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Creative Algorithms newsletter

In this issue:
  • App Recommendation: TanZen
  • Awards, reviews, and features
    • iMum reviews Trip Boss
    • Top 25 Tech Moms - Circle of Moms
    • 2011 Best App Ever Honorable Mention for Serving Sizer Recipe Cards
    • AppFriday - MomsWithApps
  • Dictate Recipes on the new iPad 3rd generation
  • Tips: Entering Unique Recipe Ingredients - Serving Sizer
  • Tips: Date Wheel - Setting up a Countdown
  • Blog: Traveling with Trip Boss

Awards, Reviews, & Features

* The iMum recently reviewed Trip Boss travel manager:
"If you a parent planning an upcoming vacation, a business traveler or even someone who is just trying to keep better track of all of your daily tasks and budget this app may be right for you."

* Our blog, Mobile Evolution, was named #7 in the "Top 25 Tech Moms" blogs on the Circle of Moms.

recipe cards* Serving Sizer Recipe Cards earned an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Best App Ever awards for Best Cooking App.

* Trip Boss Itinerary Manager will be
itineraryfeatured by MomsWithApps on AppFriday this week, May 18.

Dictate Recipes
on the new iPad

One of the great new features on the new iPad (3rd generation) is dictation, so now you can dictate your recipes into Serving Sizer Recipe Cards.  Here's how you do it:

MicrophoneTap on any text field, such as Directions.  When the keyboard comes up, you'll see a little microphone. Tap the microphone. Dictate the text you want to enter, then tap the microphone again. Voilà, your text will appear!

Tips for
Date Wheel

Date Wheel countdowns

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
  • Tap the "+" to name and save the countdown for future reference
Use Date Wheel for project planning, counting down to an important date, or any time you need to know the time between two dates.

available on AppStore

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App Recommendation:
relaxing tangram puzzles

Our friends over at Little White Bear Studios have an app we'd like to recommend--TanZen:

With over 500 puzzles, TanZen will challenge your mind, while relaxing your soul. The ancient game of tangrams has been updated for today's busy lifestyle. Simply choose a puzzle to solve, and try to fit all seven game pieces within the shaded puzzle area without overlapping. TanZen will recognize when the puzzle is finished. Pick up and play for two minutes, or two hours!

available on the AppStore

Tips for Entering Unique Recipe
Serving Sizer Recipe Cards
for iPad and Pro for iPhone

One of the unique things about our Serving Sizer apps is the ability to resize your recipes to family or guest sizes.  The app uses SmartScalingTM to optimize the results--factoring to the measures you'd use in your kitchen.  Serving Sizer also has a picklist method for "smart" ingredient entry, which makes it easier to quickly tap in the ingredient list and lends itself to the method for scaling algorithms (and future planned features).

However, sometimes entering certain ingredients leaves some users scratching your heads. Plus,
because of built-in flexibility, there are some cool tricks that we'd like to share. (Directions below are specific to iPad entry, but the tricks also work on the Pro version on the iPhone):

Adding a dashed row separator:

Here's how:
1) Tap "Add new ingredient".
2) Enter 0 (zero) as the amount.
3) Pick "Items". (This will keep something like "0 cups" from showing up.)
4) Add an new ingredient name with the text/characters you want to see, such as dashes.
5) Tap outside the popover to accept.
No amount will appear next to the ingredient text.

This also works when you want to add ingredients without an amount, like:
"salt, to taste"
"pinch of salt"
"butter, as needed"

Adding "cans" or "packages":

What if you want to add "two 14.5 oz. cans of green beans?" Or add "two packages of spaghetti" or "two 1 lb. bars of chocolate?" You have a couple of choices.  If you want to resize in the future based on the Quantity of items, enter the ingredient this way:

1) Tap "Add new ingredient".
2) Enter 2 as the amount.
3) Pick "Items". (This selector is generic for a quantity vs a measurement.)
4) Add an new ingredient name by tapping the "+" in the popover. From the above examples, name it "14.5 oz. cans of green beans" or "packages of spaghetti" or "1 lb. bars of chocolate".  Ingredient names can be as long as you like.
5) Tap outside the popover to accept.

6) Resizing will alter the quantity.

Alternately to have the app resize based on the Amount, enter this way:

1) Enter the total amount, (i.e. 2 x 14.5 oz = 29 oz) "29" and the measure "ounces" (pick Weight)
2) Choose an ingredient, "green beans".
3) Resizing will alter the amount.

Adding ingredient specific directions:

Ingredient names are flexible, so you can add any sized mini-directions as part of the ingredient name.
1) Tap "Add new ingredient".
2) Enter amounts.
3) Add an new ingredient name by tapping the "+" in the popover. Name it "onions, chopped" or "heavy cream, whipped for 2 minutes" or "eggs, separated".
4) Tap outside the popover to accept.

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.

Mobile Evolution™ blog - by Creative Algorithms
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