Welcome to VizChef! We're re-thinking the format of the entire recipe by creating all-visual cooking applications for tablets and mobile devices. The entire recipe will be shown in beautiful, full-color photographs. Every finished dish. Every ingredient. Every piece of equipment. And most importantly, every single step necessary to create the dish.

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About VizChef…

About VizChef...

Where did you get the photos?

All of the photos were custom shot for this app. We took over 10,000 photos and narrowed that down to about 7,000 useable photos, and from there selected the 900 or so that made the first version of the app.

Who is this app for?

This app is specifically designed for the beginner or intermediate cook who wants to make amazing dishes, but may not know how or may want a little (or a lot) of support in the kitchen. Do you have a hot date that you want to impress, but don’t know how to cook? Do you have a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or even friend who wants or needs to know how to cook? This is the app for them. Check out the FAQ on the two app modes for more details on how to configure the app for your level of experience.

Is the app available for other devices?

Right now the app is available on the Apple iPad. Shortly, the iPhone/iPod touch versions will be released. We are considering other devices and platforms, and will post more information as it becomes available.

How is this app different from other recipe apps?


Most other apps are just rehashing of the recipe format that’s been around for 3,600 years. Some are even just eBook versions of the print versions. Unfortunately, none of those are really kitchen friendly and few of them take advantage of the real power of the format of tablets and mobile devices.

This app is all visual. Every ingredient, every piece of equipment, every dish, and, most importantly, every single step is photographed in full color. Most other apps only include a photo of the highly-stylized finished dish, if you’re lucky. This app shows one step at a time with only the ingredients and equipment you need at that moment. No confusion on where you are or exactly what you need to do.

How is the iPad app similar or different from the iPhone/iPod Touch versions?

SIMILARITIES:

Both versions contain the same great recipes, the exact same images, and they both help you make amazing dishes.

DIFFERENCES:

Well, to state the obvious, size is the key difference. The smaller screen limits the number of things that can be displayed at once. Because of that, the devices will have different feature sets. For example, the iPad has timers that are not available on the iPhone/iPod Touch. In addition, future features like editing will not be available on the iPhone. However, the iPhone may get more portability related features. As is appropriate, even the features that are shared (step-by-step recipes) are implemented sightly differently to take advantage of the different formats.

I want both versions. Do I have to pay for both?

Yes. While they share the same recipes and photographs, they are really different applications. As time goes on they will become even more different with features specific to each device.

About the Recipes…

About the recipes...

How many recipes are included?


Version 1.0 has over 60 amazing recipes. We plan to add new recipe packs (both free and paid) in future updates. In addition, we plan to allow you to add and modify the recipes directly on the iPad. Visually.

Will more recipes be added?


The more people that buy the app and add positive reviews, the more recipes we’ll be able to add and develop. We plan to add more recipe packs, both free and paid, in future updates. We hope to even allow you to add your own visual recipes right inside the app.

What kind of recipes are included?


There are a large variety of recipes in version 1.0. They include finger food, appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, desserts as well as a variety of cuisines and tastes. The only theme for the initial pack is dishes that taste amazing and will impress your guest(s).

How did recipes get selected?


We looked for tasty dishes that would impress your guest(s). We had access to a lot of great recipes from amazing chefs and restaurants who have all been very supportive. We can’t wait to continue to publish their recipes in packs (both free and paid). So if you like a particular chef’s recipe in the app, let us know and we’ll work with them to add even more.

How do I add/submit a recipe?

Right now, we are not taking submissions. Hopefully, in an upcoming version, you’ll be able to visually add and edit your own recipes (as well as those that come with the app). We’re also working on designs for social networking components that allow you to share recipes with friends and submit recipes to be included in the official recipe packs with the app. Stay tuned to the blog for more details as the features come out.

About VizChef for iPad…

About how VizChef for iPad works...

How do I switch from exploring dishes to making a recipe?


There are 4 ways to switch from exploring recipes to cooking mode:

1. Double tap the image of the dish in the center of the screen
2. Select, and double tap the name of the dish in the list on the left
3. Single tap the recipe icon in the upper right corner of the app
4. Select, and double tap one of the steps in the step list (this has the added feature of jumping exactly to that step)

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How do I switch from making a recipe to finding other dishes to make?


Tap the recipe list icon Dish Selection Screen Icon in the upper right corner of the app.

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How do the timers work?


You can have up to 2 timers running at once. There are four timers to choose from:

Dish preparation timer
Dish cooking timer
Step preparation timer
Step cooking timer

START: tap one of the four timer icons (Preparation Timer Icon or Cooking Timer Icon) available in dish mode listed above, only timers with times associated with them can be started

STOP/CANCEL: swipe it off the title bar or tap cancel in full screen timer mode.

CHANGE: tap the active timer in the title bar and use the arrows in the pop up to adjust the time up or down.

PAUSE: tap the active timer in the title bar and press the pause/play button.

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How do I move between recipe steps?


There are 3 ways to move between steps in cooking mode:

1. Swipe the image to left to go to the next step, to the right to go to the previous step
2. Single tap the previous and next buttons in the top bar
3. Single tap the step count between the previous and next buttons in the top bar to get a list of steps and select the step you want to go to

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How do I see more/less details on ingredients/equipment/dishes?


Want to know more about a piece of equipment in a list? Just tap the equipment. You’ll get a bigger picture as well as details on the equipment and things to consider when you buy it in the store. The same is true for ingredients. In cooking mode, some of the ingredients even have handy conversions available when you tap “More >”.

Dishes also have additional information such as the author, contributor, and a more detailed description.

When your done viewing any of the details, tap anywhere outside of the pop up to dismiss it.

