New Recipe Tiles
Today we released some improvements to the way recipes are displayed on BigOven.com. Our goals were to simplify and beautify the interface, deliver tablet-friendly improvements, and make it easier to create a “Try” list for perusal later.
Do a search on BigOven, or visit your own personal “My Recipes” area, and you’ll see a tile that looks like this:
1. The drag handle, present in your “My Recipes” view, lets you drag and drop the recipe to one of your recipe folders. Your “My Recipes” area can be found by clicking on the My Recipes icon, which looks like a cookbook:
The “X” in the upper right of the tile, also present in your “My Recipes” view, means “remove this recipe from the current folder”. If you’re on your “My Recipes” area, click this icon, and it’ll be removed from the list.
2. The Try icon (the paperclip) means “I’d like to try this recipe“. It’s a toggle-state — click it once for ON (red) and click it again for off (grey).
BigOven keeps track of your “Try” recipes. This way, you’ll always have a ready-list of recipes to get you unstuck for dinner. On the web, you can see your Try recipes on your “My Recipes” page, at www.bigoven.com/myrecipes. These “Try” recipes are kept permanently for you (long ago, they used to expire, but do to your overwhelming requests, these “Recipes to Try” never expire.)
Key time-saving tip: BigOven stores stuff for you in the cloud. Why? Because the list of recipes you mark Favorite, and Try, and your menu planner and grocery list all sync with the free BigOven recipe and grocery list apps. So you can be at work and browse the web, mark a few recipes to “Try”, and then simply open the BigOven app on your iPhone when at the grocery store, and those recipes are right there for you, ready to make into a grocery list with whatever is freshest.
3. The third row of the new recipe tile gives you handy access to Favoriting a recipe, adding a recipe to your Grocery List, and adding it to your Menu Planner.
New Collection Tiles
We’ve also released a new way to view Recipe Collections. Collections are hand-picked, seasonal, “Best of BigOven” recipes organized around a theme. You’ll find these in the “Get Ideas” section of the site.
We hope you enjoy these new improvements. We usability test BigOven all the time, and incorporate your feedback, and these tests, in our new designs.
Our goal is to make BigOven the most-used, best-loved app for home cooks. How are we doing? If you like it — tell a friend about BigOven, and get easy access to their favorite recipes, too! Happy cooking.