Survey results & roadmap for Shop’NCook Mobile Kitchen app
Thanks to all who took the survey on the new mobile cooking app for Shop’NCook.
I would like to summarize here the survey results, let you know of the current state of the app and discuss of my plans for the future.
The survey asked a simple question:
What are the two most important things a mobile companion app for Shop’NCook software should be able to do?
The features the most often mentioned were:
- the possibility to access your own recipes and the shopping list from the software,
- make shopping lists from recipes within the app itself,
- synchronization with the software, especially both way synchronization, that is modifications on the software are communicated to the app and vice versa,
- access meal plans from the software and plan meals directly in the app,
- possibility the add and edit recipes in the app
- cost recipes.
The scenarios most often mentioned were:
- check your recipes while shopping to use the ingredients you find in the shop and check the ingredients you have to purchase,
- plan meals away from home,
- use the app while cooking to check the recipes and take notes.
Current state of the app and development roadmap
Let me tell you what the app is about – and what it is not:
I have designed the app to be a mobile companion of Shop’NCook software. It is not meant to replace the software, but rather to complement it where mobile devices are more appropriate than computers.
As typical users have not just one, but several mobile devices, it should also synchronize the data between all the devices, so that you can access the same recipes and shopping lists between your computers, tablets and phones. As mobile wireless coverage is not accessible everywhere, it should however still work when internet is not available.
Shop’NCook Mobile Kitchen app runs also on all the mobile platforms to serve the largest number of users – Android, iOS (iPhone or iPad), Windows RT, Symbian and Blackberry.
Since the app relies on the synchronization, it can only be used by users of the editions of Shop’NCook that support the synchronization, that is Shop’NCook Pro and Shop’NCook Menu.
I have considered the following use cases, where a mobile device can advantageously replace a computer:
- use the app to go shopping,
- make a shopping list from your recipes while shopping,
- add a picture of the finished meal to your recipe,
- add a recipe from a book or newspaper by taking a picture of it.
The app already includes most of the main features mentioned by the survey participants, that is both way synchronization of recipes and shopping list, adding recipes to the shopping list and adding new recipes to the app. I will spend the next few days adding a few of the features suggested in the survey.
Unfortunately, the app cannot allow to plan meals and access meal plans from the software for the time being, – a much requested feature – because meal plans are not included in the synchronization yet. I will add meal planning to the app as soon as I have updated the software to include it in the synchronization.
I plan to add some other features in future releases, like recipe costing (for users of Shop’NCook Pro only) and nutritional analysis.
Call for beta testers
In the coming days, I will contact the users of Shop’NCook Pro and Shop’NCook Menu who applied for the beta testing in the survey. If you want to participate but haven’t applied yet, please leave a comment below indicating on which platforms you can test the app and which version of Shop’NCook you are using.
If you do not own Shop’NCook software, or are using a version of Shop’NCook that does not support synchronization, you can still participate in the beta testing by doing a free trial of Shop’NCook Pro or Shop’NCook Menu software.