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Pepperplate menu planning app

Not my company, but so far so good!
http://www.pepperplate.com/
"Your recipes, menus, shopping lists and cooking timers - it's all in here.

Import and edit recipes from the most popular recipe sites by simply pasting a URL.
Add and edit your own recipes
Create your own unlimited categories to organize your recipe library.

Plan menus for special events or regular meals.
Add meals and recipes to the calendar so you’re always on schedule.
Automatically arrange your shopping list the way you shop in the store.
Scale recipes to make the right amount.

Cook several recipes at the same time and set timers for each one.
iPad Cook Mode prevents screen from dimming.
Eliminate stacks of books and piles of paper in the kitchen.
Recipes, menus and schedules appear on the iPad without connecting to a computer.

Carry your shopping list with you and add to it in store with your recipe collection
Monitor cooking time without being tied to the kitchen.
Track and update timers remotely."

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Hope this isn't against TOA.! Anyy others out there?

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  1. Just wanted to say thanks for this. I doubt I'll ever use the menu or shopping list functions, but as a recipe organizer this is a great site (and free!). It beats just bookmarking everything and the search function makes it easy to find things.

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    1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

      already hooked on the menu and shopping list functions too, but that's because I had my own little system going already. I definitely may need intervention, the site is too addicting!

      1. re: lilgi

        Can it automatically create a shopping list from a recipe? If so, how? I can't figure it out and can't find any help on the website. Thanks!

        1. re: wincountrygirl

          Select a recipe. Click on “Add to Shopping List” over on the right-hand side of your screen. It will bring up a list of all ingredients in that recipe. Make sure there is a checkmark next to those ingredients you want to add to your shopping list. Click on “Add to List.” Do this for each recipe you’ll be shopping for. When finished, click on “Shopping” at the top of the Pepperplate page and it will create a shopping list for you with the ingredients you’ve chosen to add to the list. You can then customize that list so the ingredients are arranged either by category or by the supermarket aisle where the ingredient is stocked.

          1. re: JoanN

            Thanks. Does this also work on the iphone app or do I need to do it on the website?

            1. re: wincountrygirl

              No idea. I'll be the last kid on my block to get an iPhone.

              1. re: wincountrygirl

                I find I can access my recipes even when I don't have wi-fi access, so yes, you can create a shopping list on your iPhone.

      2. I just posted about this site as well - lilgi pointed it out to me and I LOVE it. I've already add all of my favorites from Food & Wine and a ton of other blog posts that had been languishing in my bookmark file for ages. I've made like 6 new recipes in the last couple of weeks that I would probably never have bothered unearthing if it weren't for Pepperplate. Awesome website!

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        1. re: biondanonima

          Hmm... you might actually be the person I meant to thank. I read about it on the boards recently and then did a search for the post again today. Didn't bother to check the date on the OP until just now. So thank you too!

          In any case, it's a great site.

        2. I was hooked up to pepperplate by lilgi's recommendation on another tread. Best ever tool for recipe organizing I've ever seen on the web. I love love love that little bookmarklet function available, killer easy.

          1. So glad to see more folks discovering it! I thought I might be crazy! It seems too good to be true! you should have seen me on Thanksgiving! I have it on my ipad (okay, husbands ipad), and had seven or so recipes with timers going!

            1. Is there an easy way to automatically import several recipes in word or .pdf formats?

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              1. re: firecooked

                No import function for .doc or.pdf that I am aware of, but have had success simply copying and pasting by section;

                i.e. ingredients, directions, and comments.

                1. re: Shrinkrap

                  I've also just been copying and pasting by section -- it actually takes way less time than I thought it would. One nice feature is that it spaces paragraphs and numbers steps automatically, so I haven't had to spend much time formatting. I can just paste it right in.

                  1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                    I do the same thing -- cut & paste by section. Sometimes I do an image search and import a photo, too.

                    1. re: CindyJ

                      I did that for all my recipes; I guess it doesn't matter if it's for your own personal use, but it was certainly half the fun just pulling up photos to match. I think the genius of this site is how accessible it makes your info, increasing productivity from 0 to 90 in no time, and because I'm able to plan more carefully my grocery bills have decreased somewhat. I find myself throwing random items in my cart much less lately.

                      1. re: lilgi

                        Thanks! I've played around with this, it seems brilliant. Can see it being useful for planning a big dinner party.

                        1. re: firecooked

                          The shopping list always needs a bit of editing but I can live with that, it takes care of most of the guess work.

              2. OK... next question. If I do cut and paste to import my recipes, can I share these with my friends?

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                1. re: firecooked

                  I don't know of a way to share - if you just send a link to someone, it takes them to the login page. It would be nice to have an export function to put anything from the site into a word or pdf doc that you could then email.

