The Briza Callfinder®

Briza’s Callfinder® has revolutionised the birding and safari experience. It is used in conjunction with a selection of our flagship books to release sounds from high quality, visually appealing pictures. Here you will find all the links you need to learn about this amazing technology, to buy your own Callfinder® or to update and service your device.  

See, Hear, Learn!

The Briza Callfinder® revolutionises the reading experience by unclocking sounds from visually appealing full-colour images and words so that you can be sensually immersed in the book subject. Readers are able to SEE, HEAR and LEARN! Choose any of our several specialist Callfinder® ready books to take your reading experience to the next level.

One Callfinder® pen for any Callfinder® ready books

Use one Callfinder® pen for any Callfinder® ready books. Both Callfinder® pens are cross compatible with all our nature Callfinder® ready books and our the Talking Dictionary®.

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Unique features

The Briza Callfinder® revolutionises the reading experience by unclocking sounds from images so that you can be sensually immersed in the book subject. Choose any of our several specialist Callfinder® ready books to take your reading experience to the next level.

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The Briza Callfinder®

The Briza Callfinder® allows readers to unlock sounds from beautiful pictures and words

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Learn more

Our nature guides contain hundreds of indigenous bird, mammal, reptile, and insect species including their scientific names and descriptions of their habitat, diet, natural enemies, tracks, behaviours, etc

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Engage several senses as you SEE, HEAR and LEARN to unlock an emersive audio visual reading experience

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High quality images

Our Callfinder® ready books include hundreds of beautiful, full-colour photographs and images created by professionals

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More than just words

Our books also include additional material such as icons and tables for the quick identification and comparison of similar species, as well as distribution maps

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Use it anywhere

Our Callfinder® products can be used in a multitude of settings, from the home to the school or Kruger National Park

Let’s show you how it works

Watch this short video to see how about how our Briza Callfinder® works on one of our nature guides.

How to buy

Briza Publications offers a wide variety of purchasing options for our Callfinder® products. Choose from our selected range of package and bundle deals which include the Callfinder® device, Callfinder® ready book and accompanying sound file (pre-loaded on your device). Or you can also purchase multiple Callfinder® ready books and their accompanying sound files separately in order to select the specific product or products that appeal to you. 

Do you already own a Callfinder®?

If you have bought a Callfinder® with another Briza book, you’ll be happy to know that all previous models work with all the Callfinder® ready books and The Talking Dictionary – simply purchase the book and the sound files from Briza directly.

How to use your Callfinder®

Start using your Callfinder® and embark on a revolutionised reading experience by following these simple steps.

Step 1

Switch on your Callfinder®

To turn it on, press the middle, see-through On/Off power button for two seconds and let go!! A blue background light will flash and a sound will play to indicate that the Callfinder® is switched on.

It will take at least two to three seconds before the Callfinder® is operational.

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Step 2

Hold your Callfinder®

Hold the Callfinder® like a pen in an upright position. Touch the selected photo with the tip of the Callfinder®. You should now hear the sound of the specific bird/mammal.

For some photos, only a ‘beep’ sound will be heard. This happens because that particular sound is not available. 

Step 3

Switch to the next sound

To hear the next sound, simply touch the next relevant picture with the tip of the Callfinder®, still keeping the Callfinder® in a vertical position. 

Do not press the On/Off Power Button!

Step 4

Turn off your Callfinder®

To switch off the Callfinder® press the ON/OFF power button for about 3 seconds. The blue light will switch off and a sound will play to indicate that the Callfinder® is switched off.

NOTE:

  • Although the majority of the Callfinder® ready books are sound active, not all images are active for sound.
  • In the Callfinder® nature guides, the images noted with green sound icons are sound active.
  • In the Talking Dictionary®, all words are sound active from page 7. Additionally, numerous images throughout the book are also sound active, particularly in the music, transport and life on earth sections.
  • In Blinktand in die Bosveldparadys, the sound file reads one column of text at a time when the text column is touched. Sound activation starts on page 7. Images with sound icons from page 129 are also sound active.

How to switch between different sound files on your device

More than one sound file can be stored on your Callfinder® so you are able to use one Callfinder for different of our Callfinder ready books. Follow these steps to switch between accessing different books.

