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Social Network or Field Guide to Birds?
on February 21, 2014
Until January 2014 this app was a field guide to birds that was customizable by people who bought it - for a dollar less than the current offering.
Not anymore. It now asks you (repeatedly), if you want to join NatureShare.com. You can respond "Yes" or "Cancel," but cannot say "No." So each time you open the app you'll be asked, and when you view or use your personal lists of birds, you'll be asked again. And if you "log off" (when did I ever "log on"?) you'll be asked to synchronize your lists to their website. They get your information. If you don't, your lists will be deleted from your device and their website.
The app asks for more permissions than any other app on my tablet and there is no way to decline or deny them access, if you want to use the app.
If you had the earlier version (before 4.0.2) the notes and annotations you spent hours creating have all been deleted.
Your personal lists of birds may appear as duplicated - more than once, in a random order, or in reverse alphabetical order, or show only as photos with no accompanying bird names. Change pages and come back to your list and sometimes (not always) the names of the birds do appear beside their photos. But sometimes, the whole app locks up and stops working.
This warning appears on Amazon, if you searched for "Audubon Bird" app below getting to this page:
"Note to Current Users: Please synchronize your Sightings and Lists before updating the app. Select `My Content' from the Landing Page and then select `Synchronize'. Your content will be saved to your... more" - ("Landing Page"? No where to be found.) (Why would a "Current User" be looking on Amazon or any app store to find this warning? Do I have to buy the update, again?)
Click on "more" and the warning or the rest of it is not to be found anywhere on Amazon. Here's the rest of the warning:
"...saved to your...Account." (What account?) "Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions."
Don't count on that either. A week later and no reply to my questions. My email requests show they have not even been prioritized or assigned to anyone. The "Help" and "FAQs" are long lists that are scrollable, but not searchable on my tablet. Be ready to do a lot of reading, but not about birds.
This app is actually a recruitment to a type of "Facebook" organization about nature, instead of a field guide for birds. That website has a whole other set of conditions, permission and sign-on methods and it's where "My account" was automatically created - just needs another password.
I did not and do not want a social website, or field guides to sea shells, mushrooms, plants, fish, mammals or reptiles.
I did not and do not want a social website to "follow" or be "followed," or think I have to learn how to make the contents of my tablet app "private" just because I bought their app.
I guess, everyone thinks they will become Mark Zuckerberg some day, if they have a website or app.
No thanks, to either. App deleted. Was useful for only 5 months. Wasted money and time. Enjoyable when it worked the way it was before. (No way to roll-back the update - it's automatic too.) Buyer (subscriber?) beware.