User Guides

iPhone, iPod and iPad

You can also visit the Knowledge Base for specific queries and troubleshooting.

1. Quick Start Guide

  • Create your own recipe: Tap Plus Sign on any recipe list, then tap the screen to display the keyboard.
  • Import photos of recipes: Tap Plus Sign on any recipe list, then tap to select photos. You can import up to 4 photos per recipe.
  • Edit photos of recipes: Tap to display the photo editing toolbar. To reorder photos, touch and hold an image, then drag to reorder.
  • Importing documents: Import PDF, Word, Pages and text files. In Mail, Pages and other apps that support file sharing with other apps, export the document to RecipeTin by locating the Share button (usually ), then selecting “Open with RecipeTin”. This will launch RecipeTin, import the file and create a new recipe.
  • Capture recipes from websites: Tap Browser on the tab bar and tap Import Recipe to capture a webpage.
  • Importing multiple documents: Use the iTunes Document Transfer feature to transfer multiple recipes from your desktop to your device.
  • Copy images into the thumbnail: On any selectable image on websites or PDF documents, touch and hold an image, tap Copy, then Paste into the thumbnail box.
  • Deleting recipes, categories and collections: Either tap , or swipe right to left.
  • Viewing documents: Double tap to zoom in and out, or spread and bring together two fingers. Touch and hold to navigate around documents. Tap the document once to view in full screen mode.
  • Searching: Search recipe names in All Recipes. Or do a search and filter on the Search tab.
  • Sync devices: Keep your devices synced by activating the sync feature in Settings.

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2. Viewing Recipes

Open a recipe: Tap a recipe on any recipe list.

  • View Recipe Information: Tap the Recipe Info tab.
  • View Recipe Notes: Tap the Notes tab. An asterix * indicates that there are Recipe Notes.
  • View Recipe Full Screen: Tap once anywhere on the recipe to view full screen. Tap again to show menu bars.
  • Enlarge Recipe: Double tap to zoom in, double tap again to zoom out. Or spread and bring together two fingers on the recipe to zoom in and out.
  • Navigate around the document: Touch and hold with one finger, then move the finger around the screen to navigate around the document.
  • Recipe Actions: Press to Email, Add to Collection, Delete or Open the recipe in another app.
  • Email Recipe: A copy of the recipe will be attached to a new email message, ready to send. Documents will be attached in the existing format. Photos and images will be converted into a single PDF file. A text file will be generated for recipes typed into RecipeTin, and attached to the email message.
  • Converter: Tap . On the left scroller, select the source metric, and select the target metric on the right scroller.

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3. Organizing Recipes

  • Open a recipe and tap Info to edit the Recipe Information.
  • Flag Recipe: Tap . The recipe will now appear in the Flagged Recipes list (Lists > Flagged Recipes).
  • Mark as Favourite: Tap . The recipe will now appear in the Favourites list (Lists > Favourites).
  • Rating: Touch the Stars to change the rating. Five star recipes will appear in the Top Rated list (Lists > Top Rated).
  • Recipe Name: Touch the Recipe Name box to edit the recipe name.
  • Servings, Difficulty, Prep and Cook Time: Touch the relevant box on the Recipe Info screen and select from the list provided.
  • Categorizing Recipes: Recipes can be categorized by Cuisine, Dish Type, Main Ingredient and Source. You can tag a recipe with multiple categories. Touch the Cuisine / Dish Type / Main Ingredient / Source box and select from the list. Tap to create a new category, or to edit the name of an existing category. When a recipe is tagged with a category, the recipe will appear in the respective Category Recipe Lists.
  • Thumbnail: Tap the thumbnail to launch the Photo Library to select an image to import, or to edit the existing photo. Or copy and paste images into the thumbnail from webpages and selectable documents. Simply touch and hold an image, tap Copy when the option appears, then tap the thumbnail and tap Paste. Note: This will only work where the image is a selectable image.

