It has been about four months since we launched Evernote Food on iOS, and in that short time the app has profoundly changed the way I think about the meals I cook and eat. From family dinners to food adventures, I now chronicle everything, and judging by the number of shared meals, it seems like many of you do, too.
Today, we have an update (1.1) that not only adds some highly requested features and improvements, but also comes with one of the single most beautiful interface elements we’ve ever designed. Let’s take a look.
Now that you’ve been using Evernote Food for a few weeks, you probably have a bunch of meals saved in the app. In this update, we added search so that you can quickly jump to that amazing brunch you had. The search bar is just above your latest meal, pull down on your meal list to reveal it.
We’ve added the ability to search for restaurants and points of interest by city and name. So, no matter where you are now, you can find the location you were back then.
If you can’t find the right spot, just create a custom one by entering the place name and location. Don’t know the address? Tap on the map image and drag & drop the pin as needed; perfect for finding that picnic or food truck. Next, tap Done.
The Beautiful Date Selection Screen
Our designers outdid themselves on this one…Tap on the date field to set the date of a meal. This brings up our new date selection screen. As you swipe through the months vertically, notice how the illustrated seasonal header images transition. When you find the month you need, tap on the day. Next, swipe or tap through the time slider to find the right time of day. When you’re finished, tap Done.
Create meals from your Camera Roll
Take these two items above together, and you’re able to create beautiful meals in Evernote Food from the images you have stored in your camera roll. So, even if it happened years ago, you can add them to your Evernote Food history.
Custom locations with My Places
This version of Evernote Food allows you to create your own favorite locations, called My Places. Creating a place is easy. When in a meal, tap on the location and give it a name, such as Home, then add an address and tap Done. This place will now be saved like a bookmark in the My Places screen, which is accessible by tapping on the little house icon in the Place screen.
Here’s something cool about My Places: let’s say you move, and now “Home” is somewhere new. When you assign the Home location to a meal, you can tap on the map and change the address. This will update the address associated with all new meals assigned to Home, but will keep the old address for anything you made previously.
To help you remember all the amazing photos you took during a meal, we’ve added thumbnail transitions to the meal list. As you browse your meal list, you’ll notice that new photos from a given meal animate every few seconds. This makes the list much more dynamic.
If you prefer a more static view, you can turn off transitions in the app settings.
Lots of new languages
Evernote Food is now available in Spanish, German, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Indonesian, Turkish, and Malay. Sweet!
Big improvements and lots more to come
We made some huge upgrades under-the-hood:
- Overhauled sync makes the app faster and more reliable
- If you have Evernote installed, you won’t need to sign into Evernote Food
- Much improved Facebook sharing
We’re really excited about this major step forward for Evernote Food and we have a lot more to come, including a version for Android. Stay tuned.