The BigOven Grocery List is Now Available on Your Wrist

The BigOven Watch app helps home cooks with their grocery shopping experience

BigOven is launching its first-ever Apple Watch app today. The free app is available with the BigOven iPhone app in the App Store. Now grocery shopping for home cooks is as easy as a few quick taps on your wrist.

Enabling BigOven for Watch

Download BigOven’s 11.0.6 app version, then go to the Watch app on your iPhone. Launch Watch. In ‘My Watch’ tab, scroll until you find BigOven and tap on it. Slide to on position to show app on Apple Watch. Go back to My Watch main screen and tap ‘Dock’ to position BigOven as one of the apps you see in your Watch dock.

Adding Items to Your Grocery List

Add items as usual to your grocery list using your iPhone app or the website. The BigOven Apple Watch app will sync with your iPhone grocery list.

At the Store

Now when you go shopping, you can free up your hands for maneuvering your cart through the aisles, keeping your phone in your pocket or purse if you wish. Use your Apple Watch to tap items off your grocery list. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
    

The Best Grocery List for Home Cooks

Still using a paper list at the grocery store? You’re missing out. Go right from recipes to automatically-sorted time-saving lists. Text your list to someone else, or even share your list within your household. Watch this brief demo to see some of the things you can do with BigOven’s easy-to-use grocery list:

What’s available Today? The BigOven iOS Widget

Now you can have a BigOven widget in your Today View

 

 

Can’t remember what you have planned for tonight? Or perhaps you need some recipe inspiration? The BigOven widget can help you figure out what’s for dinner.

 

Swipe right over the home screen, lock screen or notifications on your iOS device. You’ll see Today View with info on weather, news, stocks, and your favorite apps. Add BigOven to that view to easily access the BigOven app.

 

How do I add the BigOven widget to my Today View?

 

1. Swipe right over the home screen, lock screen or notifications screen on your iOS device to get to Today View. Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit.

 

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2. Add the BigOven widget to the top section by tapping the + button. Reorder your widgets by touching and holding the three horizontal bars next to the apps.

 

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3. Tap Done when you’re finished and you’ll see the BigOven widget in Today View. If you have something on your menu planner, the widget will show it to you. If you don’t use your menu planner, the widget will display our seasonal recipes.

 

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Let us know what you think of the BigOven widget. What other uses can it be more helpful for you?

How to set up BigOven’s iOS Share Extension

The newly released iOS 10.4 contains the BigOven Share extension. Share extensions appear in the ‘share sheet’ window that pops up whenever you tap the share icon on your iOS device.

How to enable the BigOven Share Extension:

1) Open your favorite web browser on your iOS mobile device, then find a delicious recipe you’d like to save. Tap the Share extension.
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2) When the share sheet window appears, swipe left and choose ‘More’ option.
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 3) You will be in ‘Activities’ where you can toggle on/off and reorder your apps. Find BigOven and toggle it on.
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 4) To easily find BigOven next time you want to share, reorder the list and add BigOven closer to the top. Tap Done.
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 5) Now you’ll be able to see BigOven as a share option.
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That’s all there is to it. Start sharing more recipes and happy cooking!

BigOven’s iOS 10.4 release lets you share with friends and family

BigOven 10.4 release includes the BigOven Share extension

 If you are a big fan of sharing, we’ve got something really useful for you! If you happen to be browsing around your mobile phone’s web browser, for instance, and find an interesting recipe, you can easily share by using the BigOven Share extension. How do I set it up?

How does it work?

1) Open your favorite web browser on your iOS mobile device, then find a delicious recipe you’d like to share. Tap the Share extension.
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2) When the share sheet window appears, swipe left until you find BigOven. Tap BigOven:
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 3) You’ll see a pop up appear with the recipe info. Tap ‘Post.’
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 4) Go to your BigOven app and tap on the Activity icon (bell). You’ll see a message about the recipe you just added.
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That’s it! Enjoy and share away. Happy cooking!

