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MacGourmet Deluxe is a recipe management application that allows users to create, edit, and scale new recipes or import recipes from their favorite websites, then share them via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Unlike MacGourmet, MacGourmet Deluxe users can also plan meals, analyze nutritional information, and generate shopping lists.

Features:

  • Chef's view for distraction-free cooking
  • Add images to your recipes and to the steps, as well as to your Beer, Wine, and Cheese notes
  • Use the Ingredient search or let more...

What's New

Version 4.0.9:
  • Fixed crash when syncing lists and the data is corrupt.
  • Added more error checking to sync data.
  • Miscellaneous display bug fixes.

Requirements

OS X 10.7 or later

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Marcossi Member IconReview+120
Marcossi
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I'm a long time user of this app overall happy with it. But the price is a killer.

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Version 4.0.6
Mhoutman Member IconComment+189
Mhoutman
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The joke on MacGourmet continues...

Both MacGourmet 3 (Advenio) and MacGourmet Deluxe 3 (Mariner) are still sold in the MAS. @mariner, at least keep the old iOS apps for free in the iTunes Store and give users sync.

But here us my secret tip: Both Paprika iOS and OS X are on sale for the rest of the month

MAS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paprika-recipe-manager/id451907568?l=en&mt=12

iTunes App Store:

https://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/paprika-recipe-manager-for/id406732590?l=en&mt=8

https://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/paprika-recipe-manager-get/id392408028?l=en&mt=8

Happy Thanksgiving :)

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Version 4.0.3
Cjred
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hahah yah at least give the old user some SYNC.... currently Paprika is giving me the best treatment on my recipes

Ctyankee Member IconComment+39
Ctyankee
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I have to join the list of users who have owned MacGourmet Deluxe and did not get the offer email. I still have my emails from when I bought it 11/2010, checked my spam folder, but nada. Maybe I did opt out (they used to send a lot of email and I don't get them anymore). I have checked via the website and in App, but didn't see anything. I did get the message from the old owner who announced the sale, and I figured updates would come. However I didn't see anything more and started looking into Paprika.

So today I get the email from Appshopper.com telling me Paprika is on sale. I then stumble on this page to see MG 4 is out and was discounted. Maybe I would update if they offered me the deal, if not then I'll definitely switch to Paprika. MG is $25 right now...but the iOS app seems to be lacking.

Oh well, it was good but rarely used it in the last year or so. Without a real sync option I could use it just wasn't very useful. What it did was good, but just went too long as is and showed its age too much.

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Version 4.0.3
larrymcj Member IconComment+235
larrymcj
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Back when MacGourmet Deluxe was one of the few games in town, I actually used this...and I bought it. The problem I always had was communications with the developer was difficult, and there was always the blurred line between MacGourmet and MacGourmet Deluxe being owned (apparently) by two different developers (or at least distributors). Sorry, but after Paprika came out I changed and have never looked back. And and now that Paprika 2.0 came out this week for iPad and iPhone I don't understand how there can even be a realistic comparison between the two apps.

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Version 4.0.3
Theguy Member IconComment+25
Theguy
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You know how you can tell the people working on this don't actually use their own software? You cannot change the font size in the recipe pane. Seriously. It looks like the default size of some of the themes is 9pt. Good luck reading that!

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Version 4.0.2
Theguy
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Sorry. There is a tiny slider at lower right that allows for some range of font size adjustment.
Not mentioned in the manual, of course.

Gryphonent Member IconComment+444
Gryphonent
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Looks like everybody who got version 3 through MacHeist or some other promotion didn't receive the limited time upgrade offer in August. Very devious, Mariner!

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Version 4.0.2
Mhoutman
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I send them a tweet about this to the CEO @@MarinerMike and @MarinerSoftware

Let's wait and see what happens but IMHO an example of bad marketing ;(

Kenbotwinick
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You're really not missing much. It's 99.9% the EXACT SAME as the last version. Not even worth $10 to upgrade. And I was supposed to get $50 worth of free wine from nakedwines.com as part of the upgrade deal, which of course MA won't let me use because of state law, so I didn't even get that out of the deal.

EXTREMELY disappointed with the absolute lack of innovation in this program for so long.

Kenbotwinick
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And they changed the cool cartoony "pot on a stove" icon to the above ugly ass stove.

Mariner Software, Inc. (Developer)
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Gryphonent and Mhoutman - Really? I think the thousands of people who took advantage of the offer might disagree. We sent out three promotional emails to ALL of the MacGourmet and MacGourmet Deluxe customer base in August alerting them to this offer. Even MacGourmet 1 customers from 8 years ago were sent an email. Why didn't you receive your email? maybe your spam filter hijacked it? maybe you changed your email address? maybe we weren't given your contact information by the former MacGourmet owner? If you want to email offline (lryan@marinersoftware.com) I would be happy to check.

