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Old 01-07-2007, 11:29 AM   #1
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Recipe management software

Does anybody know if there are any good recipe management software programs worth having?

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Old 01-07-2007, 01:54 PM   #2
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This thread discusses the various options pretty well.

We use BigOven and use it, to an extent. I'd love it if I could have all of my cook books in there and cross referenced recipes (ie my 'wine chicken' would show up in a "chicken" recipe box as well 'created by me' or something along those lines). I don't actually know if it can do that...haven't tried.
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:19 PM   #3
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I gave up on specialized software a few years ago. I'm happiest with text/wordprocessor file(s) so I can sync them to my pda or even my phone and have the recipes with me when I'm cooking no matter where I'm cooking.

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Old 01-11-2007, 11:19 PM   #4
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Well.. I too have been pondering a good recipe software for quite some time. My dreams are to write a Freeware application that rivals the expensive versions and is extremely simple to use..

My wife and I had our first child this Monday, but the little guy isn't breathing too well on his own. So, we're going to be in the hospital for AT LEAST another couple of days.. While I am Internet'less, I am starting to work on a Recipe Management Program that will rival all others..

What I need is some suggestion. I would like a system that allows easy sharing, easy storage and categorization, and above all, easy to use.. I have read the other post, but I am going to use all of this free time to make something that I will use to manage ALL of my recipes.

I would really like all kinds of ideas for features. I'd even like to gear it for the users at DiscussCooking if at all possible. Similar interface, comfortable to use..

Let me know... It'd be a good chance for people to sound off what they want in a program. Especially a free one..

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Old 01-11-2007, 11:31 PM   #5
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Well.. I too have been pondering a good recipe software for quite some time. My dreams are to write a Freeware application that rivals the expensive versions and is extremely simple to use..

My wife and I had our first child this Monday, but the little guy isn't breathing too well on his own. So, we're going to be in the hospital for AT LEAST another couple of days.. While I am Internet'less, I am starting to work on a Recipe Management Program that will rival all others..

What I need is some suggestion. I would like a system that allows easy sharing, easy storage and categorization, and above all, easy to use.. I have read the other post, but I am going to use all of this free time to make something that I will use to manage ALL of my recipes.

I would really like all kinds of ideas for features. I'd even like to gear it for the users at DiscussCooking if at all possible. Similar interface, comfortable to use..

Let me know... It'd be a good chance for people to sound off what they want in a program. Especially a free one..

-Brad
What are you going to be developing it in? What is your development experience? I would consider myself as pretty much a veteran right now. Maybe a C# project and using WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) would be interesting. That way all your recipes would be stored on the web and you would hopefully never loose them with a computer disaster. If you want to get really interesting you could use XAML to display some really cool effect (of course this would take some time). Let me know i might be interested in something like this. Recipes would maybe be in XML format so anything could read them and format them however they wanted with XSLT.

Anyways congradulations are your first little one and i sure hope he gets well soon.

Ok on the question. I use mastercook. Any flaws? Yes you still have to enter the recipes. That is the biggest downfall. Data entry is not much fun. Epecially if the recipe is not on the web. In mastercook it allows you to create new cookbooks and i though it was cook if i could take some of my favorite cookbooks and transfer all the recipes to mastercook. Way to time consuming unless you got a lot of extra time to burn. I still use it for recipes i create (if i don't i will forget them) and recipes on the web that i try and love. There is one feature i hope they add to it in future. Recipes allow you to add one picture per recipe. Would be cook if you could add a picture for each step of the directions.

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Old 01-12-2007, 01:23 AM   #6
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What are you going to be developing it in? What is your development experience? I would consider myself as pretty much a veteran right now. Maybe a C# project and using WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) would be interesting. That way all your recipes would be stored on the web and you would hopefully never loose them with a computer disaster. If you want to get really interesting you could use XAML to display some really cool effect (of course this would take some time). Let me know i might be interested in something like this. Recipes would maybe be in XML format so anything could read them and format them however they wanted with XSLT.
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I am definitely planning on using C#. I have been developing applications for about 15 years, and web applications for around 9.

I really want to keep the system free, so I am looking at what technilogical constraints that would make. I have funding and time, but I don't want to make it a year long project either.

One of my specialties is product usability. I am hoping that whatever I can come up with is easy to use, and easy on the eyes. It's crazy how much those two go hand in hand.

While I have limited access at the Hospital, I will put together my notes and keep a list of suggestions people on this board have. I think it would be really cool if DiscussCooking.com members really had a say in the system and it's functionality. We could even develop a group of end users who test small parts of the software and give ideas.. A steering committee if you will.. As long as we don't bore people with technical jargon..

Thanks for the wishes as well.. Now I just have lots and lots of time ahead of me..

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Old 02-09-2007, 12:44 AM   #7
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**** - sign me up as a beta user! PM or send an e-mail. Currently all my recipes are either bookmarked with mental notes, or printed notepad files with written notes. In either case, I'd sure love an app to get everything organized...
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:12 AM   #8
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Sounds awesome.. I will keep you posted when I know more.. The application needs to be planned first.. I think it would be cool if DC members could be part of the planning process so people could be involved in the "process"

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Old 02-09-2007, 01:26 AM   #9
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Yeah sounds like a great idea, expecially if you make it really easy to export and import peoples recipes maybe like creating a digital cookbook in which you could customize and add pictures, the readers of the e-books could search and save the recipes they liked. I'll join in helping create a site where the users could create an archive of there recipes, i can't code (yet currently doing a web development degree) but im sure there is a paid/free script which would suit our needs.
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Old 02-19-2007, 09:13 PM   #10
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I have been using MasterCook for several years. I was contemplating switching until I got a copy of MasterCook 9. I love it, I can copy recipes from websites directly into MC, I can copy from a word processor, it has shopping lists, it exports easily, I can change a recipe from one form of measurement into another (for instance some recipes come with measurements in weights...300mg or liters). The program came with I think 13 cookbooks in it and I have put 4 of my own into it. On my laptop I deleted all of their cookbooks and just have my own in it. It's versatile, useful and easy to use.
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