Step 1

Switch on your Callfinder®

To turn it on, press the middle, see-through On/Off power button for two seconds and let go!! A blue background light will flash and a sound will play to indicate that the Callfinder® is switched on.

It will take at least two to three seconds before the Callfinder® is operational.

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Step 2

Activate different sound files

Switch between different sound files by touching the front cover of the book with the tip of your Callfinder® for five seconds.

Wait at least 3 to 4 seconds before touching the first picture in the book. Repeat this process when switching between different Callfinder® ready books.

NOTE:

  • This can only be done when you have more than one sound file loaded on your Callfinder®.
  • When switching between languages in The Talking Dictionary, touch the relevant language sticker on the front page. Hold the Callfinder® tip for approximately 8 seconds over the cover or activator sticker. The correct language sound file will now be activated.

Record sounds with your Callfinder®

Did you know you can also record sounds with your Callfinder®?

Follow the following steps to start recording your own sounds with your Callfinder!

To record sounds with your Callfinder®:

  • Press R to record and release it to stop recording.
  • Press R for two seconds and release it to listen to your recording.

NB. You can only listen to your last recording. All recordings however are stored on your Callfinder which has almost 100 minutes of store capacity.

To download and/or delete your recordings:

  • Connect your Callfinder® to you computer by using your USB cable.
  • Open My Computer and click to open the Callfinder named Removable Disk.
  • Open your Callfinder® folder and you will find three folders, BOOK, MP3, and RECORD.
  • Click on Record. All your recordings will show as separate sound files. You can now download and save these sound files on your computer.

You can also delete all recordings on your Callfinder® to have the maximum capacity available for new recordings.

How to upload new sound files to your device

More than one sound file can be stored on your Callfinder® so you are able to use one Callfinder® for different of our Callfinder® ready books. You will need to purchase additional sound files if you would like to use your Callfinder® for other of our Callfinder® ready books.

After purchase, the sound file will be emailed to you with instructions. Read the instructions that were sent to you carefully, then follow these steps to load the sound files onto your Callfinder®.

Please note: If you purchased a package or bundle deal from us, the sound files will already be stored on your device.

 

Step 1

Download the sound file

  • Download the new/latest sound file from the web link you were emailed by copy and pasting it to the top url bar of your web browser. Click enter to start the download onto your computer.
  • Once the download is finished, right click on the downloaded file at the bottom of the browser screen and select show in folder. This will take you to the place your file has been downloaded on your computer.
  • Do not open the file.

Step 2

Connect your Callfinder® to your computer

  • Connect your Callfinder® to your computer, using the Callfinder® USB cable that came with your purchase. Plug the USB cable into the USB port on your Callfinder® and connect the other end of the USB cable to the USB port on your computer.
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Step 3

Find and open the Callfinder® drive

  • Your computer will identify the Callfinder® as an external drive/USB drive/Removable disc.
  • Double click to open your Callfinder® drive. The drive will contain several folders – the Book, MP3, Record folders. Double click to open the Book folder.

Step 4

Load the sound file to your Callfinder®

  • Copy the new sound file from where you have saved it and paste the file into the Book folder in the Callfinder® drive.

OR

  • Drag the new sound file and drop it into the Book folder in the Callfinder® drive.
  • The new sound file will now be loaded onto your device. 
  • Wait for the download process to finish before disconnecting your device.

Note: Do not try to open the sound file.

NOTE:

  • The link emailed to you will be active for 7 days so make sure you download it before it expires.
  • Should you experience any difficulty downloading your sound file with your current browser, try using Google Chrome or Firefox instead.

How to update your existing sound files on your device

Briza Publications occasionally updates existing sound files of several of our Callfinder® ready books when new versions become available. We will notify you when a new sound file version is available and will send you a downloadable link via email.

REMINDER: New sound files must be bought, but their upgrades are free.

Haven’t received an update or want to find out more?

 Please follow Steps 1-3 above to:

  • Download the latest sound file version to your computer
  • Connect your device to your computer, and
  • Open your Callfinder® Drive.

These steps are exactly the same for the process of updating sound files. Now follow the additional instructions listed here to complete the process.

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Step 4

Load the latest sound file version to your Callfinder®

  • Copy the latest sound file from where you have saved it and paste the file into the Book folder in the Callfinder® drive.

