TVFoodMaps Mobile App V3

August 28th, 2014

We are pleased to announce that we are releasing the 3rd generation of our mobile app. About a month ago we released a totally new version of TVFoodMaps.com that works much better on both desktops and mobile devices. However, some people still like an app on their phone and not just a website. Maintaining both a separate website and mobile app takes our time away from keeping the shows and restaurants up to date and providing useful content to our uses. So we decided to create a new mobile app that shares more of the same features of our website.

What this means for you!

As part of this change we are also changing how our Free and Premium tiers work on the mobile app.  We are NO LONGER limiting basic features on the mobile app’s Free Tier.  That means even free users can use the Road Trip  and other features that were only available to the premium users.  The primary difference between free and premium is that free app will have ads and a few messages that pop up here and there.  In the future we may still add premium only features.  We hope that you continue to support our app because it is useful to you.  Users who are currently premium will get automatically upgraded to premium upon starting the new app.

The new app will bring a lot more features that used to be available only on the website to the app, such as Guides, My Acct page and more content on restaurant listings.  We know a major change to an app like this will not be welcomed by everyone but we hope in the long run the new app works better, crashes less and provides us the opportunity to spend more time keeping our shows and restaurants up to date.

 Help Us Out: Each version of our app has new ratings, so even if you’ve rated the app before we’d REALLY APPRECIATE if you could rate it again!

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Below are some screenshots of the new app:

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Hello Friends of TVFoodMaps. Today we are really excited to release a totally new version of TVFoodMaps.com. We’ve redesigned our site based on feedback by people like you. The biggest change is that the site should look GREAT on your mobile phone. No more zooming in and out to see content or trying to scroll through little tables. The new site should give you a great experience whether on your phone or computer.

We’ve also made it easier for you to search and filter through results and see places on a map AT THE SAME TIME. This should make searching for places much easier and more effective. We also focused on making it easier for users to manage the lists of places they’ve been, want to go and even create custom lists for their next trip. These customs lists should make planning your next vacation or road trip much simpler.

A new concept we added is “Suggestions” where you can suggest the restaurants you’d like to see on TV. Then others can vote up your suggestions and hopefully the top suggestions will be noticed by TV producers (no guarantees though).

For our registered user’s we’ve created a “My Feed” on your home page. This lets you set your favorite shows and cities and we’ll show you the latest restaurants from those shows and near the cities. We plan on continuing to improve the Feed in the near future. Remember you must be logged in to see this feature.

Another new concept we added is “crowdsourcing” of content. That basically means that our users can easily let us know when we have the wrong address for a place, or if a place closed down, or if we’re missing a restaurant. Now with just a few clicks you can let us know and we can fix it!

Last but not least we tried to make it easier for you to share your favorite places with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We really appreciate when you share a link from TVFoodMaps!

We really hope you like the new site and that it helps you find some great places to eat!

Thanks,
TVFoodMaps.com


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TVFoodMaps Facebook App

January 30th, 2014

We’ve recently released a Facebook app for TVFoodMaps. It’s a little different than our primary website in that the focus is not just helping you find the restaurants you see on TV but making a bit of a contest amongst you and your Facebook friends to see who is the ultimate TV Foodie!

 

We have 3 “games” you can play. The first is based on who has been to the most restaurants seen on TV. This game is easy, just use TVFoodMaps regularly and mark your ‘been list’ and we’ll automatically update the data. Then make sure your friends are doing the same and we’ll create a list of which friends have been to the most places.

 

The second game is the TVFoodMaps Challenge.  In this game we’ve taken 50 of the most popular restaurants from around the country and we’re looking to see who has been to the most of them.  Just click Take Challenge on the Facebook App and click the boxes of the places you’ve been to.

 

The third game is a TVFoodMaps Foodie Quiz.  This challenging 15 question quiz tests your knowledge of all things Food TV.  Compare your knowledge to your friends and everyone else who has tried the quiz.  Don’t worry it’s not cheating if you use TVFoodMaps.com for a little help!

 

As with most things on Facebook these games are only fun if your friends are playing so please use the share and invite buttons to help get more friends trying our new app.  If things go well we’ll look to add some more fun games in the future!

