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Chris Derum
07-13-2008, 09:25 AM
I was wondering if anyone is using and/or recommend a good recipe organization software. I googled it and came up with a few, but wondered which one is the most user friendly. We have recipes everywhere...multiple binders, cookbook pages flagged, web pages saved in favorites etc. It would be nice to consolidate them all in one place.

Bryan S
07-13-2008, 09:37 AM
A lot of us use Master Cook. I really like it.

Bill Hays
07-13-2008, 09:49 AM
Originally posted by Bryan S:
A lot of us use Master Cook. I really like it.

Ditto.

Bill

Chris Derum
07-13-2008, 09:54 AM
Thanks I'll check it out.

Gary Bramley
07-13-2008, 10:03 AM
Chris,

For whatever reason, my computer did not like Master Cook, and I ended up with Living Cookbook. I can not compare the two, but copying a recipe from the internet or inputing a recipe is fairly simple. For organization I would give it an ok rating. It has served my purposes.

Q'n, Golf'n & Grill'n.... too many choices!
Gary

Rita Y
07-13-2008, 11:21 AM
Chris, I also have MasterCook and like it. Here is their Help Site. Many people who are interested in MasterCook ask questions there and I think they will lead you to a comparison chart with various cooking programs---if I remember correctly. They are very good about answering questions, newbie and advanced. Most of the questions on the Help site seem to be about using the program rather than something wrong with it.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MastercookDiscussion/

On the other hand, before I began MasterCook, I had a dedicated folder in M/S Word for Recipes and many sub-folders such as Beef, Poultry-Chicken, Poultry-Turkey, Seafood-Finfish, Seafood-Shellfish (so named to keep them in the proper order), etc.

After you get a lot of recipes in the folders, you might want to sub-folder those in the Beef folder to Beef/Braised, Beef/Grilled, etc....Shrimp, Clams, etc.

This way I can copy a recipe from a website, drop it into Notepad to remove formatting, and then paste it into a Recipe Template in Word, and then save it in an appropriate folder.

Going back to MasterCook, one nice thing about it is the ability to scale recipes up or down. And if you are interested in nutrition, you can enter the ingredients in the proper way (so that they conform to M/C's ingredient list), you will have the nutritional information of the recipe. You can also add new ingredients to the list.

Rita

Dudley Rose
07-13-2008, 03:30 PM
Originally posted by Chris Derum:
I was wondering if anyone is using and/or recommend a good recipe organization software. I googled it and came up with a few, but wondered which one is the most user friendly. We have recipes everywhere...multiple binders, cookbook pages flagged, web pages saved in favorites etc. It would be nice to consolidate them all in one place.

Like others I have Mastercook, and I like it quite a bit. However, you might want to check out Living Cookbook.
http://www.livingcookbook.com/
I like it better. The next version is in final Beta, and the developer runs the forum and keeps the software up to date and answers questions. It has a much easier-to-use printing feature, if your interested in printing cookbooks. It will import almost any cookbook software's recipes, so you can get Mastercook formatted recipes on the web (which are pretty common) and import them.

The thing I don't like about Mastercook is that it's not clear what the company which owns it is planning for development. The last several versions have had very few feature changes, even those that have been requested for quite awhile, like better printing.

Rita Y
07-14-2008, 06:14 AM
Of course your choice will be according to how much you want and how you want to use the recipe program. Here is a little more information from someone who knows a lot more about these recipe programs and can explain them better than I can:

“MasterCook already does what most people want and is wonderful in its current state. After all, Microsoft doesn't do a very good job giving a clear indication of what's coming up in its future either, nor does it release a new engine on even a biyearly basis. http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Living Cookbook will need to create new updates on a regular basis to catch up to all the functionality that is missing that MasterCook has. Furthermore, Living Cookbook won't print an entire cookbook. It defers you to Word instead. You must have Word to print with that program.

MasterCook printing module is very complex giving the user much flexibility in changing the designs and adding clipart and text boxes, etc. There are many users who have successfully printed many cookbooks with MasterCook, even for charity events! They all have praises for MasterCook.“

Again, Version 9 is the latest. Please DO NOT purchase a download; it is flawed. Here it is on Amazon, with credit to go to TVWB if you choose to buy it:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000B7TBNE/thevirtualweberb

Rita

Dudley Rose
07-14-2008, 06:56 AM
I would respectfully disagree about the feature set. But anyone can compare and see which works better for them. Living Cookbook is finishing its Beta release of the next version. It is scheduled for release on August 1. It has the ability to print through its own new and quite powerful printing engine as well as to MS Word.


Originally posted by Rita Y:
Of course your choice will be according to how much you want and how you want to use the recipe program. Here is a little more information from someone who knows a lot more about these recipe programs and can explain them better than I can:

“MasterCook already does what most people want and is wonderful in its current state. After all, Microsoft doesn't do a very good job giving a clear indication of what's coming up in its future either, nor does it release a new engine on even a biyearly basis. http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Living Cookbook will need to create new updates on a regular basis to catch up to all the functionality that is missing that MasterCook has. Furthermore, Living Cookbook won't print an entire cookbook. It defers you to Word instead. You must have Word to print with that program.