BigOven for iPhone 10.1 Release Now Available

iPhone-6--Screenshot--Homescreen--No-Background-2The latest update to BigOven for iPhone is now available! It’s free for all users.

It includes:

Add Notes to your Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, click the “+” button, then ‘Add note’. Enter your note or meal idea, choose the date and meal, and then Done.

Create Grocery Lists from your Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, simply click the “Edit” button on the left, then tap the recipes you’d like to add, then “Add to Grocery List” at the bottom of the screen.

Add a Photo to your recipes

In recipe detail, you can add a photo by tapping the 3 dots (…) and choose the option to ‘Add Photograph’.

Several bug fixes

Including an important one related to login. If you were having trouble signing in, please Sign Out and then sign back in again. (To sign out, click the alarm bell, then the gear, then Sign Out. Also fixed were a couple of crashing bugs, more efficient downloading for large accounts, and more.

You can find the update by searching “BigOven” on the App Store, or this link.

Happy cooking!

 

Introducing the All-New BigOven iOS App: Cooking Simplified.

We’re proud to introduce a brand new version of our iOS app!

Got feedback? Leave it in the space below.

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The all-new BigOven gives you delicious, seasonal recipe ideas every time you launch the app.

About the All-New App

The BigOven app for iPhone is a ground-up, all-new rewrite that we started in our studio over a year ago. We’ve taken the things you love about BigOven — recipe lookup, shopping and sharing — looked closely at how you’re using the app and thought through how to make it easier and faster. We’ve streamlined common tasks. We’ve also added new ways to see the activity of the cooks you like, follow new ones, and see what’s happening on recipes most relevant to you, such as being notified when people comment on recipes you post.

Our goal is to make it even easier for you to get a delicious homemade meal on the dinner table.

We aim to be the most-used, best-loved app for home cooks. We are home cooks ourselves, and want to help you as you discover, plan, shop, prepare and share great dinners. As software craftspeople, we look closely at each of those activities to see how we can use mobile, the cloud, personalization, social and more to make it even easier.

Our beta tests have included dozens of home cooks around the world, and they’ve helped us shape this major new update. We’ve gone through feedback on the App Store, emails to customer support, as well as the usage data in the app itself to see what’s important to you.  You’ve let us know the things about BigOven you love and the areas you’d like to see improved. We also know you love the old BigOven, and we want to bring the most important features you know and love forward into the new app.

We need your feedback below

We’ve put a lot of work into this app, but we know we couldn’t possibly get it all perfect in one go. So please, help us help you. Our development team is reading the comments section below, so let us know if we’ve missed something important to you and we’ll be sure to consider it for a future update. We plan updates for the indefinite future, so let us know what would make your tasks as a home cook, menu planner and grocery shopper easier!

[ED: On June 1, 2016, we released version 10.1, which adds Menu Planner Notes, Create-Grocery-List-From-Menu-Plan, and more.]

What’s new

  • Get inspiration from friends, family and food bloggers
  • Find recipes even faster with all-new Search
  • Shop faster at the grocery store, including off-line and household account sharing
  • Get around the app faster with clearer navigation
  • See activity on your recipes with an all-new Activity view
  • All-new technical foundation: fully rewritten in Swift, with a new back-end to power it

Get inspired by your friends, family and favorite food bloggers

Now, when you join or link by Facebook, you’ll see all your friends that use BigOven, and can follow them. When you follow a cook, you’ll see recipes they love (rate 4 or 5 stars) right in your home screen feed. You’ll also see recipes added by your favorite bloggers, who you can also follow right from the app.

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You can now follow food bloggers, like Half Baked Harvest, in the app.

BigOven makes recommendations for you the more you use it

BigOven will bubble up recommendations based on how you’re using it. Our goal is to help you get unstuck, and eliminate that “what am I going to make tonight?” problem we all encounter.

Getting around BigOven is easier

BigOven’s navigation has been streamlined to get you quickly and easily from one feature to another. Whether it’s getting recipe ideas on your home screen, accessing your own recipes, creating a grocery list, making a meal plan or checking on messages, it’s all within easy reach with our updated navigation bar.

