Saturday, September 26, 2015
Looking at the Hope Chest App in the FamilySearch App Gallery
Lately, I have been looking at Apps in the FamilySearch App Gallery. One App that has gotten a lot of attention over the past year or so is the Hope Chest App. Unfortunately, when I tried to click on the Get Started link to the App from the App Gallery, I got the following screen:
I added it to my Chrome browser and at that point I wondered how many people would know how to use a browser app? I then went back and clicked on the link to the videos and reviewed the Introduction video.
When I followed the instructions and went to the FamilySearch.org Family Tree, the icon appeared in my Chrome browser bar.
Clicking on the App icon gave me a dropdown list of options. I soon discovered that to get to most of the features, I needed to pay for the "Plus" version for $10. I decided to see what else the program might do before paying the extra charge. I then got the following screen:
I decided to "just do search." I then got the next screen:
At this point, I was wondering why the FamilySearch.org App Gallery did not have a little more information about the difference between the "free" version and the paid version?
I clicked on the "Start Search" link button and nothing happened. OK, I know a lot of people are happy with the program, but it didn't work for me. By the way, the Introductory video did not match the menus that appeared when I tried the program. It looks like to me that the program has evolved into a paid program only.
I guess my evaluation of the program is incomplete, based on what I have seen so far I did not pay the $10 price of the App.