|Katherine Lee Bates, Oak Grove Cemetery, Falmouth MA|
The short of it is how after a couple of seconds, the app repeatedly crashes, no matter what part of the menu options you are in.
For instance, I clicked on the LegacyTec portion of the menu. This is the option that allows you to upload photos and info to their database, and also to determine beforehand, if that headstone you just photographed is already in their database.
Took the photo, tried to upload - crash!
Next, while still in the graveyard, I thought I would see if the FamilySearch part of the app would work (after all - it could be that I have an ancient iPhone 4??) This option should allow you to search the FamilySearch database, just as you would at home.
Maybe I'm eternally logged in on my home computers, but I had to either "log in" or "create a new account" with their FamilySearch.org entry. Hmmm. They do mention in their app notes, that it is a "free" database....but they still require you to log in. Fine. I managed to remember my log-in info. After entering Katherine Lee Bates name into their search page (a good test subject since she was right in front of me) - you guessed it: the app crashed. When I tried to go back, it required me to log in, every single time! And crashed every single time. Annoying.
Sometimes the app didn't crash, but instead presented you with the search windows, and yet when typing in the info, nothing appeared. Not even the first letter of the name.
I again attempted to upload a photo (maybe I had a bad signal before?) and when that option crashed each time, I gave up.
This morning, I thought I would try the app again. Maybe being on my home wifi would make a difference (though this kind of defeats the purpose of a mobile app.) No luck. Same situation. At least this time, I was actually able to log in more than Katherine Lee Bates name in to the FamilySearch.org part of app. It performed like their usual database online And then, before giving any results...crashed. Frustrating.
Obviously, people are having success with the app.
BillionGraves blog announced the "winner" for March, for uploading photos. Someone named "Pergler" literally entered 15,000+ photos in one month! How is that possible? Did I do my math wrong, or is that about 500 photos a day? For this, Pergler received a $50 Visa gift card. That would barely cover gas for the car to get to that many gravestones, even with a Prius. (The blog specifically says "pictures" so it is not about multiple names on one headstone.) Perhaps Pergler represents a whole boy scout troop, or something like that.
I will keep trying...