 

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Zane Lamprey on TVFoodMaps

December 20th, 2013



As part of us backing Zane Lamprey‘s Kickstarter for a new show Chug (which we are excited to add to TVFoodMaps) Zane said some nice things about us. To be honest, this is one of the coolest things that’s happened to TVFoodMaps! Thanks Zane and everyone keep an eye out for Chug.


New Show: Chopped

December 12th, 2013

I’ve been a huge fan of Chopped on Food Network for years now. I had held off adding it to the site since the show wasn’t really about restaurants but given the popularity of the show (and how much I like it) I’ve decided to add the show to the site. With 13 seasons already out there we decided to only add the restaurants of the Chopped winners to the site. We also are skipping many of the private chefs since it’s not very easy to go visit them.

Adding all 13 seasons will take some time, we’ve added 6 so far and will be adding more over the next week or so.  Remember, if you are not interested in seeing Chopped results on TVFoodMaps you can just filter it out using our searches.


With the recent release of v2.62 (available now for both iOS and Android) we’ve added the popular “Road Trip” feature from our website to our mobile application. From the mobile application you will be able select a starting location (or choose your current location) and a destination as well as how far off the route you’d like to go. TVFoodMaps will then find the restaurants from your favorite Food TV shows and show them to you in a list or on a map. You can even set offsets from the beginning and end of your trip as often times you don’t want to stop 10 minutes into your drive.

 

This feature is only available to our premium users of our mobile app. For $2.99 you get all the premium features, No ads, location notifications and now the road trip feature. You also help support us – which we really appreciate.  You can learn more about our mobile apps and find where to download them by clicking here.iOS Simulator Screen shot Dec 4, 2013 11.03.13 AM

 

 


Image Changes

September 30th, 2013

You may have seen some changes to TVFoodMaps.com today. Most of the time our changes our to help improve the site, like our Personal Lists/Guides, unfortunately today’s do not do that. We recently were required to make changes to all of our images on TVFoodMaps due to the fact that we are not officially affiliated with any of the networks and do not have legal rights to use the images.  This will only impact the images and not the content that we bring to all of our fans.  We will continue to focus on adding new features that will make it easier for you to find the cool places you see on TV.  The image changes will also impact our mobile apps in a future release. We’ll continue working on cool features and as always would love to hear from you!

 


We are excited to launch Personal Lists on TVFoodMaps!  We have always had the ability for our registered users to add a place on different predefined lists such as the Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down and Try List but now we give you the option to create your own custom lists.

 

Imagine now before a big trip you can create a list called “California Trip” and add places you want to visit directly to that list.  This is the beginning of some really cool features we plan to release all focusing on making it easier for our users to personalize their TVFoodMaps experience.

 

To create a new list you can go to your home page by clicking your username at the top right of any page and you will see a section now for My Lists which is where you can add a list or view your current lists.

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To make it even easier we have given you the option to create a new list from any Place, Search or Show page just by clicking on the user list icon which is located next to the Try List (Fork and Knife).  This will create a new list and add this place to that list.

 

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Once you have your list created it’s really simple to add a place to your custom list.  Just click on the user list icon on any Place, Search or Show page and you will be prompted to select the list you want to add the place to  (you can even add notes) or you can add a new list to add the place to.

 

Here are some more details regarding all of the different types of lists on TVFoodMaps!

 

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With over 3,300 restaurants now on TVFoodmaps.com, we realized it may become harder and harder to find that perfect place to visit on your next trip.  We are pleased to introduce our new Guides which are here to help you plan your next foodie adventure.  Our guides will provide a more filtered and limited list of the top places with an easy way to navigate through them and save them to your own personal Try List for your next vacation.  Our initial 5 guides have been launched and we will continue to release new guides as often as possible.

Our first 5 guides are:

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On each guide page you will see the restaurants on the left and an interactive guide map on the right where you can click through the different places on the list.  You will also see at the bottom any related guides plus a Facebook discussion board so that you can debate on which places are the best or if a place deserves to be on the list (not displayed above).

We would love for you to provide us feedback or recommendations so that we can create new guides that span across the country!