                  1. re: firecooked

                    Scratch that - if you click into a recipe, you'll see a "Share" button on the right side - you can email recipes to friends, or post them to Facebook/Twitter. If you email the recipe, it goes to the recipient in Pepperplate format with a link they can click to add it to their own Pepperplate account. They really have thought of everything!

                    1. re: biondanonima

                      It seems that the entire recipe entry doesn't get sent when you share a recipe; photos and notes, for example, aren't included. BUT, if the recipient adds the recipe to their own PP account, everything gets transferred over.

                      I'm not really clear about the intention of the planner feature, though. Does anyone use that?

                      1. re: CindyJ

                        I use it, that's how I manage to save a few bucks overall because it's so easy to plan out my weekly meals - then I just pull up what I'm making for the week and put it in the shopping cart, so that's where I do a lot of editing; still much easier the way everything is set up. But as I mentioned up thread, I've noticed that I'm reaching for fewer random items when I go grocery shopping now, very nice bonus!

                  2. Thanks, all, for posting this. I just started and already love it. Finally, all my recipes will eventually be in one place and available anywhere there's wifi.

                    I'm having a problem with arranging the recipes by category, though. It seems that the recipes that I import won't let me assign a category, but the ones I cut and paste will. I always hit "done" after typing the category, but none of the imports will show a category.

                    Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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                    1. re: bear

                      I find that when I'm adding categories, the website can be kind of slow. I type a comma after each category, which seems to make them come up faster (as if it makes the site recognize that you're done with that word), but even that doesn't always work. I just keep deleting and retyping the comma until the word shows up with an X after it (so it looks like a category tag instead of just a typed word).

                      1. re: biondanonima

                        Thanks. I guess I just need to be more patient and persistent. Maybe I was forgetting the commas on those recipes and it's coincidence that they're all imported.

                        1. re: biondanonima

                          I've found if I click on "enter" after each category, and keep typing, eventually it all gets caught up.

                        2. re: bear

                          I had the same problem, but then realized that if you click on the pencil by the title to edit, once the recipe is in place, you can add the category.

                        3. Okay, now I'm going to get a little greedy. You know what I'd LOVE as a natural extension of Pepperplate? I'd love to be able to create my own hard copy cookbook. Import recipes, photos, notes, maybe some anecdotal information, and create a book I can give as a gift to my kids. I know it wouldn't be difficult to do using a combination of PP and Shutterfly or one of the other online places like it. But how great it would be to be able to do it all on PP.

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                          1. re: CindyJ

                            You know, I had the same thought. It would be great.

                          2. I don't get how to create categories -- what is supposed to happen when I try to arrange by category? I have registered and have 7 recipes imported so far.

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                            1. re: blue room

                              The categories you add are kind of like labels or keywords so that you can easily search through your recipes. I label everything by meal, type of cuisine and prominent ingredients, since those are usually my criteria for choosing a recipe.

                              When you click to arrange by category, you can check only the categories you want to see. If you type something into the search box at the top, it will also bring up any recipe labeled with your search term. Just click the "categories" tab in the search results. I've added 68 recipes so far, and this is one of the most useful functions for navigating through them.

                              1. re: blue room

                                To create categories, just click into any recipe. You'll see little blue pencil icons to the right of the title of the recipe, the ingredient list, the instructions and the notes. Click the pencil by the title, and it will allow you to edit the title, the source and the categories. You just type in whatever categories you want to use, and once you've used them once they'll appear each time you go to edit another recipe.

                                1. re: biondanonima

                                  OK, thank you both!
                                  I never woud have seen those little blue pencils...

                                2. re: blue room

                                  I think you'll find, as I have, that the more recipes you have on PP, the more useful those categories will be.

                                3. This is exciting! I just signed up and only put in one recipe, via URL. I will have to set up a system to quickly copy and paste the links. Is there a way it can see and import my saved recipes in Epicurious? Or do I have to go to the URL for each one. Luckily, there are "only" 115 of them.

                                  I have huge amounts of recipes in Springpad, and many typed or pasted into text files and .docs up on my mac account. I have my work cut out for me!

                                  Thanks for the GREAT tip!

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                                  1. re: bmallorca

                                    You can add an "Add to Pepperplate" button to your browser so that instead of having to copy and paste links, you can just go to each recipe on Epi, hit that button and it will import with just one click. I did this with my Food & Wine favorites and it only took me a couple of slow days at work to get all 450 recipes moved into Pepperplate.

                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                      oh thanks! that makes perfect sense, and much easier!

                                      1. re: biondanonima

                                        I must be missing the obvious, but I can't find a place on the site (even in the help menu) where this button exists to be added to my browser bar. Can someone point me there?