OR

  • Drag the new sound file and drop it into the Book folder in the Callfinder® drive.
  • Your computer will give you a pop up message saying:

    The destination already has a file named …”

  • Now click the option Replace the file in the destination.
  • The latest sound file will now be loaded onto your device. 
  • Wait for the download process to finish before disconnecting your device.

Note: Do not try to open the sound file.

Experiencing trouble with your Callfinder device or sound files

If you are experiencing any issues with your Callfinder® or sound files or think that they might be faulty, read what you need to do below. Or simply contact us and we will assist you.

Replacing a faulty Callfinder®

In the event your Callfinder® becomes faulty, please contact us so that we may assist you and assess the situation.

In order to assist you we will need the following information:

  • The title or titles of the Callfinder® ready books you have.
  • Whether you bought a Callfinder® package (Callfinder® ready book, Callfinder®, sound file) or if you bought the book, Callfinder®, and sound files as separate items.
  • Where you made the purchase.
  • When you made the purchase.
Replacing a faulty/corrupt sound file

It is possible to replace a sound file for free – especially if the sound file became corrupted which might be the case.

In terms of replacing a faulty or corrupt sound file, you have three options:

1. Receive a new sound file via web link.

You will need internet and a computer if you feel you are able to replace the sound file on the Callfinder® yourself.

To receive a sound file from us, you need to send us an email with the following information to make sure we send you a compatible sound file:

  • The colour of your Callfinder®
  • The batch number of your Callfinder®, printed in black on the side of the Callfinder® next to the earphone port.

Note: Read here how to upload your sound file using a weblink.

 

2. Send us your device for us to do it for you.

If not able to do the download and upload your sound file, please send the Callfinder® to us for testing with a note included with following information:

  • Name and surname
  • Cell number
  • Delivery address
  • Date of purchase
  • Reason for sending it back

3. Visit our store with your device

You can also visit our store at 121 Soutpansberg Road for us to quickly assist you while you wait. Contact us if you need any assistance with your device.

Please note: Some photos in our Callfinder® ready books are still not sound active. Approximately 85% of photos do have sound.

Frequently asked questions

Read about commonly asked questions relating to your Callfinder® device, books or sound files.

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The specific sound file will only be uploaded on the Callfinder® (ready for use) if you have bought a package deal. If you want more sound files, each one can be bought as a separate item. In this case, the sound file web link will be sent to you via email to be downloaded on your computer.

Click here to read more about how to upload sound files to your Callfinder®.

There are the various checks to see if you have the latest sound files:

  • For the Sappi Birds of South Africa/Sappi Voëls van Suid-Afrika books, please check that the White stork or Witooievaar (Afrikaans) on page 60 has a sound. If it doesn’t, you know that you don’t have the latest sound file and you can update it if you want to.
  • For the Mammal Guide of Southern Africa/Soogdiergids van Suider-Afrika books, please check that the female and male lion on page 19 have different sounds. If they don’t, you know that you don’t have the latest sound file and you can update it if you want to.

If you realise you don’t have the latest sound file, please contact us and we will email you an update link via WeTransfer.

NOTE: Nature Unpacked is a fixed sound file and there are no updates.

There is a promise of a Sappi Birds of South Africa/Sappi Voëls van Suid-Afrika sound file update – but we have not receive a confirmed date yet.

NOTE: Briza has captured your details during your purchase, and will send out update notifications via SMS or email.

If you have multiple sound files stored on your Callfinder®, you can switch between sound files by the following steps:

  1. Touch the front cover of the book you wish to use with the Callfinder® for 5 seconds to activate the specific sound file.
  2. In order to activate the Talking Dictionary sound file, hold the Callfinder® to the activator sticker on the first page.
  3. A ping sound will be heard to notify you that the Callfinder® regonises the book. Please note that the Sappi Birds of South Africa/Sappi Voëls van Suid-Afrika book does not make a ping sound when touching the front cover.

The Callfinder® is now sound ready for you to use this book.

NOTE: This can only be done when you have more than one sound file on one Callfinder®.

  • The Callfinder® is named by the computer as a ‘Removable disc drive’, an ‘USB Drive/disc’ or an ‘External drive/disc’.
  • Once the Callfinder® is connected to your computer you should be able to find one of the above names by clicking on your File explorer by searching under ‘My computer’.

