Frequently Asked Questions About
Now You're Cooking!


Operating System Compatibility


Is there a way to run NYC on my iPad or iPhone?

Several NYC users have had success with the Jump Desktop application which allows you to remotely access your desktop computer from your iPhone, so you actually run NYC in the Jump remote screen on your iPhone.  Per developer:  “Jump Desktop is a secure and reliable remote desktop app for iOS, Mac, Android and PCs which lets you connect to any computer, anywhere in the world.”  Search for “remote desktop” applications in the Apple Store to find this and other remote desktop apps.  You will need to install it on your iPhone and on any PC you want to connect to remotely from the iPhone, but this process takes 5 minutes.


Here is how one NYC user describes it:


“We have been using Jump for over a week and have encountered no snags. I think this is a ‘magic bullet’ for your users that desire remote access. There are no file synching related issues with remote access. My wife uses it all the time while shopping for ingredients for one of her many recipes. She absolutely loves NYC, and the inability of accessing it on her iPhone was a serious drawback.  Software like MasterCook have the ability to run an iPhone app, but when you dig into the details it sounds a bit lame. Jump is a MUCH better solution because NYC is fundamentally a better product and now it runs seamlessly on an iPhone.”

Does NYC’s email features work on Outlook 2013?

Yes, if the 32-bit version of Outlook 2013 is installed.  NYC email features will not work with a 64-bit version of Outlook.  For more details, see:  (32-bit Office is default for 64-bit Windows)  (32-bit Office recommended for most users)

Is there a Linux version of Now You’re Cooking?


No.  However, several users are having success running NYC under Linux with available Windows emulators.


NYC is known to work on Linux Mint v18.3 with Crossover.  One user who runs NYC on Linux recently told us (12/6/2017):


"I have tested this on Linux Mint v18.3 using the latest version of both NYC (5.95) and Crossover. It works fairly well on the standard version of the operating system, about 95%.  But when I changed to the KDE version of the operating system, it started working 100% - as I used to use it on Windows. [Ampers Taylor]"

Other users have told us that NYC works in Linux under Wine (windows emulation layer for Linux), although some tab labels are distorted and some things like that.  It might also work under other Windows-emulator software for Linux like VMware or Win4Lin.

Does NYC work with Ubuntu ?

We have not tested NYC on any Linux system, but with the Windows emulators available for Linux, it should work.  NYC users are reporting success running NYC using Wine (a popular Windows emulator for Ubuntu) on Ubuntu.


We suggest you check to see if you have Wine on your version of Ubuntu.  For more info, see the link below (it also includes a download link)


Here is what one NYC user says who runs NYC on Ubuntu after using info on the above link:


“I wanted to get back to you to say thanks for your help and support in trying to get NYC to run on UBuntu.  The link that you sent for Wine installed easily and it allowed me to load NYC.  All my recipes are accessible again.  I am so happy to be able to use NYC again!”


Here is what another NYC user says about running NYC on Ubuntu using Wineq4 emulator:


“On the whole Now You’re Cooking is working fairly well with Wineq4 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.  It has frozen up but everything appears OK.  If you resize the screen, it won't remember the resize and always opens fully extended. However, the one or two small idiosyncrasies do not spoil the overall fun of using this program.  Please bear in mind that these comments appear after only using the program for an hour or so.”

Do you have a version of NYC for the iPad (or other tablet)?

We have no iPad or other tablet version of NYC, but tablet users have provided the following ways to use NYC on their tablets:

User #1:  "Using RDP software for your tablet, you can control your PC from your tablet to run any software on the PC.  It may be a bit tricky right-clicking, but you will effectively have a touch screen monitor in the kitchen controlling your PC in whatever room in the house on the same network."

User #2:  "I use Splashtop Streamer from my iPad for the same purpose. Works well."

Does NYC work with Windows 10, 8, and 7 ?

We have tested NYC on Windows 10 and 7 (64-bit) and all previous Windows versions with no problems.  Many users have tested NYC with Windows 10, 8, and 7 successfully.  We have received this message from :

“Our team tested your Now Youre Cooking! under the new Windows 7 operating system. You should know that your software passed this test and we inform you that your software received the Windows 7 Compatible award.”

