Originally Posted by Adeering
So hows everyone enjoying the new timer layout and the updates. Hope its working good for everyone
I came across and tried brewaide yesterday for the first time, it was also during my first all grain batch.
I really liked it despite a few minor quibbles. I'll go into those shortly but I will say I liked it enough that I'll be buying it next time I use it. It's decent and I like what it does but IMHO as a consumer it still needs a little work:
-My first issue was that I opened a BSMX file with it, and noticed that I made a couple minor errors with the recipe. "No problem" I said to myself, "I'll just go edit the recipe in beersmith and then resave it to the drop box folder". I made the changes, and then saved over the original file using the same file name as the one with the errors. Brewaide continually overwrote the new file with the old incorrect values (despite reopening the recipe in brewaide after I changed it). I had to resave the BSMX file to a different filename before it opened the correct values.
-The mash/brew timer switching hot button is not obvious. It took me MUCH longer than it should have to figure it out. I don't think the underlying idea (one button switching between the two) is bad, but higher contrast colors, or a button redesign is necessary IMHO
-The brew timer reset on me towards the end of my boil. All through out the boil/mash the app would restart and the timer would pick up where it ought to be. However towards the end of the boil the timer reset to the one hour mark despite knowing I had ~5 minutes left. I guesstimated how much time I had left and called it good. I wish I could give you more info on what happened here with this bug, but I don't know, I'm sorry.
I hope my post doesn't come across as bagging on the app, it's very good overall and does what it says on the tin. I'll be buying it next time I fire it up, I just hope that the development is still ongoing on this app.