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Foodspotting Spots a New Redesign, Features a New Smart Search to Find Dishes

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 25th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Foodspotting, the visual guide to finding good food, gets a new design that goes along with the iOS 7 look. It also features additional updates that includes the ability to suggest edits to places, a new smart search to find dishes by place or category, and the ability to find dishes anywhere in the world. So get to it, food spotters!

Camera+ Update Lets Third-Party Apps Use Camera+ Features

Posted by Carter Dotson on March 14th, 2012
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: CAMERA EXCELSIOR! :: Read Review »

Camera+'s 3.0 update releases today on March 14th, and with it comes many new features, most important of which is the introduction of new APIs to integrate Camera+ features anywhere. For users, a widget to easily share Camera+ features is available and testable from here, allowing users to display their shared photos on their personal spaces.

Developers can also integrate Camera+ access in their app. For example, it's now possible to take a photo using Camera+ in Tweetbot, preaparing and editing it there before sharing it with the world, or to easily edit already-taken photos in Camera+ before sharing them with the world. The apps supporting these new Camera+ 3.0 APIs at launch include Tweetbot, WordPress, Foodspotting, Twittelator Neue, and Twitteriffic. Interested developers can read the documentation and download the necessary files from here.

As for the app itself, now it is easier to work in multiples: namely, multiple photos can be imported from the Camera Roll at once, and sharing to multiple services at once is now possible. The free update is available now.

Foodspotting Makes Me Hungry

Posted by Chris Hall on October 11th, 2010

It's hard to really get what kind of food a place serves just by reading a Yelp or UrbanSpoon review. Sure, you can go to the restaurants website and look at some pictures, but it's not fast, and if McDonald's has taught me anything, it's taught me that food pictures from restaurants are a sham. The only real way for people to get a good idea of what they will be eating at a particular place is to see pictures taken by real people. Fortunately for us, there's an app for that.

Foodspotting is a complete user-contributed restaurant discovery app that uses pictures of food instead of written reviews. The main screen of the app lets you browse pictures of dishes from all the places around you, but you can easily switch the view to only show foods with the most number of "noms," Foodspotting's own "like" system. The noms, unlike other apps' ambiguous star ratings, only come from people who have earned enough reputation points to share their opinion. It may seem rigid, but it prevents corporate food from overrunning the system, something that I greatly appreciate.

From the main screen, you can easily switch to a search to find particular types of food, foods in different cities, or just a particular place. Or, you can dive into the Foodspotting's user-based guides that take you to people's favorite locations. The guides are mostly from random people, but there are many guides available from Food Network, Travel Channel (tons of Anthony Bourdain stuff), and Zagat.

If you are a fan of discovering new food and are a bit tired of baseless star ratings, pick up Foodspotting and start taking pictures. It's a free app, so go have some fun with it.

By the way, I've never been this hungry after writing an article. Those pictures are brutal.