Normally I blog exclusively about our business, offer my experiences on what worked for us, what didn't work, or how I've applied my MBA studies on the marketing or promotion of mobile apps. Today's post is a bit of a departure on that. However, there is some relevance to our apps, since our biggest seller is our cooking app, and I've spent the past week delving into cooking and diet and how to improve our eating habits and consequently, our health. This post will go through my hilarious (my opinion) escapades in trying to find time to cook and run a business at home, while keeping up with the family's busy schedule. It's a practical application of what we do for a living.
Clean Eating, so I'm informed, is more about lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, proper portion sizes, and eliminating processed foods, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and pop (including diet), rather than calories. I ate more food this past Monday thru Friday than I have been eating, and I lost 5 pounds! Read on to find out how...
All our recipe apps have now officially been updated and are available on the AppStore: Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer for iPad, and on iPhone, Serving Sizer Recipe Manager (new name, formerly Serving Sizer Pro), and Serving Sizer recipe converter. These cooking apps are essential to holiday cooking--scaling recipes by serving size to the number of guests coming to dinner. We've got a pretty decent SmartScaling™ functionality, one that our competition can't match. Not only do the apps scale the recipe ingredients for you, but they also optimize the final amounts. For example, if you scale a 1/2 cup from 4 servings to 14, the end result is 1-3/4 cups, not 14 half cups! This neat little calculation has moved forward from our Palm app days. We added recipe management to the little calculator, both on the iPhone and the iPad. These two apps are designed to exchange the recipe databases--through iTunes File Sharing. So you can create your recipe box on the iPad, then copy over all the recipes over to the iPhone.
We were shocked at how poorly iOS8 played with our apps--we have very robust designs and use the iOS API rather cleanly--avoiding any custom workarounds so that our apps maintain their functionality throughout iOS updates.
Thank you to everyone to nominated our apps in the 2013 Best App Ever Awards!! Thanks to you, two of our apps have made finalist. We need you now to vote for each in their respective categories to seal the deal:
Thanks again for your support of our apps and our company. You guys are the best!!!
We are pleased to announce that two of our apps made the finals in The Best App Ever awards. Voting is open through January 31st. Our app, Recipe Cards with Serving Sizer for iPad (formerly named Serving Sizer Recipe Cards) has made the finals for Best Cooking App and Best Parenting App. Trip Boss Expense and Budget made the finals for Best Financial App. Now we need your votes to place! Don't wait too long, as voting closes tomorrow. I've put links below to make it easy to vote for our apps who make the finals. Thanks for your support! Click on links provided below.
The Best App Ever nominations are open until December 31st. Our app, Recipe Cards with Serving Sizer for iPad (formerly named Serving Sizer Recipe Cards) has made the finals for the past two years, thanks to your support. We hope we can count on it again, so we're asking for your nominations! If we make finalist, we'll again ask for your vote. You can vote for multiple apps in multiple categories, so please feel free to click as many combinations as you feel are warranted. Don't wait too long, as nominations close tomorrow. I've put links below to make it easy to nominate our apps in various categories. Thanks for your support! Click on links provided below.
My brother is always calling me with app ideas. One day, way back in late 2003, he suggested writing a calculator that took recipe ingredient amounts and adjusted them by changing the serving size. My husband, our developer, is an avid cook, so the idea intrigued him. He wasn't satisfied with just a multiplier, so he started creating a complicated algorithm for the Palm PDA that would also factor down the result into the simplest amount of steps. So, if you size up a recipe calling for 1-1/2 teaspoon from 4 servings to 14 servings, the little app would tell you “1 Tablespoon and 2-1/4 teaspoons”. He wasn't satisfied with just that, so he displayed the result also converted into metric. Thus Serving Sizer was born and released in February 2004, at the inexpensive price of $9.95. We've since 'ported the app to iOS, both for iPhone and iPad, learning many lessons along the way. Being able to react quickly to market realizations, potential for features, and more, has helped us along the way. This post will cover some of those lessons learned on the road to making Serving Sizer a successful app.
UPDATE: We took 3rd place! Thanks to all who voted for us!!
We're ecstatic that Serving Sizer Pro Recipe Cards on the iPad made Finalist in the 2010 Best App Ever awards. Thank you to all who nominated us! Our app is in the Parenting category for iPad. We've got some tough competition, so please take the time to enter your vote for us. Voting ends Tuesday, January 25. Thank you for your support.
Recipe cards for your iPad! Creative Algorithms is pleased to announce our first iPad app: Serving Sizer Pro for iPad - recipe converter cookbook now available on the AppStore.
Lots of screenshots available on our main website, along with a walkthru on how it works. It has all the goodness of the iPhone version: scales by serving size, easy entry of ingredients, no website access required (save directly to iPad), but in a whole new custom format for iPad.
We're pleased to announce that our Serving Sizer Pro Recipe Converter and Cookbook app is now available on the AppStore!
Serving Sizer Pro™ does what your regular cookbook can't--instantly scales recipes based on number of guests coming for dinner! With Serving Sizer Pro you can convert entire recipes from one serving size to another. Great for scaling for crowds, or down-sizing for 1-2 person meals. Save recipes to re-scale later. Also converts between Metric and US measures so you can cook from recipes from other countries that use measuring tools different than what you're used to.
We've also included a few of our favorite recipes to see how it works or to make for yourselves. Enter your own recipes easily--over 500+ ingredients pre-loaded and beautifully designed sliders for choosing amounts and units. More details on our website. Enjoy!