I know the developer worked hard on his extension but goodness, why put "Gary's Cookbook" in so many places.
If you place it on your site, people will be asking who is Gary and not see that it is your cookbook.
You won't find any template nor theme in the component, not even single line of HTML code (everything echoed with php functions).
Layout based on tables, GCB's footer all over and features that doesn't work.
Besides that, well done.
I think there's a shortage of social-type applications in the JED, especially things that are more "feminine" in nature. So this is a real find. Perfect for an online lady's club.
VERY EASY to add new recipes from the front end!
I was amazed at all the field options, which allow for comprehensive field searching if you want to use them. Such as Cost per Portion, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Dietary (low calorie), and many more. So there's a lot of potential, beyond the ordinary paperback cookbook, if you want to tap that potential.
I think someone who was writing a cookbook would find this script very useful for organizing and sorting.
The interface is simple in design, so it fits right into my site without any fuss.
To customize the cookbook for your site, be sure to find the language file (en-GB.com_garyscookbook.ini) and change Gary's Cookbook to whatever you want. You may need to download eXtplorer from the JED in order to do that. It's the usual problem of file permissions (caused by the Joomla installer somehow?), and eXtplorer file manager is a real lifesaver. I use it all the time on my Joomla site: can't live without it.
It works fine and support were given in German as well as in English.
The developers ask for wishes and ideas to carry on the development and they are fast with the implementation of improvements.
As I said Garys Cookbook is a very powerful and good working Joomla! 1.5 component (and modul).
My own version "Rachael's Kitchen" shows it can be customised. It just takes a little effort.
What I would like to see is a plugin for sh404SEF and one for Xmap!
Though it is feature rich, there is no way to disable a large (and gaudy) link and logo back to the author's site.
Ironically, this is useless advertising, as people looking for recipes are rarely looking for Joomla components - meaning, my audience is not the same as the developers audience, and so all that is accomplished is a component that is effectively useless for anything more than a shoddy hobby site.
Hopefully future versions will have the linkback credit able to be blended or hidden on the front end.
And scrolling mod is not working properly in firefox
otherwise its a good component, need little modification