Springpad importing is here!

This week Springpad announced that they are shutting down on June, 25th 2014. They had a useful service that people were using, but they ran out of money while they were trying to raise another round of funding. You can read more about that here.

Springpad’s story is becoming more and more common. A start-up raises money, develops a product that people find useful and gives it away without a clear plan on how they’re going to keep the lights on and the servers running. If they’re lucky, some company that is profitable buys them and shuts the app or service down. If they’re not so lucky, they have to shut it down and walk away. The bad news is that the people who were using the app or service are left in the lurch.

One of the good things about Springpad is that they treated recipes as first-class citizens. As a result, lots of people used Springpad to organize their recipes. This past weekend, we took a detour from our development schedule and worked on a way for people who use Springpad to import their recipes into ChefTap.

To import your Springpad data, do the following:

  1. Get the latest version of ChefTap which is 3.0.0.324.  To see if you have the latest version, tap the + sign in the upper right corner.  There should be Springpad item in the list that appears.  (The item leads to a list of instructions, which are the same as what you see here).
  2. Make sure that you have started the app at least once, so that ChefTap can create the folders that will be needed for your import.
  3. Sign into your springpad.com account and click the “Export My Data” button.
  4. On the next page, click the “Export Your Data” link at the bottom of the page. Springpad will verify that they have the right email address for you. If it’s correct, click the “Begin My Export” button. Springpad will notify you when your export file is ready to download to your computer.
  5. Your export file will be named a combination of your Springpad username and “-export.zip”. So my export file might be named shawn-export.zip. Don’t change the name of your export file.
  6. Connect a device that has ChefTap installed to your computer and copy your export file to the directory /ChefTap/import/ on your device. Then, disconnect your device from your computer.
  7. Launch ChefTap on your device. ChefTap will detect your Springpad export file and begin importing your recipes along with their photos.

In addition to importing recipe items, ChefTap will also examine your website bookmarks to see if any of those bookmarks are links to recipes. Finally, ChefTap will use our recipe recognizer to examine plain text notes to see if any of those are recipes. (Note that the recipe recognizer only works for English language recipes)

For former Springpad users, we hope that we will not only pick up where Springpad left off, but show you that we provide a much better service for managing your recipes and using them in the kitchen. As always if you have any questions, you can drop us a line here.