Easily Revisit Recipes that You’ve Recently Viewed

By popular request, we’ve added a handy “Recently Viewed” option in your “My Recipes” area and in Search on the BigOven apps to list all the recipes you’ve recently viewed.

On the web, just click on “My Recipes” in the upper toolbar, and then “Recently Viewed” on the left hand view control. In the Android or iOS app, just tap the magnifying glass, and you’ll see an option for “Recently Viewed”. Your BigOven account keeps track of recipes you’ve viewed on any device.

To see the last recipes you’ve viewed in the app or the website, just click on Recently Viewed.

This feature requires a BigOven membership; it will not display recipes you view when you’re not signed in.

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!

New for PRO members – Download and backup your recipes

download-recipesWant to make a backup copy of your recipes? You can now download them as a single .ZIP file. Your recipes will be sent to you as a ZIP file of .html files, one per recipe, in hrecipe format, which is an emerging recipe markup standard.

To backup your recipes, simply visit your Account Settings area, click the “Account” tab, and then “Backup Recipes”. This feature requires a current BigOven PRO membership.

Here at BigOven, our goal is to build the best-loved, most used app for home cooks. And well over half our new features and improvements come straight from you. So please let us know what you’d like to see in future versions!

Easily Edit Private Notes on Recipes (PRO)

Want to make personal notes on a recipe, capturing taste preferences, who you cooked for, or things you might do next time? BigOven PRO members can easily add and edit notes on the recipe detail page on the web.

Simply visit the recipe detail, click on the Notes tab, and enter the notes. If you’d like to change the note later, just click on it, and the change the text in the popup.

(Android and iOS clients will soon have full recipe note updating functionality.)

BigOven PRO members can also clone and customize any recipe on the site — simply click the Edit dropdown on the recipe page and choose “Copy and Customize.” This creates a private copy just for you, where you can edit the ingredients and instructions to suit your taste.

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BigOven Desktop Uploader Makes Migration Easy

Got recipes in the BigOven for Windows desktop application? Earlier this year, we announced that the installed desktop .exe has been sunset. There are many reasons for that change explained in the linked post.

Not to worry, though – you can migrate your recipes to the cloud easily with the free BigOven Uploader tool, and get your recipes anywhere. We released an update today (v1.1) which fixes a couple bugs and makes the process easy.

Note that it doesn’t require that the BigOven for Windows application be running on the machine. But you’ll need Internet access, and since it sends a bunch of data to the servers, we recommend you use a fast internet connection.

Here’s how:

  • Download the free Cloud Uploader utility. (1.46Mb) Save the zip file to your computer. Extract the one file (setup) and double click to run it.
  • You’ll get a sign in dialog. Enter your email and password. (BigOven Pro membership is required.)
  • By default, it’ll load the startup recipe box that you used in Windows.
  • Choose the recipes you’d like to upload and click the right arrow to add them. Tip: Hold down ctrl or shift while you click to highlight more than one recipe.

When you’re ready, press the Upload button. It will go through each recipe and upload it to the cloud.

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