YummySoup! for iOS Version 1.0
Friday, 06-15 -12 Filed in: Software
Part 2 of this Blog Entry will discuss YummySoup! Version 1.0 for iOS. Part 1 of this blog discussed YummySoup! version 2.4. Additionally in this entry I will mention a great tip that you can use on your iPad (3rd generation) with Dictation to get text into YummySoup! or other apps on your Mac (or PC). Let me mention again YummySoup! 2.4 is a Mac only recipe database program. So this entry is not of much interest if you are looking for food related content or are a Window’s user.
Right now the iOS version of the YummySoup! is Read Only. You must have a YummySoup! library file to put on your iOS device. Once again not much use to a Window’s user. Hungry Seacow, the developer of YummySoup!, has stated there are big plans for Version 2. I’m guessing with Version 2 you will be able to do data entry on your iPad. I’m guessing the MobileMe recipecasts will be replaced with an iCloud equivalent. It wouldn’t surprise me if you will be able to store the YS Library file will be able to be stored in iCloud for synching between multiple devices. Sounds like there will be many more features, but let’s stick with the present.
At this point when you install YummySoup! on your iOS device it is Read Only. Initially there is a small YummySoup! library that comes with the program so you can see what the program looks like on the iPad or iPhone. For it to be truly useful, you need to replace this YS Library with your version on your Mac. Right now you must do a chorded synch with iTunes on your Mac to accomplish this task. Looking at the comments on iTunes with people wailing and gnashing their teeth about “How difficult” getting the YS Library onto an iOS device is, you’d think it was a horrible task. Honestly, people need to grow up and pull on some big boy or big girl pants. I am sure that this will eventually be handled through iCloud, Apple’s cloud based service, but for now it is a simple 5 step process. I should mention that this is the same sharing process Apple has made available for all applications on iOS. the problem is NOT unique to YummySoup! The steps to move the YS Library are as follows.
- From the YummySoup! menu, select the: “Show Library File in Finder....” menu item. This reveals the library file in a Finder window and Highlights it.
- Launch iTunes on your Mac and plug your iOS device in with the USB chord. Select the iOS device in the iTunes Sidebar. Go to the Apps Tab.
- On the Apps window that shows up, there is a File Sharing portion towards the bottom of the window. Scroll the list of Apps on the left down until you see YummySoup. Select YummySoup!. In the well on the right the default library that came with YummySoup! is listed. Delete this library.
- Go back to the Finder window and drag and drop your YummySoup! Library file to the well in iTunes where you just deleted the default library.
- Click the “Apply” button in iTunes and perform a synch.
With the right case or mount for your iPad, it can take up less room in the Kitchen & be less prone to damage from so stray splashes of liquid than a laptop.
Once your YummySoup! library is on your iOS device, you are good to go. As mentioned the app is read only right now, but I have two good use cases for this iOS version: one for the iPhone and one for the iPad. It is handy having all of your recipes on your iPhone. You have planned on making one thing, but when you get to the store you need to go to Plan B. A key item to the recipe may be out of stock, or the store may be having a sale on some item that is too good to pass up. Your Grocery List is no longer relevant, but you can look up new recipes right on your phone.
This is what YummySoup! looks like in Portrait mode on the iPad (left). The size of the recipe information is the same as when the iPad is in Landscape mode. The list of recipe names is a popover dialogue box that only displays when you need it (right).
Here is the iPad in Landscape mode. The recipe itself is the same width as in Portrait mode, the extra horizontal width is used for a permanent display of the list of recipes.
The use case for the iPad is that it has a smaller footprint and is easier to set up in the Kitchen than my 17” laptop. YummySoup! for the Mac has a nice full screen mode and you can bring the laptop to the Kitchen to view your recipes. The iPad is lighter and more convenient to use for this task. The leather case I have for my iPad has a foot that allows me to stand it up in the horizontal or vertical orientation. Many iPad programs work better in one orientation vs the other. For YummySoup! I prefer the vertical orientation. The main recipe is the same width regardless of iPad’s orientation. In the horizontal orientation the list of recipes occupies the extra screen real estate. In the vertical orientation this list or recipes is a popover that slides in and then back out when you on longer need it. Since the text is the same size and you see more of the page height in the vertical orientation, that is how I use it. This also takes up less room on the counter or table. Using the iPad in the Kitchen must be very popular because, there are all sorts of mounts made for this purpose. These mounts often use suction or magnets to mount the iPad to the refrigerator. I was lucky in that the case I bought for my iPad allow you to stand it up in the horizontal or vertical orientation.
