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Recipe Manager and Serving Sizer cooking apps all updated for iOS8 in time for the holidays

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.

Recipe Manager and Trip Boss Travel Manager make Finalist in 2013 Best App Ever Awards - Vote Now!

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:

Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer for iPad: http://www.bestappever.com/v/cook/1/364168890
Trip Boss Travel Manager (iPhone): http://www.bestappever.com/v/trav/1/434257254

Thanks again for your support of our apps and our company. You guys are the best!!!

Best App Ever Finalists: Recipe Manager and Trip Boss - Plz Vote for Our Apps!

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.

Best App Ever Nominations are Open - Plz Nominate Our Apps!

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.

The Story of Serving Sizer, Lessons Learned in Successfully Evolving an App Over Time

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.

Serving Sizer Pro Recipe Cards for iPad Named Finalist in 2010 Best App Ever Awards

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.

Serving Sizer Pro for iPad updated - new name, new icon, new features

Serving Sizer Pro Recipe Cards for iPad--your recipes, organized for cooking, update is now live in the iPad AppStore.
Serving Sizer Pro Recipe Cards for iPadAvailable on the AppStore

We've added several new features:

Serving Sizer Pro for iPad - recipe converter cookbook

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.
Serving Sizer Pro for iPadAvailable 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.

Serving Sizer Pro ingredient entry

Serving Sizer Pro Recipe Converter and Cookbook Now on AppStore

We're pleased to announce that our Serving Sizer Pro Recipe Converter and Cookbook app is now available on the AppStore!
Serving Sizer ProAvailable 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!

Serving Sizer Pro recipe card screenServing Sizer measurement entry

Serving Sizer recipe converter--the Visual Design Process

We put a lot of thought into the aesthetics for our iPhone app, Serving Sizer recipe converter. We wanted the app to follow Apple's Human Interface Guidelines, but also set itself apart by polishing the basics to an appealing, graphically designed user interface. Let me take a little time to give insight into our design process in this post.

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