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Flowers are happy things.
on April 26, 2012
After receiving Audubon Birds as the Free App of the Day, I was impressed enough by it to purchase several of the other Audubon Field Guide apps.
Like the Birds guide, there is so much information in the app it can be overwhelming if you try to browse through it like a printed guide book. Fortunately, there is a very handy search function that allows you to find a flower based on its attributes (color, size, shape, time of year, location, leaves, fruit, etc.)
The app lets you keep a life list, record sightings and take photos, and then upload them to AudubonGuides.com.
Because of the huge volume of data available, this app does require a data connection or a 350 MB optional download. If you choose not to download the data, it could chew up considerable bandwidth if you have a limited data plan.
I have noticed a couple annoyances with this app. First of all, if you try to look up a flower by name, it will only search for the scientific name or ONE of it's common names. If the flower has an alternate name, it won't let you use that for your search. For instance, I wanted to look up Prairie Violet, but it couldn't find it. I had to use Google to find the scientific name, Viola pedatifida, to look it up. The app had it filed under Larkspur Violet, and although it listed Prairie Violet as an alternate name, it wouldn't let you search for it by that name.
The app also appears to have no entry whatsoever for Common Field Speedwell, Veronica persica, which grows all over the place around here. I've tried looking under speedwell and veronica, but no luck.
Trying to do a search and selecting the Fruit or Seed Type as Berry and leaving everything else blank, only returns one result, Sweetflag, which clearly isn't a berry.
Some of the photos of flowers need to be higher resolution, particularly for members of the carrot family, which often have similar looking umbels.
The app works well enough on my tablet, but it can't make up its mind whether it wants to run in landscape or portrait.