Basket - A Grocery List, Free for iOS: Convenience App with iCloud Sync
June 20, 2012 in Productivity
[prMac.com] Goshen, Connecticut - Indie developer Paul Dunahoo today is pleased to introduce Basket 1.0 - A Grocery List free for iOS, their productivity app that provides an easy-to-use grocery list featuring iCloud sync. Simple and convenient, the app does not rely upon a voluminous database of grocery items. Instead, shoppers enter individual items manually or by voice using Siri. Reaching the market, there is no need to check with other members of the household regarding last minute additions - the list is automatically synced between all the family's iDevices via iCloud.
* iCloud support
* Shake to clear completed items
* Simple and intuitive interface
* Change font and font size
* Pull down to create an item entry
* Swipe on an item to cross it off
Clearly, the most powerful feature of Basket is its support for automatic iCloud sync. In a family of four, where Mom & Dad, Brother & Sister, each carry an iPhone and the family all share the iPad at home, Basket provides an always-updated shopping list. The first family member who stops at the grocery store simply opens the app and every individual's contribution appears on the list. The days of trying to reach Mom by phone to check on which groceries are needed are over. Basket is a master shopping list that resides in the cloud, where it is updated and shared by the entire family.
Basket's interface is simplicity itself - a white, lined pad, where items are listed one beneath another. For the style-conscious shopper, the app offers six modern, sans-serif fonts (Helvetica, HelveticaNeue, Optima, Marino, Papyrus, and Verdana) in five different sizes. Users can touch the "+" button to add an item, or swipe down to launch the cursor and keypad. Touch the green check mark beside the item to delete it, or swipe through the item to cross it off. Basket puts the items still needed at the top of the list, and all found items at the bottom. Coordinating the family grocery list has never been so easy, or such a pleasure.
Is it faster and easier to scroll through the Apple Picker from Groceries to Produce and then find Tomatoes, or simply type in "Tomatoes?" The answer will vary from user to user. Is it faster and easier to type in "Tomatoes" or simply speak, "Six, large, ripe tomatoes?" Siri-compatible Basket answers this question definitively. Speaking is the most natural way to enter items on a list, and the dictate function of Siri has grown quite accurate, particularly in English. So, instead of trying to locate "Cookies - chocolate chip" in a database, or type in the 22 characters necessary, the shopper can just say, "Nabisco Chocolate Chip Cookies," and every word is spelled correctly.
Siri Dictate (iPhone 4S or New iPad) requires an Internet connection, and all speech-to-text requests are processed and saved by Apple. As a result, most brand names are now recognized and spelled correctly. Though strictly outside its purview, this enables Basket to record almost any item on to its shopping list, whether visiting the hardware store, drugstore, clothing store, or mall.
"Basket is a simple and easy to use grocery list app for the iPhone and iPod touch," stated Paul Dunahoo. "It lets you focus on your grocery shopping, so you won't be bothered by a bloated and cluttered screen. Basket is anything but cluttered, with a beautiful design and simplistic look."
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S, iPod touch (3rd/4th generation), and iPad 1/2/3
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* 2.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Basket 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. An ad-free version of the app is available as an in-app purchase for $0.99 (USD).
Based in Goshen, Connecticut, indie developers Allen and Paul Dunahoo began writing iOS apps in 2008, when Paul was nine years old. In 2009 PAD Software released WritePod, the company's first product. In early 2012, PAD Software released Scrawl, the first Mac note taking app with iCloud support. Paul Dunahoo is the CEO of PAD Software. Copyright (C) 2008-2012 PAD Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
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