Dictating into your iPad can be much faster than typing the same thing out on your PC.
Select the wrench menu item on the top right of the Pages window (left). Choose “Share and Print”. In the Share and Print Popup, choose Email Document (right).
Click whether you want a Pages or Word doc (left). The Pages (or Word) doc is created and attached to an email for you.
In the process of using YummySoup! on the Mac I sometimes have to enter recipes from a physical cookbook or list. YummySoup! has great import features for web based recipes. The process often takes only a minute or two, with very little fix up or typing required. I’ve found for the grilling and barbecue cookbooks and recipes I use, hand entering the recipes takes 30-45 minutes per recipe. I’ve found a way to cut that time in half. The trick is to use the Dictation feature on the iPad and then transfer the text to the Mac, where I copy & paste it into YummySoup!. For a recipe I dictate everything, but the ingredients list into Pages for iOS. This is the introductory text to the recipe and the description of the steps. Then I email the recipe to myself using my Apple email address which is Push and comes right back into my email on my Mac about 2 or 3 seconds after I send it. I open it in Pages for the Mac where I give it a final proofing and tweaking. The I copy and paste the text into the appropriate fields in YummySoup!. Lastly I add the ingredients manually which goes rather quickly due to the Auto-Complete feature. The total time is around 20 minutes or roughly half the time it takes doing it manually.
Now before someone says: “Whoa, Dictation isn’t problem free”. Let me say there are some problems, but there are some easy solutions. The first problem is Dictation isn’t perfect and doesn’t always record your words perfectly. But I’ve found it is easier to dictate from written text because all of the punctuation is in there and you can see what is coming and make adjustments. The first key to good results whether you are reading text or speaking extemporaneously is to slow down a little. I do mean a little. You.....don’t.....have....to....speak....like.....this. You just need to slow down a little so that you are sure to be placing the spaces between the words as opposed to ramming them together like we often do when we speak. You also need to speak clearly and don’t mumble. I’ve found when I speak too fast I get downright error where dictation missed what I was saying. When I slow down a bit, Dictation gets most of the words right or close to right. By close to right I mean some words have blue line under them for example Dictation may not know you if you meant there, their or they’re. Clicking on the blue line brings up a popup with alternate words it thinks you might have meant. Click on one of the other choices and it will replace the original word. These are quick fixes, tap on the words with the blue line and see the alternate spellings or words you can substitute. There are certain words, particularly cooking terms or ingredient names in recipes, that are guaranteed to trip up Dictation. I dictated a blog on making Paellas a few weeks ago. Even though I pronounced it distinctly, Dictation just didn’t get it. So I used a substitute word that would not otherwise occur naturally in the text. The word I used was “Peter”. For this blog on YummySoup! I used “yummy”. When I bring the text into Pages for the Mac, I used Find & Replace to replace my substitute words with the actual words. Then I give the document a final proof read. You must be very careful in your proofing because the types of mistakes Dictation makes are subtle. What it screwed up sounds like (and often reads like} what you meant to say.
So there you have it, a great way the iPad can increase you productivity on your Mac or PC. The example I used here was for YummySoup! for the Mac, but this tip can be used for other long documents you need to write on your PC or Mac. Dictate it to the iPad and email it to yourself so you can copy paste it into your document on the computer.
If you have YummySoup! on the Mac, then you can decide if having a read only version of YummySoup! on your iPad has benefits for your. For me having a copy of my grilling recipes with me on my iPhone or iPad can be very handy. Also it is far easier to bring the iPad, with it’s smaller footprint, into the Kitchen. There are refrigerator mounts for the iPad that get the device completely out of the way. Also if you have something splash onto the iPad, it has just the home button and not a keyboard to worry about. As I mentioned the developer of YummySoup! has stated he has big plans for version 2 of the product. As a long term YummySoup! User I’m thrilled to have the read only version 1, but you can always wait for version 2.