(Yet Another Mastercook Tool)
Mar 01 - YAMTool 1.5 is now available. It has the following features:
Dec 99 - YAMTool 1.0 is now available. It has the following two fixes/features:
Welcome to YAMTool (Yet Another Mastercook Tool). No, this isn't some bizarre melding of that tuberous root and computers. YAMTool was designed in an effort to provide a simple, flexible printing feature (something that Mastercook lacks) for recipes from Mastercook 4.0x. The goal was to come up with a relatively flexible way to put recipes on paper that didn't drive me screaming from the room when I tried to change something (after a few occurrences of that, my wife told me to knock it off, since I was waking our two sons). Now, this tool doesn't try to replicate all the functionality of the Mastercook printing function (after all, who would want to?), but it does provide the basics, and has the potential for giving the commercial function a run for its money.
I designed this tool while composing the family cookbook and with the conversion to Word 97, the full power and potential of this solution has become more and more evident. So, with a little prettying up, I'm making this available to anyone who is interested.
I have a few ideas of what could be added to this (they'll be presented later), but please feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you think, and what you'd like to see.
Send your letters and comments to Ray Price at:
For now, this is basically a pet project for me to keep my Word/Office skills honed, and produce something that has some intrinsic value at the same time. This is currently being distributed as freeware, and you are encouraged to pass it along to anyone who is interested.
Redistribution on a mass scale requires author permission.
YAMTool is composed of two files:
The basic approach to YAMTool is to use Microsoft Word 97 to take a Mastercook recipe export file (.mxp) and massage it into a real document that takes advantage of all the features and capabilities of MS Word. MS Word provides a macro language that is phenomenally powerful. While the majority of us will never scratch the surface of all the capabilities that MS Word provides, this is an attempt to at least put a pretty good gouge in the surface. Thankfully, all this gouging is hidden from the average user, and you just get to sit and watch the show while YAMTool does its job.
In order to use YAMTool you will need, or should have access to the following pieces of software:
Optionally, you might want to get the following to take advantage some of the more advanced features of YAMTool: