Not great 2/5
Having the magazines available is great, however, this app is very poor. I can’t seem to tell what my status is & what happens when restore purchases! I very rarely will use this app as it is not user friendly in anyway. Really needs A LOT of work!
New upgraded UI not great 2/5
By Sharon M Fling
I agree with another review that said “great content but not great UI”. I wrote a similar review for Health mag as the interface is the same. I don’t mind the updated look of the magazine itself but the app interface is glitchy on my iPad, slow, and gets frozen quite a bit (could be that I have an old iPad). However I was hoping it would be better on my new iPhone 8. A suggestion would be to allow the reader view in the offline version. Then I could read it on my phone even if my iPad is too old to handle the updates! Love the magazine itself though.
Great content new app needs work 2/5
I don’t want the news clip feature I could go to website for that. My magazines are all out of order. I would like to quickly go back to an issue.
Great content. UI is terrible. 2/5
The content of the magazine is great, but the user interface of the app is terrible. The interface and, more importantly, the content isn’t optimized for all devices, including the 10.5” iPad Pro. This makes the photography blurry. Additionally, the app tends to forget the page on which I left, so when I open the app after a while, I’m taken back to the cover of the magazine and I have to find the recipe I’m making again. This was never an issue with previous versions of the app. Finally, the constant reminder of “Swipe up for reader view” is obnoxious since it’s an overlay on top of the magazine content, and it appears all the time. I understand that this app update was supposed to make the reading experience better, but it feels like an absolute regression in usability.
Latest update erased all previous mags 1/5
Latest update erased all previous magazines. Was able to get everything from the previous year, but anything older... gone. Frustrating, and seriously, losing customer information? Done & done. Never coming back CL. Your digital app has sucked for years, but this is the last straw. GOODBYE!
Horrible update! 1/5
By sharon L1015
All old issues are out of order.
Where are my issues??? 2/5
The new look is ok, but my library is now missing every February, May and June issues. I’m a long time subscriber, and I reference my archives all the time. Fix this problem!!
No more bookmarks! 2/5
I just did the update to the new app, and I'm so disappointed because I can longer bookmark recipes. I used that feature all the time.
Like the Mob 1/5
Expect to have FOREVER, as will make IMPOSSIBLE to cancel subscription even through they raise price by $10. DO NOT SUBSCRICE!!!!!!
Do not buy a subscription 1/5
About 2 months ago I tried to buy a subscription from within the app on my iPad. One month went by and I still could not access digital subscriptions. I was bounced back and forth between Apple customer support and Cooking Light customer service trying to just set up a digital account for the subscription I had PAID for. I had even been told at one point on the phone to "google it" to figure it out?! We are on month 2, and Cooking Light is not responding to my emails to help me figure this out. No hard copies in the mail, no account number provided to me to create a digital account....nothing. Fortunately Apple is willing to cancel my subscription for me. It's too bad because I have always liked the recipes I have seen in this magazine.
Light on function! 1/5
Why can't I bookmark or save a particular recipe? The app is just a miniature version of the print magazine. I was hopeful for more features. From the reviews, it appears the "pay" app isn't any different. Disappointing.
In order to find recipes from past years, I have to google the recipe instead of searching in the app. Why is that? I should be able to access all recipes from the app, not scroll through years of magazines.
Needs UI improvements 1/5
The title says it all!
Works for me 5/5
I like this app because it's convenient to use to follow recipes. I get the hard copies and enjoy looking at them but like to use my iPad for the actual cooking
Recipes great 5/5
The recipes have been great. Much improvement on the functionality of the app as well.
Bad app 1/5
Horrible app, great magazine. Need to be able to mark a recipe and print it.
Like the recipes 3/5
I have really enjoyed the recipes. However, I have to page through digitally for the recipe I want. Also, I can't print out a copy of the recipe either. How am I supposed to remember the issue and page of each recipe to use them again? How about a "Save" or "Favorites". The app needs improvement. Then, I will smile.
Too thumbs down 1/5
The app simply lets you view the magazine as it is printed. I couldn't even turn it to landscape in order to view some of the pages more easily. I'll just wait for my printed magazine. I'll delete the app to save space on my phone. It was also somewhat confusing to login. I had to do it twice.