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4. Finding Recipes

  • Search: Do a simple name search for a recipe by tapping the Magnifying Glass icon on the All Recipes screen at the top of the alphabet index. Or, select Search on the tab bar to do an extensive recipe search by selecting categories and combining with keywords to find the recipe you are after.
  • Recently Added: Change the timeframe for Recently Added recipes in Settings > Recently Added.

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5. New Recipes

There are multiple ways to create and import new recipes in RecipeTin.

  • Supported file formats: RecipeTin supports the following file formats:
    • Images – JPEG, JPG, TIF, GIF, PNG
    • Documents – PDF, Microsoft Word (*.doc, *.docx), Pages
    • Text – rich text, plain text.
  • Type in text: On any screen showing a list of recipes, tap to create a new recipe. Tap the screen to display the keyboard. Type in your recipe, then select Done to remove the keyboard.
  • Photo Recipe (up to iOS8): On any screen showing a list of recipes, tap to create a new recipe. Tap to launch the Photo Library. Tap the photo(s) you want to import then tap Choose. You can import up to 4 photos per recipe. Photos are compressed for storage efficiency.
  • Importing documents from other apps: In Mail, Pages and other 3rd party apps (such as Dropbox) that support file sharing with other apps, send the document/photo to RecipeTin by locating the Share button (usually ), then selecting “Open with RecipeTin”. This will launch RecipeTin, import the file and create a new recipe.
  • Built in Browser: Tap Browser on the tab bar. Tap the search bar to display the keyboard to search for a recipe online, or type in the web address. When you find a recipe you want to keep, press “Import Recipe”. This will capture the webpage as a PDF document and create a new recipe.
  • iTunes Document sharing: Useful for importing multiple files.
    1. Connect your device to your computer.
    2. In iTunes, select your device (below Devices), and click the Apps button.
    3. Below File Sharing, select RecipeTin from the list, and click Add.
    4. In the window that appears, select a file or files to transfer, and click Open. Press Sync.
    5. The file is transferred to your iPad, and can be viewed in RecipeTin.
    6. The Recipe Name will be the document file name.

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6. Editing and Deleting Recipes

  • Edit a Recipe: A recipe can only be edited on iOS devices if it was created in RecipeTin(text typed in or Photos imported). Documents need to be exported to an external word processing app, then reimported into RecipeTin.
  • Editing Photos: Touch and tap Edit Photos. Tap a photo to select a photo to show editing option toolbar. You can rotate, delete or replace a selected photo. To re-order photos, simply touch and hold, then drag the selected photo into the new position.
  • Delete a Recipe: When viewing a recipe, tap , then select Delete. When viewing a list of recipes, tap , then select the recipe you want to delete then tap the Delete button. For a shortcut, when viewing a list of recipes, swipe left to right to display the Delete button.

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7. Recipe Thumbnail

Add recipe thumbnails to your recipes.

  • Adding Thumbnails from Photo Library: When creating a new recipe, or for an existing recipe, tap the Info tab. Tap the thumbnail box, tap Photo Library and navigate to the photo you want. Move and scale the area you want to import.
  • Copy and pasting images: Copy and paste images in from webpages and PDF documents. Touch and hold the image, then tap Copy. Then navigate to the thumbnail of the recipe you want to copy the image into, tap the thumbnail, then tap Paste.

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8. Categories

Organize your recipes by tagging them with your own personalized Categories – Cuisine, Dish Type, Main Ingredients and Source.

  • Tagging a recipe: Open a recipe and tap the Info tab. Tap a Category field (Cuisine, Dish Type, Main Ingredient and Source) to display the Category Selections list. Tap to tag recipe (tick will be displayed), tap again to untag. You can tag a recipe with as many Category Selections as you wish.
  • Viewing Recipes by Category: Tap Lists on the tab bar, select a Category (Cuisine, Dish Type, Main Ingredient or Source), then select from the Category Selection list to view recipes tagged with that Category.
  • New Category: When viewing a Category Selection list, tap to create a new category.
  • Edit Category: When viewing a Category Selection list, tap , then tap . Any recipes tagged with that Category will remain tagged to the edited Category.
  • Delete Category: When viewing a category list, tap , then tap next to the Category you want to delete, then press the delete button. For a shortcut, when viewing a category list, swipe left to right to display the delete button. Note: deleting a category does not delete the recipes in that category.

