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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mac help please. Need advice for an app

I am looking for an app for mac (iPad would be ok too) that I can create tabs, and store meal items under them. I don't need to store the recipe, but if I could click on the dish and see the recipe that would be cool. My wife is a great cook, and tries new dishes quite often. When we hit ones we really like, I would like to add them to a tab. That way when we are looking for meal ideas, we can scan the tabs. I was thinking tabs like "Quick meals", "Chicken dishes", "Crockpot", "Mexican", "Italian" and others like that. We end up forgetting about meals we loved, and end up eating the same 10 things over and over. I looked a couple outline style apps, and some reminder style apps, but nothing erally caught my eye. Any suggestions?

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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well there is allrecipes they have a great website, and I use the dinner spinner app on my iphone to pull up recipes in the market or kitchen, they have shopping lists that you can customize for menus and you can keep a recipe box for your saved recipes.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 12:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My most useful Mac App is Scrivener. ( http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php ). It's designed to help with writing large works, like novels, with different chapters, organization options, index cards and research sections, but I've since used it to organize about everything. It may be overkill for what you're looking for, but once I got the free trial and saw how effective it was, I bought it.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 08:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like you are just talking about a database. I have been using FileMaker Pro for almost 20 years to develop very complex databases, and it can certainly do what you want but would be overkill.

They make some less expensive consumer-focused products such as "Bento" that will let you either design your own database or use existing templates. I believe you can also download a free trial version. http://www.filemaker.com/
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There are lots of ways to do something similar to what you've envisioned, but it sounds like you want something a little more user-friendly than creating a database yourself.

I think the easiest way to get something useful for you would be to create a document with an automatic table of contents. This is really easy to do in Word, and I'm sure other word processing apps have a similar function.

The closest software I know of is Microsoft OneNote, and that could do exactly what you want. The problem is that it's PC-only. There are some similar alternatives for the Mac, check out this article for a review of a few different packages: http://www.squidoo.com/mac-onenote-alternative

There's also Evernote, which is free and has versions for ipad, mac, and web, which syncs together. I just started using it and don't know if it will do exactly what you want, but I'm liking it so far.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 09:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Take a look at Bento 4. You can make it do that and a ton more. Read about it, a genuine top performer. You can organize gear on it too. Plus the files are lockable.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 11:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone. I'll start looking into these.

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Old March 26th, 2013, 11:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Maybe a foolish romantic notion but how about a notebook?

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Old March 26th, 2013, 12:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You could get Numbers, which is Apple's lightweight spreadsheet program and probably find a good recipe template already built. It would give you the option of storing the document in iCloud for backup/sharing. There are probably better purpose built apps for what you want to do, but this option would give you a piece of software you could use for other things as well.
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Evernote should do this just fine.

I use it constantly.
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Just saw that Evernote has a food add-on for tablets & smart phones.

https://evernote.com/food/
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Old March 26th, 2013, 02:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Another vote for Evernote. It syncs across platforms and is available on most everything you can think of.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 10:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Looks like I'll give Evernote a shot. Thanks everyone!

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