Here are some clarifications below to answer the many questions I have received:
How much does it cost?
iShopNCook is free to install, but it is not a free app. In the free mode, you can add up to 20 of your own recipes, import individual recipes from Shop’NCook software or recipes shared by the app, and make categorized shopping lists from your recipes. To add more recipes and unlock all the app features, you need to purchase additional modules with the in-app purchase. There are three modules:
Import/Export module: This module allows you to import and export cookbooks. With this module, you can import your cookbooks from Shop’NCook software and exchange cookbooks with other users of the app. Note that to export your cookbooks from Shop’NCook software to iShopNCook, you need to install the latest version of Shop’NCook.
Grocery Plus module: This module gives you access to advanced shopping list functions. It allows you to define several supermarkets and sort your shopping list along the aisles of the supermarket you are in, and it unlocks the pantry, barcode scanning, price comparison and purchase history.
Once you have purchased the modules Grocery Plus and Import/export, you can enable them on all your devices by taping on “Restore Purchase” on the in-app purchase screen. The Cookbook Plus module will be similarly enabled on all your devices for the length of your subscription.
Note that I have lowered the prices of all the modules for the launch period. The prices will go up in a few days.
What about Android?
I plan to release soon a web application (i.e. an app that runs on the Internet). It will run on Android and other smart phones and will allow Shop’NCook software users to take their recipes with them everywhere with Shop’NCook’s cloud synchronization. A native Android app will follow at a later time.
What about Shop’NCook Lite app?
Shop’NCook Lite was my first attempt to make an iPhone app. It only gives access to the recipes of the Direct Access recipe database. I never expected it to have so much success and designed it to contain only a few thousands recipes. The database has now over 40000 recipes (!) and is becoming increasingly slow. I love that so many people have shared their recipes and I want to continue to support and improve Shop’NCook Lite, but I need to redesign it completely from the ground up to improve its usability. I will try to find the time sometime soon.
Contrary to Shop’NCook Lite, iShopNCook organizes your own recipes privately, without sharing them on a public database. It gives you fast access to your recipes and has advanced search and shopping list capabilities. If you have been using Shop’NCook Lite, you can easily import all your recipes from the Direct Access recipes database into iShopNCook by using the synchronization function of the Cookbook Plus module.
I would love to have your feedback on my app. Please, tell me what you think in the comments below.
Also, if you like iShopNCook, please help spread the word by leaving a review in the App Store. You can write a review by taping on the loudspeaker on the main screen of the app and selecting “Rate This App” – that would be a great help!
PS: Don’t forget to take advantage of the launch discount for the in-app purchases!