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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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Fabulous!
Buggier than spruce & pine on the east slope of the Colorado Sangres, but THAT'S OK. Very functional & multi-dimensional in design, lots of fun even if a bit frustrating for all the crashing. Using it to document a trip to AZ at present, awaiting updates of this app with anticipation. Thanks to developers of this app and keep workin.
jean krueger on Dec 1, 2009 for Audubon Trees
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good work
 It’s nice when a guide works as advertised.   Picking up a leaf on a recent walk and using leaf shape to determine it was a “lobed simple leaf” helped narrow the choices.  It wasn’t long before I found it – Sweetgum.  I was amazed at the depth of information found in the description.   An excellent resource.  Thanks.
murnman on Nov 29, 2009 for Audubon Trees
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Invaluable for urban botanists
This app should really be titled Audubon Woody Plants. It covers trees, shrubs, even lianas (woody vines). I am an avid gardener, and I especially like having the app in my pocket when I am walking around the neighborhood, examining the landscaping around other houses. If I see a shrub I really like I can ID it (like the magnificent Scotch broom I finally identified the other day). The app could use a few more pictures and some of the range maps are missing. But all in all, it is a great app to have in my pocket. Well worth the $10.
irideus on Nov 27, 2009 for Audubon Trees
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Disappointing
This app, to its best, is an unfinished product. The claimed features (e.g., range info and leaf image) for many of the items are not there. The photo images of trees appear to be randomly included; no systematic organization. The majority of the items has only one image and many of them are not helpful for visual identification of the indexed plant. Some of the common trees are not there. The current version is doing Audubon a disservice! I'm very disappointed at the $10 app.
Benxu1 on Nov 22, 2009 for Audubon Trees
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