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May 16 2022

Version 8.3.3

Added option to not print Unknown sex on CITES and Article 10 applications.

If when you apply for a CITES permit or an Article 10 Certificate and you do not know the sex of the chick, if you enter the sex as Unknown then when you receive the Permit or Certificate and later do know the sex of the chick the Permit or Certificate is no longer valid and you will need to obtain a new one. We have been advised by the UK CITES Management Authority that in this case it is best to simply leave the sex of the chick off of the description in the application altogether. AIMS now has an option in the preferences that you can select to print or not print the words Unknown Sex on the applications.  The default it not to print it.  
May 13 2022

Version 8.3.2

Added the option to include your Breeder ID to Article 10 Certificate applications.

On the A10 page in the preferences you can now select to add your breeder ID and the word (BREEDER)  to Article 10 Certificate Applications.



May 11 2022

Version 8.3.1 Released

Added option to not use date folders within the new reports file folders.

In the preferences you can now turn off the use of date folders within the reports folders when creating PDF or word reports.

This was added at the request of a user who creates their CITES export permit application as they ring chicks and then submits them at the end of the week as a group, rather than daily.

The CITES Export permit application would then all be saved in


rather than in subfolder with in that such as:


Fixed an issue with Word output of CITES and A10 permit application.

When outputting to word rather than PDF for CITES permits the vertical word APPLICATION on the left hand side of the application was printing horizontally rather than vertically.  This is now fixed.

Tweaked UK CITES permit application

The UK CITES Management Authority made some very minor changes to the layout of wording on the application forms, this is now reflected in the copies AIMS produces.



May 9 2022

Version 8.3.0

We are pleased to announce the release of version 8.3.0 of AIMS.

Irish CITES and A10 Permit application updated:

The Irish CITES Authority altered their CITES and A10 application form, with new address, different fonts and changes to the layout.

AIMS now replicates thee new forms.

CITES Bulk Applications form update

The bulk CITES application form now contains an importer / Exporter selector.  This comes from the preferences and changes on the form are saved back to the preference setting.

This allows you to change the details of the importer / Exporter  without having to come out of the form.

You can do all of your CITES and A10 application from this one form, even if you are just doing one application.

If you select PDF output and Preview then you can review each one to save time having to open them all later to check them.

Naming convention of Reports now standardised across reports.

New report directory

AIMS now saves all reports created as the PDF / Word / Excel files in a new directory structure.  This makes it easier to locate the ones you want or have just created.

AIMS creates a folder on your C drive named Aims_reports

Within that it creates sub folders for each type of report.

Within those it creates a subfolder for the day you create the report:

This makes locating and storing reports much easier than having them all in one folder, where older ones would get overwritten by newer ones of the same name.


This makes it very easy for example to locate all of the A10 application you have created today.

Support email of data folder

You can now submit a copy of your data to our support from within AIMS should it be necessary for us to try to track down any issues.

This creates a zip file of your Data folder and uploads it to our support server automatically.

It then send an email to our support team to notify them.
You can add notes to send in the email describing the issue you are having.

2nd ring is now added to CITES and A10 permit applications as well as other reports.

For CITES and A10 this is controlled from a setting in the preferences on the CITES Permits page of the Documents section.

Added incubator cleaning method defaults

DNA sexing form now closed automatically after use

Tweaks in code to speed things up even more and some minor bug fixes.

May 1 2022

Version 8.2.2 of AIMS released

This is a bug fix for an issue with Hybrids Latin and Common names not showing on A10 and CITES applications.

The name would appear as .F. for hybrids

April 18 2022

Version 8.2.1 of AIMS released

Age Class Graphs

We have added an Age Class graphing feature which allows you to view the number of males and females for any species in your stock by age class.

This helps in planning what birds you need to retain or obtain for breeding stock in order to retain a healthy age structure in your stock

Checking for updates feedback improved
AIMS now displays the detail of it connecting to our update server and getting files so that the user can see what is happening rather then a screen which just sits there whilst it is doing the work.

Issues fixed

On the egg control selecting Female by ID was not showing the list of females for each year.

If in edit mode and selecting multiple females in a room the form was being disabled by edit mode.  Edit mode has been disabled for this form.

Newly added eggs were not always sorting by number correctly.

April 15 2022

Version 8.20 of AIMS released

We are please to announce the release of version 8.20 of AIMS.

New in this version are:

    • Breeding season.
      Prior to this release all eggs were entered within a single year, with new egg numbers starting in the following year.For breeders who’s egg laying for any one season spans from one year to the next, for example laying is from October to February, they can now set a start and end date for the season and have their eggs shown and numbers in accordance with this.
      See this link for details Breeding Season

    • Allow selection of females in location if there is more than one in location.
      Prior to this release if there were more than one female in a location when entering eggs you were given the choose of only picking from all of your breeding females.AIMS now displays a list of all the breeding females in the location.You can still select to pick from all of your breeding females if the actual one is not show, for example if you have moved a bird and not recorded the movement.  If you select from all female list AIMS will automatically create the moment record for the female into that location for the date and time the egg was laid.
      This was added for some zoo users who have flocks of bird in a display area, such as flock of Flamingoes.

      Select from multiple females
      Select from multiple females
    • Speeded up ending incubation.
      On the first page of the egg form if you tick any of the following tick boxes AIMS will enter the current date and time for end of incubation and fill in the end of incubation reason.  This saves time when processing eggs:

      Quick end of incubation
    •  Two rings for birds..
  • You can now enter two rings for a bird in AIMS.
    We often ring a bird with two rings, one male size and one female size.
    Once we know the sex one can be removed.Aims now has two ring entry fields,  both of which are searchable.If you delete the ring number for ring 1 and save the record AIMS will move all the entries for ring 2 into ring 1 for you automatically.So if you have for example a Peregrine chick with W and V rings put the W as ring 1 and the V as ring 2.  Then it if’s a male just delete the ring 1 entry for just the ring number and AIMS will move the V ring, it;s type and location to the ring 1 entryIf it’s a female just delete the ring 2 entry AIMS will also clear the ring type and location for ring 2.

    A second ring has also been added to the add new birds to system form.

    • Bird form is now resizable
      For users on very high resolution screens, such a Apple monitors, you can now resize the bird form.
      This is done using a small button on the bottom right of the form.
      Click this and hold the mouse key down and drag the form to resize it.
      When you close and reopen the form it will remember how it was sent when you closed it and open at that size.
    • Other items
      Speeded up the Taxon tree on the last tab of the taxon form.
      Refactored a lot of code to make AIMS even faster.
      Updates various data validation routines
      Added default location for ring in preference form.
    • Getting the new update.If you have a current support subscription and are running version 8.0 or higher you can auto download and install new update from the check for updates menu option.If you have a current support subscription but are running a version lower than version 8.0 please contact us for a download link.If you do not have a correct support subscritopn please contact us for details on how to get one of these.
    • Added a number of new species to the Kw and pip times
      This is from several thousand more eggs  imported into our master incubation database.
July 21 2021

Version 8.0.3

This adds some validation code to the movement type form to ensure that the user selects that the entry is either an Acquisition, Disposition or Movement.

If a Movement it enforces  the location the bird is moved to be filled in.

June 28 2021

Version 8.0.2

This release fixes and issue where the CITES logo was not always being added to the PDF CITES application if the PDF was created directly rather than through a print preview option.

May 29 2021

Version 8.0.1

This is a minor release which has a preferences setting to allow you to auto print the egg report when you hatch an egg.


Tick this box on the printing page of the preferences if you want to auto print the egg report when you hatch an egg.