                                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                          Caitlin, on the upper right hand corner of the site it says 'get the pepperplate bookmarklet'. After you download, make your toolbar visible - there should be a spot that says "add to pepperplate". Is this what you needed?

                                          1. re: lilgi

                                            Thank you, lilgi. I had missed that, I think because it only appears on the recipes page, and I haven't spent much time exploring the site yet.

                                            1. re: lilgi

                                              I can't see the bookmarklet message on either the website or my app. I have checked the recipe page, the import page, and the homepage. Any ideas?
                                              Thank you.

                                              1. re: Palamine

                                                Palamine, if you check out the top of your recipes page, it's to the right of where it says "recipe list", "import recipe", and "manual recipe".

                                                1. re: lilgi

                                                  Found it. I think I must have just looked at the app. It is indeed on the website. My bad!

                                                2. re: Palamine

                                                  Palamine, it's in a biggish box on the "my recipes" page -- not a button, not just a word link. There is some cyan blue text at the top inside that box that says "get the pepperplate bookmarklet"

                                                   
                                        2. Why bother with an app? Create a free blog, make sure you are the only one who can read/write it and post your recipes. Access them anywhere there's a computer and not your phone etc... This app is a waste of time.

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                                            1. re: upkerry11

                                              I don't see how cutting and pasting all your recipes into a blog is more of a time saver than cutting and pasting a recipe into PP or dragging a url into a bookmark. And then you'd have to add categories and create shopping list and menu-planning features that are already included here. And obviously, once your recipes are on PP, you can access them from any device from which you go online. Why spend the time to try to recreate, probably less effectively, something that already exists?

                                              1. re: upkerry11

                                                I use Pepperplate on my computer, not on a phone -- AND I can access it from any computer by simply logging in to my account. I think using PP couldn't be easier! It's the greatest app ever!

                                                1. re: upkerry11

                                                  I get what you are saying, but have you tried it (Never mind....I am guessing you have, sorry...)?

                                                  For me, it's really no bother, and it's free.

                                                  To me, it offers WAY more than access from anywhere. And when you are getting a recipe from a pepperplate friendly source, what could be easier than "add to pepperplate"?

                                                2. I paid for (and I never pay for apps) and downloaded the Paprika app literally minutes before I found Pepperplate which is free.

                                                  Since I bought it I have been only using Paprika and I love it. it sounds identical.

                                                  Has anyone else done a comparison?

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                                                  1. re: MSK

                                                    I also have Paprika and love it. Curious if anyone has done a comparison.

                                                    1. re: MSK

                                                      So now that I have the all this time invested in loading up Paprika, I realize one feature I don't care!! :(

                                                      You must purchase the app for each device separately ($4.99/each) .........but cloud and syncing between the devices are free. Grrrr!

                                                      I see that the app icon for PepperPlate is on both my devices via sync. Does it sync the content for free too?? That would be a definitely plus in that corner, especially since the app itself is also free.

                                                      1. re: MSK

                                                        I am using Pepperplate and my content is synching fine between my iPhone, iPad and laptop.

                                                    2. I'd love to know if anyone has experimented in Pepperplate with PDFs. When I pull recipes out of magazines, I three hole punch them and put them in a three ring binder until I try the recipe. Once I try it and "approve" it, ideally I'd love to be able to scan it into PDF format and then import it into Pepperplate. Any feedback?

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                                                      1. re: farmersdaughter

                                                        I used to pdf most of my recipes, I think the only thing you can do is copy and paste unless someone knows otherwise. There's a text option in adobe pdf that allows you to do so.

                                                        1. re: farmersdaughter

                                                          Many recipes published in magazines are available online through the magazine's site - I think (like liligi said) your best bet is to find the recipe online and then cut and paste if it isn't one of PP's supported sites. Still easy.
                                                          I love the app but I am overwhelmed by all of the recipes I've accumulated and have yet to try in all of their various forms (cookbooks, scraps of paper, recipe cards, magazines, fabulous apps). I do find myself trying more recipes using PP just because I can access them from my phone and am only saving the ones I really want to try.

                                                        2. I found this on another forum
                                                          "I was looking at cloud based recipe sites with a good iPad app recently and decided on Pepperplate. The iPad app looks great and they have really good options for importing recipes from over 20 cooking related sites. There’s also a great browser bookmarklet to make the importing of web based recipes simple.

                                                          However, I have a library of over 300 recipes in a Word document that I’d like to import and they don’t have the ability to import from a text or XML file so I’ve written a web tool called PepperIn to do bulk import of recipes to Pepperplate"

                                                          http://flnkr.com/2012/01/21/pepperpla...

