Cafe Fernando iPhone Application

January 14th, 2011  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.

Cafe Fernando iPhone Application

I am proud to introduce Cafe Fernando’s new iPhone application!

Almost the entire Cafe Fernando recipe archive is included in the application, as well as a few new recipes – all together with photos. The application also has a very cool “Shopping Cart” feature that transfers the list of ingredients for any given recipe into the shopping cart, so you can see what you need to buy as you push your cart through the aisles. That means: No more printing recipes! And as you put the ingredients into your “real” shopping cart, you check them off the list and they disappear.

Cool, right? And the best part is, the application is free.

I have been working on this new iPhone application for a while now and was so excited to see my Hazelnut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies on the screen, I just couldn’t help but dunk it in a glass of milk!

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This application wouldn’t be possible without the agency who approached me to develop the application in the first place: Project House. They’re based in Istanbul and one of the hardest working partners I’ve ever had. A huge thanks to the team at Project House for making this possible.

Actually, the application was launched a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to wait for a few minor technical issues to be fixed before the announcement.

By the way, the agency reports that there were a few hundred downloads already! If you’re one of them, please do upgrade. Everything is running smoothly now.

Let’s start!

The application launches like this:

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Me, eating a brownie! And then comes the “featured recipe”, which is randomly selected from the recipe archive.

There’s the main menu on the bottom with the following icons: “Featured”, “Recipes”, “Search”, “Favorites” and “More”.

Featured - After the welcome screen comes the “Featured” recipe page. When you click on the “Recipe” icon under the photo, it takes you to the actual recipe page.

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Then you’ll see three icons on the bottom -”Ingredients” and “Method” are pretty self-explanatory. The “Favorite” icon lets you add the recipe to your favorites list, which is easily accessible from the main menu and once it is added, you don’t have to go through the categories to find it again.

The ingredients are all on one screen and the method section is broken down to steps. You can scroll left (or right) to navigate through the method section (see green arrow below).

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Both under ingredients and method, you’ll see the “add to list” icon, which let’s you add the ingredient list of the recipe into your shopping cart.

Recipes - I’ve organized the recipes the same way they are categorized in my blog.

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You click on a category, and it displays the recipes included in that category with thumbnails.

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You see the orange arrow on the bottom? Those white dots show you how many pages there are in that category. For instance, if you see two dots, that means there’s a second page in that category. So you scroll to the left to see the rest of the thumbnails.

Search - You can either search by category…

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… or by ingredient name.

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Favorites - This is the place where all your favorites will be stored for easier access.

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More - Then comes the “More” section. At the top is the coolest feature of the application: Shopping Cart.

Shopping Cart – So, let’s say you’re off work, heading home, but still dreaming about the Devil’s Food Cake you read about on your lunch break. You’re tired, but just can’t take it off of your mind and decide to stop by the supermarket to buy the ingredients… You launch my new iPhone application, find the Devil’s Food Cake recipe, add it to your shopping list, and voila! The ingredient list is automatically transferred into the shopping cart.

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So when you’re at the supermarket shopping for ingredients, you take your iPhone out, go to the shopping cart, choose the recipe you wish and start checking off (click on the red box and hold for a second) the ingredients as you put them in your actual shopping cart.

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And they’ll disappear one by one.

Photo Gallery - The photo gallery section under the More category has photos from my travels and kitchen adventures and will be updated every month.

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Also included in the more section is an about page, a direct link to my blog (launches in Safari), an e-mail button (for you to tell me how awesome this application is or for a casual hello) and the share button.

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Share - This feature lets you share the application’s link via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail.

For instance, I’m sure, as soon as you read this post, you’ll download the application, then go directly to the “More” page, select share, click on the Twitter button and share my new application with all your followers :)

After you click on the Twitter icon, it directs you to a Twitter login page, and then an automatic message appears for you to tweet:

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Banner & Advertising - As I mentioned, the new Cafe Fernando iPhone application is free of charge. There’s a section at the top where it says “Banner”, which is an ad space. I am currently using the iAd Network and if you’re living in one of the 8 countries it operates in, then you’ll be seeing an ad on top. If not, then that area will be blank. By the way, I am looking for a long-term partner for that section, and if you’re interested, please send me an e-mail for rates & terms.

In time, there will be many more updates, and through those updates the application will develop further and get better. If you’d like to suggest new features or provide any other feedback, I’m all ears. Hope you like the application.

Now visit the iTunes store and download my new iPhone application!

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Comments

  1. 1 - Koray Caner on January 14th, 2011

    Looks yummy! Great app, congrats!

  2. 2 - mark on January 14th, 2011

    I am looking to develop an app for travelers to the wine country and was wondering if you could share the cost of getting this developed?

    thanks,

    mark

  3. 3 - Carole on January 14th, 2011

    Congratulations for this great and beautiful app! I downloaded it right away and looked around a bit. Fantastic! Very nice design and amazing pictures. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  4. 4 - Pat Fernando on January 14th, 2011

    Congrats. Ive just downloaded. Im a big fan!