Activity keeps you up-to-date

View your messages in one place. Find Facebook friends who are also on BigOven. Get a message if someone comments on a recipe you’ve posted, if an action has been done on a recipe you’ve commented on, or if someone has @mentioned you. Personalize your profile page by adding a photo, see your recipe count, along with how many cooks you follow and how many cooks are following you.

 Find recipes even faster with all-new Search

Looking for a recipe? Just type in the title, ingredients or any keyword. You can get back to all the recipes you’ve viewed recently by tapping on the magnifying glass and then “All Recipes”. More recipes are displayed on each screen, and related recipes are shown to you right on the recipe detail screen.

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The Search area of the app (magnifying glass) gives you easy access to your search history, most recently viewed recipes, recent raves and more.

Searching is faster

Some searches of your recipe collection are done locally on your phone, making them very fast. Plus, with an all-new search back-end, you’ll find many common searches are faster than in the old app, particularly seasonal collections.

Autocomplete saves you typing

BigOven now autocompletes your recipe searches with some of the more common recipe titles. (If you don’t see it suggested for you, be sure to search anyway; these are just the most common recipe titles.)

BigOven remembers your most recent searches

Enter your search, and you can choose to target all the recipes or just your own recipes. BigOven shows you the most recent recipes you’ve searched as well as your most recent search terms. And a handy autocomplete will suggest searches for you based on what you’re typing.

Tap the magnifying glass and choose how you’d like to search within the app. Are you on a quest to discover new inspiration from BigOven’s 350,000 recipes? Or would you prefer to locate a specific recipe in your recipe box? Or would you like to find a particular cook, blog or website on BigOven? We have many options for you to choose.

iOS Spotlight Search Now Has Your Recipes

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You can now search your own recipes from Spotlight search on iOS! Just swipe left on the home screen.

Want an even faster way to search? Look for BigOven recipes using iOS Spotlight Search. Swipe right to access Spotlight Search from your home screen. Type in an ingredient or the name of the recipe you’re looking for and BigOven results will appear. Tap on the recipe and your BigOven app will launch and take you directly to that recipe. It’s easy and convenient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Faster, Shared Grocery List

We recently debuted a shared grocery list and with our redesigned app, it works even better. Now your household can have a common grocery list and you can avoid unnecessary return trips to the store.

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Tap or swipe-left to strike-through an item when you’re at the grocery store. Click on the (i) circle to the right of each grocery line item to edit the item. When done, click “Edit” and then “Delete marked items” to remove.

We’ve added enhancements to make our grocery list easier to use as you add items, sort by department or by recipe, and mark off or delete as you grocery shop:

  • Tap on an item to strike it (tap again to unstrike it)
  • Edit an item by tapping on the (i) to the right
  • It’s faster — far fewer “synchronizing with server” moments
  • It’s local — you don’t have to be connected to the server to use it
  • Multiple BigOven accounts can share the same grocery list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BigOven continues to help home cooks get inspired and organized, in the kitchen and on the go. We will regularly update the app to add features and improvements, so let us know what you think!

Happy Cooking!

The BigOven Apps are Getting an All-New Design: Take a Sneak Peek!

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BigOven is getting an all-new design, so cooking is even simpler. We’ve been busy polishing our apps to make them better, faster and easier. All year long, we’ve been listening to your feedback and we’ll be unveiling a NEW BigOven app in the coming months.

Want to be the first to give it a try? We’ll have a beta build available soon, so come join the BigOven Early Access Program to get a sneak peek. You’ll be able to check out the new, exciting features and let us know what you think! See instructions to join below for iOS and Android.

iOS users: If you want to participate, please request early access: Request early access to BigOven apps.

Android users: Please go to the Google+ Community link and click the red “Join Community” button.

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After joining, click “Early Access Beta” in the About This Community section and follow the instructions.

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Thanks and Happy Cooking from the BigOven Team!