Reference apps abound on today’s Fresh Apps list. Grab The Video Cookbook to help get dinner ready tonight, complete with the help of recipes, videos, photos and shopping lists. Fire up Mr. Reader for an easy to view of checking through RSS feeds and sharing them with others, and try out Crowsr if you want to quickly check through Craigslist listings in a clean, easygoing format. We’ve got the details on all three below.
The Video Cookbook (iPhone, iPad) $5.99
Get some help putting together recipes with The Video Cookbook, an app that’s just like it sounds -- it includes more than 120 recipes complete with videos and photographs to help you in every step of the cooking process. The app also lets you change the recipes on the fly to adjust the sizes of servings and the number of people who will be eating.
The Video Cookbook gives you a lot of control over how much space the whole shebang takes up on your iPhone or iPad by allowing you to delete any of the videos and download them later. You can look up terms in the app’s on-board glossary, so you always know what the recipes are talking about, build a shopping list with the ingredients found in your recipes, and save your favorites to make again later.
Mr. Reader (iPad) $2.99
Lots of RSS-reading functionality and a slick interface define Mr. Reader, which has just entered the ranks of iPad RSS readers. That’s a rapidly growing group of apps, but Mr. Reader stands apart because it’s simple and easy on the eyes. It syncs with your Google Reader account quickly and easily, and allows for a lot of manipulation of the items in your feed.
Organize your RSS items in Mr. Reader by adding them to folders or managing tags that put similar subjects together. You can add or delete feeds quickly and easily, as well as view embedded images on your feed in various sizes, or cache items to read them when you’re offline. Mr. Reader also integrates with various social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, so sharing articles with others is simple.
Crowsr (iPhone, iPad) $1.99
Search through Craigslist listings with a highly simplified text list layout in Crowsr -- quite literally, a Craigslist browser. Listings and even images are formatted to fit in with Crowsr’s aesthetic, highlighting browsing speed and making it easy to get through lots of listings quickly without having to waste time dealing with frivolous content.
Crowsr contains all the features you’d expect from Craigslist: You can favorite listings to check out later and respond to them from within the app. Crowsr divides listings by their categories, so you can quickly cut out things you don’t want, and the whole experience is specifically designed to work well on an iPhone.