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Living Cookbook software

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On the advice of a message board friend who is way more tech savvy than I, I am keeping my LC software and continuing to use it daily (being very mindful to back it up often).

My friend tells me there is nothing unusual about software that is abandoned (like LC) and there's really no reason to not use it as long as I continue to enjoy it.

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I am using LC 2015 on a Windows 10 Pro desktop computer.  Almost 4000 recipes.  I am always looking for a replacement, but I continue to use LC 2015 because I have found no other software that offers the organization, functionality and configurability that LC offers.  As long as it works, it works.

 

The database is an Access database and the PW is very recoverable.  I was playing around one time, and the DB will import in MS SQL, and from there it all depends on how far someone can go with queries etc.

 

LC 2015 did stop working and would only partially load then close.  The solution was to uninstall, then re-install and restore the DB.  Just make sure you have you key saved and accessible.

 

Now for the real question.  Does anyone know what happened with Lee and Living Cookbook?  Is there any hope that some will pick up the software and move forward?

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Is there a recipe software product that offers the folder, sub-folder organization of LC.  I have tried Master Cook 15, but the organization is not the same and I find it difficult to maneuver around. As an example, MC imported my LC cookbooks as cookbooks, but all chapters were not imported. My Food Network cookbook is there in MC, all recipes are listed, but the recipes are no longer grouped in cookbook chapters. The are no longer grouped by chef, type of food, and so on down the tree.  They now just one long list.   ...and the search continues.  I really like the chapter, sub chapter, sub chapter... concept.

 

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I had your problem with my LC software when I got my Win10 desktop.  I uninstalled then reinstalled and then it was fine though I was for a time terrified that I’d lose all of my thousands of recipes I’d saved for many years.  Now I just backup often and keep my fingers crossed,

I've not heard anything about new activity within Living Cookbook in a couple of years and I haven't heard of anything equivalent and new coming along either.  I'm fortunate mine still works, I'd be devastated to lose all I've saved.

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Just keep your Database, attachments and image files. Your information is all there.  If LC stops working, it would take some effort by someone who knows how to query a DB, but you can retrieve the recipes.

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I use Evernote, purchased (along with a scanner) because I was moving across the country and didn't want to schlep all those recipe books. :B

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I too am a Living Cookbook devotee.  Has anyone out there found anything equally as good or better?  I use mine for my cooking school.  I have all my recipes, class handouts, shopping lists etc etc etc. in it.  So scared it will just stop working one day.    I've tried Cook'n and Paprika but they just don't cut it.  Think maybe I've been spoilt. Wish we could at least find out if anything is happening at all with it. 

 

Thanx in advance. ;-)

Bec

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What's out there that replaces the wonderful but now defunct Living Cookbook recipe management software? My needs are simple: a huge database of ingredients, copy-and-paste import capability, logical organization, wildly flexible formatting capability, single-page printing and full-cookbook publishing capability, PDF export support, no ads, good support...well, basically everything LC15 did plus having iOS and Win 8.1/10 versions (and perhaps Mac and Android for the rest of the world), a fixed-price option (not a subscription), and of course I want a cherry on top: an Alexa skill so I can use it with my new Echo Show. Yes, I know I won't get all of this, but if you know of something that hits at least a few of these marks, I'd be very grateful for your suggestions.

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Not everything on your wish list, but I have switched to Mariner Software’s MacGourmet. 

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I've been using Paprika as a supplement and backup to my LC-15.

It's okay in many ways except for the printing options.  I use mine on my PCs, and my Ipad Pro.  Printing is only acceptable on the tablet, and I have no reason why it doesn't work well on my PCs....the print is way too small and I can't find a way to change it.

 

On another note, I have heard a rumor that there is a new version of LC in the works for release some time in 2019....Again, it's just a rumor and I'm not holding my breath.

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7 hours ago, lindag said:

On another note, I have heard a rumor that there is a new version of LC in the works for release some time in 2019....Again, it's just a rumor and I'm not holding my breath.