Also, two users have reported that NYC installs and runs fine on Windows 7.  One said,

“I am using Windows 7, and the NYC program installed perfectly, and upgraded all recipes perfectly, runs great.” 

The other said:

“I have been using 5.85 on Windows RTM for several months without issue.  Not a power user, but all the regular stuff looks fine.  I am running under window 7 beta, and I just told it to run as a XP file in Properties. No problem runs fine. Windows 7 is backwards compatible.”

Please see the note below on 32-bit vs 64-bit systems.

Does NYC work with 64-bit systems ?

NYC was designed for a 32-bit operating system, and we have tested it and found no problems on Windows 10 and 7 64-bit systems.  Several NYC users have told us that NYC worked for them in 64-bit Vista and Windows 7.  One told us he got Error 52 when launching NYC after installation on his 64-bit system.   Another has reported some odd behavior on a 64-bit system, such as crashes while using the scroll arrow buttons on the recipe edit window and hangs during recipe editing.  We have not been able to reproduce any of these issues in our testing of NYC on a 64-bit system – it is working perfectly in our 64-bit testing.

In short, NYC is 32-bit software that works on 64-bit systems.  Please email us with your experiences using NYC on a 64-bit system.

Does NYC work with Windows Vista?

Yes, NYC versions 5.80 and higher were created with Vista and later systems in mind.  We suggest you always download and install the latest version .

Previous releases (e.g., NYC 5.77) will also work on Vista with special attention to the install folder.  We don’t recommend installing NYC 5.77 into the default folder (\Program Files).  For NYC 5.77 (or prior version), we suggest you use one of the following approaches for Vista installation:

Approach 1:  (recommended)


1.      Install NYC into “c:\Users\Public\Nyc577” . 


Approach 2:


1.      Install NYC into a root folder such as “c:\Nyc577” .

Approach 3:

1.      Install NYC into the default folder (“c:\Program Files\Nyc577”). 

2.      Right click on the NYC desktop icon.  In Properties, select “Run As Administrator”.


Any of the above approaches will allow NYC to work in Vista, accessible to all users.  Approach 1 or 2 are recommended because with Approach 3, the “Run As Administrator” selection must be repeated from time to time. 


Users should also note that the NYC 5.77 Help file will not open in Vista, as .hlp files are no longer supported in Vista.  Vista can open .hlp files if you download and install WinHlp32.exe (Windows Help engine).  You can download it from Microsoft at this site.


NYC 5.80 and higher install by default into the optimal folders in Vista, and they includes HTML Help, which Vista supports.


Is there a version of NYC available for a PDA?


We have no plans for a PDA version, but if we did one it would likely be for the ones that run Windows CE as their OS because we can have a VB compiler on it and the development would be more of a direct translation of the PC version, just downsized for the PDA.  We have not felt a strong need to do this yet because you can print all of NYC's outputs "to a text file", then use your PDA's native text import capability to import the reports (shopping lists, recipes, meal plans, etc).


Is there a Mac version of Now You’re Cooking?


No, we have no native Mac version of NYC.  Mac users have told us that NYC runs on their Macs using Windows emulator software such as Parallel, SoftWindows, or VirtualPC. 


One user told us she partitioned off part of her hard drive specifically for running Windows 7 for her Windows applications.  Specifically, she said:


“Yes…pretty slick, actually.  I have some sewing and embroidery software which requires Windows too….but I knew I wanted a Mac this time around.  Talked to the Apple techs, and did exactly what they said to do, and it works just great!

I purchased Parallels software, which made the partition.  Then I had to buy Windows 7 and install it.  It was very easy, and I get to run NYC and my sewing/embroidery stuff!  This is way better than using Bootcamp which switches to Windows, but you have to re-boot every time! ”


Does NYC work with Windows XP?

Yes, use the latest version of NYC.

Does NYC work with Windows 2000?

Yes, use the latest version of NYC.

Does NYC work with Windows NT?

Yes, with NT 4.0.

Does NYC work with Windows 98?

Yes.  Use NYC v5 and higher.

Does NYC work with Windows 3.1x?

If you use Windows 3.1x, you must use the 16-bit version (v4).  Email us for a copy – we probably have one laying around somewhere.

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