Importing Mastercook Recipes
There is confusion among some NYC users about how to import Mastercook recipes arising from the various file extensions
used by Mastercook.
This tip should help clarify. NYC
can only import Mastercook’s export text
Export text formats include “.mxp” and “.mx2” file extensions. The “.mxp”
earlier export text format) can be easily
imported into NYC, and it is the preferred Mastercook
format for importing Mastercook
recipes into NYC. Sometimes the
“.mx2” format can be imported, but
this format includes numerous HTML tags that
may cause it to fail for one reason or another.
If you wish to port your Mastercook recipes
over to NYC, it is highly recommended that you export them from Mastercook using the “.mxp”
format, then import the “.mxp” file into NYC.
One NYC user has told us that you
can also export from Mastercook 5+ in plain text format,
and these recipes are reasonably importable into NYC (this MC format does not
truncate the ingredients field at 32 characters apparently). NYC’s import routines continue to be
improved over time, so future guidelines may be more relaxed.
Actual Mastercook cookbooks (not
exported text files) have a file extension like “.mcf”
or “.mc2”. These are in NOT
importable by NYC, because these are in Mastercook’s
proprietary binary format. Mastercook
proprietary formats are unavailable to us,
just as NYC’s cookbook format (“.gcf”) is our proprietary binary format
and thereby unavailable to other software developers.
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