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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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Disappointing for bocu bucks
I bought this so that I could I.D. trees while I hike. Well, the pix are worthless. I was hoping to be able see several images of each tree based on shape (entire tree), bark, leaf shape & fall color. Not too much to ask for $10! Well, some trees have only one paltry image. Until more pix are added, don't waste your $$$$$$$.
KPfromKP on Feb 24, 2010 for Audubon Trees
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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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