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View Poll Results: Would you use a Recipe Box option on DC if it were available?
Yes, I would use it a lot 3 15.79%
Nope, I have my own method 8 42.11%
Maybe, I'd like to see how it worked first 8 42.11%
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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Recipe File

I wasn't sure whether to put this here or in the Software section.

I know this question comes up from time to time, but hope you will revisit it one more time.

Can DC look at some kind of add-on that would allow Members to add a link or something to a particular box in order to keep a recipe file?

I'm well aware there are jillions of piece of software available to do that, and that I could just save them on my computer. My issue is just one of convenience. When I'm looking for a recipe (either a new one or one of my own), my first stop is DC. If there were a function to sort or file all the recipes I use it would be a real Godsend. It would bring me back here instead of going to my hard copy, and it would be a great sell point for new members.

My current method is to subscribe to some of the threads I want to remember, but honestly, I dislike subscriptions. There are always random discussions and the occasional spammer that hit the threads I subscribe to and my phone goes mental when that happens. Also, since its a method I don't like, I've not subscribed to all the recipe threads I like. I WOULD put a link aside though.

Just a thought. Anyone else interested?

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Old 10-11-2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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I voted no. I'm not comfortable with some other entity (even one as friendly as DC) having primary responsibility for something I want to keep forever. My process is to copy and paste a recipe I want to my computer. That way I always have access to it (with or without internet access) and it won't mysteriously disappear after some passage of time.

Also, with the recipe on my computer, I can make changes and print copies in my personal recipe format (for uniformity on my recipe book).
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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I just copy and paste into a text file. That can probably be imported into any recipe software.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:48 AM   #4
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I voted no as well. I have Mastercook and have been saving my recipes there for years. I have a DC cookbook there and a method for cutting and pasting straight into the cookbook. That way I can search and sort all my recipes in one place!
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:00 PM   #5
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Have none of you ever had a serious computer crash and lost all your stuff? At least here, I know I will always find my recipes intact.

I'm looking at using Dropbox, or some other Cloud type function. But honestly, I'm here looking at my recipes anyway so I thought it would be cool to have the capability of filing things here.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:05 PM   #6
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Have none of you ever had a serious computer crash and lost all your stuff? At least here, I know I will always find my recipes intact.

I'm looking at using Dropbox, or some other Cloud type function. But honestly, I'm here looking at my recipes anyway so I thought it would be cool to have the capability of filing things here.
That's why I do a regular backup with an Flashfile. Plus my computer reminds me every two months.
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I think I would be interested especially now it was pointed out that computers can crash and all the info stored can be lost.
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Have none of you ever had a serious computer crash and lost all your stuff? At least here, I know I will always find my recipes intact.

I'm looking at using Dropbox, or some other Cloud type function. But honestly, I'm here looking at my recipes anyway so I thought it would be cool to have the capability of filing things here.
DH has programmed a sophisticated back-up system for our computers that saves to our own computers every day, each other's every week and an external drive every month.

I have used recipe boxes on Allrecipies.com and Kraft.com and to be honest, I forget that they are there. I keep adding recipes and never remember what I have added so I have gone back to my own methods.

But like anything else in life, Alix, it is a personal preference. I can totally understand your reasoning and if I didn't have a husband who specialized in programming security and back-up systems, I would go the cloud type direction as well.
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I figured before I started a Cloud thing, I'd look at doing something here. All I really need is a spot to store links to threads.

A flash drive is a great idea for some folks I'm sure, just not for me. I access recipes at work as well as at home. I OWN a flash drive, 2 or 3 actually and at this moment, couldn't tell you where a single one of them is! LOL! That's why a link file or a Cloud type deal is my go to idea. Its all there ready to go, I don't have to worry about importing etc. I have hard copies of most of the stuff I put on here, but I find sometimes that going through the thread sparks a memory about something or there is a helpful tip in the thread.

I wasn't a big supporter of the recipe box idea in the past, but I'm definitely seeing an upside now.
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