Software Development Notes

Updated July 20, 2011

User testing on Version 6 revealed that the site's ingredient data is not extensive enough to reliably allow effortless recipe entry.

This will be addressed by the following features over the next few months:

  • Simplified initial recipe entry
  • Ability to add personal recipe ingredients


Version 7

Release Date: July 20, 2011

Purpose of Release: Improved publishing capabilities

New Features:

  • infrastructure to allow for weekly articles
  • improved main page for new users
  • some further data clean-up

Version 6

Release Date: May 27, 2011

Purpose of Release: Enhanced Nutrition Information

New Features:

  • improved user control over profile, preferences and contact info
  • support for more units in nutrition calculations
  • nutrition info on a per serving basis
  • notification of missing unit support in nutrition calculations
  • easy access to the recipe lists of other users
  • added feedback email address
  • improved layout and graphics
  • improved error feedback for forms

Version 5

Release Date: April 29, 2011

Purpose of Release: Usability Enhancements

New Features:

  • added pop-up help text on the recipe and pasted recipe forms
  • highlighted required fields on forms
  • improved readability of registration page
  • added some additional common units and ingredients
  • added hyperlinks to useful pages in error messages
  • improved tolerances for variable inputs (capitals, white space, etc.)

Version 4

Release Date: March 29, 2011

Purpose of Release: Tuning Nutrient and Ingredient Info

New Features:

  • added more commonly used ingredient names
  • added new nutrients
  • improved performance of pasted recipe view
  • improved readability and flow
  • added nutrition label for recipes
  • readability improvements

Version 3

Release Date: February 25th, 2011

Purpose of Release: Add nutrition data to the site

New Features:

  • initial master ingredients list
  • nutrition data for all ingredients
  • detailed documentation of raw text usage
  • GUI readability and usability improvements
  • ingredient search functionality

Version 2

Release Date: January 27th, 2011

Purpose of Release: Finalize base recipe entry functionality

New Features:

  • official ingredients and units list
  • improved readability of pasted recipes form and main page
  • detailed documentation of raw text usage
  • increased ability of pasted recipes form to handle variable input formats
  • my_recipes page
  • readability improvements

Major Defects Repaired:

  • inability of recipe and pasted recipes forms to handle multi-paragraph input

Version 1

Release Date: December 24th, 2010

Purpose of Release: Alpha launch of recipe entry functionality

New Features:

  • recipe entry form
  • pasted recipe entry form
  • authorization and authentication system

Recipe Tools**

**This is Beta software. You may lose data you enter or encounter usability issues. If you are feeling courageous follow the link to login to the recipe tools.


Register to use recipe and nutrition tools.

Use the tools to look up ingredient nutrition data or browse new recipes.

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