Basil 3 is now on iPhone and will spruce up your cooking

One thing I love about saving recipes to Basil is the new “Recipe Tag Card” feature, which prompts you after each recipe save. This lets you quickly add the recipe’s meal type (main course, breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, etc.) and cuisine type. The purpose of this is to make your recipe list more organized, and Basil automatically tags each recipe with the main ingredients, so it’s easier to sort, search, and find.


While Basil includes a few favorite recipes from the developer, the magic behind these types of is adding in your own recipes or finding some to try out from the Internet. Basil has options for both: just tap on the “plus” button in the bottom right corner of the recipe list, and you have the option to Add Recipe or Add Recipe From Web. The former is done manually, so if you have a family favorite and don’t mind typing everything out on your (or ), then you can go from there. If you go for the From Web option, Basil launches the in-app browser with a big grid of supported sites that it can save recipes from without much editing. The list includes well-known sites like Epicurious, SaltAndFat, AllRecipes, BonAppetit, RealSimple, and many more, such as WellVegan. If you don’t see your favorite recipe site on the list, you can still save from them, though it may not be as streamlined and needs some manual editing. There are other ways to save recipes into Basil as well. You can go the old-school method of using a Safari bookmarklet, or make use of the new Basil share extension.


Basil retains the same simple and clean look on the iPhone that I loved from the iPad. This means a lot of white and a rich green color (my favorite) to accent it, and the gorgeous Avenir typeface. There’s a lot of space to showcase meal photos in the recipe list, so it still retains a visual focus on what you could cook. I also noticed that the size of the images is much more consistent than what you find in Paprika. And as you view recipes, the recipe name is shown in colored text that matches the main color of the photo, which has always been a nice touch that I appreciated in Basil. Iconography is thin and light, matching the modern aesthetics of iOS, and navigating through Basil is straightforward and intuitive.


I’ve been a fan of Basil ever since it originally came out back in 2012, and this is due to the simplicity of the app compared to others. However, one thing that prevented me from using it as my full-time recipe manager was the fact that it didn’t have a syncing solution back then, and there was no iPhone version, so I use Paprika as my primary recipe app. I don’t think of myself as a great cook, but every now and then I enjoy cooking with my boyfriend instead of going out. So naturally, I had to check out Basil on my iPhone over the weekend.


Basil Smart Recipe Manager. Organize and Cook Your Recipes! ($4.99) by Kyle Baxter was once an iPad-only recipe app that received a significant update last week, making the app universal and bringing some new features that make using the app easier than ever before. Is the new update worth checking out, especially for those who prefer having recipe apps on their iPhones? Let’s dig in and find out.

The Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Time Management

It does not matter who you are or how you make a living, you probably have problems with time management. Even people who try to run their lives by a certain schedule can have a difficult time staying on task, showing up punctually and remembering their everyday goals. Several things play a role in this. The main reason is that, due to smartphones and tablets, many of us have sorts of distractions at our fingertips just begging for our attention. In this article we will show you how to use your iPhone or iPad as one tool for time management as opposed to as a time management unit of destruction.

Instapaper is well worth checking out. Instapaper is software that works with smartphones, tablets and on computers too. It’s one of those great time saving “read later” applications. How often, throughout your day, do you find fascinating websites or posts that you seriously want to read but don’t have time to really explore? And how often have you allowed your schedule to be derailed because you failed to think you would remember the article or site later so you read or explored it right then? You can integrate Instapaper into your Twitter account and also some other applications, and save yourself all kinds of time by saving the links you want to read for a time that is more convenient. All the links you save are saved in one main account. It means that you can use any gadget (smartphone, tablet, and laptop) to catch up on your reading when you’ve got the time.

Wunderlist is among the better software. It’s your usual to-do list software but it hasn’t been dragged down by all kinds of graphics or complex interfaces. Every day it is possible to sit down to this app and then enter all of the things that you need to do during the day. It doesn’t cost anything to use. Besides being simple to use, it is easy to sync with a number of devices. Just train yourself to check the application as many times as you check your email and you’ll quickly see just how much simpler it is for you to keep on task.

Evernote is incredibly useful. It is a centralized location in which you can organize your random thoughts, your photographs, your downloads, your emails, etc. It’s not just syncable between devices (like your desktop computer) you could use it with your other applications (like Wunderlist) also. The only real problem with this software is that it is not free of charge. It’s possible to pay $5 per month for a monthly subscription or you can spend $45 and get a year’s worth of service.

Agenda is the must have calendar application. This is true for all types of different reasons but the main reason you need this is you could sync it both to iCalendar (the calendar Macs and Apple products use) and Google calendar. This makes the management of your calendar easier, particularly for individuals with PCs and iPhones since they only have to type in their information into a single, centralized location and it can be accessed on a bunch of other devices. In addition, it looks excellent.

There are many different time management applications that you can use. These are the most effective, but you will turn up lots more with some additional research.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author