A year and a half ago, I decided that I needed a recipe database tool to maintain my recipes. Because I had worked with database software throughout my professional life, I believed it would give me the flexibility I needed to manage recipes for multiple cookbooks. There are a few on the market. I bought one that worked on my operating system and was rated well by software rating services. It was easy to install and load with recipes. I fell in love with the import function because I constantly hit Escape rather than Undo and would have to start typing my recipes all over again.
Once I had all of my recipes loaded, I did the unimaginable – I broke the database. I discovered an undocumented ‘feature’, also known as a defect. The vendor said the software wasn’t supposed to do what I made it do. Oh, well. No fix was ever offered for the software. I never heard back from him.
After a six month hiatus I started working with the software again. Fortunately, I had made a backup and lost very little work. (I am thankful that my professional training paid off!) I will take a slight detour here and remind you that making regular backups is the most important thing you can do for yourself because something will go wrong. All in all, it is a great tool and provides the flexibility I need to manage multiple cookbooks. Just make sure that you make backups often. Overall, the tool was $35 well spent.
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