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Creative Algorithms newsletter
November
 2014







In this issue:
  • Updates! Updates! Updates: iOS8 broke a lot, unfortunately
  • 2014 Most Frequently Asked Questions:
    • How do I move my data to a new device?
    • How do I backup my data?
    • How do I share recipes between iPad and iPhone apps?
    • How do I import recipes from the web or email?
  • Best Tips of 2014
    • Adding separators for different sections of a recipe
    • Counting down to an event
  • Best App Ever winner
  • Customer blog highlight: Computer Tutor with Pamela


2014 Most Frequently Asked (and answered) Questions
feedback


Q: I got a new iPad/iPhone. Does my app data transfer automatically?
 
A: Yes, and no. Apps will transfer if you're using the same account or Family Sharing.  If you do a Restore from Backup (via iCloud backup or iTunes backup), all app databases move to the new device.   If you just add a new device, you may have to move the database manually. 

All our apps with data (Recipe Manager apps and Trip Boss apps) are set up for File Sharing in iTunes. With File Sharing, you can copy database information from one device to another. This is not a true sync, but an overwrite, but it works well if you designate one device as a "master" and rest as receiving devices. File Sharing is also a great way to create a backup of your databases, outside of the full backup that is set up in iTunes or iCloud backup. 

Here's how to use iTunes File Sharing:
1) Connect the Master (or old) device to iTunes. On the Apps tab, find File Sharing, and scroll down to the appropriate app.
2) Copy the database to your computer. (ss.db or tb.db). Apple has a good tutorial on their website, which is applicable to both iPad and iPhone apps.

3) Connect the Receiving device to iTunes. Using File Sharing copy (and overwrite) the database back into iTunes.

Now the data is on both devices!

4) One last step is necessary, however. The receiving device must have the app completely closed to reload the new database. This step is important because info you add before the reload will not be saved to the database you just transferred.  Close apps in iOS7/8 by double clicking the Home button. Flick up the app you want to close, so it's no longer in the deck of app cards.

Note: The database for Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer (iPad) and Serving Sizer Recipe Manager (iPhone) is designed the same, so you can copy between the two apps.  The database for Trip Boss is used by all the modules, so all data is stored there.

Q: How do I backup my data: recipes or trips??
 
A: You can backup your files generically by syncing with iTunes, or enabling iCloud backup, but we also offer File Sharing for individual database backups for our apps. 

Follow steps 1) & 2) above to save a backup file.  Steps 3) & 4) cover how to load the backup back onto the device.


Q: How do I share recipes between my iPad and iPhone Recipe Manager apps?
 
A: The database for Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer (iPad) and Serving Sizer Recipe Manager (iPhone) is designed the same, so you can copy between the two apps using iTunes File Sharing. However, as mentioned above, it's not a true sync, but an overwrite. Choose one device to be the "master" for entering all recipes, then copy the updated database to the receiving device. Follow steps 1) & 2) to copy database files to your computer, then steps 3) & 4) to load the files to the receiving device.

Q: How do I import recipes from the web or email?
 
A: Right now you can use copy/paste. Highlight the recipe text, then copy. Open Recipe Manager (or Serving Sizer Recipe Manager) and, we recommend, paste into the directions area. You can still view the recipe in cooking mode (whisk on the iPad, index card on the iPhone) and cook just fine. Cooking Mode on the iPad allows you to adjust the font and the screen won't turn off. When you are ready to scale the recipe, then you would have to enter the ingredients separately.

We have promised an update for auto import, which has proven more difficult to get right. Many of the recipe websites are full of ads and extra text, none of which is standard, so "teaching" the app to read the websites correctly is a huge task. We interrupted this work to get out the iOS8 bug fixes, but are back to working on it now.

