Monday, August 20, 2012

Ancestry's iPhone App has a New Look has updated the family tree presentation on the iPhone and iPad Mobile App.  I showed some screens from the previous App version in my post Searching on my iPhone on 14 June 2012.

Here is the screen for my Ancestry Member Tree that I access with the iPhone:

The view above is the "Family View" - meaning siblings of my ancestors are shown on the screen.  The other significant change to the App is that the pedigree chart is now vertical rather than horizontal.

If the user wants to see only ancestors, s/he can tap the three dot icon at the bottom of the screen, and only the direct ancestors will appear in the "Pedigree View:"

If the user wants to see the "Family" view, to see cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, etc. s/he can tap the nine dot icon at the bottom of the screen.

On the previous App version, the background was a light brown, and the bottom and top of the screen was green.  Now, the colors are a dark gray for the entry screen.  There is now a "Back" button and a "Home" icon on these "Family" and "Pedigree" view screens.

As you can see in the top image, the green shaky leaf Hints are still available for users (I don't have many shown because I've accepted or rejected previous Hints already).

By tapping on one person on the Screen, their "Person" screen opens.  I tapped on my grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) and saw his "Person" screen:

The top and bottom areas are now a dark tan whereas they were green on the previous version of the App.  There are still four buttons at the bottom - for "Info," "Family," Photos" and "Evidence."

I wanted to see what new Hint that had found for my grandfather.  It was the 1940 U.S. Census entry for him:

I tapped the Hint itself and saw the Record Details:

It was for my grandfather, so I tapped the green "Yes, Continue" button:

The Facts from the Record were shown with the Residence, Residence Location and Residence Date facts checked.  If I wished, I could have selected any of the other Facts from the record (Name, Birth Date and Birth Location) by tapping the circle next to the Fact.

I tapped the "Next" button (upper right-hand corner) and was told that the record was added to my Ancestry Member Tree:

This process seemed to work a little faster than on the earlier App version.  Of course, I don't have a way to compare times now, since I updated the App.

I doubt that had a chance to fix the Source Citations that are created by accepting Hints on the iPhone (or on the iPad).  I complained about the non-standard format and extraneous source information in Source Citations Created by Mobile App.  If they fix it, I will post something about it.

I don't know if has updated the Android version of the mobile App.  i'll check into it and see what it looks like too!

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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver


Branden Neish said...

Excellent overview of the newly updated app for iPhone and iPad. Thanks Randy!

I wanted to bring up one additional set of features that you and your audience may be particularly interested in. When you tap on the 3 bars on the top left of the screen, an alphabetized list of all people in your tree is shown. Tap on the "All People" button to reveal several options: Direct Ancestors, End of Line, Living Relatives, All Hints, and Recent Hints. By tapping on one of these filters, the list of people is updated to show only those that apply. Tapping on one of the individuals in the list brings up the tree with that person selected as the focus person.

Also, we at read your post about the discrepancies in the source citations between the iOS app and the website and after lots of digging were able to diagnose the issue and come up with a solution. We have a couple of bug fixes that will roll out over the next 2 weeks that should correct the problem.

Thanks again for the writeup.

Kind regards,

Branden Neish
Product Manager, Mobile

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I immediately updated my iPhone and checked it out. In a few weeks I'll be in Hawaii, where the family tree is very complicated and it will be nice to have my iPhone to work on all those cousin relationships on the fly. The new tree formats are very good at showing the extended family.

Cassie Clark said...

I'm so addicted to my iPhone's Ancestry App! I haven't used it since I updated, but I'm about to check it out right now. :)