Audubon Trees: Extremely disappointed Review

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Extremely disappointed
I was expecting a version similar to the print version of the Audubon Field Guide to Trees. I really don't understand the purpose of this app; it seems like it was designed for someone who is proficient at tree identification, which defeats the purpose of a field guide. Unlike the book version, there are no pictures of the bark, and no close-up pix of the fruit. When you bring up a species to view, there is a button for pictures, but there are no pictures other than the "gallery" pictures, which are very poor, as they are not close enough. It is not set up like a field guide at all. Until they have a revision which even compares to the print version, save your money and buy the book.
David M. Fanale on Jan 3, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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Ok but needs more photos
The interface and descriptions are great, but the photos are severely lacking. Some species only have one, many don't have a clear bark shot, some don't even have a good shot of the leaf, and there are almost no shots of buds or twigs, making it almost useless for winter ID. Bur oak, for example, does not have a photo of its most distinguishing characteristic, the acorn. I guess it's an ok value for $10 when compared to the higher price of the hard copy, but I was expecting more. The number of photos would probably need to be at least doubled to make it really useful. The addition of illustrations would also really help, probably even more than additional photos.
Nevdaw on Jan 2, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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Ver helpful to have so much in mobile device - especially for a nature photographer
This app, along with the other Audubon apps, is VERY HELPFUL as it means I can carry all the Audubon info with me as I travel. There is a ton of info and I especially like the images.
3W4photo on Dec 28, 2009 for Audubon Trees
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Must Have!!!!!
Very intuitive app. So much quicker than having to slog through a printed guide when I'm trying to find something. Also a great place to store my images and notes. Well worth the price! Keep up the good work!
DJ1251 on Dec 10, 2009 for Audubon Trees
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Content is lacking. App navigation is horribly clunky. Way too crash prone. Search fails to retain previously entered criteria, so if you want to narrow your search, you must re-enter all the search criteria from scratch. FAIL! I hope next version is vastly improved. If not, then Audibon should contract the app to the Mitch Waite (iBird) group. The iBird app has set the bar very high for the field guides. This one though would rate poor no matter. I expected at least as good as the hardcopy. Not even close. Too much missing content, and lacks organization, no systematic photo documentation scheme. Suggestions: Add "family", "bark type", "Autumn color", "size", "evergreen or deciduous", "flower color", and "wood characteristics" to available advanced search criteria. Include search for immature forms for bark criteria. Each entry should provide in portrait format images of the full range of applicable seasonal entire tree/shrub along with folliage, bark, and twig-form close-ups. Also provide folliage and bark images for immature stage. Allow simple checkmarking or favorites tab. See iBird!
Big_Woody on Dec 6, 2009 for Audubon Trees
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From disappointed to disgusted to deleted
This is the third $10 garden (tree) app I have bought recently and have really been looking forward to this one. However, I was really disappointed. There is no botanical name search. Also the leaf type, fruit, etc. search is detailed, but there are no images of what those leaf types are other than tiny thumbnails you can't discern, and that is only on the quick search. On the advanced search there is no direction and that is where you need it most. Once in the plant profiles it is lacking as well. This app a big let down if you have the book. It generally covers most of North America, however not in than my other $10 tree app. Both are missing things which should be expected, but I have to admit I was hoping for more from this one. (UPDATE) I actually bought this app on the recommendation of the Botany Buddy app. They promoted this and the WIldflower one on Twitter. I went back to their page this weekend to thank them and saw a scathing review of them with a blatant plug of this app. I clicked on the reviewers name and noticed they had reviewed all the Audubon apps the same and virtually nothing else. I found the same of other reivews here as well. I also googled ther reviewer's name and found them bragging on twitter about developing this app and trashing other apps like iBird. Not only does the app fall short Audubon's standards, Green Mountain obviously lacks their ethics as well. I wish they had a rating for ethics...DISGUSTED. (Hopefully final update) I have noticed the phony reviewer has started to clean up the posts on other's sites and at least changed their reviewer name on their phony reviews that remain here. (DELETED) The main reason I bought this was winter ID. Looks like I am going back to the book. Even with the simpler search my other app works better. This app was more disappointing the more I used it.
Plantofile on Dec 4, 2009 for Audubon Trees
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