More questions? Email us!
support {at} creativealgorithms {dot} com



Setting up a Countdown in Date Wheel

Date Wheel calcs the
time between dates, but also does
countdowns to events

countdown screenshot

With Date Wheel, you can countdown to an important event:
  • Tap on Today checkbox for Start Date
  • Lock End Date
  • Start Date automatically updates daily to current date
  • Duration automatically decrements daily
available on AppStore


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App Updates

Recipe Manager icon
Recipe Manager
with Serving Sizer

for iPad
available on AppStore
Updated
ver. 1.5.0:
✔ Fixed bugs from iOS8: adding photos, disappearing keys on keyboard, ingredient scrolling.
✔ Updated the look/feel, while keeping all the functionality. New icon.
✔ Added new category section "Events" and categories Birthday, Holiday, Party, Wedding. (customer request)
✔ Added new categories to section "Source", Personal, Internet. (customer request)
✔ Added new ingredients: coffee, Bisquick (customer request), but you can still add your own by tapping + on ingredient popover.  And you can add your own categories and sections by tapping the + on category popover.
✔ Increased width of ingredients column on landscape edit screen. (customer request)
✔ iOS8 supported fully.
✔ Misc. bug fixes, enhancements, and optimizations.


Serving Sizer Recipe Manager icon
Serving Sizer Recipe Manager
(for iPhone)
formerly Serving Sizer Pro
available on AppStore
Updated
ver. 1.5.0:
✔ Fixed bugs from iOS8, including crash when adding ingredients.
✔ Updated the look/feel, while keeping all the functionality. Updated graphics. Brand new icon.
✔ New name (helps reflect database compatibility with custom iPad version)
✔ Added new ingredients: buttermilk, curry powder, vermicelli, coffee, Bisquick (customer request), but you can still add your own by tapping + on All Ingredients screen.
✔ iOS8 supported fully. 
✔ Larger screen sizes now supported.
✔ Misc. bug fixes, enhancements, and optimizations.


Serving Sizer recipe converter icon
Serving Sizer
(iPhone)
available on AppStore
Updated
ver. 2.5.0:
✔ iOS8 supported fully.
✔ Updated the look/feel, while keeping all the functionality. Updated graphics. Brand new icon.
✔ Larger screen sizes fully supported.
✔ Misc. bug fixes, enhancements, and optimizations.

Date Wheel date calculator icon
Date Wheel date calculator
(iPhone)
available on AppStore
Updated 
ver. 1.7.0:
✔ Updated look and icon
✔ Fixed iOS8 duration position bug
✔ Added support for iPhone 6 and 6+
✔ Added support for iOS8
✔ Misc. bug fixes, enhancements, and optimizations.

We are currently working on iOS8 bug fixes for our Trip Boss apps and hope to have updates out soon!
Thank you for your patience!


 

Special thank you for everyone who voted for our apps!  Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer for iPad was voted Best Cooking App!

Trip Boss Travel Manager received Honorable Mention for Best Travel App.

The 2014 nominations should be open soon. 
Watch our blog for links to vote!

Thank you!!!



Tip: Adding Separators Between Recipe Sections

Adding ingredient names in Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer (iPad) and Serving Sizer Recipe Manager (iPhone) is very flexible. The names can be anything you type, from regular ingredients, to ingredients with mini instructions ("onions, chopped"), to boxes ("box of onion soup") to cans.  You can even add separators for different sections of the recipe. 

For example, if you have an Apple Pie recipe, you have a section for the crust, and a section for the filling.  Just add a new name, "PIE CRUST:" to the ingredient list (tap + in the ingredient popover or entry screen).  Select "zero" for the amount.  Then, go to Settings, turn on "Optimize original measurement".  This will hide the zeros from the front of the ingredient name.

Alternately, you can add a dashed row separator as an ingredient name:


dashed row separator:



Please visit our app help pages for FAQ's like the tips and tricks above. As we get questions, we try to list them on our website for your convenience. We also respond rather quickly, so please feel free to email us with your questions or feedback.



Featured Blog: - Computer Tutor

It's always great to hear from our customers and how they use our apps. One customer who's been full of information is Pamela.
She's got her own blog, tutors people on using the iPad, and has a
book out called "Mastering the Apple iPad". Please have a look!



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