                                                          "Welcome to the Recipe Importer for Pepperplate
                                                          This is a tool that is currently under development and I'm making it available for test purposes. Feedback is welcome here
                                                          If you have a library of recipes in a Microsoft Word or text document and wish you could import them in bulk to Pepperplate, this is the tool for you. With some re-formatting work, this utility will import your recipes. For information on how to convert your document so that it can be imported read this post."
                                                          http://pepperin.cloudfoundry.com/

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                                                          1. re: Shrinkrap

                                                            That's amazing. I can't wait to try it. Thanks!

                                                          2. Based on the comments re PDFs and Docs, it sounds like there is no support for importing a recipe as any kind of image; the text must be cut and pasted, correct? A shame. I have hundreds of recipes in hard copy and have been looking for a tool that would let me scan them into pdfs with keywords so they are easily organized and searchable. Anybody?

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                                                            1. re: wasabica

                                                              Paprika will allow cut & paste of PDF images but you do have to break them up into ingredients, directions, notes, etc. See my other new posts about my experience w/ Paprika. (For me it works much better than Pepperpot did)

                                                            2. I just downloaded the bookmark link and am loving it even more. I think it will only get better as more sites link to it.

                                                              I feel a bit dense, though. I can't figure out how to get all the recipes from each category to be grouped together. They seem to randomly appear, or become alphabetical if I click on that. I must be missing the obvious. Anyone?

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                                                              1. re: bear

                                                                If you're looking at the Recipe List view, you should see headings to the right of the alpha and date sort that say Filter By, Categories [All] and Favorites. If you click on the Categories heading, all of your categories will come up with boxes next to them - just click the ones you want and hit save, and you'll have just the recipes you want.

                                                                1. re: biondanonima

                                                                  Thanks so much, bion. I did manage to check the box and group them that way with your help. I'll get the hang of it eventually.

                                                                  1. re: biondanonima

                                                                    Is there any way of looking for a specific category you've put in (ie vegetable) on your phone? I would need that in order to make it really useable. It's probably obvious, but I haven't been able to figure it out..

                                                                    1. re: mirage

                                                                      Paprika's search tool is so much better.

                                                                2. I just spent quite a while adding recipes from this thread. I used the Pepperplate bookmark and it was so easy. Just a click of the mouse and that's it. It's so much easier to manage the recipes I want to try.

                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/379665

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                                                                  1. Thanks for posting this! I'd been on the lookout for something similar, and am real pleased with the functionality of this so far! I like that I can have my shopping lists right on my phone, very handy. Also that it natively supports Simply Recipes, my fav recipe website :)

                                                                    1. I love this app/website combo so much. My two favorite features are the shopping list and the scaling function. One thing to note: I went into settings and turned off the auto-sync function on the app, because I wasn't sure how much of a battery drain it is. I just re-enable it before I want to build a shopping list, then turn it back off again.

                                                                      1. I've been using this for a while; it's great! I'm really hoping that import program works well... I have some large Word documents sitting around. So nice of him to share it. I just wanted to point out that they've recently added one of my fave sites to the import list -- Food52. *dances*

                                                                        I take it that toolbar button doesn't work on an ipad, or does anybody know of an ipad browser in which you can add buttons? I know there are browsers out there with different functionalities.

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                                                                        1. re: juster

                                                                          The links don't seem to lead to the application anymore. Sigh.

                                                                          And the pepperplate toolbar applet doesn't work on my android galaxy, either.

                                                                          1. re: Shrinkrap

                                                                            The cloudfoundry link to the app works for me. For the importing instructions, try
                                                                            http://flnkr.com/search?criteria=Pepp...

                                                                            You can also link to the app fom there.

                                                                        2. I liked Pepperplate. I moved over 1000 recipes onto it (mostly from allrecipes.com) and used it fir over 6 months ... but it had limits so I did keep looking. If you're 100% HAPPY with Pepperplate then don't bother reading any further ... If you're only 90% happy then check out Paprika.com. I've been on Paprika for about 9 months and I LOVE it ! The shopping list function is much more flexible, the input and recipe creation functions are easier; there's a longer list of sites it accepts for auto creation of recipes but most of all I LOVE the calendar/scheduling function. Everything fits so nicely and works so well together. The only 2% qualm I still have is there's no PC application but It works so well on iPad, iPhone & Android that I'm not sure I miss my laptop even 2%. Try Paprika ... I think you'll be impressed

                                                                          1. I like and use Pepperplate. My biggest complaint, however, is that I have to repeatedly load more recipes rather than just scroll through them more gracefully.

                                                                            1. thanks! this is nearly perfect for our needs!

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                                                                              1. re: kewpie

                                                                                Your welcome! I noticed epicurious now has a similar "add to epicurious" feature.

                                                                                Uh, oh. Don't see it. Yes I do; it's called the epi clipper, and you drag it to your bookmark bar.

