-=PCTechTalk=- Re: Long post - Recipe Software

I am going to look into this, Bob!  I´ve never been a fan of internet 
cooking <g>  I prefer to have cookery books.  I have a whole bookcase full 
in the kitchen, and I love to sit and go through them at the kitchen table 
with a cuppa!  I have folders full of recipes I got from magazines, and, all 
my mother and grandmothers hand written tested recipes (my mother was French 
and boy did she cook :o)).  If I can get something to help find recipes I 
already have and don´t know where to find them... yep, it must be a good 
proggie!!!

Lil

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From: "Keyboard Cowboy" <KBCowboy@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "PCTechTalk - Freelists" <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:00 PM
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Long post - Recipe Software


Whelp!!  I've been a busy beaver this week.  As many of you know, I love 
cooking, and collecting cook books.  One of the things that drives me nuts, 
though, is it's hard to remember what cookbook what recipe was in.  I'm 
crazy about tools that give me power over 
tasks...........soooooooooooo.............I went looking for a recipe 
program that would allow me to manage a large number of recipes, be 
extremely stable, use little overhead resources on my computer, and be FAST! 
Additionally, it was very important to me to be able to copy recipes from 
various sources like the internet, email groups, individual emails, word 
files, etc.  Having such a program would give me access to a huge store of 
recipes, and allow me to exchange recipes with friends and family too!

I evaluated a half dozen programs, actually installing them on my computer 
and then working with them.  I also asked on several of the email recipe 
forums I belong to what recommendations people had - based on responses I 
added still another program to the testing regimen.  The struggle was to 
find a program with a high degree of power, yet a relatively fast learning 
curve - a program that didn't require a PHD to operate <G>.  After testing, 
I picked a program called Now You're Cooking!  You can find it here:

http://www.ffts.com/

When I test programs, I also like to talk to the developer to see how the 
program is supported, and to determine a little of the history of the 
program.  I didn't want to invest a great deal of time building a library of 
recipes to find the developer abandoned the program.  I looked at recipe 
programs several years ago and most of them don't exist today.  I've spoken 
with the developer several times this week.  His name is Gary and he's truly 
helpful.  Each time I've called, he's answered the phone himself and been 
extremely helpful.  He started developing the program in the 90's and it's 
now a mature program, though he still updates it regularly to make 
improvements.  His wife handles the registrations so it's a family 
business - I like that!

Here's an over view of the program features:

# automatic categorizing of recipes (based on user-defined keywords)
# auto-find and delete empty categories; map one category to another
# fastest recipe import and search of any recipe software
# perform any of these power tasks across all cookbooks in a single 
operation:

    * recipe search
    * meal plan
    * print recipes
    * import/export recipes
    * duplicate checking and deletion
    * defrag cookbooks and image archives
    * rebuild cookbook indexes
    * auto-link recipe ingredients to nutrition items
    * untag recipes
    * find and replace text strings
    * proper case recipe names

# Quick Web Recipes feature for automatic recipe download and import
# customizable Export-to-Web feature for automatic recipe website creation
# customizable multi-rater, multi-criteria recipe rating system
# nutrition analysis using USDA database directly, including raw, cooked, 
canned, and processed foods
# accurate nutrition analysis for any recipe from any source
# more nutrition constituents than other recipe software (now with trans 
fats, vitamin K)
# nutrition analysis with %Daily Values based on your calories/day
# customizable diet calculations with nutrition analysis
# Fitness Calculator to track body fat %, BMI, waist ratios, and other 
fitness metrics
# consumer features (coupon manager, automatic shopping list with coupons 
noted, shopping list by aisle, cost of list across stores)
# stable, robust Meal MasterT import/export with dupe checking and isolation 
of problem recipes.
# multi-file importing of mixed format text recipes in a given file
# unlimited recipes in multiple cookbooks
# compatibility with Windows Vista/XP/Me/2000/98/95/NT4
# registration options for FREE upgrades to future versions (so you can pay 
once, not again and again)
# tech support that exceeds your expectations

To me, the biggest deterrent to using a computer based program is the time 
it takes to get recipes loaded in the program.  I'd rather be playing golf, 
shooting, working in the shop, or taking pictures!  What really impressed me 
was the ease with which I can copy or import recipes in the program.  This 
program allowed me to create or copy recipes easier than any other I tried. 
It's hard to explain the difference, but Gary developed a truly simple 
method for inputting recipes, and he also developed a really cool import 
system to download and install thousands of recipes right from his site. 
Importing recipes/cookbooks from other programs is a snap too.  To give you 
an example, I imported the entire MasterCook program (30 cookbooks and 8000+ 
recipes) in about 20 minutes.

I've imported 56 cookbooks and set up one of my own for Bob's Favorites for 
a total of 57 cookbooks.  I've imported a grand total of 297,927 recipes in 
the program so far...........you read it right, 297,927!!  As one of the 
performance measurements, I did a search using the word Banana (title or 
ingredient) and got over four thousand recipes <laugh>  Even with the huge 
number of recipes I have, it takes less than 11 seconds to search for a word 
in the titles.  To search both the title and the ingredients it took less 
than 1 minute, 27 seconds!!  I've tested this program, beat it, loaded it to 
the max and it hasn't skipped a beat - it's rock solid.  There's so much 
more in this program, there's simply not enough room here to tell you all 
about the features.

If you have an interest in managing recipes on your computer, give a look at 
this program, I highly recommend it.  I like it so much, I bought the 
program to give to my daughters so we could share easily.
 Regards,

  Bob -- the "Keyboard Cowboy"
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