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HandsOnRoaster
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Posted Mon Jul 4, 2011, 9:03am
Subject: Re: ‘Roastmaster’, the iPhone App
 

Hello,

Having signed up to the forum for just this kind of discussion, it's great to see a thread on these app's.  

I agree RoastTimer isn't much better than a glorified stopwatch........and a 'buggy' one at that.  I have found that iRoaster has the best interface and when used commercially the 'to-do' function is really handy, especially combined with the portability of an iPhone.  Roastmasters wireless thermocouple prototype does sound pretty amazing though.......

As our Joper roaster also uses hot-air the ability to integrate air-flow more effectively as a variable would make these app's more useful for us.

I'm not sure any of it will replace the effectiveness of the sightglass and sampler on our roaster though!

Cheers.

 
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Posted Sat Jul 9, 2011, 10:15am
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picked up an iPad today, was surprised to see Roastmaster full screen on it. Now to figure out how to move data from my iPod to the iPad I will be set.
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Posted Sat Jul 9, 2011, 11:16am
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Rob   I haven't tried the "Bump" app for data transfer yet but it looks promising.

 
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Posted Sun Jul 10, 2011, 6:34am
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I'm pretty sure I remember reading that transferring the data is doable within Roastmaster, since it is all SQL. But I don't remember where I read it. Can't find the info at the moment. I'll keep looking.

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Posted Sun Jul 10, 2011, 6:40am
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Here it is from his blog post on the iPad update/upgrade:

"So, how do you migrate to iPad? If you’re an existing Roastmaster user who wants to transfer your iPhone or iPod Touch database to iPad, you’ll find instructions in the much improved “Crash Course”. Open the drum door on the home screen, tap “Help”, then “Crash Course”. Follow the instructions for “Manual Backups Via iTunes File Sharing”. In essence, you’ll copy your “Databases” folder to your main computer’s desktop from your iPhone or iPod Touch, then copy your database “.sqlite” file (one by one if you use multiple databases) from inside that folder from your computer to your iPad. Once it’s copied, just make sure to quit Roastmaster if it’s running in the background, then relaunch it. Your database will appear in the list of databases – just load it and you’re right where you left off on iPhone."

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Posted Sun Jul 10, 2011, 7:02am
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jfutral Said:

Here it is from his blog post on the iPad update/upgrade:

"So, how do you migrate to iPad? If you’re an existing Roastmaster user who wants to transfer your iPhone or iPod Touch database to iPad, you’ll find instructions in the much improved “Crash Course”. Open the drum door on the home screen, tap “Help”, then “Crash Course”. Follow the instructions for “Manual Backups Via iTunes File Sharing”. In essence, you’ll copy your “Databases” folder to your main computer’s desktop from your iPhone or iPod Touch, then copy your database “.sqlite” file (one by one if you use multiple databases) from inside that folder from your computer to your iPad. Once it’s copied, just make sure to quit Roastmaster if it’s running in the background, then relaunch it. Your database will appear in the list of databases – just load it and you’re right where you left off on iPhone."

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Joe

Posted July 10, 2011 link

That is the email I received and it worked! However what took me some time was figuring out you have to do a soft reset on I device to actually fully close roastmaster. Once I did this the new info is all there! In the email I received he is working with apple to make this a simple transfer, like a drop box, so that files are easier to share.
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Posted Sun Jul 10, 2011, 7:10am
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I tried Roastmaster again over this weekend. I just wish Roastmaster would iron out that UI/UE. Even with the promise of the thermocoupler, I'm afraid I still can't get past usability. No point in having a new feature if you can't use it. I like iRoaster's ability to log any/many point/s during the roast with the temp. I usually log every 50 degrees and sometimes every 10-25 degrees, especially post 1st crack. If I can do that in Roastmaster, I con't figure out how.

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Posted Sun Jul 10, 2011, 7:36am
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jfutral Said:

I tried Roastmaster again over this weekend. I just wish Roastmaster would iron out that UI/UE. Even with the promise of the thermocoupler, I'm afraid I still can't get past usability. No point in having a new feature if you can't use it. I like iRoaster's ability to log any/many point/s during the roast with the temp. I usually log every 50 degrees and sometimes every 10-25 degrees, especially post 1st crack. If I can do that in Roastmaster, I con't figure out how.

Joe

Posted July 10, 2011 link

I log drop in temp, turning point temp, bean temp, fan speed, and gas pressure settings with no problem, much easier on ipad with a bigger screen but still did it on ipod. During certain points in the roast I will log every 10f.
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Posted Thu Jul 14, 2011, 4:03am
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Just learned how to shut programs off from running in the background for iPad,iPod touch, and iPhone. From the start screen double click the button and all apps running in the background appear below, hold one down and a - sign will appear on apps, press the app you want to shut off in the background. This is new to me and when I checked my iPod every app was running in the background, not sure if this was a reason my battery seemed to die very quick.
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Posted Thu Jul 14, 2011, 7:04am
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germantownrob Said:

Just learned how to shut programs off from running in the background for iPad,iPod touch, and iPhone. From the start screen double click the button and all apps running in the background appear below, hold one down and a - sign will appear on apps, press the app you want to shut off in the background. This is new to me and when I checked my iPod every app was running in the background, not sure if this was a reason my battery seemed to die very quick.

Posted July 14, 2011 link

Rob, while it is important to shut down apps that are not actually being used, there is a good reason for the Roastmaster app to run:

When I preheat 1:30 min and press the 'stop roasting' button ...and the clock stops... I then reset the roaster to (say) 1/2 lb, P3, D, Start, and then go back to Roastmaster and press the 'start roasting' button.  What I find is that the clock had still been running in the background and the clock contained my brief 'off-time'.

Danny Hall responded to my inquiry about that.  He said (correctly) that if my beans were being preheated then the off-time should indeed be counted.  It is intentional.  He also pointed out that on the iPod and iPhone, the screen is so small that it is easy to do a 'fumble-fingers' thing and ...when you turn it back on, the unintended off-time is counted.

 
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