                                                                                http://www.epicurious.com/community/e...

                                                                              2. Anyone having a problem with search in pepperplate? I'm kind of panicked it's not working. I've been really bad about tagging/categorizing recipes lately, but I've not been too worried about it because the search always worked so nicely.

                                                                                ~TDQ

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                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                  I just tried searching for chocolate and had no problem.

                                                                                  1. re: bear

                                                                                    Hmmm...okay, thank you. I wonder if there's something wrong with my browser. Maybe I'll reboot.

                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                      It seems to want to search for whole words. I searched for "caramel" and did not find "caramelized onion ...," but when I tried again with "caramelized" it worked fine.

                                                                                      hard to remember, since I usually figure that entering the first half dozen characters is good...

                                                                                  2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                    I also am not having a problem, but apparently they updated their search results page.... It's a tile view with big pictures instead of list view with smaller ones. When did they do that? If it was really recent, I wonder if that was part of your problem.

                                                                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                      Interesting! I can't see any images, just a search return along the lines of "31 results for "quinoa"
                                                                                      Show results from Titles Ingredients" and a button that says LOAD MORE RESULTS. But nothing happens when I click load and the page is otherwise blank.

                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                        Mine showed pictures, too, for the first time. I actually think it is more helpful than the old search function. I hope it works for you, DQ!

                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                          Here's what it should look like. What browser are you using?

                                                                                           
                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                              Quite likely. That version came out in May of 2012. I'm using Chrome, though, so maybe another Safari user could offer more insight.

                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                I'm using Safari too, but I have no idea which version. Macbook Air purchased about six months ago.

                                                                                                1. re: bear

                                                                                                  Might be time to allow a software update. Bear, I'm envious of your macbook air. Does it feel fragile, like you have to be extra careful with it?

                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                    I do worry about dropping it, but I keep it on a bamboo cutting board when I'm sitting around with it so I'm less likely to forget it's on my lap and then stand up. It is so light and easy to lift, though, and a breeze to perch on a rack on the kitchen table for recipes, etc. I'm new to mac products and just love it. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

                                                                                        2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                          Hey, DQ, are you still having trouble with the search function? I just went to search for chocolate, and it just keeps saying "Searching your recipes" with no results. Boo!

                                                                                          1. re: bear

                                                                                            Yes. That's exactly what's happening to me now. Thank you for letting me know. I let my safari update and thought maybe that was the problem. Now I see it's not just me... They must be tinkering with it?

                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                              Let's hope they resolve it soon. I guess I'll just have to go through and categorize the ones I haven't done lately.

                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                Not working for me either. I keep getting a zero results response when searching for words I know are in saved recipe titles. I've tried Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. I've tried adding Pepperplate to my Chrome Cookies exception files, I've tried not running AdBlock, and I've tried clearing cookies. Nada. Just sent a message to their help desk. Will let you know if I get a response that works.

                                                                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                  Thanks, Joan. Maybe they're improving the site. If not, I think it might be time to look elsewhere. Can't say I'm excited about repasting all those recipes, though.

                                                                                                  1. re: bear

                                                                                                    For fear that something might happen to Pepperplate (not sure where I got the idea that something might, but I did), I began saving each recipe as a PDF in a Pepperplate backup file. Maybe that created bad karma and that's why I'm having problems now?

                                                                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                      Bad karma or not, that's a great idea. Think I'll start doing the same.

                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                        Here's a little info from Pepperplate's "forum" that might facilitate backing up recipes: https://pepperplate.zendesk.com/entri...

                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                          Now that you’ve supplied that link, TDQ, I’m reminded that it was having come across either this post or a similar one that gave me the impetus to start backing up my PP files. That they had “plans” to offer such a feature in a “future update” in September of 2012 and that despite some minor updates there is still no information about when such a feature might be available, was what led me to be preemptive. A year and a half is an uncomfortably long time in the electronic world to be still planning for a feature that has yet to be realized. I only have something short of 300 recipes stored there, not the 1000 you have, so backing up was not overly burdensome for me. I just opened each recipe and with no more than a couple of keyboard strokes was able to save each as a PDF to a Pepperplate backup file on my desktop. Since that first batch backup, I now automatically save a backup each time I save a new recipe to Pepperplate.

                                                                                                          I see from the revived thread on Recipe Organizers/Apps ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9174... ) that there are some new players in the game since I last researched this. I’ll probably make a switch at some point, but am in no hurry to do so as long as I know my information is safely backed up.

                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                            So, did you hear that? The sound of my heart breaking? I just heard back from pepperplate re: this problem. First they blew me off saying search had been broken but was now fixed, try again. And then I pushed back saying, no not fixed for me on any of the three browsers I use. Their reply: known problem but no estimated date for fixing it.