Off to a very bad start 1/5
I recently subscribed to CL magazine and one of the selling point is "instant access" to the digital magazine. After several attempts over a few days I was still unable to activate my online access. I finally called customer service and they told me the online access would not begin for eight weeks when my first issue is mailed! I wasted way too much time due to the misleading marketing. I know this review does not rate the app, but hope it saves another subscriber some frustration and time.
Useless app 1/5
I can not figure out how to save recipes I find in the digital edition. And I am unable to email customer support to ask (I keep getting a message to "Select Device" even though I repeatedly have done so.) Is there a way to save recipes??
Only provides an ebook 1/5
I may as well just scan my magazine as a PDF and call it a day. I expected more from this - like the ability to pull up a recipe card. Instead, I got minuscule font on my phone. Perhaps I would appreciate it more on a tablet.
Frustrating--needs much improvement! 1/5
By Sleepless in Wisconsin
I have many problems with this app. First, there's no link between the table of contents and the articles. There's a way to fast forward through the magazine using a slider bar but page numbers don't show, only a miniature copy of each page! So the reader has no idea where to stop for a particular article or page number.
There's a way to star favorites but these favorites don't show up from one device to another. I recently purchased a new iPad and I lost my favorites.
There doesn't seem to be a way to save a recipe, just the entire article, which may have five or fifteen recipes. My only option is to take a screen shot if I want to access one particular recipe.
Doesn't seem to be a way to email or print a page or create bookmarks.
When sliding pages, if I accidentally touch (selecting) an advertisement page, I'm automatically into a web link.
Basically, the only way the app is better than the paper copy is that I can store issues in a smaller space, making them more portable.
Great Magazine, Terrible App 2/5
CL has terrific recipes. Every issue has something useful. The iPhone app is inconsistent with the CL brand and I'm cancelling the subscription. An iPhone subscription doesn't transfer to your iPad. No way to bookmark, save or print a recipe. So the app is functionally useless for use as a cooking aid. Disappointing.
Light is right - light on features 1/5
At least with a physical magazine I can scan a recipe. A digital magazine that offers no way to move a recipe into my personal recipe book without typing is worthless. Just worthless.
Very nice to have access. Would like to see that it has an easy way of saving them to Evernote or some other file for your recipe library
Sell sell sell 1/5
By Joe Bkr
Here's your chance to e-subscribe at no "extra" cost to the actual hard copy magazine.
Need to improve usability 4/5
As a longtime subscriber, I love CL recipes; however, as a busy professional, I rely on the use of technology to organize, access, and use my recipes to plan menus, prepare shopping lists, and prepare meals. Reading recipes on my iPad is the same as reading the printed copy I receive in the mail. Why did CL eliminate the feature to store electronic copies directly from the app to MyRecipes?
Your app has changed. Please bring back the old one where I can scan recipes. Still a fan of. Print magazine but not this app
I Like it 5/5
Regardless of what others say I had to see for myself. I enjoy this app. Everything that I need is at my finger tips. Good, fun, great reading and recipes for the home chef. Buy a wireless printer if you want to save the recipes. keep up the great work Cooking Lite.
PDF of magazine 1/5
Not really useful.
1. You have to download the current issue (or any issue) to view it.
2. You cannot export recipes to an app like Anylist for meal planning and grocery shopping lists.
Deleting this app (again). I had tried it before, then deleted it when I realized how limited it was. No improvements.
I've subscribed to Cooking Light for years and just downloaded the app. I thought it would be a great adjunct to the magazine and website, allowing me to search recipes and ingredients, save my favorites or plan meals. What a disappointment. I was surprised to see that you can only browse the magazine. I don't need an app that does less than the hard copy. At least with that I can tear out recipes we'd like to try and place the keepers in a binder.
Feel short changed 1/5
By 4 months to go
I was hoping that I would be able to quickly navigate and save recipes via a search method. I'm very disappointed.