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At first, I thought "Yippee" but if they're not going to get back to us then that's a reason to forget it!. Wish they could have sold it to someone with more energy and desire to keep it going.  It does pretty much everything I need for my cooking school.  Shame.

 


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I'm looking for a version of Living Cookbook earlier than v 5.0.85.  Unfortunately, the export function in v 5.0.85 does not create properly formatted fdx or fdxz export files.

 

The Paprika menu manager web site (https://paprikaapp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/114094152774-I-m-having-trouble-importing-recipes-from-Living-Cookbook) recommends using a prior version of Living Cookbook to create these files:

 

Note: We've noticed that recent versions of Living Cookbook 2015 (v5.0.85) are creating broken export files that cannot be read past the first recipe. If you are having trouble importing a file from Living Cookbook, please try generating an export file using an older version (v5.0.76 or earlier) or their pre-release version (v5.0.89).

 

The 2008 version 2008 (lcsetup30.exe) cannot read the database of the 2015 version.  I'm hoping the 2013 version (lcsetup40.exe) can read the database .  If you have this release, or one of the others mentioned in the Paprika note above, please contact me.

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On 12/29/2018 at 11:26 PM, phedrich said:

I'm looking for a version of Living Cookbook earlier than v 5.0.85.  Unfortunately, the export function in v 5.0.85 does not create properly formatted fdx or fdxz export files.

 

The Paprika menu manager web site (https://paprikaapp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/114094152774-I-m-having-trouble-importing-recipes-from-Living-Cookbook) recommends using a prior version of Living Cookbook to create these files:

 

Note: We've noticed that recent versions of Living Cookbook 2015 (v5.0.85) are creating broken export files that cannot be read past the first recipe. If you are having trouble importing a file from Living Cookbook, please try generating an export file using an older version (v5.0.76 or earlier) or their pre-release version (v5.0.89).

 

The 2008 version 2008 (lcsetup30.exe) cannot read the database of the 2015 version.  I'm hoping the 2013 version (lcsetup40.exe) can read the database .  If you have this release, or one of the others mentioned in the Paprika note above, please contact me.

 

FYI, I think lcsetup30.exe is Living Cookbook 2011.  I have Living Cookbook 2008 and the file is called lcsetup20.exe.  I also have 2015 (lcsetup50.exe) and I can't get either one of them to successfully register because it can't reach the Living Cookbook registration server.  I have the option to manually activate but after I enter my CD key I get a prompt asking for an Unlock Key, which I don't have and have never had.  Anyone know how to get around this?  Or anyone want to lend me their CD key and Unlock Key to see if it'll work on my computer?

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On 12/29/2018 at 9:26 PM, phedrich said:

I'm looking for a version of Living Cookbook earlier than v 5.0.85.  Unfortunately, the export function in v 5.0.85 does not create properly formatted fdx or fdxz export files.

 

The Paprika menu manager web site (https://paprikaapp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/114094152774-I-m-having-trouble-importing-recipes-from-Living-Cookbook) recommends using a prior version of Living Cookbook to create these files:

 

Note: We've noticed that recent versions of Living Cookbook 2015 (v5.0.85) are creating broken export files that cannot be read past the first recipe. If you are having trouble importing a file from Living Cookbook, please try generating an export file using an older version (v5.0.76 or earlier) or their pre-release version (v5.0.89).

 

The 2008 version 2008 (lcsetup30.exe) cannot read the database of the 2015 version.  I'm hoping the 2013 version (lcsetup40.exe) can read the database .  If you have this release, or one of the others mentioned in the Paprika note above, please contact me.

 

PM'ed and an old copy of lcsetup40.exe provided to  test.

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Hi, my computer crashed and required a complete reboot.  When I reinstalled my living cookbook software, I put in the serial number but do not have an unlock key to get it working.  I always made a backup of my files, but unfortunately nothing reads LCB except living cookbook.  I need a key to unlock my software, or someone to take pity on my and convert my file to something I can import to another cookbook program.  I really don't want to lose all my recipes!   I am so sad to lose Living cookbook, it was the best software I have found to organize recipes!

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