Dear ReciFoto Users,
Thanks for downloading ReciFoto. I hope that you enjoy using it, either simply browsing others’ recipes, or adding your own to either the public recipe feed, or your own private collection. With the one time In App Purchase, you can also create a collection of others’ recipes so that you can easily return to your favorites.
Our goal is to have ReciFoto be more than an iPhone/iPod App or iPad App, or website (www.ReciFoto.com). We’re trying to create the world’s largest recipe collection. Not just any recipes, though. We want the recipes that mean something to you. We want the recipes handed down from your grandmother to your mother to you. We want the recipes that you give to your friends. And we want to do it a little differently than most – via images of the recipes. Those stained recipe cards yield more than just some good food, they are a connection to the past. We’d like to be a Wikipedia of recipes, which is why we’ve named our blog Wikirecipedia.
Since ReciFoto is a new app, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to its many features in this first newsletter. I’ll take you through the different tabs one by one so that you’ll be able to get the most out of the app. In many ways, it is similar in function to apps with which you may already be familiar, like Instagram.
The First Tab – Public Recipe List
The first tab looks like a covered serving dish, and it is here that you will find the public recipes posted by other users to share with everyone. We hope you’ll chose to share the recipes you post publicly, too!
Scroll through the recipes by flicking up with your finger. When it appears that you’ve reached the end, pull up on the last image and then release it and more recipes will load.
Next to some recipe titles, you’ll see a blue hashtag next to text (i.e. #thanksgiving, #dessert, #entree. You can touch the hashtag to see other recipes with the same hashtag.
When you tap on a recipe image, you’ll be able to pinch out to zoom and also move the image around to see more once you’ve some. Also, a tap on a recipe, will bring up a red Share button at the top right of the screen. Tap that, and you’ll see options to share it via Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, or save it to your photo album.
When in the Public Recipes List, below the recipe, you’ll see the user name of the poster, a heart button, which you should tap if you like the recipe, a thought bubble which you can tap to leave a comment about the recipe or a button with three dots.
When you touch the button with three dots, you have two options. The first is to save it to your Recifoto Collection (there is a one time $0.99 in app purchase which allows you to save as many recipes as you like to your collections). The second allows you to flag a recipe image if you feel the image is inappropriate. We’ll then review it and determine if the recipe should be removed from the site.
When you tap on the user’s name, you’ll go to their profile screen. you can choose to Follow them by tapping on the green tile, or tap on one of the red tiles to see a list of their recipes, a list of whom they are following, or a list of their followers. You can tap on the names of the recipes in the list to go to that recipe. If you tap on the names of the users in the Followers or Following lists, you’ll go to their Profile.
The Second Tab – Search
The second tab looks like a magnifying glass. This is where you’ll be able to search for recipes by name.
Just under the word search, there is a search box into which you can type in what you would like to find. If your search does not yield any results at first, try again, but type fewer letters as you or the person who entered the recipe may have misspelled the title.
Below the search box, you’ll see recent popular searches. You can tap any of those words to see what comes up.
Tap on any of the search results to bring up the Share button.
The Third Tab – Add a Recipe
The third tab looks like a camera. Here you’ll be able to take a picture of a recipe with your phone’s camera, or add it from your phone’s album.
Tap on the Camera Tab and then, tap on the words Upload photo.
You can choose Camera, to take a picture, or Album to add it from your phone’s album.
Setting your camera mode to Square gets the best results.
If you choose Camera, snap a picture by hitting the big white dot. You can use a two finger pinch in or out to try to resize the photo and use one finger to try to move the image within the frame. If you don’t like the results of the photo, you hit Retake to try again. Otherwise tap on Use Photo.
Tap the red bar at the top to add your title and optional hashtag. When you tap the title bar, the keyboard will come up on your screen. If you want the title to be in all capital letters, then double tap the up arrow first. The arrow will be white with a gray box around it. You can try to use the microphone by clicking the microphone icon next to the space bar to dictate the title. Once you’ve typed or dictated the title and optional hashtag, tap Return on the bottom right of the keyboard.
At the bottom right of the screen you’ll see the switch to make your recipe Public (On) or Private (Off). The default position is off. You can always change it later by going to the recipe in the Fourth Tab, tapping on the image and selecting Public.
Then hit the Submit button at the top right of the screen, and you’re done. A message will pop up to tell you that your Recipe has successfully uploaded. Then tap OK.
You can then upload another photo by following the same process, or hit one of the other tabs.
The Fourth Tab – My Recipes
The fourth tab looks like a chef’s hat. This is where you can see the recipes that you’ve added. If you bought the In App Purchase, you’ll also be able to access the recipes you’ve added to your Collection.
When in the My Recipes List, below the recipe, you’ll see your name, a heart button, which you should tap if you want to Like the recipe, a thought bubble which you can tap to leave a comment about the recipe or a button with three dots.
When you touch the button with three dots, you have two options. The first is to save it to your phone’s album. The second allows you to flag a recipe image if you feel the image is inappropriate, which will be a sign that you would like us to delete it from the site.
If you tap on the recipe image, the Share button will show in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap that, and you’ll see options to share it via Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, or save it to your photo album on your phone.
If you tap on the image, at the bottom right of the screen you’ll be able to switch your recipe from Private to Public or Public to Private.
On the upper right hand side of the My Recipes page, you’ll see a red tile that says Collections. If you’ve bought the In App Purchase, you’ll be able to add other Users’ recipes to your collection. Any recipes that you’ve added, you can see here.
The Fifth Tab – Profile
The fifth tab looks like a group of three people.
1. Tap on the Account tile at the top of the page to edit your information.
2. Tap on the Silhouette image and you’ll be able to add a profile picture.
3. Below that you can add a short Bio.
4. By tapping on the Recipes tile, you can see a list of your recipes. To go further down the list than you can see on the screen, pull up, hold and release, and more Titles will load. Tap on any of the Titles to go to the recipe.
5. Tap on the Following and Followers tiles to see whom you are Following, and who is following you. Tap on any of the Users’ names in that list to go to their profile. Then you’ll be able to see their profile picture, bio, and tap on the tiles to see their recipes, their followers, and whom they are following.
Version 1.2 for iPhone and 1.0 for iPad are designed to work with iOS7 only.
These versions of the app are pretty stable, and have been running virtually error free, but in the event you encounter problems, try the following: First try closing the app by double tapping the iPhone’s home button and swiping up on the Recifoto app. Then reopen the app.
If that does not work, try logging out using the Profile tab (fifth tab) on the bottom right of the screen.
If that does not work, try deleting the app from your phone and reloading it from the App Store, and log in again.
If that does not work, send us an e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!
You can also access your recipes by logging in to your ReciFoto account at www.recifoto.com. We’ve found that if you log into your account on the website or on a second iPhone, iPad or iPad, you may have to log out and log back in when you go back to another device. We’re working on it! There are also a couple of other glitches integrating the website and app that we are working on, but please feel free to let us know about any issues you turn up.
You should also check out the Wikirecipedia Blog where you’ll see timely updates about ReciFoto, and where you can find out about contests we’ll run from time to time.
So, have fun with ReciFoto, tell your friends, and keep posting and sharing those recipes!
The ReciFoto Team