Kenbotwinick-Sorry you feel that way. Features such as free cloud storage, incremental syncing between devices, beer and cheese notes, 32 to 64 bit architecture, and a ton of behind-the-scenes functionality would be different from the previous version (to name a few). The $50 wine would make a great gift idea if you can't use it in MA. Regarding your "lack of innovation for so long" comment, keep in mind, Mariner has only _owned_ the product (and thus been in charge of the development direction) for less than 2 months.

Logan Ryan
Mariner

Gryphonent
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Hi Logan,

I've not changed my email in 23 years and actually received your mailing this week about the release of MacGourmet Deluxe. However, I only found out about the promotional offer when checking on MacUpdate what's new and different in version 4 (unfortunately there's not really a clear comparison on your site). I should also mention that three of my friends who got the app through a promo didn't receive your offer in August but only the marketing email this week… so, I reckon something went wrong on your side. Whether intentionally or not I cannot say at this stage. Maybe some of the 'thousands of people who took advantage of the offer' can chime in?

I'm happy to upgrade for USD 10 as I always liked the app and use it… however, I've got to agree with Kenbotwinick that the changes are minor. On top, the iPhone app NEVER worked for me and despite promises to fix the bugs they were simply neglected. Not a nice way to treat customers. You should find my registration under the domain gryphonent DOT com.

Mariner Software, Inc. (Developer)
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Gryphonent - I did some checking and the email you have associated with the purchase of MacGourmet is one in which you opted out of our mailings on June 27, 2011. According to the rules by the FTC and the requirements of our email service provider, opt outs are permanently suppressed. The only way we can change that status is to have the permission of the person via an email.

Did you receive the mailing this week at a different email address that you may have signed up with?

Regarding the iOS version, we (Mariner) are rolling out a new app Gourmet iOS that will sync with MacGourmet Deluxe 4. It has been submitted to Apple so we are awaiting approval.

Regarding this..."and despite promises to fix the bugs they were simply neglected. Not a nice way to treat customers."

Again, I reiterate that Mariner has only owned this app for less than two months!

Feel free to email me offline if you want to continue the dialogue. We are happy to get things straightened out.

Logan Ryan
lryan@marinersoftware.com

Mhoutman
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@Logan Ryan, I just send an e-mail with all my registration info and again I did NOT receive ANY email from Mariner, nor Advenio, Nor Michael Dupuis.

Strange as in fact only last week Mariner tweeted on the release of version 4

Mhoutman
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Probably due to the fuzz here at MacUodate, Mariner have deleted below page today https://marinersoftware.com/mgdaupgrade/

I found out that the acquisition took place only a couple of days/weeks ? ago. See this press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11209436.htm

Also the first mentioning of MacGourmet (Deluxe) at MacUpdate) was last week and their first tweet was only 4 days ago (https://twitter.com/MarinerSoftware/status/388650643222970370)

So why would they send e-mail with a limited discount (ending somewhere last august) if there was no new version 4 available ?

On the promo I just got an extensive mail from their support why I was not granted a rebate. All possible related adminstrative reasons at either Mariner, Advenio (former owner) and/or MacHeist.

In the past I bought at both Mariner (and Advenio) different versions (iOS/OS X) of MacJournal, MacGourmet (Deluxe) and MarinerWrite but after reading their response I immediately lost my appetite. It is clear that loyalty isn't rewarded here.

At the end really a stupid way to deal with customers like us !

Mariner Software, Inc. (Developer)
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Mhoutman - I emailed you offline but clearly you want to make this public so this will be my last response to you. I thought I clarified this in my email to you but I see you glossed over it pretty conveniently in your last thread here, so let me clarify for you...

1.) You bought MacGourmet Deluxe in a bundle from MacHeist a few years ago.
2.) MacHeist does NOT provide customer contact information to bundle developers after the sale.
3.) You did NOT register your product on our web site after the bundle therefore we do not have your email address in our system.
4.) This is why you (and I'm sure other MacHeist customers) didn't get the pre-release promotional mailings.

Sorry if you think we are the bad guys but clearly your purpose here is to vilify us for something out of our control, which isn't all that fair.

As a side note, we did decide that we will be offering, for a limited time, a similar discounted upgrade path to customers on a case-by-case scenario.

Logan

PS: I was told that we took the old page down last weekend. Before that it was hidden on our site.

