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iShopNCook app: Synchronization versus import through iTunes | Shop'NCook

iShopNCook app: Synchronization versus import through iTunes

Do you want to transfer your cookbooks from Shop’Ncook software to iShopNCook app and don’t know which option is the best for you?

Please, read below!

The synchronization requires a subscription to Cookbook Plus. With this option, to transfer your cookbooks to the app, you must first synchronize Shop’NCook on your computer to upload your cookbooks to the cloud. By synchronizing iShopNCook app next, you fetch the cookbooks on the cloud and download them onto the app.

If you modify your cookbooks in the software in the future, you will just have to tap on synchronize in the app to keep it up-to-date.

Note that to use the synchronization, you need to have Shop’NCook Pro or Menu editions on your computer.

Watch the video below to see the whole synchronization procedure:

Importing through iTunes
To import cookbooks through iTunes, you need to purchase the Import/Export module. With this option, you must first export your cookbooks to XML format from Shop’NCook software, connect your iPhone to iTunes and add the exported cookbooks to the app.

You can also import an individual recipe into iShopNCook by exporting it to Shop’NCook Exchange format (*.SCX) and copying the file to the app in iTunes. To transfer a single recipe file, you don’t need the Import/Export module.

Important: To export your cookbooks to XML format, you need to download and install the latest version of Shop’NCook software. If you are using Shop’NCook 4.0, you can simply install it on top of your current installation.

Watch the video below to see the whole procedure:

Importing via e-mail
A third option is to transfer your cookbooks or recipes to the app via e-mail. You proceed in the same way as for the transfer through iTunes, but send instead your cookbook or recipe files to your iPhone by e-mail as attachment. You will be able to import them into the app just with a tap.

Similarly to the transfer through iTunes, you need to purchase the Import/Export module to import whole cookbooks. You don’t need it for individual recipes.

But which option should I choose?
If you just want to transfer once your cookbooks to iShopNCook app and don’t need to update them often, select the import through iTunes or e-mail.

If you modify often your cookbooks and want iShopNCook to be up-to-date, it is better to use the synchronization option.

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  1. Jill says:

    Hi Mathilde,

    When I tried to install the updated version of ShopNCook Menu over the previous version on my computer (a mac running Mountain Lion), I got the following message: “ShopNCook Menu is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Trash.” I was able to recover the program from a previous install, but I wanted to let you know that something seems to be wrong with application.

  2. Kimberly says:

    i’m responding to the post from Jill:
    the message you got is because of your setting (security and privacy) on your mac. It will give you this message if you do not allow applications from other places (other than mac app store). All you have to do is change that setting and you can install the same downloaded file.
    Regarding the app:
    I was able to update my version of shopNcook and it worked flawlessly. I’m using the import/export option, emailing whole cookbooks to my iphone. I took me less than 5 minutes to get them all on my iphone!

    • Mathilde says:

      Thank you!
      Several persons contacted me with the same problem and I didn’t know what was going on. I googled it now. It seems that I need to sign the software so that it is allowed by Apple.

  3. Janet says:

    I can not get my cookbook synchronized from windows to my iPhone. Everything is set up correctly. Any suggestions? I purchased the Cookbook Plus and the Import/Export Module. On the cookbook shelf it has Direct Access showing as a book.

  4. Hi Mathilde
    I have worked out most of my set up with ishopncook for the IPad. Thanks for your patience. I am now trying to sync the cookbooks with my iPhone
    I keep getting the message to contact the server later.
    I tried unsyncing the cook books from the IPad and the resyncing and tried one cookbook at a time. Nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?
    Do I have some setting or something wrong?
    Thanks Chef Monalisa

    • Mathilde says:

      You should make sure that the synchronization on the iPhone is completely finished before synchronizing the iPad – otherwise the server detects a conflict and resets the synchronization on one device.
      You shouldn’t have problems synchronizing once the iPhone is completely synchronized.
      The first time you synchronize a device, it can take some time as all the cookbooks and recipes are downloaded from the server. Subsequent synchronizations should be over in seconds.

  5. Tiffani Cisneros says:

    I’m syncing my cookbooks from my PC to my iPhone (finally got it to work, phew..) and I have one question. Can I only sync four cookbooks?