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FAQ - How do Resort Software products handle units and unit conversions?

Although we refer to Resort Bistro for the examples below, the following applies to all Resort Software products.

When creating a new database file, Resort Bistro automatically populates the database with a number of standard units.  I.e. grams, ounces, pounds, kilograms, litres, pints, etc.  Each of these standard units can be one of two styles; weights (i.e. kilogram, pound, etc.) or volumes (i.e. cup, litre, fluid ounce, etc.).

The program 'knows' how to automatically convert between any two units of the same style.  I.e. Converting kilograms->pounds, or pints->litres.

There is a third style of unit which we call Culinary units. This unit style is for all the weird and wonderful units that chefs love to use when cooking (i.e. pinch, sprig, bunch, etc.).  You can create and use as many of these culinary units as you wish in your recipe databases.

The only down-side to using culinary units is that the software has no way of 'knowing' how to convert between a culinary unit and units of any other style. If the software determines that it needs to convert between units of dissimilar styles, the program will display the Unit Conversion Wizard.  This wizard will ask you to supply a conversion factor to convert between two units and will save that conversion factor for future use.  You'll never be asked the same unit conversion question again.

Here's an example.  Say you have an ingredient called Celery and you indicate that you purchase the celery for $2.50 per bunch. Later on, you might insert 100 grams of celery into a recipe. The program will need to know how many grams there are in a bunch of celery so that it can calculate the cost per gram for the celery.

At that point, the program will launch the Unit Conversion Wizard and ask you 'How many grams are there in a bunch of celery?. Say you answer that there are 200 grams in a bunch, the program will then save that conversion factor (200) for future reference and proceed to calculate the cost per gram of the celery. You'll never be asked for that unit conversion again.  

Also, as the program now knows how many grams there are in a bunch of celery, it can automatically convert between bunch and any other weight unit for celery (i.e. kilogram, pound, etc).

Our example conversion above would only relate to the ingredient celery and to no other ingredients.  Typically a bunch of parsley would have a completely different weight to a bunch of celery, hence the program would need to ask you for conversion factors for each separate ingredient.

So, what's the moral of the story?  It's a good idea to stick to standard ingredients wherever possible, so that the program can handle their conversions automatically. If you really want to use culinary units, then feel free to do so, but be prepared to answer a number of unit conversion questions until the system has 'learned' what it needs to know.  


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