Mhoutman
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@logan, Sir why being so upset. I live in a democracy where we can freely share our thoughts and discuss Apple related matters. This place is all about that, for people being happy and unhappy with Mac Software. I do not see any reason to keep mouth shut on matters I dislike and if you wish to stop speaking to me, well that is you choice. Never forget that I (we) feed you and paid money for your iOS and OS X software !

If you refer to my first email of yesterday please read it carefully again.

- I did NOT buy MacGourmet Deluxe a FEW years ago. I bought it last year October 12th with MacHeist bundle 4. Order number etc is in my email.

The problem is that many people did buy MacGourmet Deluxe with last years bundle 4 and apparently MacHeist and Mariner do not share information on users. If we buy through MacHeist we do NOT know that we have to register at Mariner nor did we get the explicit information to register on Mariners website. I am glad we have consensus on that part.

I don't use the word "bad boys', that is your perception. Again we discus troubleshooting software here and that is what happened. I am not bashing Mariner but as a longtime customer I don't understand your attitude. I think we have a different understanding of customer satisfaction and the tone of your comment is a perfect example.

Last but not least am glad that Mariner decide that we will be offering, for a limited time, a similar discounted upgrade path to customers on a case-by-case scenario. Please let us know how we can apply and let's forget all this :)

Mhoutman
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FYI Despite an email of yesterday to Logan Ryan that we would deal with the solution as offered for all users concerned, I never heard from him again.

Seems I can't do any further...

Kcar1
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IIRC I bought MacGourmet 2 or MGDeluxe 2 long ago, and upgraded to MacGourmet Deluxe 3. Then I got an email from Mariner on 10/11/13 offering me all of $10 off the full retail $49.95 price of the new MGDeluxe 4...but the offer was only good until 10/13/13. Yes there was the $50 gift card from nakedwines.com in the deal but IIRC you pretty much had to buy a nakedwines membership to get reasonable prices per bottle. That caveat, my unwillingness to get involved with an unknown company, the minor discount from Mariner and the REALLY uninspiring list of new features in MGDeluxe 4 made me pass.

I understand that Mariner has only owned MG and MGDeluxe for only a few months, but the rollout of this update was NOT handled well. I don't have a lot of confidence in Mariner as it is: it acquired Notation from another company. Prior to the change of ownership, Notation was IIRC or free. Now, Mariner keeps trying to sell it to me and as far as I can tell the program hasn't been updated.

Logan Ryan of Mariner: I encourage you to keep people up to date on your company's activities and plans, including acquisitions of other companies and new releases of software. You keep telling people on MacUpdate that you've only owned MGDeluxe for a few months, but how were customers and licensees supposed to know that? Shouldn't you have informed people of that acquisition when it happened? Work with Mac-friendly news sites like Macnn and Macworld and PR firms to keep people informed of you actions and plans.

Mhoutman
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@Kcar1 very well said and so to the point !

As written before I own MG2, MG3 and MGDL 3. Both MG2 and MG3 were purchased at Advenio and MGDL 3 was bought as part of a MacHeist bundle.

When MG4/MGDL4 was announced current users were offered a special price. It seems that due the bad transition of user data between 1) Advenio - Mariner and 2) MacHeist - Mariner, many of us never received the offer. What a pity for us that Mariner are not very flexible in dealing with this large group.

But let's look at the bright side. As I also own Yum (discontinued), YummySoup, SousChef (both did not receive upgrades for a long time) I re-discovered Paprika. Last night they released a free update on IOS, now fully iOS 7 compatible.

Where Mariner charges again for their poorly rated Gourmet iOS (Advenio's MacGourmet iOS never received updates), both YummySoup and SousChef are very silent on iOS (7) updates, Paprika brings us all we want and even without asking money.

I made my choice for the best software and kindest customer support: Paprika !

Mariner Software, Inc. (Developer)
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Kcar1-
I wanted to respond to you because there are a number of inaccurate statements you have made in your last post.

1.) You - Then I got an email from Mariner on 10/11/13 offering me all of $10 off the full retail $49.95 price of the new MGDeluxe 4...but the offer was only good until 10/13/13.

Mariner - Actually the pre-order offer was extended to 10/31/13.

2.) You - Yes there was the $50 gift card from nakedwines.com in the deal but IIRC you pretty much had to buy a nakedwines membership to get reasonable prices per bottle.

Mariner - Untrue. You _can_ sign up for their membership but it's totally optional. Most took advantage of their $50 gift card and applied it to the main offer nakedwines offers which ended up to be 6 bottles of high end wine for $11 delivered. A pretty decent deal.

