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Android App Review: Human Anatomy Atlas

Practically everyday I find myself pouring over some medical site for information related to my client. A personal injury practice is that way. Whether I’m getting a definition for some malady, or checking out x-rays and medical reports, I’m dealing with human anatomy. I’ve been searching for a great anatomy app to compliment the countless number of lifeless internet articles. My second goal was to find an app I could potentially use in trial, if the occasion arose.

Enter Human Anatomy Atlas ($24.99).

At $25, I was hesitant to even download and review this app (there’s a free/limited version - check out the full features here). But I “bit the bullet” and downloaded the app to test out its full range of features.

There are other anatomy apps, and especially other 3D anatomy apps, which is what I really wanted, in Google Play. There’s even this app that’s a good alternative, if you’re not going to grab Human Anatomy Atlas.

The ability to draw on the body and ligaments are two factors that distinguish the Human Anatomy Atlas app from the other apps.

Human Anatomy Atlas contains a vibrant series of three dimensional pictures of the human body.

Human Anatomy Atlas

Foot Anatomy

You use your fingers to navigate through the image and showcase various anatomical views.

All of the human anatomy systems are represented in the app, and by selecting various elements of the human body, you can showcase only specific systems.

Frontal Cranium Anatomy

Striping away the specific systems is a little confusing, but just remember to work in each segment, rather than the from the full body.

One of the nice features of the app is the ability to get fairly in-depth, but concise, information about the body part you select.

Anatomy Definition

You can get an audio definition or written one by simply clicking the corresponding icon.

Of course, the app features gender-specific selection depending on what anatomy you’re interested in viewing.

Human Anatomy Atlas also has two differentiating features: drawing and sharing.

Drawing mode enables the user to write on the picture.

Drawing Human Anatomy Atlas

Personally, I’m a little disappointed that the drawing function isn’t more fully-functionable, especially at this cost. There’s only one color and thickness, and even those features are rudimentary at best. Plus, the tool bar remains on the screen while you’re drawing, which is even more annoying. Clicking “Done” not only closes the toolbar, but also erases the drawing. Worthless.

The sharing function is slightly better, basically saving a screenshot of the picture. You cannot export a drawing, since exiting the drawing toolbar erases the drawing.

Good luck finding the screenshot though, because it’s hidden somewhere in an unknown, difficult to access, location on your device’s local drive. Okay, maybe not in such a difficult location: Pictures > VisibleBody (don’t forget that).

You’ll probably prefer the exported shot, as opposed to a traditional screenshot (power + volume down) since the exported picture is “full screen.”

Human Anatomy Atlas Exported Screenshot

I’d suggest opening this picture with Photoshop or other editing software and having your witness draw on the picture in one of those programs.

Perhaps all of these problems stem from my biggest complaint about this app: it’s not a true tablet app. From my examination and these slight issues, it appears that the developers ported this app from iOS into Android. A true developer flaw. Of course, I understand the reasoning (cost savings) and there’s really not any huge issues. Aesthetically though, porting sucks. Similarly, you won’t see some of the new design principles (such as the hidden menu bar) when you port an app. Be aware.

Overall, Human Anatomy Atlas is a great app. I’m giving it 4 of 5 stars. Even though there are some frustrating issues with the app, I’m still pleased with the app’s performance and appearance. I connected my tablet to the television and it looked fantastic in full HD. Human Anatomy Atlas runs great on my ASUS Transformer tablet and my Nexus 7. You do not want to run this app on smaller devices. I would really like to see a Chromecast function built into this app, thereby allowing me to present wirelessly to the television.

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