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How Recipe Text is Written on Webpage Will Prevent Importing
on December 4, 2014
First off, the app did synch with my Dropbox account effortlessly - perhaps the key here is already having the Dropbox interface download and registered on the device? I can't say as those who had issues with Dropbox don't really give any details. Of course trying to figure out what is up with import is difficult too as Amazon doesn't allow outside URLs in reviews, but I imported a stroganoff recipe from Food Network, another from Real Simple, and one more from Pillsbury. Yes, I wub beef stroganoff. :)
Beyond that, I don't know what is exactly is going when others are having difficulties although I have a suspicion it is due to formatting of the webpage it is trying to import - if the source page isn't in some sort of plain and basic html scripting, I bet this app can't read it. For example, a recipe embedded in a flash player on a site probably can't get imported. Only a WAG though - I would strongly suggest the dev team actually lists what they mean by "popular" websites or some sort of technical point on what this app can read and can't read.
**UPDATE: I did finally find a page I couldn't import. It was a Perdue recipe, and sure enough, the page used embedded recipe text that had tabs above it, switching from recipe to reviews of the recipe within the same viewing area. However, I then went to All-Recipes (a site mentioned as having difficulty), and imported willy nilly from there, but all the recipes were presented simply. I think it boils down on how the recipe is coded/presented on the page - which is too hard and too technical for most folks to discern when just browsing the web. Rule of thumb: if the specific area that contains the recipe text can be changed to something else by pressing/clicking a webpage button (instead of just loading up a new page altogether), it probably won't get imported.
SUGGESTION TO DEVELOPER: Perhaps adding in an option to ASCII copy the whole webpage and paste it in to some sort of plain text editing form. Then the user can delete all the extra stuff and import it from there. Just a thought, but it would allow access to the vast of majority of webpages, regardless of formatting.**
As for Permissions and Code, everything is clean and good to go- a side note once again about Read Phone State. Basic Android Permissions Listing ALWAYS lists Read Phone/Device State as Read Phone/Device State & ID, even when the actual syntax is limited to android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE. It's just the way Android is. A dev can't list Read Phone/Device State AND ID on Amazon's Appstore when ID isn't being used (Amazon requires full disclosure when submitted), yet Android always lists it as one full permission even when only ONE of the two is actually being used (and in this case, again, it's only State and not ID).
Installed at a tiny, tiny 3.21mbs but I am sure as you fill up with recipes, the Data will go up, but probably not by much. When I exited, the app left my memory.
Anyhoo, as a premium app, I just don't know - so many folks having issues, yet others are happy. It's working for me, but if any of you have a specific website recipe you can't seem to import, tell you what - put the URL in comments, and I will see if I can duplicate the issue, perhaps even finally figure out what the heck this app is vomiting all over when unsuccessfully importing. As for Dropbox, it synched with mine flawlessly, yet I did have my account already fully integrated on my tablet.
As a Free App of the Day, I say at least check it out - if it doesn't work, no loss. If it does, blammo, one cool app free 4 u! :)