July 12, 2011 in Reference (E)
[prMac.com] Wevertown, New York - MyNature today is pleased to announce their six app series National Parks: Tracks, Trees, & Wildflowers for iOS, which provides a complete, personal field guide to identifying the Animal Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers of six US National Parks in MT, AZ, WY, and CA. The following parks are included in the series: Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Sequoia, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. Each app features searchable databases of: 25+ tracks, with 600+ photos, plus animal vocalizations; more than 20 species of trees with hundreds of drawings and photos; and 200+ wildflowers with 600+ images. A Boolean search function is included.
National Park Series:
* Glacier Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers 1.0
* Grand Canyon Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers 1.0
* Grand Teton Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers 1.0
* Sequoia Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers 1.1
* Yellowstone Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers 1.0
* Yosemite Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers 1.2
In each of the three categories, Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers, the app helps the user make an identification by asking a series of questions that will greatly limit the number of possible candidates. The app is completely self-contained and requires no Internet connection. MyNature donates one dollar for each National Park app purchased to a general fund that is distributed to various national park foundations.
On launch in portrait mode, each of the six different apps presents a title screen with four icon buttons: Tracks, Trees, Wildflowers, and MyNature Journal. Touching Tracks brings in the Animal Tracks Menu via a push transition. There are six buttons on the menu, including: Identify Tracks (six main categories, plus dozens of sub-categories); Identify Scat (six main categories, plus dozens of sub-categories); All Animal Sounds (25+ vocalizations, plus hundreds of images of Track and Gait); View All Animals (alphabetized list of 25+ Species, plus hundreds of images of Track and Gait); Life List (personal log of type of identification of 25+ Species, plus location, description, photo, etc.); and Other Info (Introduction & Directions, Field Notes, Making Plaster Casts, Glossary, etc.). All screens include an empty text field for searching.
Identify Animal Tracks Features:
* A searchable database of seven illustrated categories based on track size and shape - includes only animals found in the park
* View illustrations and photographs of each animal's tracks (front and hind), gait pattern, and sign they leave behind
* Listen to each animal's vocalization
* View a full color image of each animal in the wild
* Identify animal scat by using illustrated examples of five categories on scat size and shape
* View multiple images of each animal's scat in the wild for comparison
* Life List, Tracking Tips, Plaster Casting and much more
Selecting Trees from the title screen brings in the Tree Guide Menu, including: Trees With Leaves, Trees With Needles, View All Species, Life List, and Other Info. Touching Trees With Leaves allows the user to search the tree database via a 15-item questionnaire, or list all 12+ Species (Names, Descriptions, and hundreds of images). Choosing Trees With Needles also allows the user to search the tree database via a 15-item questionnaire, or list all 12+ Species (Names, Descriptions, and hundreds of images). Selecting View All Species displays a scrollable list of all 20+ tree Species (Names, Descriptions, and hundreds of images). The Life List allows the naturalist to fill in blank text fields (My Experience, Title, Location, Description, Images, Save to Life List). Other Info displays the following buttons: Directions, Tree Facts, Scientific Names and Meanings, Tree Morphology, Glossary, Credits and References, etc. All screens include a text search function.
Identify Trees Features:
* A 14 question illustrated search - just answer one or more questions and hit submit to see which trees match the characteristics selected
* Full color digital images of each tree's leaf or needle, fruit or cone, profile, and bark
* A complete description of identifying characteristics for each tree
* Your own personal Life List to record the trees you have identified
* View all Species, Scientific Names and Their Meanings, Tree Facts and more
The Flower Guide Menu offers: Identify Flowers, View All Species, Life List, and Other Info. Identify Flowers includes a 15 question search, of which the user need answer one to five questions for an accurate identification. View All Species displays a scrollable list of 200+ species with common and scientific names. Touching any name allows the user to drill down to descriptions, drawings, full screen photos, a virtual ruler, etc. All screens are searchable via text input.
Identify Wildflowers Features:
* A 15 question illustrated search - answer one or more questions and submit your choices to see which flower has been found
* Illustrated drawings of every flower in the app, vital for comparing leaf position, leaf shape, and the overall appearance of the flower for identification
* A beautiful full color image of each flower
* Your personal Life List to record your discoveries
* Flower Morphology, and how Pollination works
* A built in ruler and much more
"This is the best, first, and only series of iOS apps to feature the flora and fauna of our great National Parks," stated company spokesperson, Jeff Greco. "Everyone who enjoys exploring nature, no matter what their level of knowledge and experience, will love using National Parks: Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers."
* US English
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* 190+ MB
Pricing and Availability:
The six apps in the National Parks: Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers series for iOS are $9.99 (USD) each, and they are available through the App Store in the Reference category. The series includes: Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Sequoia, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. Review copies are available upon request.
Located in Wevertown, New York, the MyNature Inc. team is a small independent software company founded by Jeff Greco and Laura Greco. With a focus on the OS X and iOS platforms, MyNature's passion is to promote an education in nature through smartphone technology. Copyright (C) 2011 MyNature Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.