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Great for kids! No account required, no downloads required.,
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This review is from: Audubon Butterflies - A Field Guide to North American Butterflies (App)
I am enjoying my new app, taking a look at all the gorgeous butterflies. I think many reviewers are not taking the time to figure out how it works, which is too bad. You will be asked to create an account when the app opens, but you can just scroll to the bottom of the screen and click cancel. The account is not required, just recommended.
Additionally, you only need to download the 600 MB of pictures if you want to take it into the field with you. That makes sense -- images are big. There are a lot of images in this guide. It's great that they don't download automatically so that people who want to view the images but not take it into the field have the option to stay home and save the storage space. The farthest I will probably stray with this is into the garden and my wifi will reach that far, so I have no problems with that. If you do take it out with you on a stroll, you can always download the images for the day on wifi and then delete the app and reinstall it when you get home to save the space. AND, that's where the account comes in handy -- you can store your sightings there so they aren't lost when you reinstall.
About image quality -- on a Kindle Fire HD newest gen, with the amazing screen, some of the photos are not serious hi def (and then again, neither are my eyes anymore, so no biggie). However, they are certainly good quality, and I expect they look better on a smaller or lower quality display.
Search is a bit confusing. Make sure that if you are sorting by habitat, region, etc. that you use the search button at the very bottom of the options. I think that some people are using the sort options but then selecting the search button for the text search box at the top of the search screen. With enough information (region, size, shape, color), I think you can definitely narrow down the field to identify a butterfly you are looking at.
Overall, I think this is a cool app and I am looking forward to spending time in the garden next summer with my best friend's kids. They will love this and I picture a frenetic day out romping through the woods flushing out the butterflies. (I'm beginning to feel tired just thinking about it...maybe I will keep the app my own little secret.)