  5. 5 - Genie on January 14th, 2011

    Looking good! I’m sending this to my friends so they can check it out, too!

  6. 6 - Raluca on January 14th, 2011

    It looks amazing! Can’t wait to give it a try!
    I hope it’s available in the UK as well. Congrats!

  7. 7 - fethiye on January 14th, 2011

    We want an Android app, too!!!

  8. 8 - Jessica's Dinner Party on January 14th, 2011

    This is fantastic! Congratulations and I am on my over to iTunes right now!

  9. 9 - Addi! on January 14th, 2011

    Wow, this app sounds great! I´m off for the itunes store. ;-) Have a nice weekend.

  10. 10 - lia on January 16th, 2011

    aww, it’s not working for me! I downloaded it, but every time I try to open it, I get a black screen and then it takes me back to my home menu…

  11. 11 - Jenn@eatcakefordinner on January 16th, 2011

    This app looks awesome – Congratulations – what an amazing accomplishment having your own app! I have an ancient iPhone (the very first version). Please tell me you really didn’t dunk your iPhone in a glass of milk? That photo is pretend, right? Ha Ha.

  12. 12 - Trissa on January 16th, 2011

    Free??? It’s like Christmas all again. Going to download now. Thank you for the great app!

  13. 13 - Rachel on January 16th, 2011

    This application looks awesome! I wish there were more apps like this :) downloading right now…but please tell me you didnt really dunk your iphone in a glass of milk? because that voids the warrenty.

  14. 14 - Cenk on January 16th, 2011

    Koray, Carole, Pat Fernando, Genie, Raluca, Jessica’s Dinner Party, Addi, Trissa – Thank you!

    mark – Sorry… I can’t share that information.

    fethiye – Unfortunately, that is not in the works..

    lia – Do you have the latest iOS version? The application requires iOS 4.0 or later. If yes, then I’d recommend removing the application and installing again. That should solve the problem.

    Jenn, Rachel – I really DID dunk it in milk. There’s plastic wrap on the top part though, so no worries :)

  15. 15 - eliza on January 16th, 2011

    Amazing! What a clever, useful and aesthetically satiating little app! Congratulations on your brand new thing of beauty! Alas, I too am on the Android, and this makes me sad. But i’m happy for everyone else, and you, of course.

  16. 16 - Jane on January 16th, 2011

    Wow, congrats on your app. I’m heading over to download it now. && you really dunked your iphone into the milk? O_O

  17. 17 - semra gundogan on January 17th, 2011

    Looks amazing…Congrats.!!.

  18. 18 - tamara on January 19th, 2011

    this is great. I have tried a few recipe apps but not found anything as beautiful as this. My first recipe easy chocolate mousse. Only because I am already home from work and not popping out to buy anything right now, but I look forward to trying many more.

  19. 19 - weiying on January 20th, 2011

    i’m a fan from singapore! this is very cool..
    great pictures and recipes, can’t wait to see new stuff from you. keep it up! :)

  20. 20 - Lori on January 20th, 2011

    I’m so excited to have this on my phone! Congratulations!

  21. 21 - pjnoir on January 21st, 2011

    Not to sound like an ugly american but does it come in English? Spanish even

  22. 22 - pjnoir on January 21st, 2011

    Silly me, I see it duh

  23. 23 - pjnoir on January 21st, 2011

    Ahhh, but can’t be DLed like the original unless you go thru a desktop iTunes. I can’t so I will do without.

  24. 24 - aj on January 21st, 2011

    Cenk
    please , you have to give us an android app as well, otherwise it’s just not fair ;)

  25. 25 - ChiChi Fargo on January 25th, 2011

    Congratulations on this mighty feat.

  26. 26 - pixen on January 29th, 2011

    Wow… that’s a great news Cenk! I’m an iPhone and iPad user as well :-) Glad that you’re into the trend. Hope it works on iPhone 5 :-) Ahhh, I’m so glad I’m a Mac addict :-D Great work Cenk…as usual.

  27. 27 - joey on February 1st, 2011

    This is fabulous Cenk! Fantastic job!

  28. 28 - Ivana on February 2nd, 2011

    Ohhh, you are just too good to be true! As a big fan of Frisco myself and a foodie, I just adore your blog. I haven’t tried one of your recipes yet, but it’s coming… I will definetly download the iPhone application and enjoy it on the go… big, big hugs from Croatia!

  29. 29 - Alejandra on March 12th, 2011

    I just got on google cause i want to start a Blog so I was looking for some Ideas and suggestion…. I love to cook and have tons of recipes… but have an app sounds very great… wish you luck

  30. 30 - thepinkpeppercorn on July 31st, 2011

    That’s amazing! Congrats! I’m TOTALLY getting it!!!!!!!

  31. 31 - Elena on November 20th, 2011

    Brilliant! I think I am in love with you my friend! :) :):)

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