Template Creator is far above what I have tested. It is very easy to configure and learning curve is quite short. You can modify modify each position by just click on a menu where you find position design, background, fonts etc you want to change. You may say, too easy ! If you really know what you do in writing css code, you can do it as well in a "custom css" zone.
Support from the developer is very good. He is really willing to answer questions raised in using the tool, although, even for a novice, most can be self-learned.
Moreover, you can modify your created template event after site is published, with no risk to crash everything.
Il allows to call for user menu in a drop down box after login.
It supports recaptcha.
Moreover it is free. A gift for a non-profit org like mine.
Tested on Joomla 3.1, selection of ingredient is regressing and tag system from Joomla 3 is not integrated. You have separated keywords to be re-entered for each recipe instead of ticking existing tags from the base.
This is nevertheless good enough to expect better integration with Joomla 3 is future.
I use this extension for family share of recipes despite of the high pricing.
I recommend purchasing minimum package for that purpose.
I recommend to check long track records of non-comercial activity before trapping yourself with a component. You will never be sure, but long experience may help in make a choose. If you are prepared to pay, I recommend it.
It is well featured including plugin to include photos, diaporama in contents without any coding required.
I like the possibility to control access, even if a bit complicated with Joomla 1.5.
Inclusion of Picasa album and youtube videois nice and appreciated feature.
Many thanks for this great extension.