Recipe, Menu & Cooking Planner

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Description of App: 

Pepperplate is the only app for serious cooks - it has all the tools you need to cook weeknight dinners or host a dinner party for 12. Manage your recipes, create menus, shop with ease and cook like a pro.Features:* Seamlessly manage your recipes, menus and shopping lists on the web, iPad and iPhone.* Take your iPad into the kitchen and cook your whole menu with multiple cooking timers.* Create recipes on the iPad and iPhone or make changes to existing recipes.* Share your favorite recipes with friends and family via Email, Facebook and Twitter.* Import recipes from your favorite sites and add your own from cookbooks, magazines or old family recipes.* Combine recipes into menus for dinner parties or holiday meal planning.* Organize your meals for the week or month by adding menus and recipes to the schedule.* Add to your shopping list and it automatically syncs to your iPad, iPhone, iPod and Pepperplate.com.* Organize your shopping to automatically match the way you shop in the grocery store.* Create your own unlimited categories to organize your recipe collection.* Your collection synchronizes from the website to the iPad and iPhone and is backed up without connecting to a computer.* Take your entire collection with you to the grocery store or while traveling, no internet connection required.* Manage your iPad cooking timers over wifi away from the kitchen on your iPhone or iPod Touch.* Works with your free pepperplate.com account

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

2.3

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPod Touch

Accessibility Comments: 

The app is accessible as far as recipes go. However, I have not yet tried the shopping list or menu features, and I could not get the timers to work at all (that was not an accessibility problem, the app kept asking me to sync with iPads for some reason). Buttons have image names, but you can nearly always tell what they are for. When editing a recipe, the categories field seems to be between the "favorite" text and its associated switch button, and flicking left in this area reads things differently than flicking right, but it is still useable. Unfortunately, there are more serious problems editing a recipe. You can edit the fields on the first page, but to move to the next page you must turn Voiceover off, swipe left with a finger, then turn it back on. However, even if you get to the next page to edit the ingredients or recipe, Voiceover will not read what is in the field as you navigate it. You will hear the full field contents when you flick to the field, but no amount of rotoring inside the field will let you review text. If you want to edit, I recommend using the website (note that I have not tested that yet, but I had no problem adding recipes on the site so I expect the same when editing).

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments: 

If you do use this service, you will need an account on the website. A couple notes on signing up: 1. When you enter your password, then re-enter it, you may not get feedback (I used a Mac with ML on it). Even if Voiceover does not click as you type, your password should be entered. 2. You must agree to the terms of service and privacy policy. Instead of a checkbox, though, the site uses an image. I had to move to this image with Voiceover, route the mouse cursor with vo-cmd-f5, then click with vo-shift-space to "check" the agreement and continue. If you have additional accessibility items to report, I encourage you to write to Pepperplate directly. The more they hear from accessibility-minded users, the more likely they are to fix the problems. According to their contact page, the support address for their website and apps for any of their supported platforms is support@pepperplate.com.