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What’s a Good Tree App?

I’ve been asked so many times “What’s a good tree app” that I figured I may as well do a quick blog post on what a good tree app for a field guide should have for content.  So without further ado here’s my checklist.

  • The one most important thing any outdoor or nature app should have is the ability to be self contained, that is, not rely on a wireless signal.  I don’t have a solid figure on how much of North American wilderness has cell coverage but if I were a betting man I would say less than 20%. I’ve hiked all over the Adirondacks, Yellowstone, the North Woods of Maine and parts of the Pacific Coast and cell service was pretty non existent in all those places. If any app your installing for outdoor use relies on wireless service then that app is totally useless, delete it now and save yourself future frustration.
  • A good tree app should have a search feature that walks you through a series of questions or selections to narrow down the possible choices of what your trying to identify. Either the first or last selection in that search feature should be your physical location.  There’s no need in filtering through oak trees native to California if your in the state of Vermont.
  • A trees leaf or needle structure should be the main focus of any search, for example; Are the leaves opposite or alternate? Are the needles in groups of 2, 3 0r 5?  Are the leaves compound, how long are they, are they lobed etc. ?
  • In a really good tree app there should be a complete library of images of the following for each tree featured: leaf or needle, bark, profile, fruit or cone, fall leaf  and range map.

Those are the absolute basics a tree app should have to perform well. You may be thinking Image Recognition for trees, seen it, tested it and I’m here to tell you it’s a great idea if it worked but it just simply doesn’t. One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that an image recognition app is going to tell you the exact tree your trying to ID. It doesn’t. What it does is give you a list of possible matches and the user has to go through that list and find out which tree is a match.

So which app fits all the characteristics mentioned?  What’s a good tree app?  I’m a little biased on that but I can tell you it’s the MyNature Tree Guide.  It does all that’s mentioned above plus more!  Is it free? No, not free but it works and after all isn’t that what you want in an app.

Enjoy the Outdoors!

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MyNature Tree Guide 1.0 released for iPhone

Posted by Press Releases on Jun 23, 2010 at 2:01 am | Comments 0
Filed Under: Press Releases

North Creek, New York – Announcing that MyNature, Inc., the developers of MyNature Animal Tracks, are excited about launching their newest app, the MyNature Tree Guide. Users can use this app to identify trees, see images of leaves, needles, fruit, bark, illustrated drawing and a profile of each tree.

No other application does what MyNature Trees can do. It makes an educational experience fun in new way. Using a series of 15 questions the user answers as many as possible. The app will match the answers against its database for the tree that most closely resembles the answered questions. You can also use the questions themselves as a broader search by searching for leaf shape, fruit shape, number of needles as well as many other combinations of searchable features a tree may have. Once identified, the user can see photos and range maps or read more to learn about the tree and its growth cycle.

The app can also alert users to which trees they may find in any area in North America. Just enter the state or province initials into the app and hit submit, all the trees featured for that state will be listed. MyNature Trees also includes a place for making notes, which is particularly useful for those who enjoy recording their outdoor discoveries.

Some of the MyNature Tree Guide Features are:
* Searchable database containing over 200 trees found in North America
* Clearly illustrated leaf drawings showing the prominent features of each trees leaf
* Digital images of an actual leaf, some with their Autumn colors
* Range maps to reference a trees presence in your location
* Full color digital images of a trees fruit or cone
* Digital images of a trees bark as well as its profile
* Handy ruler to measure and aid in leaf identification
* MyNature journal, where you can personally record the trees you’ve found along with the location, weather conditions or just your own personal thoughts about your day in the field
* State Tree quiz
* Interesting and fun facts about trees
* Scientific names and their meanings and much more

Currently, MyNature Trees features over 200 trees found in North America. MyNature Trees is a fully-loaded, one of a kind app that’s great for kids and adults alike. It is the most fun a nature loving person can have while learning.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 129 MB

Pricing and Availability:
MyNature Tree Guide 1.0 is only $6.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

MyNature Tree Guide 1.0
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