Essen is a reader for the MX2 file format used to store recipes. It is based on NTox and Apple NewtApp sample code.


Essen imports MX2 formatted recipe files from the Inbox. They can be downloaded via Fetch URL or sent to the Newton with Nitro. Essen uses the text/x-mx2+xml MIME type to recognize these files. Usually, the web server from with the files are downloaded has to be configured to return this MIME type for MX2 files. Alternatively, it also accepts text/plain as long as the file extension is .mx2.

Note that Essen is just a viewer application and does not provide any editing capabilites. It is also advisable to categorize recipes using the Newton’s folder mechanism as imported recipes are not categorized automatically.

A good starting point for getting a huge number of MX2 formatted recipe files is Mad’s Recipe Emporium.

Recipes can be transferred as text from the Newton using the regular transport mechanism. The data format Essen exports are plain text, the ingredients with quantity and units and the ingredients only. This is can for example be used with Nitro to beam ingredients as a quick shopping list to any other device.

Essen uses NTox to parse the MX2 file, so please install the latest version of NTox as well.


  • Version 1.3.1: Fixed import and A-Z tabs update bugs
  • Version 1.3: Added TapBar button
  • Version 1.2.1: Updated to use ntox 1.8
  • Version 1.2: Added A-Z tabs
  • Version 1.1: Added route scripts
  • Version 1.0: Initial version