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Where is the Breadstorm App?

rgrgeo's picture
rgrgeo

Where is the Breadstorm App?

I use the Breadstorm app for working out formulas and scaling.  

The IOS version for iPhone and iPad is no longer in the App store

Recently they posted on their website that they were on a break (and removed the download) and now their website appears to have been taken off the web altogether.

The app is really useful for bread bakers amateur and professional and a great way to exchange recipes, so it would be a shame if it has been killed (and no longer supported). 

Does anyone know anything about what happened to the Breadstorm app?

 

 

 

 

 

 

OldLoaf's picture
OldLoaf

It appears they went out of business.  Website is blank, nothing on Twitter since March 2019, nothing in the App store.  Not sure if they had a Facebook page or not.  Surprised they didn't notify their customers.....

rgrgeo's picture
rgrgeo

Yes, they do appear to be out of business.  

Very surprised they abandoned their customers.  

This was pricey software, but so worth it considering I use it so heavily.  I am also surprised there is so little mention of Breadstorm disappearing, it seems other users would be also surprised to learn Breadstorm is abandonware.

Good thing that Breadstorm was such a solidly built app that needed little updating.  I hope it holds out

ddauerbach's picture
ddauerbach

Yeah, they are gone.  They never were great at support. (I kept asking for a way to print out a just the weights formula, to work from in the kitchen.  That is, a way that doesn't take 7 unnecessary steps using the "snapshot" facility.  And now, under Catlina, even that is broken.  Fortunately the rest of it seems to still work.  It was pretty rude of them to leave like that.

Joyofgluten's picture
Joyofgluten

l was in contact with the folks at BreadStorm back in November, it was my distinct impression that the project was   coming to a grinding halt, the website endorsements, mine included, hadn’t been updated for at least two years. There was no sign of life, period.

I purchased the Mac version a few months before the iOS app came out, it set me back 150 bones, I’ve been selling bread all alone though and the software made my life much easier. 

I made a further inquiry, late in December, that went unanswered. The software is running on a Mac from 2009, I’ve just purchased a new computer and was hoping to bring the software along. (The old Mac is too buggy, and still running El Capitan , so I refrained from using the migration tool): oh well, I’ll just keep the old beast running so I can keep using it and will eventually face switching over to horrid excel sheets.

cheers from rainy Copenhagen

 

NeelsK's picture
NeelsK

Contact me to help you move it over

minisquid's picture
minisquid

Hi, has anyone upgraded their Mac to Catalina and were able to run their copy of Breadstorm?  Sucks that they are gone, and have the activation keys to our software.

dbazuin's picture
dbazuin

I am not familiar with this app but I find this too, very helpfool.

https://foodgeek.dk/en/bread-calculator

The Roadside Pie King's picture
The Roadside Pi...

I especially like the feature that calculates the water in liquid ingredients. Thank you for sharing!  

Ilya Flyamer's picture
Ilya Flyamer

I also use it all the time for all recipes, very convenient. He's clearly working on it, just in the last few days added a feature for multiple stages, otherwise was impossible to describe complex recipes with levain builds or scalds etc.

The Roadside Pie King's picture
The Roadside Pi...

I was using this app. for both pizza and bread. In the preferment/sourdough section, I could never get to work properly. I forced it to do what I wanted by manipulating the numbers without really know exactly what I was doing. The best feature of this app is the options or scaling, & the long list of additional ingredients. That being said the food geeks app, adjusts the hydration for liquids, which is a big plus! 

Pizza Dough Calculator (pizza-dough-calculator.herokuapp.com)

 

coldpour's picture
coldpour

If you would be willing to help me with the design, I am interested in making an app to help keep track of recipes. I've stumbled across the existence of breadstorm only after it has been shut down unfortunately, so I'm not entirely sure what features it had that were so great... But if you can help my understand them, I can build them :)

NeelsK's picture
NeelsK

Let me know if you still want to do this. I can make screen recordings for you if that would help

coldpour's picture
coldpour

a screen recording would be lovely. please post an attachment here!

NeelsK's picture
NeelsK

Okay, starting off with the help "manual" from the waybackmachine:

https://web.archive.org/web/20181009050526/http://www.breadstorm.com/breadstorming.html

 

This will probably give you a better idea than a screen recording would

 

rgrgeo's picture
rgrgeo

I can help you with understanding the Breadstorm app if you still want to pursue it.  

Roger

 

coldpour's picture
coldpour

that would be excellent! please send any info you can. as I said, I have never seen the app, so if you can describe your usual steps through the app, what data you keep in there, what you find most useful, that would be quite helpful, thanks!

breadboi's picture
breadboi

It's not an app, but does a few nice things in a browser window.

breadboi's picture
breadboi
rgrgeo's picture
rgrgeo

I like the detail.  Good for keeping a log of your bakes.

Thanks for sending the link, will definitely try working with this.

Roger

NeelsK's picture
NeelsK

Hi,

I've managed to move my copy of breadstorm from my old Sierra machine to a new Catalina machine, registration and all. If any of you need help doing that just drop me a message and I will get back to you.

 

rgrgeo's picture
rgrgeo

Thanks, but I still have the Breadstorm app, credentialed on my Mac with Catalina.  

It works fine, for now.  

I hope it holds out since it's no longer supported.

Best, Roger

minisquid's picture
minisquid

@NeelsK, yes please.

Silviu71's picture
Silviu71

Hi, I recovered my iMac and i have the key for the Breadstorm app, but always when I try to activate it, i become this:  Could not unlock because of a technical problem. How did you do to activate this app? Thanks, Silviu

NeelsK's picture
NeelsK

Since the breadstorm servers are down you cannot unlock in the normal way.  You need your license file from the old directory on your old machine.  The place to find this is : /Users/[yourname]/Library/Application Support/BreadStorm/.

There should be two files inside: BreadStorm3.xml and license.lplicense.  These need to be copied to the same directory in your new machine.

If you need extra help I suggest you send me a private message.

 

Regards,

Neels

NeelsK's picture
NeelsK

Ahh seems there is no private message function. send mail to nkriek@me.com

Dutchman's picture
Dutchman

I just came across this thread and while I'm really disappointed that the creators have called it quits, I can confirm that it is still working fine under Big Sur and syncing to IOS 14.4 on my iPad.  

This was the best solution I ever found for easily adjusting recipes with pre-ferments and I hope it will continue to be compatible for a long time to come.

Another Girl's picture
Another Girl

I’ve avoided upgrading to Big Sur for exactly this reason. Thanks for this report, I can install the upgrade now (after Apple sends my laptop back from replacing the battery...).

Dutchman's picture
Dutchman

For those of us that still use this great app, I discovered that the current version of iOS renders the iPad unable to launch the app but it still work on the same 14.6 version on the iPhone.  Strange, isn’t it?  Still working fine on the Mac with Big Sur but I already miss the iPad.  I refuse to squint at my phone for that long so now have to print a scaled recipe in order to use.

If anyone knows a way to contact the folks that created this, please reach out.  There must be a way to get maintenance on firmer footing for the benefit of all.  Annual license? Kickstarter?  

Farine's picture
Farine

BreadStorm still runs on my laptop but it disappeared on my tablet when I upgraded my iPad. What a bummer. So much easier to work from the iPad in the kitchen. I too hate squinting at my phone. Plus it is only a matter of time before the reader app disappears from the iphone App Store as well. I have emailed Jacqueline Colussi several times now but never heard back. I wonder what happened to her and Dado. They were so passionate about their software. For them to disappear like that without offering some kind of solution to their paying customers is very odd to say the least. I hope they are okay. Anyone who knows anything please let me know. Thank you.

MC