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9. Recipe Collections

Collections work like iTunes playlists. Create your own Collections, then add recipes to them.

  • View Collections: Tap Lists on the tab bar, then tap Collections.
  • Add Recipe to Collection: When viewing a recipe, tap then Add to Collection to display a list of Collections to select. Or in any recipe list, tap , select the recipes you want to move into a Collection then tap Add to Collection. Recipes can be in more than one Collection.
  • Delete Recipe from Collection: Go to the Collection you want to remove the recipe from and locate the recipe. Then either swipe from left to right on the recipe, or tap and select the recipe then tap Delete. You will be prompted by a confirmation to remove the selected recipe from the collection.
  • New Collection: Press on the Collections screen and type in the name of the new Collection.
  • Edit Collection Name: On the Collections screen, tap , then tap next to the Collection you want to edit. Any recipes in that Collection will remain even if the Collection name is edited.
  • Delete Collection: On the Collections screen, tap , then select the Collection you want to delete, then press the Delete button. For a shortcut, when viewing the Collections list, swipe left to right to display the Delete button. Note: deleting a Collection does not delete the recipes in that Collection.

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10. Syncing

  • Syncing keeps the RecipeTin content on your devices synced. So if a new recipe is added or an existing recipe is deleted or edited on one device, these changes will be synced to your other devices.
  • Syncing is also used to backup your recipe documents, so make sure you sync to your cloud account even if you have RecipeTin only on one device.
  • Frequency:
    • Automatically (every 15 minutes) if there is an internet connection available, whether cellular or Wi-Fi;
    • Automatic (every 15 minutes) only when connected to Wi-Fi; or
    • Manual Sync– sync is only initiated when the user taps the Sync Now button
  • Cloud Account: Users can opt to use either iCloud or Dropbox. Both providers offer a certain amount of free storage.
  • Cloud Storage Requirement: The amount of storage required depends on the size of your recipe library. Documents remain in their original format and file size. Photos are compressed.
  • Enable Cloud Account: On to enable the selected Cloud Account. You must be logged into the chosen Cloud Account in order to enable it.
  • Set up iCloud: iCloud needs to be set up on the iPhone. Go to iPhone Settings > iCloud. If you are not already logged in, tap Account and follow the prompts to log in or set up an account. Once iCloud is activated, return to RecipeTin > Settings > Sync Settings and turn iCloud to On.
  • Set up Dropbox: In RecipeTin, go to Settings > Sync Settings and tap Link Dropbox. If you have the Dropbox app on your device, it will launch Dropbox to request permission for RecipeTin to access your Dropbox. Tap Allow. If you do not have Dropbox app on your device, you will be redirected to the Dropbox website to allow access (or you can download the Dropbox app). Back in RecipeTin, turn Dropbox to On.

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11. Back Up and Restoring

  • Back Up: only your RecipeTin app is backed up when you back up your device to either iTunes or iCloud. Your recipes can be backed up by activating the RecipeTin sync feature using either Dropbox or iCloud account. Please refer to Syncing section of this user guide.

Note: iCloud Back Up – in your device Settings, go to iCloud and make sure Documents & Data is On. To save cellular data usage, turn Use Cellular Data to Off.

  • Restoring: if you get a new device or restore your existing device, when you first turn on your device you will be taken through steps to set up your device. You will be given the option to either restore from iTunes or iCloud. This will restore the RecipeTin app on your new device. After successful installation of RecipeTin app, go to Sync Settings and turn on Sync with the Dropbox or iCould account which was used to back up recipes. Once sync is completed, your recipes will be restored onto your newly installed RecipeTin.

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You can also visit the Knowledge Base for specific queries and troubleshooting.