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Feature Requests Archive A

Postby lathe » Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:44 pm

Please post feature requests to this topic.

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Postby barleypopmaker » Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:55 pm

I have a minor convenience suggestion for saving your files. It would be nice if there was a section in preferences tab where you could select the default folder you would like to save the recipes in. I like to save all my recipes in a different folder than the my documents folder and instead of having to change it each session, if there was a folder I could set up the beer tools would always automaticly save it into a specified folder that would be great.
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Evaporation Rate

Postby ColoradoBrewer » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:11 am

I would like to have the ability to change the evaporation rate from percent per hour to gallons per hour. I think most of us brew on just one system and our evaporation rate is fairly constant. In other words, if a system looses one gallon per hour to evaporation the loss will be the same regardless of batch size. That's not true using percentages. So by allowing evaporation rate to be set to gal/hr we could set it as a default and forget about it. At least we should have the option to choose.
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Multiple windows

Postby etbandit » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:27 am

I would be very convenient if the "Style, Analysis, Schedule, carbonation and Notes" tabs could ALL be opened at the same time in separate windows so that we can view updates simultaneously for each, rather than going to each tabe one at a time.
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Refractometer

Postby ColoradoBrewer » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:42 am

It would be nice to have a utility for using a refractometer in future versions.
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Re: Refractometer

Postby tjthresh » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:46 am

ColoradoBrewer wrote:It would be nice to have a utility for using a refractometer in future versions.


Yes!!! This would be great.
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Re: Refractometer

Postby jeff » Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:01 pm

ColoradoBrewer wrote:It would be nice to have a utility for using a refractometer in future versions.


Not sure if it suits your needs by you might benefit from Window->Calculators->S.G.->Refractometer
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Re: Evaporation Rate

Postby Dude » Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:43 pm

ColoradoBrewer wrote:I would like to have the ability to change the evaporation rate from percent per hour to gallons per hour. I think most of us brew on just one system and our evaporation rate is fairly constant. In other words, if a system looses one gallon per hour to evaporation the loss will be the same regardless of batch size. That's not true using percentages. So by allowing evaporation rate to be set to gal/hr we could set it as a default and forget about it. At least we should have the option to choose.


I second this. :wink:
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Re: Refractometer

Postby ColoradoBrewer » Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:06 pm

jeff wrote:
ColoradoBrewer wrote:It would be nice to have a utility for using a refractometer in future versions.


Not sure if it suits your needs by you might benefit from Window->Calculators->S.G.->Refractometer
OOPS! Guess I missed that. :oops: Thanks, Jeff. That should fill the bill quite nicely.
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saving recipes in html format?

Postby notbob » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:01 pm

I think lots of us would like to see the ability to save a file in html format so we can post them on the discussion boards.

Thanks! Great job so far!

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby billvelek » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:30 pm

This will probably seem pretty minor, but with many new programs I like to make a hardcopy of the users guide so that I can take it with me to read when I have spare time; I also just prefer to have a hardcopy open next to me when I'm looking at the program screen, rather than jumping back and forth or having to split the screen. While you do have a print function in your user guide, it will only print one page at a time, many of which consist of just a single sentence or paragraph, which makes for a very unnecessarily bulky hardcopy, wasting lots of paper, and with no index or page numbers. I would prefer a consolidated guide with an index, whether in simple text format or as a .pdf file. This would be extremely easy to do. I figured I'd create my own by just copying and pasting each page into a larger document, but your program has disabled (why?) the right and left mouse buttons when mousing over the text, so even that is not possible. Heck, if I have a question about some language in your user guide that I want to discuss in the forums, I'd much rather be able to copy and paste it rather than have to type it all out.

Just my two cents. Still looking things over, so I'll probably be back with more comments.

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Re: Feature Requests

Postby jeff » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:45 pm

billvelek wrote:This will probably seem pretty minor, but with many new programs I like to make a hardcopy of the users guide so that I can take it with me to read when I have spare time; I also just prefer to have a hardcopy open next to me when I'm looking at the program screen, rather than jumping back and forth or having to split the screen. While you do have a print function in your user guide, it will only print one page at a time, many of which consist of just a single sentence or paragraph, which makes for a very unnecessarily bulky hardcopy, wasting lots of paper, and with no index or page numbers. I would prefer a consolidated guide with an index, whether in simple text format or as a .pdf file. This would be extremely easy to do. I figured I'd create my own by just copying and pasting each page into a larger document, but your program has disabled (why?) the right and left mouse buttons when mousing over the text, so even that is not possible. Heck, if I have a question about some language in your user guide that I want to discuss in the forums, I'd much rather be able to copy and paste it rather than have to type it all out.


A PDF version of help will be produced and distributed with BeerTools Pro. I may not always print help docs but I do like to be able to browse them using the PDF reader of my own preference. Would be nice to see screenshots in the documentation too. Thanks for the feedback!
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Postby slothrob » Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:23 am

When building a Batch Sparge Schedule, I Edit an Infusion step, setting my desired Addition Volume and Addition Temp. It's nice to see these change as I decide what I want to use, but the Residual Volume changes as well.

I think we need a lock box to freeze the Residual Voulme to what we want (the void volume, in my case). This way if we set our Addition Volume or Runoff Volume, only the Addition Temp. will change, or, if Addition Temp. is limiting, we can set that and see what Addition Volume is required.
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Good idea

Postby jeff » Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:07 am

slothrob wrote:When building a Batch Sparge Schedule, I Edit an Infusion step, setting my desired Addition Volume and Addition Temp. It's nice to see these change as I decide what I want to use, but the Residual Volume changes as well.

I think we need a lock box to freeze the Residual Voulme to what we want (the void volume, in my case). This way if we set our Addition Volume or Runoff Volume, only the Addition Temp. will change, or, if Addition Temp. is limiting, we can set that and see what Addition Volume is required.


I can see how that would be useful, I will make a note of it. Thanks!
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Re: Feature Requests

Postby billvelek » Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:01 pm

lathe wrote:Please post feature requests to this topic.

Today you announced a new version; I went to my program to check to see whether I had that current version, considering that I had just downloaded it yesterday, and could find no way to determine what version I have. In other program, when I click on "Help" on the menu bar, there is always a selection such as "About Netscape", or "About WordPerfect", etc., that opens a pop-up window with information identifying the version that is running. I'd like to suggest that you eventually incorporate that feature. In addition, I'd like to ask for an automatic update feature so that it isn't necessary to visit the forums to download updates, especially if they are fixing bugs.

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