3.) You - That caveat, my unwillingness to get involved with an unknown company,

Mariner - We will celebrate our 23 year in business next month which probably makes us one of the most tenured Mac developers in the industry.

4.) You - the minor discount from Mariner

Mariner - From $24.95 to $9.95 is minor?

5.) You - REALLY uninspiring list of new features in MGDeluxe 4 made me pass.

Mariner - I can safely say we've had more people happy with the feature list in the upgrade than most in the past.

6.) I don't have a lot of confidence in Mariner as it is: it acquired Notation from another company. Prior to the change of ownership, Notation was IIRC or free.

Mariner - we don't have a product called Notation.

7.) You - Now, Mariner keeps trying to sell it to me and as far as I can tell the program hasn't been updated.

Mariner - If you are being sent email that you don't want to receive why don't you unsubscribe?

8.) You - I encourage you to keep people up to date on your company's activities and plans, including acquisitions of other companies and new releases of software. You keep telling people on MacUpdate that you've only owned MGDeluxe for a few months, but how were customers and licensees supposed to know that? Shouldn't you have informed people of that acquisition when it happened? Work with Mac-friendly news sites like Macnn and Macworld and PR firms to keep people informed of you actions and plans.

Mariner - This one has been addressed before. We alerted all MacGourmet customers numerous times as well as the fact that we went out with press releases through various services and our own press list. What benefit would there be to Mariner NOT to inform our customers, and the world for that matter, about our acquisition and upgrade? This is our livelihood after all.

Logan
Mariner

Mhoutman
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@logan

YOU: This one has been addressed before. We alerted all MacGourmet customers numerous times as...

US: Give us a break, this is what all the fuzz is about as many did not receive any email at all. At least the Advenio customers and MacHeist users did not receive anything...

Kcar1
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Logan: I'm responding to your 11/19/13 post directed to me.

1. "Mariner - Actually the pre-order offer was extended to 10/31/13."

Actually I never got that email about the extension of this offer to 10/31/13. There's a running theme here: your customers are telling you that they're not getting notifications about MacGourmet Deluxe from you, and you keep telling them they're wrong.


2. "Mariner - Untrue. You _can_ sign up for their membership but it's totally optional."

IIRC, Naked Wines membership dramatically lowers the price for most bottles of wine. It likely was a good deal regardless of whether someone bought a membership but I didn't know most of the wines being offered, was not keen to get mail-order wine to justify the price of $39.95 for MGD4, and didn't have enough time or interest to find out whether Naked Wines was reliable.

That $39.95 price you were offering me apparently was being offered to people who didn't own an earlier version of MacGourmet. I bought MacGourmet 2 IIRC and I know I bought MGDeluxe 3. I assumed (incorrectly) that you knew I owned MGD3 but decided to offer me only $10 off the price of MGD4 because you were throwing in the Naked Wines gift card.

It just didn't feel like a good deal to me, especially since the 10/11/13 email I got didn't really talk about MGD4's new features that much. From what I could remember at the time, the features your email mentioned were already in MGD3. Your email didn't justify my possible $39.95 expenditure. Please remember that most of your customers don't think about your programs all the time or remember all their features. You have to re-acquaint people with your programs when you contact them, and justify the time it takes to consider giving you more money.

3."Mariner - We will celebrate our 23 year in business next month which probably makes us one of the most tenured Mac developers in the industry."

The "unknown company" I referred to in my earlier post was Naked Wines.

4. "Mariner - From $24.95 to $9.95 is minor?"

Here's some of the text I got from Mariner regarding the MGD4 upgrade offer: "Regularly priced at $49.95, you can save $10 plus get a free $50 wine gift card* from our partners at nakedwines.com, when you buy MacGourmet Deluxe 4.0 through this exclusive offer."

Really not sure where you get $9.95. I never saw that upgrade price. My guess is that a lot of MGD customers got their copies from software bundle deals and that Mariner doesn't have them in their customer database because bundle vendors as you've stated don't pass the names of bundle purchasers to Mariner. Do Mariner apps give licensees the option of registering with Mariner while running the app? That feature might help resolve problems with reaching out to your customers. You apparently have a lot of such problems.

5."Mariner - I can safely say we've had more people happy with the feature list in the upgrade than most in the past."

Given that you've owned MGD for only two months as you've repeatedly pointed out, and given that you've only updated MGD once, you probably CAN safely say that. Were you getting customer feedback on earlier versions of MGD even though you didn't own the program?

6. "Mariner - we don't have a product called Notation."