                                                                                                            So, basically what this tells me is that they don't worry about keeping their software working with older browsers as they march forward with updates. Truth is, I do need a new computer and when I do, that should fix my out of date browser problem but I don't like their philosophy at all.

                                                                                                            Devastating.

                                                                                                            They did say to try Chrome, which I will do.

                                                                                                            I may need to look at some of the new players. Even if chrome works for me I'm more worried than ever than place my trust in this database. I'm not sure I have the discipline to back up...

                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                              While that is a slightly unfriendly outlook, I can't say it's terribly uncommon. To stay relevant, pretty much everyone has to sacrifice compatibility with older software in favor of flashy new things. No one wants to use a website that looks and feels 10 years old, you know?

                                                                                                              I guess what I'm saying is that I understand how frustrating it is on your end, but I also don't blame them one bit.

                                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                Actually what annoyed me the most was the initial blowing me off. I gave specific details about the behavior I was seeing and what browsers I was using and they just said, "That was broken and now has been fixed." They didn't even really read it. And it makes me wonder if I can trust any subsequent responses.

                                                                                                                And I don't like the "no timetable" response. Really, if they have no intention of fixing it, they should say so. If they have an intention of fixing it they can find a way to answer that question more satisfactorily. In the meantime, they can communicate more proactively about what they're doing and what the system requirements are for using their software.

                                                                                                                I have over a thousand recipes in their database. Yes, I'm using it for free, but it appears that you get what you pay for. Since they feel no obligation to provide any kind of customer service, it makes me worry about what they'll break next and blow me off about. Because, you know, I'm getting it for free. I'd rather pay for something reliable.

                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                  Okay, I getcha. There's nothing more annoying than a generic "customer service" response that doesn't address half of your problem.

                                                                                                                  I've never really wanted an Apple product before, but I am tempted to get an iPad just to try out Paprika.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                    Thanks. I didn't want any kind of voice of reason to get in the way of my indignation! :)

                                                                                                                    What I loved about PP is that it worked across both Mac and PC platforms. I'm an apple user at home and a PC user at the office...

                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                      TDQ, I understand your customer-service indignation given the non-response you received, but unfortunately, I have to agree with Kontxesi that you shouldn't expect websites to work indefinitely with very old browsers - it's just not the industry standard. Honestly, I'm a bit surprised you don't have issues with CH working, given the responses I've read on the Site Talk board, where people from Chow told people having old-browser issues that their updates only support the last two versions of a browser.

                                                                                                                      And while this is a bit of closing the barn door after the horse is out regarding your thousand-plus recipes, my recommendation is assiduously tagging your recipes, because sorting via categories can locate things even when they don't turn up in search. I don't always make this happen, but I do try to take an extra few seconds to assign categories when I add a new recipe, and failing that, to go in and spend a few minutes on it every so often to get to the latest ones I've added before it gets away from me. While I know this might be beyond you now with your volume of saved recipes (and probable lack of time), it's something to maybe think about for the future, including if you move your recipes to another platform.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                        Ah, more common sense getting in the way of my indignation!

                                                                                                                        You know, the biggest problem with tagging is that it isn't seamless to do with the import bookmarklet!

                                                                                                                        BUt, yes, I wish I'd tagged more.

                                                                                                                        So at this point I'm left to decide if I should
                                                                                                                        a) update my browsers and/or try chrome (which I will probably do)
                                                                                                                        b) go back and tag all of my old pepperplate recipes
                                                                                                                        c) or, while I'm bothering to go through one by one and tag them, export them to something else.

                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                          Not being able to tag from the bookmarklet (which is pretty much the only way I add recipes) is the reason I don't always tag right away, though I do try to click through and do it so it doesn't get away from me. I wish they had it built in, but wonder if it isn't because your tags are remembered in your account (once you start tagging, that drop-down makes it go a lot quicker).

                                                                                                                          I do recommend updating your browsers where possible, at least to the latest version your current computer and OS will support. I use and prefer Chrome myself, but while updating your current browsers as much as possible might/might not entirely fix *this* issue, it will certainly improve your web experience in general.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                            I do need to update my browsers. The weird thing is I thought I did for Safari and it broke a bunch more stuff. And I though I did for I/E at work and as far as I can tell, nothing has changed. Maybe I'll try chrome.

                                                                                                                            And the problem with going through and tagging 1000 recipes is that you have to start at the top and page down. And every time you update a recipe (by tagging it), it pops to the top. So, even if I had a plan to update 10 a day, which would take me 100 days (too long, so let's say 20 a day, which would take me 50 days), there's so much scrolling down involved.

                                                                                                                            Do you know a quicker way?

