I’m pleased to announce our very first guest blog post! Monique is off on a fabulous Hawaiian vacation for her husband’s 30th birthday and I have been all sorts of slacking in the Blog Department due to school demands and the on-going celebrations for my 30th birthday! So, Kathy psychically sensed my need for a hand and sent over this post. We are currently finalizing plans for our just-the-two-of-us birthday celebration this coming Saturday, and while it may not involve Ray’s @ LACMA again, we’re looking for something equally wonderful.
In the meantime, clip some recipes! – Katie
We share a lot of things: a first name, a birthday month, emo adolescent memories, a first-row Tori Amos concert experience, our love of the ocean and Lolita’s Mexican food, but.. that pasta on her fork? That we did not share, no matter how hard I tried.
Guest Post by Kathy Valdoria of faint.idea.
When I first approached Katie about writing a guest post about how to make iPad bookmarklets, she stared blankly at me, then asked, “What are iPad bookmarklets? Tiny bookmarks that look like iPads?” I could very well get into a post about making a mini iPad bookmark, as I do love papercrafting. But when I say “bookmarklet,” I’m talking about the little buttons you can save to your web browser’s toolbar to help add functionality to your Internet browsing experience.
Still not sure what I’m talking about? Well, Dear Readers, let’s see. Some if not most of you probably use Pinterest, right? If you go to their goodies page, the thing they list at the top of the page is a “pin it” button. It’s super easy to install in a browser on your laptop or desktop computer: just click on the button and drag it onto your bookmarks toolbar. Now you can surf the web and pin things at your leisure, without having to visit the actual Pinterest website to pin something when it lacks an embedded “pin it” button.
Alas, getting this bookmarklet onto your iPad isn’t as easy. The kind of nice thing about Pinterest is that they have an iPad (and iPhone and Android) app… so if you just use Pinterest, maybe that’s enough for you and you can stop reading this post right here. BUT… perhaps, like me, you’re the type of person who gets annoyed when Yet Another Website wants you to download Their Own Exclusively Branded App for your mobile device. Furthermore, there are other great bookmarklets out there you may want to use! In which case, read on.
One way to add bookmarklets to your iPad is to just add them to Safari on your computer, then sync your iPad to it. I find this method clunky and annoying, as I pretty much never use Safari on my computer. That said, there’s another method I prefer. I’m actually going to send you off to another website for just a little bit. Load up this post on your iPad, then head on over to Chris Bray’s tutorial for adding bookmarklets to your iPad.
Chris Bray has a pretty comprehensive list of bookmarklets to choose from, but, as I write this, it lacks my favorite one: the OneTsp recipe clipper. OneTsp is basically an on-line recipe box. Yes, there are many out there: Recipe.com, SimplyRecipes.com, MyRecipes.com, AllRecipes.com, Anything-With-The-Word-Recipe-In-It-And-More-dot-com. It’d be just dandy if you had a preferred website, but if your favorite recipes are scattered over a bunch of these, maintaining multiple memberships may be headache inducing.
Conventional bookmarking is easy enough, but if you bookmark a ton of recipes, it can take a while for you to sort through your folders to find a recipe. Plus, if ever your preferred device crashes and you have to wipe your hard drive or reset your iPad or what have you, you can lose all your bookmarks. OneTsp allows you to add recipes manually, via copy/paste, or with the clipper bookmarklet. It’s a breeze to edit recipes or add notes for variations. You can then sort them alphabetically, chronologically, or by tag. There is a search function in the event you forget to tag a recipe. You can even easily download back-up copies of all your stored recipes in plain text, if you’re concerned about the accessibility of their website.
A OneTsp account is free for the first 150 recipes, which I think is quite generous. Even though I haven’t hit my limit, I personally use it so much I think it’s worth the subscription to support the developer.
Anyway, if you try it and you’re not convinced it’s awesome or even just useful, no hard feelings. To each their own. But if you find it as useful as I do and your iPad is basically your cookbook like mine is, here’s how to add the bookmarklet to your iPad.