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Needs a key
This is useful for information on an identified tree, or to distinguish between a few known possibilities. However it is almost useless for an unidentified tree. I realize that a traditional key would probably not be appropriate, but the search features leave much to be desired. - Consider a tree in a typical urban forest, with no fruit. None of the habitats fit, and the shape is not generally observable in the forest. This leaves only the leaf shape. Come on --- I'm supposed to page through all of the compound leaves, of all types? There is no separation even into opposite and alternate leaves? - None of the modes of search seem to recognize scientific names. I realize that the typical user of this app wouldn't be expected to use scientific names, but it's absurd that he is not permitted to. - As an example, there is no obvious way to pick out only the ash trees. Searching on "ash" gives an interminable list of plants whose names contain 'ash', generally as only part of a word. As another issue, there should be some sort of statement about what is included. It includes some bushes and vines as well as trees, but there is not indication of what criteria is used. Why does it include trumpet creeper but not Cross vine? Why does it include Orange honeysuckle but not coral honeysuckle?
bill202910192 on Jun 28, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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Not so good
I agree with the previous reviews of the app borderline sucking. I think this is version 1.4. One tree only had one picture of the bark - not very helpful for identification. It kicked me back to my home page within the first 30 minutes of use. You could list things by "lastname" but it didn't re-sort the list. Doesn't seem ready for the world yet. I'm surprised Audubon has their name on the app; it's not good for their brandname.
Largo8 on Jun 22, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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Waste of money!
First app I have found truly disappointing. Should have trusted the other poor reviews. Also discovered "compatible with iPad" simply means iPhone screen on iPad. So much for great resolution. This was a waste of $10.
Missy30004 on Jun 1, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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Not very useful.
With no bark or location information for most trees, this application has little value. I was hoping that they would use the Sync feature to progressively update their information but, even this doesn't work. The error mesage, "Sychronization data is unavailable" is what I get every time I try and sync.
Richard295 on Apr 6, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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Few eastern trees
Disappointing to say the most. Definitely not worth ten bucks.
ChuckSherman on Mar 27, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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Audubon Trees... Disappointing to say the least!
What a letdown! I own two Audubon field guides to North American trees and an Audubon field guide to North American birds (all traditionally printed hard-bound books). I also own the Audubon bird field guide for iPhone. I consider all of these to be excellent resources for tree and bird identification (books and iPhone app). The Audubon Trees iPhone app pales in comparison and is a big disappointment. Limitations include: 1) Searching by flower color is not available; 2) Photos are very limited - I expected to see bark, leaf, full tree shots (spring and summer), and fruit/cone/flower images, however the images presented are very inconsistent and limited; 3) Range information is not available for a large number of trees and; 4) Misspelled words exist - Example in the first product screen shot "beecb". I consider this to be an incomplete product. Suggestion: Take the identification methodology, description text, photos, and searching options from the hard-bound tree field guides and incorporate them into the iPhone app. Add more searching options such as evergreen or deciduous; bark type smooth, bumpy, flaky, course/rough, etc. Incorporate searching by flower color and add a full complement of photos for each tree specimen! Until this app is improved I will not recommend it. At this point, it's more like a beta product or an application preview. Refund available?
Find a trail and go! on Mar 24, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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