                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                              Hi, I didn't read the linked thread, but noticed you say you are an apple user at home but use a PC at work.

                                                                                                                              I do the same, but uses firefox and chrome. I wouldn't recommend either IE or safari. And if you use IE, you should use a fairly new version like IE 11.

                                                                                                                              I work in software and IE is a pain to support, especially IE 7-9. We have paid customers on all three of these versions so we can't drop the support, but the effort we put in to make it works for these legacy browsers is enormous. Unless pepperplate has a Mac development environment, safari might not even feature on their testing list. (We don't test safari, btw).

                                                                                                                              Most developers use chrome, with firefox being the second choice. They are the easiest to get things working as both are very standards compliant. Also, if developers are using them, chances of bugs being picked up and fixed are higher.

                                                                                                                              Just a little rant to tell you that you could just use one of these two as they are available in both PC and Mac anyway!

                                                                                                                              1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                Good insight. The voices of reason in this thread are converging! Use Chrome! Update your browser!

                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                        2. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                          And, P.S. Yes, Chowhound has pretty much stopped working from my very old version of internet explorer, but it works on Mozilla. But, I suddenly, inexplicably, can't even login to pepperplate using Mozilla! From the office, I actually use the so-old-even-Chowhound-won't-use-it version of IE to login to pepperplate. It's so weird!

                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                            Maybe they're blocking you for challenging them! :o

                                                                                                                            Sorry for starting the common sense downpour. ;)

                                                                                                              2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                JoanN, can you explain HOW you save recipes to your desktop? I tried saving, but no PDF option appears - it goes to my Word folder, where my options are to save the whole page (definitely overkill) or just the HTML (a bit messy). I have a PC running Windows 7 and Word 2013, and use either Chrome or Firefox for internet. I, too, have several hundred recipes on PP, most of which are not duplicated in my binder-clad recipe collection or my PC file, so I'd like to back them up somehow. Thanks in advance!

                                                                                                                1. re: LawSinger

                                                                                                                  My guess is that she uses a "pdf printer". For lack of a better description, it's software you install so that when you click on "print" you have the option of making a pdf file instead of a paper copy thru your normal printer.
                                                                                                                  Unfortunately, I'm not on my Windows computer at the moment so I can't tell you which one I have installed but there are many (Bullzip is one) that can easily be found by googling "pdf printer".

                                                                                                                  1. re: LawSinger

                                                                                                                    Yes, Bryan is right. My printer software came with the option to "print to PDF." So I can just click on print, click on print as PDF, and save to the Pepperplate backup file on my desktop.

                                                                                                                  2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                    Joan -- can you walk me through how you save your PP recipes as PDF files? Thanks!

                                                                                                                    EDIT: OOPS! I should have read further. I just saw your reply to LawSinger.

                                                                                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                      Have you tried Plan to eat? Its similar to Pepperplate and you can just import all of your recipes over from Pepperplate to Plan to eat.

                                                                                                                      1. re: skvenus

                                                                                                                        At $39/year a think I'll pass. That's way too much money for something I can get for free that does exactly the same thing.

                                                                                                          2. re: bear

                                                                                                            I'm having the same problems. Started happening on Friday. I always "classify" my recipes so the search should be easy. But it's not working. Had problems a couple of weeks ago too, with photo's not showing up randomly. Makes me sad.

                                                                                                            1. re: bear

                                                                                                              OK, now the search function has returned to not working for me the same way it was not working before, which is it returns with a screen that is blank, except that is says it found X number of recipes and a button that says "load more results" that does nothing when clicked.

                                                                                                              Is it working for all of you now?

                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                It's mostly working for me again. Some of the pictures aren't showing up, but that's no big deal. It does make me nervous, though. I think Joan's spot on about backing up the recipes.

                                                                                                            2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                              My search is working, but if I navigate to the detail of a recipe after performing a find, the found set is lost. Every single one of my images is missing.

                                                                                                              The tile view was a feature upgrade about three months ago and actually worked very well on a tablet.

                                                                                                              I would be happy to pay something to use pepperplate, in fact, it has always concerned me that this is a hobby-program.

                                                                                                              1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                It's all working for me this morning - search, images, and if I click to a recipe from search results and use the back button, I'm returned to the search set.

                                                                                                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                  Huh. Search is not working from either my home or work computers (different operating systems). Of course, both browsers are about a million years old in cat and browser years, so maybe that's the problem. Or maybe I have to clear cookies or something.

                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                    If PP has upgraded things on their end, I wouldn't be surprised if it no longer supports very old browser versions. However, you're only one of a bunch on this thread having issues, including in various browsers and OS, so I doubt that's the sole factor.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                      Well, I have over a thousand recipes in PP! I can't get at any but the last ten, or what I'm willing to scroll down through. I see that people are complaining a little bit on their facebook page, but since I'm not on facebook, I can't see how pepperplate has responded. I hope they take care of us dinosaurs soon.

