Review – Yummly Recipes & Recipe Box for iPad

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Do you like to look for new recipes?

Yummly is an iPad app that allows you to browse through photographs of suggested recipes.  If you are looking for something specific, you can search for recipes by ingredients, dietary considerations, recipe course, etc.  When you find a recipe you like, you can save it and/or “Yum” it.  Share the recipes with your friends.

When you open the app, you are asked to sign in via Facebook or Google +.  You can skip this step, but you need to sign in to save the recipes.  In addition, you need to sign in to use the Yum button.  This is akin to a “Like” button on Facebook.  The Yum button tells the app what kind of recipes you are interested in to learn what types of recipes to show you.

I elected to sign in using Google +.  When you give it your Google password, you can set options as to whether or not you want the app to reach people in your circles.  I opted out of that.

The app has a very nice interface.  You are presented with photographs of suggested recipes.  Touch one of the photographs and you will be able to view the recipe.

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You can look at Ingredients, Nutrition information and Directions.  The tabs for these contain useful information on the headings themselves.  The ingredients tab shows the count of the ingredients.  The Nutrition tab shows the calories.  The Directions tab shows the time it takes to create the recipe.  This is a nice feature that allows you to quickly determine if the recipe is worth looking further at.  Touch the Ingredients tab and you scroll through the ingredients.  Touch the Nutrition tab and view the nutrition information.

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Savor: Flipboard-Like Shopping Deals App for iPad

Savor iPad app

Savor is a Flipboard like Shopping Deals app for the iPad.

Being a fan of both the Flipboard app and getting a good deal, I was eager to try out the app.

The initial screen of the app shows thumbnails of the “catalogs” available and a search box to search for Stores and Brands.  There are currently 16 catalogs shown.  Under the catalogs are the Featured Offers.

Touch one of the catalogs and you will get a magazine style view with the offers found for that category.

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Flip through the “book” and you will see the current offers in that category.

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Touch one of the offers and you will be taken to the website via the Safari app.   If the offer has a coupon code, you will first see a window with a button to press to copy the coupon code and another button to go to the website.

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Quick Look: I Heart Etsy iPad App

I Heart Epsy iPad app

I Heart Etsy is a new iPad app that promises to make your Etsy shopping experience on the iPad fun, easy, and addicting. Etsy is the popular online marketplace for a wide array of creative and handcrafted products – including lots of fun and unique iPad accessories.

I’m a fan of Etsy and like to take a regular browse through it for cool iPad and Mac related items – so I’ve been giving this app a look this evening to see if it lives up to its App Store promises.

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iF Poems – The First Great Poetry App for the iPad I’ve Seen

iF Poems for iPad

iF Poems is new poetry app for the iPad, described as ‘a poetry app for school-age children and for adults of any age’. It’s the first great poetry app I’ve seen for the iPad – apologies for the spoiler but I needed to mention that right off the bat.

The app includes 270 classic poems which have been carefully selected as works that the publishers feel are ‘a joy to pass down the generations, to share, to educate and enjoy’.

Many of the included poems have audio clips. These are read by the actors Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighy, Harry Enfield and Tom Hiddleston.

Here are some of its other key features:

You can record yourself reading a poem.
You can email a poem and email your recording of a poem.
You can tap on any word for a dictionary definition.
You can save poems to a Favourites page.
You can search by title, author, first line or by any word.
You can get a dictionary definition of any word.

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Trey Ratcliff’s Wallpaper Menagerie App – Awesome Photos for iPad Wallpapers

Trey Ratcliff's Wallpaper Menagerie

If you’re after some truly stunning and unique images to use as iPad wallpapers, then you’re going to want to take a look at Trey Ratcliff’s Wallpaper Menagerie.

Ratclif is a world-renowned travel photographer. He runs the immensely popular travel photography blog, stuckinicustoms.com, and one of his photos is the first ever HDR photo to hang in the Smithstonian. He’s famous not just for his incredible photography but also for his tutorials and knowledge sharing.

And his Wallpaper Menagerie app is full of amazing photos for use as iPad wallpapers. This is definitely an iPad wallpapers app that is all about quality not quantity. You get 17 images free with the app, 10 of them in the Starter Pack and 7 more in a pack called Beautiful Landscapes. The starter pack is included in the app and the Beautiful Landscapes pack can be downloaded for free within the app.

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Quick Look: Etsy for iPad

Etsy.com is described as ‘the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace’ – and Etsy for iPad is a relatively new, unofficial app that offers to let you discover the wonderful world of handmade and vintage products from Etsy.com. I’ve often spotted fun and unique stuff for iOS devices on Etsy, and I know there’s a ton [...]

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Quick Look: Technode Magazine on the iPad

Technode is a new magazine title that came to the iPad (and iPhone) a few weeks ago. Here’s a slice of its App Store intro: Technode is an ace new quarterly technology magazine from the team behind ShinyShiny.tv and TechDigest.tv In issue 1 we pick the summer’s 20 top gadgets, look at how 4G Mobile [...]

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Quick Look: 3D Wallpaper Pro for iPad

3D Wallpaper Pro is a brand new app for the iPad featuring a collection of  stunning 3D images for use as iPad wallpapers.  I’m always on the lookout for great iPad wallpapers, so of course this app caught my eye when it was released earlier this week. I made a not of it when I [...]

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