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View Poll Results: Which of the big three do you use.
BeerSmith 1,124 65.27%
BeerTools Pro 156 9.06%
Promash 220 12.78%
another software 222 12.89%
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:15 PM   #41
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I am a mac user so unfortunately all of the options given are unusable by me. I currently use a free mac app, but I am looking at BeerAlchemy. Does anyone have experience with beer alchemy?

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You can use beer tools pro on the mac. It's not free though.
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:59 PM   #42
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Not concerned about free.. lol this is an expensive hobby. I just want to make sure the software is worth it if im paying.. Thanks for the input!!!

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Old 08-15-2008, 10:25 PM   #43
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Mac users, do you have "other" windows apps you want to use as well? I ask because I am a newly-minted Mac user, and I just run my BeerSmith in Parallels Desktop. VMWare Fusion and CrossOver both do the same thing. I've also heard you can set up WINE for free.

BeerSmith here, no matter how much work it takes me to get it loaded on non-Windows OS.

I do have a few improvement suggestions / conversation points, but I'm not done drafting them. That'll be for a new thread on some other day.

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Old 08-16-2008, 03:25 AM   #44
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I go promash simply because the Brewing Network uses it and I get a lot of recipes from those guys.

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Old 08-22-2008, 09:38 PM   #45
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I voted for Promash. The dated, clunky interface suits my personality, and I find it much easier to use than Beersmith.

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Old 08-22-2008, 09:53 PM   #46
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I have beertoolspro and I think most people would like it. However, they've been running the 1.5 beta for a really long time now and are rumoured to be working on the user manual since it was so lacking in the previous releases. I have a hard time recommending it until 1.5 goes public.

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I used the trial versions of ProMash, Beer Tools, and Beersmith. I think i am going to end up going with beersmith.

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Old 11-16-2008, 12:33 PM   #48
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The results might be skewed by Mac users, because only one of our software options (BTP) is up on that list.
Agree!

When does BeerSmith come out on iPhone?
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:05 PM   #49
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Default Beertools vs. Beersmith vs. Promash

I have tried all 3. Beersmith and Beertools appear to be well supported because when I purchased the licensed versions I received my license keys within minutes. I cannot say the same for Promash because it has been 5 days since I applied for a registration key and have not gotten it. I have even left a message on the Promash message board but still no reply.

Creating recipes with Beersmith and Beertools is somewhat intuitive but it does take some playing around with the software to add ingredients and plan out various mash and hop schedules. I like both these products but Beertools does have a subscription service that allows you to expand on the number of recipes you can track online through their interface, as well as post your recipes for comments from others who use the software.

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Frankly any integration with the website recipe database should be discounted when considering BTP. I would never trust a user submitted recipe. Even around here, I only brew something when a few other people give it a thumbs up or someone claims a comp win.

With that said, I use BTP and it does just about everything I want. The inventory feature could be better and so could the printout, but overall it's solid and looks good too. It's not for people that want it to hold their hand. It has NO presets.

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