Audubon Trees: Not Even Close to a Book Guide Review

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Not Even Close to a Book Guide
Do not waste your money buying this app. I have been waiting for a good tree field guide for the iPhone for a long time and was very happy to finally see this in the store. Unfortunately, My wait continues. Keep in mind, I have become used to the amazing iBird application so maybe I am expecting too much here. All I know is that I still need to pack the old school paper guide to identify trees and bushes when hiking in the PNW. The problem begins with the user interface, which starts you off by tryng to sell you their other apps - every time! No, you can't turn off this function. Then you are given four search opportunities, which seems about right. That is until you use them. The "quick guide" only gives you one option to identify a tree before you have to start scrolling to find the one you're looking for, and then the pictures are so bad and inconsistent that who knows if you will ever identify the tree in front you. I certainly haven't had any luck with it. The other search options are actually worse. I was hopeful when I saw the "advanced" option allowed you to put in multiple criteria before searching, but was quickly frustrated by the fact that the terms no longer had pictures with them like they did elsewhere. So, you better remember what their dozens of terms resemble, or else you will need to flip back and forth through other sections to keep up. Of course when you do this none of your selected criteria is remembered so plan on reentering it all over again. And if you're lucky, you will get through a whole search without the app crashing on you. As you can see I am really frustrated by this app. Primarily, because there aren't much better options to choose from. All I can say is don't be fooled by the high ranking of this app, it's not worth the one star I am forced to give it. Keep looking around and hold your breath that the developers of the iBird app decide to tackle the trees of the forest as well.
jkeblas on Feb 4, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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I like but.....
First I agree with previous reviews that the pics need to be improved, especially with more close-ups of leaves, bark and fruit. I have four additional issues though that I offer as suggestions for improvement. 1. On the Description page for each species the only name I have for families are the old common names instead of the correct ones. I have "pea" instead of Fabaceae, "maple" instead of Aceraceae, "beech" instead of Fagaceae, etc. Curiously though the screenshots shown in the app store show that both the common and formal family names are given. Not on my version! (downloaded 2-3-10) 2. On the main image page the common and Latin name is given in the lower left hand corner. For many species with long Latin names they are not completely shown. For example all I get for Texas buckeye is "Aesculus glabra var......." Nowhere in the description is the full name given. 3. This is very minor but several trees have the latin species name capitalized which it never is supposed to be. 4. UI issue. I LOVE the Life List but when I click on the Life List icon my lists do not show up. I have to first click on the "album" tab then click again on the "Life List" tab for them to show up. I still really like the app though. If these issues are improved its an easy 5 star.
Cblevins on Feb 4, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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Needs Consistent Pictures
As pointed out in previous reviews, the pictures of trees in this app are inconsistent and therefore make it difficult to differentiate trees of the same family. For example, if one was trying to determine whether a particular tree with white bark was a European White Birch, a Gray Birch, or a Paper Birch, it would be very difficult with this app. Only the Gray Birch shows a close-up of the leaves, and their description mentions nothing about how to tell the similar birch species apart. I suggest including consistent pictures of each species - leaves, bark, fruit, and overall shape. That would greatly improve the usefulness of this app. I'm hoping that Green Mountain/Audobon is working on this for their next version of Audobon Trees.
Birdsng on Jan 19, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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Every expectation surpassed...
I originally had downloaded tree id, which turned out to be disorganized and the search format hard to use even for a vetted user. After taking a chance on the Audubon - Tree version I've been nothing but happily impresse:. Easy to use, comprehensive, accurate information.
Forpeace on Jan 9, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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Tom Tree on Jan 6, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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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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