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Corkroom reviewed on 29 Nov 2009
The interface is wonderful and extremely intuitive. It is terrific, both functionally, and visually! Unfortunately, there are a few errors in the program. I emailed the authors, but received a form reply, which is disappointing.

Firstly, I cannot trust the recommended buffer combinations! For example, BamHI is listed in NEB 1, 2, 3 and 4 as 75%, 100%, 50% and 75% respectively. From the NEB website, activity is actually 75%, 100%, 100% and 100%.

Secondly, ORFs and restriction sites that span across the origin of circular vectors are not identified!

Unfortunately, while EnzymeX appears to function as expected otherwise, these two semi-major bugs makes me wary about relying too heavily on this program. From the authors' reply, it appears it is no longer in development. "Unfortunately Papers takes up most of our time these days, so it could take a while before this feature would appear." This is a pity, as these bugs should not be too difficult to fix.
[Version 3.1]


Corkroom reviewed on 28 Nov 2009
A decent organisational tool, but there are several flaws. Unfortunately, the developers haven't responded to emailed feedback, which always makes me wary of future development of a paid product.

Some issues are quite frustrating. The shopping list is often incapable of adding ingredients of different units correctly. For example, if one recipe calls for 200 g of flour, and another for an ounce, the shopping list totals these to 201 g. Perhaps a user-defined unit equivalence list would be useful, or at least a list of what MacGourmet's pre-defined conversions are.

The chef view is useless. Many recipe instructions refer to the ingredients for quantities, but the chef view forces you to scroll up to the top. Not good when you have a handful of raw chicken. The chef view really needs a split view to allow simultaneous viewing of ingredients and instructions.

The shopping lists could be formatted more intelligently, with page breaks at logical spots, such as between shops. Alternatively, user-defined page breaks would be helpful. Also, depending on the name of ingredients listed in different recipes, the shopping list can produce separate listings for flour, plain flour, and flour (plain), etc. Some other programs I have used also allow user-defined ingredients. While this is more fiddly, this option prevents this confusion.

UI issues are abundant. For example, the default "OK" button is often highlighted, but pressing "return" on the keyboard does not click it, as expected under OS X. Also, command-~ normally switches windows, but this does not work in MacGourmet. This prevents comparison of recipes.

Finally, I'm not really sure, but I couldn't find a way to create smart recipe lists based on preparation/cooking times. Given that this is an editable field in recipes, it would be useful to search by this! Again, since the developers do not reply to emails, I'm not sure if there is a solution.
[Version 2.4.3]

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Corkroom replied on 07 Feb 2010
Cheers, I'll keep that in mind for any additional comments I might have. Perhaps you should have an autoreply for your email, or let users know that you prefer that method of communication?
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