                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                  2. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                    After reading through this thread, I went into PP to see what I'd find and I found it all working as expected. Photos are in my files, the search function worked fine, all of my recipes are there. FWIW, I'm using Chrome on an old MacBook.

                                                                                                                    1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                                                      Hmmm...maybe I should try Chrome!

                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                        What browser are you using at work? You mentioned that you have two different browsers at work and at home.

                                                                                                                        I'm using Chrome at work and Firefox at home, both working fine. (I did have my pictures disappear for a while, but they're all back now.)

                                                                                                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                          At work I/E and mozzilla. I can't even login in mozzilla!

                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                    2. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                      Mine are all working again today as well. But, just as a precaution, I am putting them in pdf files. I used to bookmark everything, but then found sites disappeared and I lost that recipe. That's when I started using pepperplate. I'd be lost if I lost all those recipes. So - backup plan is now in place.

                                                                                                                      1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                        I'm putting them in google drive.

                                                                                                                        1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                          I wonder if I should start using evernote for this instead, or, at least as a back-up?

                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                      2. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                        All my images are back! Clearly, s/he is doing updates this week. :-)

                                                                                                                        1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                          On Safari at home, all images are back and search is working again.

                                                                                                                    3. I have all my recipes tagged, but that doesn't mean the tags will work. For instance, I recently put in a recipe I got from the Penzey's website (Wasabi Beef and Noodles - which I made, btw, and it was great). The tags were beef, pasta, asian. When I went to bring up the recipe, I typed in "beef" and it didn't show, then typed in pasta, same thing. I could pull it by searching for wasabi. Makes me go hmmmm............

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                                                                                                                      1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                        Ohoh, that's not good.

                                                                                                                        I did try it on Chrome and it appears to be working again, although, to be honest, I don't love the way the search results now display photos. Lots of wasted space unless lots of your recipes have photos. I'd say only 20% of mine do.

                                                                                                                        But, at least I can get at them for now. Or at least I think I can, your most recent concern not withstanding.

                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                        1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                          Hmm, boyzoma, in this example you gave, looking for the wasabi beef and noodles, it sounds as if you were using the search function when you were looking for the recipe. Is that correct? Because I'm no PP expert, but I believe the search function is based on words in the title and/or text of the recipe, rather than the categories you've tagged it with. So, of course any of those searches - or at the least beef as well as wasabi - should have returned the recipe in the result, because those words will show up in title and/or text, and it's frustrating that they don't. But because you've tagged them, you don't need to use the wonky search function to locate them, instead you can click Categories next to Filter at the top of your recipe list, check off one or more categories, and click save, and you'll get a list of everything within those parameters.

                                                                                                                          I realize this doesn't help those who haven't tagged, or address the questions regarding PP's short- or long-term viability, but wanted to point it out so you can get better results since you do have yours all tagged.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                            Actually I was using the category function and clicking on beef, pasta or asian. I shouldn't have said "typed". Miss use of information on my part. But I did find it by typing in the Wasabi in the search function. BTW - Today it worked the way that the category function was designed to. HOWEVER, today lots of the photo's are not all showing up (again).

                                                                                                                            1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                              Oh, dear. Well, that's a drag. So far, I haven't had the categories not work, and have only briefly had photos go missing but I suspect I'm not hitting PP as often as some/many, either.

                                                                                                                          2. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                            Oh, dear. I'm having the same problem.... I just entered "taco", and it brought up one recipe. I've got to have, oh, twenty or so taco recipes in there. :/

                                                                                                                            I try to keep on top of my categorizing, but I never made one for this. Bummer.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                              Well, now my pix's are not showing up AGAIN. I'm getting seriously pi**ed.

                                                                                                                          3. Sweet Jesus. I got a new computer a few days ago and am finally running Windows 8. I've just installed the Pepperplate app and just about fell out of my chair. So much different than just running it from the website! I might be in love all over again.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                              Do you know where the Pepperplate app stores local backup on Windows 8?

                                                                                                                            2. Has the day come already?

                                                                                                                              Anyone having issues today? I can't log in, and my phone won't sync up to get the changes I made on the computer last night....

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                                                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                Everything's working fine for me, on my computer and syncing with the mobile app.

                                                                                                                              2. I tried to log on to Pepperplate (using Chrome) and could not. This is the first time I've had a problem with them. Got a "run time" error message. I then waited 3 or 4 minutes, tried again and got in with no problems.

                                                                                                                                I have the app loaded on my smart phone and it loaded and synched just fine.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                  No problem here.... somedays I really wish that we were paying for this app so we had some say in the upgrades.