Logan, you're right. You don't own a piece of software called Notation. It's called Narrator. Another developer, Dejal, owned Narrator before Mariner took it over. Dejal didn't give it away for free--the last price I could find for it was $19.95. But Dejal released Narrator 2.0 on 3/17/08 and issued 7 bug fixes over about 2 years. Mariner from what I can tell hasn't come out with a major new version of Narrator since it bought the software in 2010--and it's selling Narrator today for $39.95. That doesn't inspire trust in me.

7. "Mariner - If you are being sent email that you don't want to receive why don't you unsubscribe?"

Because like most people today I am INUNDATED with emails. I give each one about two seconds--if I open it at all. I simply haven't taken the extra time to unsubscribe from your mailing lists. Are you encouraging me to unsubscribe, Logan?

8. "Mariner - This one has been addressed before. We alerted all MacGourmet customers numerous times"

Again: I only got an email about MGD4 from Mariner on 10/11/13. It was an offer to buy MGD4 for $39.95 with a free $50 wine gift card from another company. The offer was only good for 48 hours. I never got an email about an extended sale period to 10/31/13. That 10/11/13 email was the first time I heard of MGD4 and I look at Macsurfer.com EVERY DAY. Where you discussed MGD4 before or upon its release is a mystery to me. I quickly scanned MacWorld's and MacObserver's and Macnn's archives: no mention of MGD4. If you know of bigger or more influential Mac news sites, let us know.

Seriously: after looking at your posts on this MGD thread, I am appalled at your inability to connect with your customers. Your company apparently has major problems in getting emails to customers and is dealing with a fragmented customer base due to many people not registering their Mariner programs with Mariner.

And YOUR attitude stinks, Logan. Stop looking to blame your customers for communication breakdowns. Start thinking about how to make your customer outreach uniform and more complete. Understand that many people who own MGD feel annoyed by your upgrade policies, your fragmented communication efforts and unsatisfactory number of new or improved features per major release, especially considering the relatively high prices you charge.

Customers talking to you here are unhappy. Try to understand that and think about how you can improve their attitudes or MGD issues without getting into arguments with them. Even if you win those arguments, your customers will likely still feel unhappy and mistrustful of your company.

My instinct about Mariner Software is that it overcharges for its programs and under-delivers on features. I've had one or two dealings with your customer service and IIRC it took a long time to respond to my request for help. When I think about Mariner, I don't expect to get a great deal on software. My first thought is that your company is more interested in getting money from people than in delivering great software. Perhaps that instinct isn't entirely fair but Mariner hasn't done enough in communicating or delivering to earn my trust.

Negritude Member IconComment+1082
Negritude
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Apparently, the company that originally developed MacGourmet Deluxe, Advenio, was acquired by Mariner. As part of the transition, they offered discounted upgrade pricing (only $9.95 instead of the normal $24.95) for existing version 3 users to upgrade to version 4:

https://marinersoftware.com/mgdaupgrade/

Unfortunately, I never received any communication from Advenio or Mariner about this, and I suspect others may be in the same boat. If you missed the promotion, I would contact Mariner and ask that they do the right thing and extend the offer to you.

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Version 4.0.2
Gryphonent
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Nope, never got an email from them. And I own both the deluxe and standard version.

David210
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Same with me. No summer communication re. special pre-order price. Will look for something else. I will not deal with a company that is inconsistent and then blames the customer...

Raro Member IconComment+6
Raro
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The linked version is actually MacGourment Deluxe 4.0.1 not 3.2.6 as stated.

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Version 3.2.6
Nut4wine Member IconReview+3
Nut4wine
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I love this program. I use it constantly. I put any recipe I make (regard of source) into MacGourmet so that I can customize steps (many recipes are poorly written, even from top-flight sources), print the recipe for use in the kitchen so that I don't have to worry about anything getting dirty, there's good support for importing recipes from Cook's Illustrated and other recipes sources and I've found the developer responsive to questions and requests for functionality. I looked at a lot of recipe database programs before deciding which one to invest in (the upfront money is the smallest part of the investment) and this one has been perfect for me.

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Version 3.2.6
Frankeed Member IconComment+66
Frankeed
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If you're getting this because you want to use it with the iPad app, you should know that the synchronization doesn't use Dropbox or iCloud (two of the more logical solutions), but uses a very clunky iTunes sync.

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Version 3.2.6
Dia
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Has this been fixed?

Frankeed
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Not that I know of. I think it's a "feature" of the program.

Janziff
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For this money it should be seamless - and smooth. Not clunky.

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Version 3.2.6
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Version 3.2.2
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Version 3.1.2
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Date 29 May 2014
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