You can now add up to 12 images to a YummySoup! recipe.
Okay, so besides the Mac App Store version, what else is new? Saving the iOS version for the second Blog Entry, there are three items, one big, one medium and one small. The small, but welcome improvement is the number of pictures you can use has been bumped up to 12 total. When YummySoup! first started, that number was 5. In Version 2.4 you can use up to 12 pictures in a recipe. The process has always been easy. You drag a photo from the Finder, iPhoto or Aperture into one of the image wells in YummySoup! A thumbnail preview appears in the image well. This thumbnail in the image well is then dragged into place in the description section of the recipe where a bracketed and bold number (  ) appears representing the position of the image in the text. For complex or long recipes it is handy to be able to have 12 images to use to illustrate the steps and how the food should look.
Hovering your mouse over the picture of a recipe gives you some additional information.
To add an item to the Weekly Planner drag the Recipe Name or Recipe Picture (left) to the appropriate day of the week in the planner.
Here is the new Weekly Planner.
The new medium sized improvement is the weekly recipe planner. Like most of YummySoup!, it is simple and intuitive. There is a button at the bottom of the YummySoup! main window that says Weekly Planner. Clicking on this button drops down a sheet below the main window with a horizontal weekly calendar showing the current week. To populate the calendar you drag recipes from the recipe list into the calendar. You can drag them from one day to another if your schedule changes. Besides the normal use for the calendar: planning out your weekly eating schedule, you can use it for another purpose too. When you click on an item in the calendar, that item’s recipe opens in the main window above. So if you are making 3 or 4 recipes for the same cook on the same day, you can add them to the planner. Then you can quickly jump between recipes by selecting their name in the weekly planner list for that day. This beats trying to scroll through my entire list of 456 recipes to find the names I wish to use.
The new feature added in Version 2.3 which is a biggie for many folks is a Grocery List Feature. This feature was part of YummySoup! Version 1, but was pulled out in the initial release of YummySoup! Version 2.0. I used to use the Grocery List in Version 1, but I now use an iPhone App called Groceries ( THE IPHONE BBQ BUDDY - GROCERIES APP ) and don’t plan on changing. Groceries on my iPhone is highly customized for my supermarkets. But, this is a very nice implementation of a Grocery List and it is also quick to use. Using the Grocery List is very easy, once you understand how it works. The Grocery List is a separate item in the Sidebar. You create a new Grocery List in the sidebar, name it and drag one or more recipes into the Grocery List container. Initially the recipes appear grouped by recipe name in the grocery list.
When shopping for a recipe you often have certain items in your pantry that you don’t need to buy. There are two features to remove items from the list that at first seem nearly identical and therefor confusing. A grocery list can contain multiple recipes-for example a main dish and sides or dessert. When you push the “Consolidate” button the items get combined on the list. You will see the total amount required for an ingredient appearing in more than one recipe. So instead of seeing 1/4 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of milk, you will see a single entry for 3/4 cup of milk. You can also “Include” or “Exclude” items from the list. If the recipe includes an item that you keep in stock in your pantry, you exclude it from the list. Excluded items are grayed out and do not appear on the final list. There is a similar sounding column with a checkbox called “Needed”. I didn’t understand the difference between Include and Needed at first. But when I remembered the Grocery Lists are recipe based, I came up with a possible difference and use case. If you have a recipe that you make over and over again you could also keep a permanent copy of it’s Grocery List in YummySoup! You may have an ingredient that you would include on the list, because you normally don’t normally have it in your pantry. In this particular case on this particular day you may have some leftovers around of this ingredient from a recent meal. Normally you’d include it on the list, but today you have some so you can uncheck the “Needed” check box. This allows you to have a standard list and on a given day edit the Needed checkbox to suit.
The last step before printing your list is to assign items to their aisles in the supermarket. Before doing this you should click on the “Aisle” button to set up your aisles. You can create new aisles, rename existing aisles and set the order of the aisles so they correspond to the layout in your own supermarket.
Once the ingredients for the recipe(s) are in the Grocery List, the next step is to assign them to an aisle. the right most column in the grocery list is called “Aisle”. There is a popup menu of the aisle names to use for this task. Their is a button at the bottom of the Grocery List Dialogue box for Aisles, that brings up a dialogue box for your aisle preferences. Here you can add new aisle names and edit existing aisle names. An even nicer feature is you can drag the aisles up and down in this list to place the aisles in the order you will be passing through them at the store. When you close the Aisle Preferences you are returned to the Grocery List. There is one more nice touch that some grocery lists ignore: You are able to add custom items that you will be buying in addition to just the items from the recipes. So if you need foil, dishwashing soap or soda etc. you can add these items to the list by clicking on the “My Items” button. When your list is done, you can use the Print button to print out a hard copy. An alternative is save out a PDF which you can put on your iPhone or iPad and bring with you. The finished list is sorted by aisle name and has open check boxes next to every line item. The aisle name is displayed as a header over each group of items. This grocery list is very nicely implemented and if you don’t already have a Grocery App for your smartphone, this app could fit the bill nicely.
Here is the finished version of the recipe list. You can either print it out on paper or save it as a PDF & put it on your iPhone or iPad.
All in all some solid improvements have been added YummySoup! Version 2. Part 2 of this blog will discuss the release of YummySoup! 1.0 for iOS. Also if you have the new iPad (3rd Generation) with Dictation, I will discuss a great use for it to generate text for YummySoup! or any other App on your Mac (or PC).