For carpenters, architects, builders, and designers who own an iPhone, identifying and selecting wood species has just gotten easier and more convenient. "I.D. Wood," a new iPhone app, provides a pocket reference to more than 50 different wood species, transforming the device into a handy virtual guidebook on the go. Developed by Double Dog Studios, the application has been approved by Apple and is available for purchase through the iTunes App. Store.

"I.D. Wood" works with or without an Internet connection on the iPhone, so there's no need to be connected to view the information. Providing full-screen samples of 50-plus wood species in their raw-cut and unfinished state, the application includes the common and botanical names of each species, origins, descriptions, woodworking properties, common uses, durability, and basic sustainability information. Users can browse by wood samples, species name, or common name, and can also search by category for a particular use or durability or sustainability traits.

The application also lists more than 70 wood and wood-working terms in its glossary, provides illustrations of lumber cuts, dimensional lumber conversions, and a thickness measuring screen, as well as full-text search tools, category navigation, a pilot hole reference, and a nail size reference. Double Dog Studios intends to add more wood species to the database in the future.