Audubon Wildflowers: Not up to Audubon standards Review

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Not up to Audubon standards
I buy most of the good iPhone nature apps meaning more than 3 stars. I so wanted this to be the best app for flowers. It's not. Look at the very first flower - the Adam's Needle. The photo is so poor you can't see the flower! And there is only 1 photo of it. The rest of the content is equally uneven. Many flowers are missing range maps. The text is good but just overly long for such a tiny screen. The search is just not up to the standard I expect if Audubon - it lacks depth. Like Shape just gives a list of 6 names - there are no graphics showing the shape of leaves or flower petals. You can't search by state - just large regions like northwest or zip code. Who remembers the zip for states? Lazy? Then we have the interface. The buttons are too small but what I want to know is why does it shoe an ad for the other Audubon apps every time it starts up? There are better flower apps. CAWildflowers has a fantastic search feature. Flowerpedia has a better interface and wonderful photos.
naturefaith on Nov 19, 2009 for Audubon Wildflowers
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Great App
This app is great. Easy to use and very helpful in helping identify wildflowers. I can't wait to post some of my pictures on AudubonGuides.com.
BackyardBirder on Nov 19, 2009 for Audubon Wildflowers
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Much is left to be desired
Unfortunately, I found this application to be extremely unstable on my 3G. It crashes often without any warning. Besides, one cannot search for a species using its scientific name, rendering the application to be more of a gimmick than a serious tool for plants lovers. In addition, the number of species is small compare with what's available in north America. Just as an example, the flatsedge (cyperus) genus is missing, save one species. it may be OK for those having only vague, casual, interest in wild plants, but it is of limited use for all the rest of us having interest in Botany.
Karnak the magnificent on Nov 16, 2009 for Audubon Wildflowers
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Cool app, needs updates and more species
The general layout of the app appears to be derived from iBird, so it's pretty good. I like the modular design of the Audubon apps: add birds, trees, mammals, etc. The images are mostly decent. Some are excellent. For the flower search and browse functions, the general shape option confounds flower shape and inflorescence shape. For example, every elongated cluster must consist of radially or bilaterally symmetric flowers. But what the app REALLY needs is the ability to choose between scientific and common names for the browse functions. I don't know 75% of the common family names and, and maybe 50% of the common species names. Finally, the 2800 or so species they choose seems a little scant, considering the diversity of wildflowers in North America.
spurgemastur on Nov 16, 2009 for Audubon Wildflowers
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Audubon Wildflowers V1.1
A wonderful, albeit not complete application. Easy to use, full of great information and definitely worth supporting by purchase even at $9.99. Much easier to use than a field book and lighter to carry as well. I'm very pleased with this App.
Keypper on Nov 15, 2009 for Audubon Wildflowers
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Nature to a new level
I bought this app for the guide. But what I discovered was amazing. It is a real pleasure to see users sharing their discoveries. I can't wait to find some treasures myself and share them.
Edgevaderguy on Nov 14, 2009 for Audubon Wildflowers
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