Kitchen Geekery for iOS

Review and share food photos

Some of you already follow our Twitter account, or who are Facebook fans may have read the messages about some of the things being working on behind the scenes. It's with great pride I can now go into greater detail about how most of that time has been spent.

The Kitchen Geekery app is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The app is a huge stride forward in expanding the community that's forming around the site, providing access to new tools and improving access to our original recipes and articles. The Kitchen Geekery app is on sale for 69p/99cents. Even at that price some people will ask why it's not free - but the reasons are two fold - it's been a significant undertaking and it will help fund future development of the site and the app itself.

I have spent hundreds of hours working on the app, pushing pixels around in Photoshop, amending the site content to look beautiful on the iPhone, and writing good, clean code to keep it all running smoothly.

I hope that people will be willing to spend a dollar to purchase an app that I believe is a work of beauty, passion, and - ultimately of - great value.

Unit convertor

So what does it do?

As mentioned it includes all the content from the site, reworked for small - yet gloriously sharp - Retina display screen.

The weight and volume conversion page from the site has been turned into a beautiful calculator, accurate to 3 decimal places, and with chunky buttons for ease of use whilst cooking.

The other feature of the app is the biggest; you can upload photos of food, meals and culinary experiences from your iPhone/iPod directly to Kitchen Geekery and then open it up to our community for it to be rated, commented and ranked alongside all the other contributions.

So why make it?

I already find it useful, I know my friends will and I hope you might too.

There are many conversion apps on the store, but this is aimed at cooks, and I feel the design and consideration of the convertor alone justifies the price - as other conversion apps cost $1 for this alone. I have bundled in the entire catalog of content from too - which hopefully will continue to grow.

Victoria sponge cake recipe

Why add the photo sharing part?

I take a lot of photos of food and meals, long before this site became a reality I was taking photos of a pretty cupcake from the local bakery, or some awesome seafood enjoyed in the bars of Barcelona, and I like showing these photos to my friends and family.

Personally, I am not the biggest fan of photo sharing sites like Flickr because they are usually overkill for my needs and I was always quite keen for people to judge my efforts too - so photo sharing and rating seemed to make sense. The ability to easily rate and comment on an image is why it's so useful.

The other important thing to say is that all the images are stored securely on the Kitchen Geekery servers and will not be sold or shared with third parties - the app is there to encourage foodies to share their mistakes and successes with (Hopefully lots of) like-minded people.

The app will automatically rank images as they are rated and will let users view the newest, best or worst submissions and comment threads can build up around them.

What's the big plan?

Well, I hope that the app proves successful and shows there is a demand for original, high quality content aimed at foodies who like to know that little bit more about what they are cooking or eating.

If the app is successful (Even modestly) then it also means I able to invest more resources into the Kitchen Geekery website, community and app and help build towards this awesome vision in my head.

For the app itself I plan to add the ability to tag and title uploaded images, expand the user profiles, and add new image search and sharing options. On I plan to add a section to showcase all these uploaded images - so that the food photos shared through the app are accessible to the whole community and they can rate and comment on them too.

The science of bread

The development experience

I designed and created the website and I am a computer science major, but I found the development of the iOS App quite a challenge.

The app itself is powered by a web-based API I wrote specifically for the purpose, and the three20 library - without it much of the App would not have been possible (Or as polished). Using the Three20 library has certainly has given me a fair share of headaches and plenty of opportunity language but it brings some of the awesome interface elements that the Facebook iOS app has.

The app was actually completed just before iOS 5 went public, which was pretty useful, or a massive pain in the ass depending on my mood when asked. It took another week - after I thought it was finished - to fix all the bugs that came about from the new iOS version.

I have spent almost all my free waking hours on the app for the last two months and I wouldn't have changed it for the world - I love cookery, and I love coding so the combination drives me like nothing else quite could.

So that's a pretty open discussion about what has been done, and where I want Kitchen Geekery to go; if the App sounds of interest it can be found through the Apple App Store.

Wait! What about Android?

If the App is popular on iOS then I will see to it that a native Android Application is produced to the same high standards - but at the moment I am probably not the person to build it as my Java skills are untouched since I left University a couple of years ago.

If there was enough demand on any platform I will see to it that they also get a native version of the app too, but everything starts with a small step.

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