Aus App Field Guides

To: "Guy Gibbon" <>
Subject: Aus App Field Guides
From: Joseph Morlan <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:32:01 -0800
On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:50:53 +1100, "Guy Gibbon" <>

>The Field Guide displays the full pages of the book and is best viewed on a
>larger device, but usable on a smaller device. 

I have P&K on my iPad and one huge annoyance is that although the opening
screen displays fine in landscape mode, the main menu displays only in
portrait mode, not in landscape. Then when I select "field guide" the
family list is also forced into portrait mode as are the field guide
plates.  Selecting a particular species allows the individual illustrations
to be in landscape, but the menu to go back to the field guide disappears.
So to go back to similar species you are forced back into portrait mode.
The handy arrows that allow going back and forth to other species are also
invisible in landscape mode. It's like the app was built for a small device
like a phone, with tablet features added only as an afterthought.  The
landscape interface is very poor and I think may contribute to the opinion
that the app is "hard to use."  

Another issue is that the sensitive screen areas on the field guide plates
where you select the species are quite small.  Furthermore they are
invisible until you actually touch them, so I often fumble around trying to
find the link to the details for the bird I am after. These sensitive spots
are not always placed intuitively and that also may contribute to the "hard
to use" opinions. 

As far as content, I don't know how accurate it is.  It has a good
reputation but, the plate showing two subspecies of Lesser Sand Plover is
very misleading and inaccurate in a number of ways.  
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt

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