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Posted Sat Apr 30, 2011, 4:06pm
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Whatever day it was I last posted was not too long after he had started to beta test. My recollection is that he didn't think it would be in beta very long.
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Posted Tue May 31, 2011, 11:12pm
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Joel_B Said:

Now this is good news.  Any idea when the iPad apps coming?

Posted April 7, 2011 link

Late to close this off, but it's out now.  Seems it was released later that same day Mark.  April 30th.
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Posted Sun Jun 5, 2011, 7:23pm
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I just wanted to add my 2 cents.  I have 104 roasts recorded thus far with the "Roastmaster" iPhone version.  I thought I would miss manual note taking, but not so much.  I have grown quite used to this handy little app.  Not only does it track roast, but vendor information as well.  I also keep track of prices per vendor.  I can go on and on, but no need.  It is a very useful all-in-one (roast tracking, inventory, vendor, knowledge base) home roasting app.
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Posted Tue Jun 21, 2011, 8:51pm
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iRoaster is available for the iPhone as well, without the garish graphics and $9 cheaper.

Joe

edit: well that changed quickly. But it is still $5 cheaper.
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Posted Wed Jun 29, 2011, 9:20am
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I finally picked this app up and I can't believe I waited so long. I am still figuring out the advanced features but the more I play with it the more I love it. I do wish there where more directions for creating profiles, programs, curves, and nodes but I am slowly getting them figured out. Even without the advanced features this app blows the other 2 roasting apps I have had in the past out of the water!
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Posted Wed Jun 29, 2011, 2:01pm
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germantownrob Said:

I finally picked this app up and I can't believe I waited so long. I am still figuring out the advanced features but the more I play with it the more I love it. I do wish there where more directions for creating profiles, programs, curves, and nodes but I am slowly getting them figured out. Even without the advanced features this app blows the other 2 roasting apps I have had in the past out of the water!

Posted June 29, 2011 link

No doubt you have visited the website.  Danny Hall (time permitting) seems willing to explain things in detail.  Also, he welcomes your input, if you are trying to do something and the program is not co-operating.

I have now completed 30 roasts with it.

Using SQLite was a clever choice.  If I want to know how Roast 17 went, those data are presented in exactly the same format as they were entered.  

The ability to run 3 stop-watches simultaneously is great.  I can track time-to-1CR, time-to-2CR and total roast time with little effort.  

I can do roast after roast to the same degree and see, graphically, how close they came to one another.

I can sit and read a book (roaster in view) and only concentrate on the process at (say) the beginning of the 1CR.

Enjoy.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 30, 2011, 7:22am
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JKalpin Said:

No doubt you have visited the website.  Danny Hall (time permitting) seems willing to explain things in detail.  Also, he welcomes your input, if you are trying to do something and the program is not co-operating.

I have now completed 30 roasts with it.

Using SQLite was a clever choice.  If I want to know how Roast 17 went, those data are presented in exactly the same format as they were entered.  

The ability to run 3 stop-watches simultaneously is great.  I can track time-to-1CR, time-to-2CR and total roast time with little effort.  

I can do roast after roast to the same degree and see, graphically, how close they came to one another.

I can sit and read a book (roaster in view) and only concentrate on the process at (say) the beginning of the 1CR.

Enjoy.

Posted June 29, 2011 link

There is so much about this app that makes life as a roaster so much easier and organized. A few days ago I created a fake bean and a separate roaster so I could play around without screwing things up and after a little more reading I think I am getting the hang of it. I am trying to track different drop in temps, charge weights (1lb-1kg), bean mass temps, air flow settings, gas pressure settings (amount of heat applied) and drying phase times, and of course time to FC and 2C but the app makes that easy. This is a lot to keep track of but I believe with more time and practice with the app it will become second nature to be able to input them all.
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Posted Fri Jul 1, 2011, 9:12am
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What other apps did you find? I could only get iRoaster to show up other than Roastmaster. I don't mind Roastmaster, I just think the UI sucks. It's like reading a page that has ten different type faces in the layout. But it does handle the info well. I just can't always figure out how to get the info in there to begin with.

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Posted Fri Jul 1, 2011, 9:22am
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jfutral Said:

What other apps did you find? I could only get iRoaster to show up other than Roastmaster. I don't mind Roastmaster, I just think the UI sucks. It's like reading a page that has ten different type faces in the layout. But it does handle the info well. I just can't always figure out how to get the info in there to begin with.

Joe

Posted July 1, 2011 link

RoastTimer and Roast where the other two I tried, neither was very good in my opinion.
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Posted Sat Jul 2, 2011, 9:13am
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Well, that was interesting. Roasttimer seems to be pretty much just that, a glorified stop watch with a few profile stats thrown in.

Roast was kind of simplistic and I am not sure what it does other than a flat file log you enter data in after the roast.

Roastmaster and iRoast seem far more useful for more than just an electronic version of index cards or stop watch. I still like iRoast better for its interface. But if Roastmaster could get an interface with a thermometer working, that would be sweet! I would still want that garish, confused mess of an interface ironed out, but the wireless (or even wired, I don't care) thermometer integration would rock.

If he gets the wireless thermocoupler worked out, he should port it to Lion, too. No need for it to be just an iPad/iPhone app (unless you really buy into the "post-pc" thing).

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