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What is auto-lock and why do I care?


Auto-lock is a feature of the iPad that puts it to sleep and locks the screen after a certain amount of time that it hasn’t been touched. That’s pretty handy normally. In the kitchen though, the last thing you want is your iPad to go to sleep while you’re in the middle of making a dish. Turning auto-lock off means that the iPad will not go to sleep. It uses more battery, but you wont have to unlock the screen just to get to the next step.

Turning auto-lock on and off can be accessed in the app’s settings by tapping the settings icon Settings Icon.

What’s the difference between standard and intermediate modes?


Standard mode contains more detail than intermediate mode. For example, when dicing an onion, standard mode has 5 steps (and 5 images):

1. Cut the onion in half
2. Cut the top off the onion
3. Peel the onion
4. Make 1/2″ cuts in the onion from top to root, being careful not to cut all the way to the root
5. Make 1/2″ cuts in the opposite direction to make 1/2″ pieces

Where intermediate mode would only have 1 step and 1 image:

1. Dice the onion into 1/2″ pieces

If you need more help, standard mode is for you. If you’re somewhat comfortable in the kitchen intermediate mode may be a good choice. It can always be changed (even in the middle of a recipe) on the settings screen by tapping the settings icon Settings Icon.

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All my quantities are in decimals. How do I switch to fractions?


You can choose to view ingredient quantities in fractions (1/2) or decimals (o.5). Just go to the settings screen by tapping the settings icon Settings Icon and change your selection. They will change when you go back to a screen with ingredient quantities.

How do I zoom/pan the pictures?

The large pictures in the app all have pinch-to-zoom functionality built in. Version 1.0 of the app does not include panning.

How do I find a dish I want to make?

Browsing is always a fun way to find possible dishes to make. Just use your finger to scroll through the list of dishes on the left of the home screen.

If you want to narrow the list down, type a word into the search box at the top of the list. VizChef will search for that word in both the title of the dish and any tags associated with the dish. Spelling does matter, but often just the first few letters (or even a few middle letters) will be enough to find the dish you want.

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About VizChef Lite for iPhone/iPodTouch…

About how VizChef LIte works...

How do I switch from exploring dishes to making a recipe?

Once you’ve found a dish you want to make, there are 2 ways to switch from exploring recipes to cooking mode:

1. Tap the “Make” tab on the right
2. Tap the dish you want to make and tap the “Make” tab on the right

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How do I switch from making a recipe to finding other dishes to make?

Tap the recipe list button in the upper left corner of the app.

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How do I move between recipe steps?

There are 3 ways to move between steps in cooking mode:

1. Swipe the image to left to go to the next step, to the right to go to the previous step
2. Single tap the previous and next buttons in the top bar
3. Single tap the step count between the previous and next buttons in the top bar to get a list of steps and select the step you want to go to

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How do I see more/less details on ingredients/equipment/dishes?

Want to know more about a piece of equipment in a list? Just tap the equipment. You’ll get a bigger picture as well as details on the equipment and things to consider when you buy it in the store. The same is true for ingredients. To see an even bigger, resizable (pinch-to-zoom) image, rotate the device sideways.

Dishes also have additional information such as the author, contributor, and a more detailed description. Tap the info tab on the dish search screen and then scroll down to see more.

When your done viewing any of the details, tap the “X” in the upper right corner to dismiss them.

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What is auto-lock and why do I care?

Auto-lock is a feature of the iPhone and iPod touch that puts the device to sleep and locks the screen after a certain amount of time that it hasn’t been touched. That’s pretty handy normally. In the kitchen though, the last thing you want is your device to go to sleep while you’re in the middle of making a dish. Turning auto-lock off means that the device will not go to sleep. It uses more battery, but you wont have to unlock the screen just to get to the next step.

Turning auto-lock on and off can be accessed in the app’s settings by tapping the settings icon Settings Icon in the upper right corner of the main dish search screen.

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What’s the difference between standard and intermediate modes?

Standard mode contains more detail than intermediate mode. For example, when dicing an onion, standard mode has 5 steps (and 5 images):

1. Cut the onion in half
2. Cut the top off the onion
3. Peel the onion
4. Make 1/2″ cuts in the onion from top to root, being careful not to cut all the way to the root
5. Make 1/2″ cuts in the opposite direction to make 1/2″ pieces

Where intermediate mode would only have 1 step and 1 image:

1. Dice the onion into 1/2″ pieces

If you need more help, standard mode is for you. If you’re somewhat comfortable in the kitchen intermediate mode may be a good choice. It can always be changed (even in the middle of a recipe) on the settings screen by tapping the settings icon Settings Icon in the upper right corner of the main dish search page.

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All my quantities are in decimals. How do I switch to fractions?

You can choose to view ingredient quantities in fractions (1/2) or decimals (o.5). Just go to the settings screen by tapping the settings icon Settings Icon in the upper right corner of the main dish search page and change your selection. They will change when you go back to a screen with ingredient quantities.

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How do I zoom/pan the pictures?

When viewing the detailed information about a dish, ingredient, piece of equipment or step, turn the phone landscape (to one side or the other). The picture will fill the screen. The large pictures all have pinch-to-zoom functionality built in. Version 1.0 of the app does not include panning.

How do I find a dish I want to make?

Browsing is always a fun way to find possible dishes to make. Just use your finger to scroll through the list of dishes on the main screen.

If you want to narrow the list down, type a word into the search box at the top of the list. VizChef will search for that word in both the title of the dish and any tags associated with the dish. Spelling does matter, but often just the first few letters (or even a few middle letters) will be enough to find the dish you want.

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