It is useful if I can get a network connection during the day at Old Faithful. Would be more useful if it cached the predictions for use offline like the Geyser Times app does. Now after the NPS updated the webcam feeds the webcam does not work in this app. Also if the Old Faithful Visitor Center is closed you are out of luck for any new predictions. Permissions are weird also.
OK, but not great There already are Yellowstone Geyser apps out there, Geyser Times and Geyser Notebook. Here are two things I don't like about this NPS App. The Geyser Webcam does not work for me. It shows a scene of Old Faithful in the summer and there is snow there right now. And on the web you can see a static Old Faithful web cam, and a streaming web cam of the Upper Geyser basin which is really cool. No such functionality on this App. Also for the Great Fountain geyser it has no prediction and says Data Connection Required. Well I'm wi-fi connected to a fast Comcast connection. So that is not working, and I've tried multiple days. This App needs some work.
Useless Requiring a network connection to do anything makes it pretty much useless for tourists. There are far better unofficial apps out there that have details on all the geysers rather than the handful that this one has. They also tell you the eruption frequency and duration without going online and only need network for up to the minute predictions. As usual the NPS prove themselves utterly useless.
Can't find my network connection Worked well for a while, now just keeps saying I need to connect to a network even when I am. Can't find any related settings. BTW,how would it cache predicted eruption times? Aren't those done based on the time of the last eruption? Seems after one or 2 eruptions they could be pretty inaccurate?
CREEPY; otherwise, simple, attractive, and useful Updated review (1 star -- 1 May 2015) The app requires permission to use your microphone to record audio -- the app has no associated features. Also, to use the app, you have to give permission for it to read, modify, and delete the contents of your device's USB storage. Both of these are intrusive and creepy. I look forward to changing my review once these two inexplicable permissions are removed. Original review (4 stars -- Dec 2014): Really attractive. Will be great if they keep the app maintained. Since the app doesn't cache the prediction data, the app has trouble with Yellowstone's spotty, intermittent Internet availability.
I loved this app...enjoyed watching the old faithful on webcam. Since the NPS upgraded their webcam, this app is useless. Cant view the webcam any longer....can't get eruption predictions. Please fix it!
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