I love to prepare recipes that I discover on the internet. There are some really great food bloggers that have made me a better cook. Unfortunately, the user experience of most food blogs is pretty terrible. They need to write long form content in order to attract search traffic. However, that long form content often buries the ingredients and instructions deep within the post.
It’s interesting to read deeper into the origins of the recipe and it helps me decide whether or not I actually want to try it. When it comes time to preparing a meal, I just want to see the recipe, in a form that is easy to read on a device that doesn’t turn off every couple of minutes.
That’s why my company built ClipDish. It’s a recipe app that saves just the recipe from food websites.
If you have an iOS device, go check out ClipDish in the App Store.
I build surveys using SurveyGizmo. It’s a great online survey tool, but building longer surveys through their interface is a bit tedious.
In order to speed up the process you can create surveys from specially formatted text files. To help things along even further, I’ve created a series of TextExpander snippets to allow me to quickly create survey questions.
What is TextExpander you say? It’s an Mac app that will allow you to replace text you type frequently with smaller shortcuts. So, say you type your address a lot, you can replace it with addr. Then every time you type addr it will expand and replace it with your address.
If you have a Mac, you should definitely get TextExpander, it’s an awesome tool that will save you a boatload of time. Then, you should download these here.
Load them into TextExpander and you can use them to quickly create new survey questions.
When done, simply copy and paste the survey into the Survey Gizmo importer tool and you are 70% of the way to completing the survey.
If you add any new snippets please leave them in the comments.
I’m removing the Delicious bookmark app. It works as advertised, lets you search bookmarks in delicous. This is not that useful to me for a couple of reasons.
- I have switched to Digo as the bookmarking site of choice
- I don’t need that many bookmarks at my disposal on my iPhone. I typically only view a small subset of sites. Anything else I need, I can Google.
I spent about 30 seconds too long looking for an app on my iPhone and realized it was time to clean off some of the apps. Again, these reviews aren’t meant to be complete, just merely quick thoughts on why I’m dumping them.
Labyrinth Lite Edition – this game used the accelerometer to allow the iPhone to simulate wooden labyrinth boards. It was neat when I first got the phone. Now I’m bored with it.
Google Mobile App – Brings your favorite google apps into one place. Don’t really ever need them.
Stanza – pretty cool book reader. Great user interface. Two problems, 1 screen is really to small. 2, I got a Kindle 🙂
Edibles Diet Journal – don’t remember why I stopped using this, as diet apps go, I prefer Lose It!
Calorie Tracker by Live Strong – see above
QR app – it reads bar codes and QR codes, don’t really need to read QR codes and RedLaser is soo much better.
Juxtaposer – this takes allows you to swap heads on a picture. It is really *not* easy to do this on an iPhone.
Shazam – allows the iPhone to listen to something and identify a song. Midomi is a better option.
Last.FM – I really want to continue to use this app, however, more and more I find myself going to Pandora.
Craigsphone – if you’re a craigslist junkie than get this app. For me it’s been idle for about a year.
Cardstar – This app allows you to store your loyalty cards in a database. It was featured in the Apple iPhone commercials. My wife does all our shopping 🙂
YouNote is a note taking application that lets you capture text, audio and images. Nothing special here, Evernote is better. ‘Nuff said.
Loopt is a location based social network application which let’s you tell your friends where you are and find out where they are.
The application itself is designed well it’s easy to tag your location. For me the novelty wore off after the first few weeks. I haven’t used it in months and am deleting it.
I feel like I was ripped off with this application. In an ideal world I would have an integrated CRM system that would allow me to log all of my calls into a web based system so I can track when I last communicated with someone.
Highrise from 37signals is a pretty simple (both in usability and functionality) CRM. Top Floor is a client built to use the Highrise API. It’s a buggy mess. When I first purchased it, it was completely broken. The developer has since updated it however it still crashes way to much for my own good.
This was maybe the first or second iPhone app I downloaded. It was an interesting diversion at a time where there wasn’t really any other options. It is time for it to go.
I was interested in trying to improve my face cognition a few months ago. Of course I looked for an iPhone app that would help me with this. I came across Faces and gave it a try. It’s not even worth reviewing. One star and I’m deleting it now.
I’ve tried two clients on the iPhone, Wikiamo and Quickipedia. They both have their merits but since there is no need to keep two Wikipedia clients on my iPhone I have to choose.
In my five minute review of both applications, I’ve settled on Quickipedia. I like the job Quickipedia does rendering the pages, especially with larger images. Wikiamo seems a bit faster but on my 3Gs it’s not really a factor.
Wikipedia has also just released their own official client. If anyone has any experience with this let me know.