to 'Using the
NBN Exchange addin.doc' supplied with this download. This latest
version was updated on 18 December 2012 .
If you wish to submit data to the gateway team an
additional metadata information form is required. Please contact
the NBN Technical Liaison Officers (Tel: 01733 866858;
) for further
information and guidance.
|Delete Survey Addin
||Allows a survey to be deleted, complete with any survey events,
samples and observations it contains. Once installed select a
survey in the observation hierarchy and go to Tools - Delete
Survey. Surveys can only be deleted by users who are system
Warning: Deleting a survey using this facility is final and
cannot be 'undone'. We advise users to always backup the database
Additionally, you can now download the OS map tiles installer (NBN
Browser Software) from the mapping section of this website. This is a piece
of software that uses the linked Access database nbndata.mdb to
load OS 1:50,000 map tiles for use in Recorder 6.
If the addin is implemented as a .dll file, you will be unable to
remove it and then install it again within the same session (if you
attempt this the following error message will be displayed: "Error
32: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by
another process"). You must close the application and restart
before the addin can be re-installed. This is a limitation imposed
by Windows as .dll files are not removed from memory until the
programme that loaded them terminates. You will recieve a similar
error message if you do not delete the old .ocx after uninstalling
and attempting to re-install an addin.