Yum! This is what an iOS cookbook should be
At long last, Filibaba Meals (formerly Veggie Meals), is available on the iPhone. It’s been built from the ground up as universal app and it works great on both your iPhone and iPad. This update bring 4 new recipes, bringing the total up to 63 simple vegetarian & vegan recipes.
The original iPad only app has been available since January 2012 and has allowed us to collect essential feedback from early adopters, as well as arriving at conclusions we wouldn’t have made otherwise.
Such improvements includes an iPad landscape mode with an independently floating ingredients list, allowing you to efficiently see both ingredients and cooking instructions at the same time. We also increased the dimension of the recipe photo and added the ability to set recipe language (English, Swedish or Brazilian Portuguese) independent of your device settings.
Going from the big iPad screen to something that fits in your pocket was a refreshing perspective. I think this added to a bolder design for the iPhone.
Launching the app, you dive right into a two column grid with 9 categories. Picking a recipe brings your to the recipe view, with a recipe note sliding into the screen from the left. You can tap the edges of the screen or swipe anywhere to move side to side. Tap the recipe photo and it will rotate into fullscreen.
The most clever feature is the egg timer. It presets to any cooking time mentioned in the recipe – all you have to do is tap it to begin. I think it’s an excellent example of a simulated object working really well in an interface. It sounds like the real thing too, but luckily the ticking sound goes away when you return to the recipe.
Going universal, we’re slashing the price in half. The app wasn’t expensive to begin with, but to be a competitive on the iPhone, we feel we want to make it affordable for everyone at just a $1.99.
We think we’ve found a format for an iOS cooking app that’s better than anything we’ve come across out there. We hope you feel the same, and we’re hoping for your support as we continue our Filibaba endeavor. We’re planning several more cooking apps and your support will inspire the confidence we need to get there.
We’re a small team consisting of me, my girlfriend Jenny, her brother Viktor and our friend Robert Dougan. So far we’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time doing something we really believe in and we hope to be able to continue doing so.
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