MasterCook printing module is very complex giving the user much flexibility in changing the designs and adding clipart and text boxes, etc. There are many users who have successfully printed many cookbooks with MasterCook, even for charity events! They all have praises for MasterCook.“

Again, Version 9 is the latest. Please DO NOT purchase a download; it is flawed. Here it is on Amazon, with credit to go to TVWB if you choose to buy it:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000B7TBNE/thevirtualweberb

Rita

Billy S.
07-16-2008, 11:28 AM
I have about 50,000 recipes. Don't ask me why. Here is what I use:

http://www.ffts.com/

Scott T (Odirom)
07-17-2008, 02:43 AM
Again, Version 9 is the latest. Please DO NOT purchase a download; it is flawed. Here it is on Amazon, with credit to go to TVWB if you choose to buy it:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000B7TBNE/thevirtualweberb

Rita

So don't get version 9? or do?

I have been looking for a software package like this and talked to the wife and think we are going to go with Master Cook.

But do or don't go with Version 9?

Sean S.
07-17-2008, 03:53 AM
i *think* what she means scott is order the actual cd with the software; if you by it via download at their site there is a problem.

Rita Y
07-17-2008, 05:03 AM
That's right, Sean. Thanks. There are some things missing from the Download edition.
Rita

Gary Bramley
07-17-2008, 09:20 AM
FYI, I had problems with the CD version.....

Gary

Scott T (Odirom)
07-17-2008, 09:22 AM
Originally posted by Gary Bramley:
FYI, I had problems with the CD version.....

Gary

...such as?

Gary Bramley
07-17-2008, 10:30 AM
It didn't work as claimed.... It was about a year ago, and I worked with the tech and web support, and could not get it to funtion properly.


Gary

Rita Y
07-17-2008, 10:42 AM
Gary, did you work with the ValuSoft tech support? They really don't support MasterCook as well as the Yahoo Help group and often refer people over to them:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MastercookDiscussion/

These people are very good, and they are tenacious about tracking down a problem if you have the patience to stick with it. Won't cost anything to try, if you're curious

Rita

Bryan S
07-17-2008, 11:24 AM
I use version 8.0 and have zero problems with it. I opted for 8.0 verses 9.0 because it was about 1/2 price. Been using it for about 2 years and would be lost without it. JM .02

Gary Bramley
07-17-2008, 11:45 AM
Rita,

I use the forum you linked above...

Gary

Rita Y
07-17-2008, 11:55 AM
Wow, Gary. That's pretty rare that they can't come up with a solution. I suppose you all thought of a damaged CD. I'm no help there. Sorry it didn't work out for you.

Rita

Gary Bramley
07-17-2008, 01:29 PM
Rita,

Please don't take this personally....

Both the CD and download version were troublesome. Why? I don't know. http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif After messing with it for two days (including going to the sight you refer to), I was done....... http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif Valuesoft did not baulk at giving me my money back. Living Cookbook worked without any problems. Go figure. http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Gary

Rita Y
07-17-2008, 02:20 PM
Of course not, Gary. No problem at all.

I'm glad that you got a refund (hard to do sometimes these days) and found something that would work for you.

Of course you could have junked your 'malfunctioning' computer and saved the MasterCook program. <just kidding!> http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Rita

Bryan S
07-17-2008, 02:25 PM
Originally posted by Rita Y:
Of course you could have junked your 'malfunctioning' computer and saved the MasterCook program. <just kidding!> http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Rita
Now That's Funny! http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Gary Bramley
07-17-2008, 06:54 PM
Originally posted by Rita Y:

Of course you could have junked your 'malfunctioning' computer and saved the MasterCook program. <just kidding!> http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Rita


Don't think for a second that I didn't think that..... I was hedging my bets on the value of one over the other. I have a laptop that I might give it another try with. We shall see.

Gary

Chris Derum
07-18-2008, 02:52 PM
Are the problems mentioned by some a result of running Vista as an operating system or is it just hit a miss? I'm still running XP and am holding off on upgrading (if you can call it that) untill absolutely necessary

Rita Y
07-18-2008, 06:07 PM
Chris, MasterCook runs well on XP. It was not designed to run on Vista but it does. If you upgrade to Vista, you can go to the help site mentioned above. They have good instructions and many people are currently using MC on Vista.

Rita

Bryan S
07-18-2008, 07:27 PM
Originally posted by Chris Derum:
Are the problems mentioned by some a result of running Vista as an operating system or is it just hit a miss? I'm still running XP and am holding off on upgrading (if you can call it that) untill absolutely necessary
As Rita said, MC runs great on XP. I use 8.0 on XP Pro. I myself refuse to upgrade to Vista. I will hold out as long as possible. When I finally have to upgrade, it will be to a MAC. http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

P Bart
11-24-2008, 08:35 PM
Microsoft One Note is great for stuff like this.

If you want something simple to easily copy recipes from the Internet in something pretty close to their original format, and you want to organize them in different "books", One Note is great for that.

Download the free demo and try it out.

Really simple, yet powerful.

It's widely rated as perhaps the most exceptionally great (I.E. missing any usual MS quirks) piece of software that MS has ever developed.

I use it on a PC notebook/tablet, and can read the recipes directly in my kitchen like a book.