You can order a Sappi Birds of South Africa package from Briza Publications’ online shop at www.shop.briza.co.za or you can buy directly at our Briza Bookstore on 121 Soutpansberg Road, Riviera.

Bookstore hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 16:00 pm.

Contact us for more information.

Once you have paid for the sound file, it will be sent as a web link to your email address. The link can be copied and then pasted onto the top search bar of Google. Click ‘enter’ to start the download on your PC. Once the download is finished, it is ready to be copied and pasted into the Ebook folder of your Callfinder®.

Click here to read more detailed steps.

It is possible to replace a sound file for free – especially if the sound file became corrupted which might be the case. Please note that some photos in our Callfinder® ready books are still not sound active. Approximately 85% of photos do have sound.

In terms of replacing a corrupt/faulty sound file you have three options:

1. Receive a new sound file via web link

You will need internet and a computer if you feel you are able to replace the sound file on the Callfinder® yourself.

To receive a sound file from us, you need to send us an email with the following information to make sure we send you a compatible sound file:

  • The colour of your Callfinder®
  • The batch number of your Callfinder®, printed in black on the side of the Callfinder® next to the earphone port.

Read here how to upload your sound file using a weblink

2. Send us your device for us to do it for you

If not able to do the download and upload your sound file, please send the Callfinder® to us for testing with a note included with following information:

  • Name and surname
  • Cell number
  • Delivery address
  • Date of purchase
  • Reason for sending it back

3. Visit our store with your device

You can also visit our store at 121 Soutpansberg Road for us to quickly assist you while you wait.

Contact us if you need any assistance with your device.

In the event your Callfinder® becomes faulty, please contact us so that we may assist you and assess the situation.

In order to assist you we will need the following information:

  • The title/s of the Callfinder® ready book(s) you have.
  • Whether you bought a Callfinder® package (Callfinder® ready book, Callfinder®, sound file) or if you bought the book, Callfinder®, and sound files as separate items.
  • Where you made the purchase.
  • When you made the purchase.

Please phone us: 012 329 3896, email us: customercare@briza.co.za, or visit our Briza Bookstore at 121 Soutbansberg Road, Riviera so that we may assist you.

To turn on:

Hold the ON/OFF button in for +/- 8 counts until you can hear music – the blue light will stay on.

To turn off:

Hold the ON /OFF button in until the music is heard – the blue light will switch off.

  1. Connect the Callfinder® to computer with the USB cable and select the Removable or USB Drive/disc option.
  2. Three folders will be shown: EBOOK, RECORD and MP3. Now double click on the EBOOK folder of the Callfinder® to open it.
  3. Drag or copy and paste the new/other sound files into the EBOOK folder.
  4. Close the Callfinder® folder, eject and disconnect it from the computer.
  1. Connect your Callfinder® to your computer with the USB cable you received with your purchase.
  2. Select/open by double clicking the ‘removable’ or ‘USB Drive/disc option’ (the name usually used for the Callfinder® by your computer)
  3. Once you opened the file, you will see three folders: Book, Record and MP3. Double click on Book folder to open.
  4. Go to the place where the sound file is stored on your computer. Right click now on the downloaded sound file and choose copy.
  5. Go to your Book folder of the Callfinder®, right click and choose paste.The sound file should now download into the Book folder.
  6. Check the following on the Callfinder®:
    • The Record and Mp3 folders should be empty
    • Delete older versions of the same sound file
    • Close the Book folder
    • Close the Callfinder®
    • Disconnect the Callfinder® from your computer

Your Callfinder® is ready to be tested on your Callfinder® ready book.

  1. Double click on the http link and follow the instructions as directed or copy the file link from WeTransfer which says ‘Download link’ and paste it in the top Google url bar.
  2. Now click ‘enter’ to start the downloading process from the web.
  3. Once the download is finished, right click on the download file (bottom left corner of the screen, for example: Mammal: 26MB) and click ‘show in folder’. It will take you to the storage place on your computer. Do not click ‘open folder’.
  4. The file is usually stored in your PC’s ‘download folder’. Right click and choose copy and then paste it on your desktop for further use later. Do not try and open this file – just copy and paste it.

If you have received the sound file web link via WeTransfer (email) for downloading, the sound file will be available for 7 days to download. Store the sound file on your desktop.

