"cool tricks for efficient use of NYC recipe software"
Installation and Upgrades
Back Up and Restore
Hints for making backups Oct 05
NYC and backups Jun 05
Cookbooks and Folder Paths Mar-Apr 09
Sorting the cookbook list Nov 06
Merge and delete categories across cookbooks Jul-Aug 10
How to merge two categories Apr 08
All about categorizing recipes Jan 06*
Word-wrapping control for recipes May-Aug 13
How to view two recipes at once Jul-Aug 09
All about resizing recipes Sep 04
Email recipes from NYC Jul 00
Get nutrition analysis of a single item Jan-Feb 12
Find tagged recipes across cookbooks Mar-Apr 10
Search and apply operations May-Jun 09
Importing Mastercook recipes Sep 05
Using screen import Aug 03
Quick web recipes Feb 01
Export tagged recipes from all cookbooks Sep-Oct 11
Working with index cards Dec 01
Reuse menus by changing menu period Nov-Dec 09
Avoiding menu obsolescence Dec 06
Shopping and Cost Management
Get nutrition analysis of a single item Jan-Apr 12
Adding items to the nutrition database May-Jun 11
Sharing NYC user files over a network Sep-Oct 10
Synchronizing NYC user data on two computer May-Jun 10
NYC keyboard shortcuts Jul 08
Tips for the NYC user folder Apr 06
Networks and NYC May 05
Searching the glossary Oct 02
Using NYC on a network Aug 02
Using NYC with a PDA Dec 00
* - superseded by later Tip
* - superseded by later Tip
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If you are a registered user of NYC, and you want to upgrade to the latest version:
1. Download the latest version from our website (www.ffts.com/download.htm).
2. Install it into a different folder than your prior version (use the default folder in most cases).
3. Run the new version and use File... Upgrade... to bring over/upgrade user files (including your reg info) from your prior version.
4. After a few weeks, when you are comfortable you have all your user files, you can remove the old version. To uninstall your prior version of NYC, run (cbl-click) the "unwise.exe" in its folder to uninstall it.
If you are upgrading from v4.x to v5.x, you will not be able to bring over your v4 registration info. Registered users should request an upgraded registration code from firstname.lastname@example.org (provide your name and registration number to receive your upgraded code).
Need to find all recipes with an exact phrase in the name? Here is an example.
1. Press the Recipes toolbar button.
2. Click the "all recipes" radio button.
3. Press the Search... command button.
To I find all recipes with "rice pudding" in the name
4. Enter a comma at the end of your phrase in the search keyword list, like:
When NYC sees a comma in your search string, it assumes commas are delimiting rather than spaces, so it will find all recipes with the string "rice pudding". To find recipes with multiple phrases, separate them with commas like this:
rice pudding, orange juice, sourdough bread
I would not eat a recipe with all these things in it, so this is a bad example, perhaps, but you get the idea.
In NYC v5, you can also delimit strings with quotes. Accordingly, the string:
"rice pudding" "orange juice" "sourdough bread"
would produce the same result as the comma-delimited string above.
After a search across cookbooks, you can print selected recipes from the
search to a file
using the following steps:
1. Select File... Print...
2. Check the print-to-file checkbox, select recipes... radio button, then press the Print
3. When the recipe selection window for the print appears, press
4. From the search results list, select
recipes to print and press the Apply button (NOT the
Print button on the search window) to get the selected recipes into the print queue.
5. Now press Print on the recipe select window, and you should see a
that your text file has been created.
If you bump up against NYC's 200 category limit while importing large Meal-Master files, try these useful work-arounds:
1. Delete empty (Recipes...Categories...Find Empty...Delete) categories in your cookbook .
2. Delete meaningless categories in your cookbook from previous imports (e.g., "my stuff", "Aunt Em's", "new ones").
3. Create a new cookbook (File...New Cookbook...) and import into it, rather than into your main cookbook.
4. Use a text editor to break the import file into smaller files, then import each file into a new cookbook.
When you import recipes into NYC, always use the Details... button on the
import status window to dete
any imports that failed. From this same window you can also quickly edit a text file containing only those recipes that failed, so
that you can touch them up and reimport.
When a MM recipe fails to import into NYC, it is usually because one or more
of its ingredients exceeded NYC's 35 character
limit on ingredient descriptions.
