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favorablyimpressed's picture

I'm very excited. I've decided to buy an iMac! One of the programs that I will have to give up, however, is MasterCook, but it appears that I can import MC files into MacGourmet. I haven't seen any recent posts about this software. Is anyone using it?

KarenP's picture

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  You can buy a terminal emulator that will mimick windows better than windows and flips back and forth between Mac and Windows very quickly.  That way, you can keep it.  There are a few good ones out there right now but I can't remember the name of one for the life of me.

favorablyimpressed's picture

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Yes, I'm aware of Parallels and others, and I thought I was going to have to go that route, since I use Photoshop and I didn't want to buy another version of this very expensive program. But, these programs require their own resources, so maxing out the memory on my new computer to 4GB would divide it between the two platforms. Then, there would be the cost of Parallels and Windows, and antivirus software, etc. I was very happy to learn that I can simply upgrade to the latest version of Photoshop and change over to the Mac format for only the cost of the usual upgrade, which I needed anyway. I'm planning on a clean break with Windows, although I'll still have a couple of PCs, too.

Sheri's picture

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I have both MacGourmet and TRM. I think I like MacGourmet better.

I use Parallels and run Windows (for Outlook), and you're right, it works best if you max out your RAM.

dorcast's picture

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I've been using The Recipe Manager on a Mac.
They don't offer a demo, but I emailed customer service and they gave me a free short trial period. I don't know anything about Macgourmet, but see that you can download a demo,
so maybe you can compare.

favorablyimpressed's picture

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It doesn't appear that TRM imports MasterCook files, but I'll definitely give it a try.

jahnavi's picture

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I like MacGourmet quite a bit. I've imported lots and lots (more that I'll probably ever use) recipes from websites (including this one). All you do is highlight the recipe on a website, a few keystrokes, and then it's a clipping in MacGourmet. You have to do a few edits in MacGourmet and then it's ready to go.

Congrats on the Mac! My husband is a huge Mac fan and I have one at home (Windows at work).

favorablyimpressed's picture

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I'm glad to hear you're pleased with MacGourmet. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that I can import all 10,000 recipes from MasterCook in one fell swoop. My fingers are crossed. I'm expecting to order my iMac at the end of the week.

Sammy2's picture

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I just switched to a MacBook Pro and am having the same problem. I have the VMware Fusion so could run Mastercook but would prefer not to. I don't care for the interface they use. I'll need to get all recipes out of MC and onto the Mac but what is the best way and the best software ap for this?
Mine was more of a spur of the moment decision to buy the Mac. My old Thinkpad was dying and needed to be replaced quickly. I'm very happy with my decision. There is a bit of a learning curve which sent me into brain overload. I'm on my 3rd day and doing better with it.

favorablyimpressed's picture

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Congrats on the MacBookPro.  I expect to place my iMac order in about a week.  Very exciting!  I haven't done too much research in recipe software for the Mac, but it seems like MacGourmet is the only one that can import Mastercook recipes.  I hope that means a whole "cookbook" of recipes, and not just one at a time.  You can download a trial version of MacGourmet.  If you do, please post a review.