Sometimes one of the following things might be preventing your download:

  • All our sound files are in .bnl/.snl format which most computers cannot open therefore it is important that you don’t try to open the file, only copy it from your downloads and paste it in the BOOK folder of your Callfinder®.
  • Your computer‘s defense might be high and is preventing the downloading of .bnl /.snl files. In this case, you can search the internet to see how to change the settings on your computer to allow the computer to receive .bnl/.snl files.
  • An easier option is to forward the link to another computer and do the download and uploading process there following the instructions.

The Green (T4) Sappi Callfinder®

This version uses 2 AAA batteries only and is available for purchase. It can accommodate all Callfinder® ready book’s sound files, including the Talking Dictionary®.

The grey and pink Talking Dictionary Callfinder®

This version uses 2 AAA batteries only and is available for purchase. This version can accommodate the Talking Dictionary® as well as the Sappi Birds of South Africa and Mammal Guide of Southern Africa books.

NOTE: The Talking Dictionary Callfinder® does not work with Nature Unpacked/Jou Natuurgids or Blinktand van Bosveldparadys.

The Sappi blue and white Callfinder®

This is one of the previous designs with a rechargeable battery system. This version can accommodate all the Callfinder® ready book’s sound files. This version is not available for purchase any more.

The Briza white and green Callfinder®

This is one of the previous designs which comes with a rechargeable battery system. This version can accommodate all the Callfinder® ready book’s sound files. This version is not available for purchase any more.

Testing a faulty Callfinder®

  1. First of all, please check that your Callfinder® has enough power. For the green Callfinder® (T4 model), please replace the batteries and test it now. This Callfinder® is not rechargeable and uses two AAA batteries.
  2. The white and blue Sappi Callfinder® has a rechargeable battery and does not work with batteries. Connect the Callfinder® to your computer with the USB cable. The computer should be able to recognise the Callfinder® and allow you to open it. You should see three folders here: Book, Record, Mp3 files.

Diagnostic test

However, if your Callfinder® has enough power, please run this diagnostic test:

  • Connect your Callfinder® to your computer through the USB port. Your computer should be able to recognise the Callfinder® (this bypasses the battery).
  • Now click the ‘start’ button on your computer and click on ’My computer’. Look for your Callfinder® which will be named as a ‘removable disc’, ‘USB Drive’ or ‘External Drive’. Now double-click to open it.
  • If you can’t connect your Callfinder® or interact with it on your computer, there might be a bigger problem than the battery and that will not necessary be fixable.
  • Please try using other USB ports on your computer, and continue testing using a different USB cable to eliminate that as the source of the problem.
  • If the computer picks up your Callfinder® while connected to the computer, but does not switch on when it is disconnected, then it could possibly be the battery that is the problem.
  • If your computer can pick the Callfinder® up when connected via USB cable, it might also be that the sound files need to updated. In that case, please contact us.

Please note

It is easy to damage the wires when the battery compartment is opened without care. If you are able, rather send your Callfinder® for us to double check if it is the battery and simultaneously replace the battery. Unfortunately, as client, you will be responsible for the courier cost to and back from our offices.

If you live near Pretoria, you are welcome to bring the Callfinder® to us, so that we can test it. Not all problems are fixable though and since it is too costly to send it overseas, the best option could be get a replacement.

Contact us to assist you.

Blinktand in die Bosveldparadys

This sound file reads one column of text at a time when the text column is touched. Sound activation starts on page 7. Images with sound icons from page 129 are also sound active.

Sappi Birds of South Africa/Sappi Voëls van Suid-Afrika 

This book is only photo sound active and doesn’t read text. Photos with sound icons are sound active and 85% of the photos are active for sound, starting from page 50.

Mammal Guide of Southern Africa/Soogdiergids van Suider-Afrika

This book is only photo sound active and doesn’t read text. Photos with sound icons are sound active and 85% of the photos are active for sound, starting from page 19.

Nature Unpacked/Jou Natuurgids

This book is only photo sound active on images marked with sound icons, sounds start from page 12.

The Talking Dictionary®

The Talking Dictionary®’s words are sound active from page 7. Additionally, numerous images throughout the book are also sound active, particularly in the music, transport and life on earth sections.