Friday, February 04, 2011
Using the Ancestry.com iPad app
This is new. With previous versions, the data was downloaded each time you opened the app. I would suspect that making the app optimized for the iPad was the motivation for Ancestry.com to make an app that looks great and is useful on the iPad. This device is designed for visual learners and I have noticed that people love to show off their iPad.You should pay attention to Apple's iPad commercials even if you don't have an iPad.
Yesterday, I made changes to my tree at Ancestry.com and when I opened the app on my iPad, these changes were NOT present. This meant that I must have to ask Ancestry.com's server to "please send me the new data".
In this screenshot shown here, note the purple arrow. This is where you tap to make the "dialog box" appear to refresh your data. (in the next blog post, I will tell you what to do next!)
One of the things about apps is that there are very little directions. For those of us who have been using computers for 20 years plus this can be frustrating. Young users just mess around tapping on the screen until they figure it out. You need to visit the developers Web site (listed at the iTunes page for the app) to see what is up if you need help.