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Old 02-21-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
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Anybody have the skinny on the new Beer Tools Pro as compared to Promash and BeerSmith? I have Promash and BeerSmith and really prefer Promash, mostly because it is what I know. But it has its limits.

I have seen a couple screen shots of Beer Tools Pro and it looks interesting, but before I waste any more money I thought I would turn to the masses for any insight. I have a recollection that Dude was doing some beta testing on it or something like it, but I could be wrong.

What do people know, what's the word on the streets?
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Old 02-21-2007, 04:53 PM   #2
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I bought it, tried hard to use it, and went right back to BeerSmith. It's prettier, for sure, but I find the interface a bit cumbersome in comparison to BeerSmith. I think it might even have some sweet functionality with scheduling complicated mashes and hops schemes, but I couldn't get past the awkwardness. Also, it seems a bit rough around the edges - it does this weird screen updating thing where the window flashes rapidly while it calculates. I haven't completely given up on experimenting with BTP, but I still use BeerSmith for creating and storing recipes.
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Old 02-21-2007, 05:09 PM   #3
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I find it is MUCH better than Promash. I wish it had an inventory function (it may now, I might have an oder version). Yuri is right on the flickering. It also has some oddities that are cosmetically hard for me to accept. If you save a recipe, sometimes the hops go above the grains in the order...that is really stupid.

The recipe database and the ability to duplicate an ingredient right from the recipe page is a nice feature--where as in Promash you can't o that.

Another nice feature of BTP is the session isn't separate like it is in Promash. If you used sessions in PM you know what I am talking about. Very difficult to keep the two (recipe and session) straight.

I use Beertools exclusively now.
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:14 AM   #4
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Im a Beer Tools Pro user as well, and love it. I like it over BeerSmith as well. Its been a decent tool for me.
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Old 02-22-2007, 03:22 AM   #5
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You might want to check out QBrew. Its free. See my sig. They'll have a new version out shortly with more features.
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Old 02-22-2007, 04:16 AM   #6
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It looks pretty fancy never used it.

 
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Old 02-22-2007, 04:37 AM   #7
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Edit: Oops... I think you were talking about BTP.


It does everything I need. An updated version is coming out that will do mash in temps, mash volumes and RECIPE VOLUME SCALING !

It has worked well for me.

Here is a screen shot for the Mac version.
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:05 AM   #8
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I looked quickly but it doesn't appear that BTP has a trial version?

 
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:17 AM   #9
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I'd love to know that Beersmith and BTP do that qbrew doesn't. We can add functionality to qbrew without much trouble. Anyone care to compare qbrew to their software ?
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:22 AM   #10
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Did you design it or something? I'd check it out, but I'm not really all that thrilled with learnign a new program. I'm just now getting comfy with BTP.
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