Originally Posted by fletchsj
Beersmith probably has the best user interface, it is really a good looking program and has all the bells and whistles. The only thing it is missing from my experience is a comprehensive ingredients list. Promash and beer tools pro has a better list. Beersmith is nicer to look at though
Beersmith from a functionality standpoint is OK. I mean, it has everything you could need (except for all the missing ingredients), and the calculations seem accurate. There are many things you may never use, and some that you didn't think you'd use but now can't live without (for me it was pricing ingredients for recipes).
But as for the user interface, it's a disaster. From selecting fields in a recipe that seem to be incomplete and rather arbitrary, to the organization of ingredients in your recipe (why are the hops listed out of order?), there are countless things that have me scratching my head. I never used Beersmith 1, but I have a background in UI design, and I'd LOVE to get my hands on this thing. Beersmith makes Hopville.com's Beer Calculus look like it was designed by Apple.
To be fair, this is the most robust software out there, but I can't say I've tried them all. If you can get passed the glaring design flaws, it's worth the investment. And if that doesn't bother you at all, then hell, even better.