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Jan 27, 2014 08:26 AM

Chow- please make a mobile app!!

I just downloaded the epicurious app, which is nice, but it makes me want a chow app even more! The content of this site is better. Almost more importantly, the user base of chow is much more congenial and sophisticated in the kitchen. Having an app similar to epicurious will make using chow recipes and discussion boards a lot more fluid. Anyone else agree???

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  1. An app would be preferably over accessing the site via mobile search engine. So, yes!

    If Epicurious can do it, why not CH. E's app is free and very user friendly for a variety of platforms.

    1. The request gets made frequently, and apparently falls on deaf ears. Here is just one of many existing threads:

      Its beyond belief to me that that in 2014 there is no CH app.

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        I thought it MUST have been asked already. I never use Epicurious's site over Chow's. With their new app though I may switch over. It's so much easier to use!

        1. re: amykake

          isn't Epicurious app just recipes? or is there a discussion board too?

          1. re: drewskiSF

            Only in the review section per recipe, so not really. Hence why I'd prefer a Chow app.

            1. re: amykake

              I added the Epi app page so fellow CH's could see what other food sites are doing and how commonplace.

              No matter how many times this question has been asked, wanting something addressed often means asking again and again. Especially if you are able to attract a large number of CH members who would want the app feature. App costs money to develop; even if offered free to users. Rally an audience for one :)

              1. re: amykake

                I downloaded Epicurious, and saw that is was just a recipe source. I don't use Chow recipes that much. So I don't see the relevance.

                As I discussed in another recent Site thread, there is a font size issue on my 7" tablet. The mobile version tends to be too large, though not bad when viewed in vertical orientation. 'desktop' version is on the small size, but since the layout isn't crowded, it is easy to click on links.

                I'm a new tablet user, and have ended up using the browser more than specialized apps. I have enough resolution that I can view most desktop sites, and the ability to sync with the desktop Chrome is convenient.

                Even after looking at the other thread, it isn't obvious what a Chow app would do for those of us who follow and contribute to discussions.

                I suspect Chow's engineering staff (2-3 people?) knows more about web site design (html, javascript, css) than about app design (android java, ipad?). If so it is probably easier to adapt to new browser features than to construct an app from scratch.

                1. re: paulj

                  Fair to say it depends on how you design the app and what the teams goals are for using it. Most of the reading/contributing apps I use do two things really well, recruit members and keep members up to date. The rest, you go to the site for.

                  1. re: paulj

                    "I suspect Chow's engineering staff (2-3 people?) knows more about web site design ..."

                    I suspect a company that is part of CBS ($14 B in revenue and 20,000 employees) could come up with the resources to produce an app.

                    1. re: carolinadawg

                      What CBS Interactive app should they use as a starting point?

          2. I just found that StackOverflow has added an Android App. It's a question & answer oriented 'discussion' site (with a fancier 'recommend' system). It's best known for it's computer programming topics, though its is a potential challenger to Home Cooking.

            Off hand the app looks good, though I'll have to use it more to judge whether it's an improvement over the browser. But if you want to suggest features that Chow could put in its app, SO might give you ideas.

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            1. re: paulj

              I use StackOverflow a lot for programming questions. In no way do I see it rivaling the Home Cooking board.

              "This site is all about getting answers. It's not a discussion forum. There's no chit-chat. Just questions... and answers."

              An example on a substitution for oysters: got closed as off topic.

              Still, the app does rock.

            2. I don't want it. The site is working very well on my iPad right now, so I'm hoping they don't tinker with it too much. If a new interface is developed for mobile, it should be optional. The ones I have seen with displays which cannot be stretched are difficult use for many my age.

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                1. re: GH1618

                  What is your age, if you don't mind stating. I'm retired a bot over 5 years due to disability

                  1. re: knitone

                    I'm 66. As people age, the ability of the eye to adjust focus diminishes. That's why we have reading glasses and "large print" editions. It is helpful to aging eyes to be able to expand the image on a tablet screen.

                    1. re: GH1618

                      Agreed. I have to do that as well.