Often an ingredient is too lengthy because the author of the recipe put
preparation-type adjectives in front of the ingredients
or used commas to separate an ingredient description from its preparations. For example, some ingredient descriptions
"peeled, sliced, potatoes" -
which creates unnecessarily long ingredient
descriptions when imported into NYC. The fo
"potatoes; peeled and sliced"
When NYC sees the semi-colon in this imported ingredient, it treats
"potatoes" as the ingredient and "peeled and sliced" as
the preparation. A similar situation often occurs when a MM ingredient appears when "3 large potatoes" is fo
3 large potatoes
In this situation, it is more appropriate to fo
3 large potatoes
In this way, the imported ingredient description is kept to a minimum by proper use of the unit and preparation fields.
Finds duplicate recipes within your open cookbook. You have the option to use a) recipe name; or b) recipe name, #ingredients, and #lines of directions for the dupe check. Duplicate recipes are deleted from the cookbook.
Finds duplicate recipes across all cookbooks in the same directory as your open cookbook. You have the same options as above. Duplicates within each cookbook are deleted first, then duplicates found in different cookbooks are deleted from the larger of the two cookbooks.
3. Importing recipes (File... Import Recipes...).
Only recipe names are compared during this dupe checking, to avoid a
huge penalty in import perfo
1. If you want the fastest importing you can get, combined with the most rigorous dupe checking, select the
With NYC, you can maintain an unlimited number of cookbooks (up to 32,000 recipes in each), giving you capacity to handle an unlimited number of recipes. With NYC's ability to search, meal plan, dupe check, and print recipes across cookbooks, there is really no need to keep all your recipes in one cookbook.
In fact, there are many advantages to using smaller, multiple
cookbooks. Large cookbooks use lots of
Multiple cookbooks also give you more flexibility in hierarchy and
organization. For example, if you kept all recipes in one cookbook called
If you have no backup medium except floppy disks, and you want to transfer a large cookbook onto a new computer but find it too large for a floppy, try this. Break your large cookbook into temporary smaller cookbooks that will fit on a floppy. First create several new cookbooks (File...New Cookbook...) and import about 400 recipes from your large cookbook into each small cookbook. Zip each small cookbook using File... Zip Cookbook... and use Explorer to copy the .zip file for each small cookbook onto one or more floppies. Copy the .zip file(s) from each floppy to the NYC \user directory on your new computer and unzip them. Then use NYC to open one of the small cookbooks you just imported and import all the others into it. You have now restored the original cookbook on your new computer.
Create a new cookbook (File...New Cookbook...), then import recipes into the new cookbook. Tag all the recipes in this cookbook (Recipes...Recipes... select all recipes and press the Tag button). Then open the assign recipes window (Recipes... Categorize Recipes...) and select the category to which you want to assign the recipes. Press the tagged recipes radio button and select all recipes in the tag list. Then press the << button to assign the tagged recipes to the selected category.
Want to use NYC to index your favorite hardbound recipes, without entering them into NYC? There are many different ways to do this with NYC, but here is our suggestion. Create a new category named "hardcopy index" (use Recipes... Cookbook Categories...). Open a new recipe (Recipes... Recipes... New button). Name the recipe as it is named in your hardcover cookbook, then type the source cookbook name and the recipe's page number in the "Contributor" field. Press the Categories... button and select the "hardcopy index" category for the recipe, and any other categories you wish. Save the "recipe". Repeat for all your favorite recipes in those legacy cookbooks, and you now have a highly useful index. Use NYC's search feature to find all your favorite recipes by cookbook name (search for cookbook name with the contributor box checked in the search dialog box), or browse for recipes in the "hardcopy index" category.
There is no explicit command for this, but there is a simple way to accomplish it. If you want to omit import categories, import the recipes into a new cookbook. Then use the Unassign All feature (Recipes... Categorize Recipes... Unassign All button) to remove all categorization from the imported recipes. Prior to importing, you may also want to uncheck "Transfer New Categories" in Tools... Options..., to avoid any new import categories showing up in your cookbook's category list.
Create an index for a cookbook's categories and recipes using File... Print... Categories... NYC will prompt you to specify whether or not to include recipe names assigned to each category. To send the index to a file rather than to the printer, check the "print to file" checkbox before pressing the Print button.
Assign recipes to categories manually if you like, but you can save
To find all recipes in a cookbook that use a certain cooking utensil or device (e.g., wok, pressure cooker), search for the device as a keyword, limiting the search to the recipe directions area.
You can quickly add an item to your last used shopping list by double-clicking items in your price list (Shopping... Prices...).
Last Updated: 1/24/2013 11:14:00 PM