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Free Downloads of Useful Software and Specialised Beekeeping Software/Tools

Apart from mending or removing broken links this page is as Dave Cushman left it. Other options will become available, so this page will be kept for historical purposes. Roger Patterson.

Personal Firewall

Download Zone Alarm I use, and thoroughly recommend, this Personal Firewall from Zone Labs... It is surprising how many probes are intercepted and where they originate. (The link became broken, so I have linked to this one. I hope it is correct. R.P.

File Unzipper (Expander)

Download Alladin Expander I use this File Expander from Aladdin Systems... A simple to use "freeware" solution for opening zipped files or archiving data, also available in Mac and Solaris flavours.


Download RHA minisystems HTML Tag Checker I have used this HTML and XML Tag Checking routine from RHA minisystems for identifying unclosed or incorrectly nested tags. I write all my HTML & XML by hand using "notepad" it is surprising how many errors can be made in even a simple document.

CSE HTML Validator Lite

Download CSE HTML Validator Lite I find this validator (which is now in it's 7.01 edition) simple to use. I used the 3.00, 3.5 and 6.52 versions extensively as well. A functional and useful tool that also copes with many non-standard text formats. It is also available for NT, cross platform and vista in a more recent version. Scroll to the bottom of the linked download page for Chicago based versions.

Wing Morphometry Tools

I have re-drawn the discoidal card and it is offered here for download and printing.
Discoidal Card . Scattergram Matrix .

Adam Tofilski's 'DrawWing'

Download DrawWing

This newer version is able to automatically detect all important points on a honey bee forewing and to calculate cubital index, discoidal shift and some other indices.

The new version is not under GNU license any more, but it is (and will remain) free for non commercial use. The old GNU version is still available for both Linux and Windows.

There is an add-on spreadsheet known as MorphPlot, that will work with DrawWing, further down the page.

BIBBA file collection

Download BIBBA file set

There is a collection of useful Morphometric software in several files that can be downloaded in one operation. Many of these have been created by Albert Knight on behalf of BIBBA.

Record Cards

Various formats of colony assessment cards can be downloaded and printed.

Chris Slade's Version . BIBBA Version . (others will follow)

The following three downloads from Peter Edwards are currently unavailable. I hope to restore them in the future. Roger Patterson.

Peter Edwards' Stud Book

Peter Edwards' Stud Book

Based on Stephen Lougborough's original this version deals with more criteria, but it is a heavy file at more than 750kb. The link is a page that covers archived previous versions of both the Spreadsheet and the Instructions as well as the latest ones.

Download stud book instruction manual This instruction manual is in MS Word format. The latest version is in the menu at top left of the linked page along with the spreadsheet.

Peter Edwards' MorphPlot

Peter Edwards' MorphPlot

Based on BIBBA's Morph30 this version can import DrawWing data and calculate many useful indices automatically. Also included on the linked page are older release versions and some sample files for setting up and fault finding.

BIBBA Software

Download BIBBA Jenter Timetable This Microsoft XL file was written by Albert Knight and provides an interactive way to prepare timetables for using the Jenter or Cupkit Cellplug Box.
Stephen Loughborough has created a very useful stud book. This is an Excel template, but will run on Excel compatible freeware spreadsheet applications.
Download stud book instruction manual This instruction manual is in MS Word format and is 55K in size.
Download stud book template This is the template in MS Excel, which is 300K.

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

VMD Record Form

This VMD Record Form has been redrawn by myself and is offered here as a service to beekeepers in the UK, many of whom are not aware of the now compulsory need to use it in recording all treatments. Whether such treatments are by approved drugs or by use of oxalic acid or other hive cleansing agents or to help control varroa.

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 Written... Summer 2000, Revised... 02 November 2001, Additions... 18 November 2002, Modifications... 27 December 2002, Correction... 30 January 2003, Modifications... 24 February 2003, New Domain... 04 November 2003, Additions... 18 June 2004, Upgraded... 16 December 2006, Additions... 10 April 2007, Additions & Corrections... 13 April 2007, Update... 07, 11, 21, 29 June 2007, Update... 16 August 2007, Upgrade... 28 September 2007, Update... 20 December 2007, Update... 07 January 2008,
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