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 Callfinder® ready book, you’ll be happy to know that the latest, green Callfinder® works with all the Callfinder® ready books and The Talking Dictionary – simply purchase the book and the sound files from Briza directly on the online shop or in our Briza bookshop.

 

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 5-8 seconds and let go!! A blue background light go on 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 or words.

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 5-8 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 other of our Callfinder ready books. Follow these steps to switch between accessing different books.

This can only be done when you have purchased and loaded more than one sound file on your Callfinder® device.

Step 1

Switch on your Callfinder®

To turn it on, press the middle, see-through On/Off power button for 5-8 seconds and let go!! A blue background light will go on and a sound will play to indicate that the Callfinder® is switched on.

It will take at least 2 to 3 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:

  • You can only switch between different sound files and books if you have purchased and loaded more than one sound file 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 on the activator sticker until you hear a ding sound. 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.

Note: Do not try to open the sound 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.

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  • 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. If you have bought directly from us, we have captured your details and 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.

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  • 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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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.

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.