Cheapskate is too nice 1/5
With all the progress in apps @ CL gives us this sorry excuse . I want to be able to save recipes that are specific to my limited fat diet. I Luv the recipes I find & want to put them in one place.. You even eliminated the scan feature in the hard copy magazine ...poor choices for your audience.
This app is useless. There is no way to mark or save individual recipes. I will be cancelling my subscription.
Cooking Light ruined this app! 1/5
I have been a Cooking Light subscriber for years & used to love the print edition. Then the digital edition came out & I loved it even more because I could navigate around so easily, link to Cooking Light online, save recipes, etc., etc. Now all of those features are gone & I have a tiny version of the magazine that I can barely read on my phone. This is a huge disappointment!!
I called Cooking Light in February when I noticed that the Jan/Feb 2016 issue being LITERALLY just a photocopy of the print version wasn't a fluke. The March digital issue arrived in the same useless format. No links, no navigation, no way to save recipes, no big beautiful print, no scrolling down... Just teeny tiny hard to read print. Customer service said they decided to to turn the digital issue into a PDF as a cost-cutting measure. I immediately demanded they start sending me a print issue in the mail as it would be much easier to read and save recipes the old school way: ripping them out. Big mistake on their part, rendering their digital issue USELESS.
Not happy 2/5
Bought the subscription, can't get new issue to download...
Good, but could be better 4/5
For me the purpose of having a magazine to see the recipes to use for cooking. The recipes are great. To get to a recipe, open the magazine, turn pages to get to the table of contents. After you find one you have to turn every page to get to the recipe. It will be much better to be able to tap the recipe to jump to the page or the index. As it is it works good. Once they make it more user friendly it will be great.
Pointless to have a digital version when you can't copy or otherwise import recipes into anylist or other meal planning software
Easy to use 4/5
Great content in a mobile-friendly format.
No ability to save recipes 2/5
I love this magazine. And, but for one thing, I would love the tablet version...
The inability to save recipes from the app renders it useless. At least with the print version I can tear out or dog ear a page, or even scan a QR code.
Please fix this CL. Let me save my recipes directly from the tablet version!
Great recipes, getting there iffy on my iPhone 4/5
I tried the easy fish tacos tonight. They are yummy! There were other great ones too I wanna try out on my picky teenager later. 😉 But I had been looking at a digital issue when this app was last open. Probably my screen and wonky iPhone 6s Plus screen, but getting to the recipes from my digi edition was the devil! Love it otherwise! 💕
iPad Pro Issues 1/5
I'm not sure if this is just an ipad Pro issue, but I cannot see any index to sections of a magazine. I cannot follow links to sections of a magazine (nothing happens). I cannot get to a recipe so I can send it to myself. All of this used to work on a regular ipad, but I find the experience on the ipad pro to be less useful than actually thumbing through the physical magazine itself. I only hope that this gets fixed as soon as possible in an update.
January 2016 will not download 1/5
My subscription is active until August 2016, but I cannot access it on my iPad.
Jan issue is not working 1/5
The Jan issue of cooking light does not work. It is just a digital version of the magazine. It does not have all the functionality of previous issues like saving recipes to cozi. My previous issues still work properly so it is something to do with this issue. Please fix it.
Good, but could be better 4/5
The app is good, but just simply allowing us to see the page numbers when you scroll through the pages would make it wonderful. It is very time consuming to see that a recipe is on page 74 but just have to guess where that is and then find a page with a page number and then just end up flipping through the entire magazine.
Love the magazine, but..... 3/5
Love the magazine, hate the save my recipe app. It is impossible to sign up for saving my recipes. It keeps disappearing and flashing back and forth.
This is a terrible app. I can't sign in even though I have a subscription and online username and pw. Have to reset every month. The search function is pathetic. You can't even search the current issue by recipe title unless you remember it exactly. Forget searching back issues (except one by one), or search by ingredient. You get what you pay for. Worth all I paid. Zero.
Great, until you want to save a recipe 2/5
The magazine itself is great- easy to navigate, recipes my family will actually eat, etc. In theory, you can save recipes to your MyRecipes account. When trying to log in, the webpage keeps resetting every few seconds, preventing the login. If you are able to log in (by some miracle), it only keeps you signed in for two weeks.