MenuPro menu printing software or the like???

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by capecodchef, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. capecodchef

    capecodchef

    Messages:
    295
    Likes Received:
    47
    Exp:
    Owner/Operator
    I need to upgrade the look of my daily printed specials and want to upgrade from my crummy Word document format. Don't really need to spend $400 for software like MenuPro, but would if I could find some endorsement for it. Anyone here with any experience with this, or any other design software (with the understanding that 80 hour weeks don't afford me the possibility of beating the learning curve of the likes of Adobe or Corel.) I've tried searching here quite a bit and don't see any real discussion on this. Thanks.
     
  2. panini

    panini

    Messages:
    5,168
    Likes Received:
    284
    Exp:
    Owner/Operator
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2015
  3. chefbuba

    chefbuba

    Messages:
    2,238
    Likes Received:
    516
    Exp:
    Retired Chef
    Have you tried MS Publisher?
     
  4. capecodchef

    capecodchef

    Messages:
    295
    Likes Received:
    47
    Exp:
    Owner/Operator
    No...good thought as I own it already.
     
  5. raibeaux

    raibeaux

    Messages:
    289
    Likes Received:
    21
    Exp:
    Owner/Operator
    I've used it for years, through three versions (computer died).

    Get it.  Menupro is a good program, will make you throw rocks at corel, adobe, or publisher.

    Learning curve fairly easy, but you have to spend a little time with it.  Once you decide on font, style, etc. there's not much to change.

    It does everything for you automatically.  Drag and drop, the whole nine yards.

    I don't use half of what it can do, but one of these days......

    You'll have it figured out before you can get any of these others to begin to make sense.  Besides, it only does one thing, the menus.

    All you have to do once you have your menu printed is to go in and change prices, then print out the menu pages.

    The only thing I don't like about it is that it's too cumbersome if you want to do different menus such as breakfast, lunch and dinner and specials.  There is only one list of food items, and all those items add up quick.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2015
  6. mal tensai

    mal tensai

    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    10
    Exp:
    Culinary Student
    There is a program we have in les roches called Calcmenu which for making menus/recipes and keeping them as a database also handles printing.
     
  7. hotinside

    hotinside

    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    10
    Exp:
    Can't boil water
    Word isn't efficient enough?  Spend 30 minutes, create a template.  You see those guidelines on the side of the Word window?  Measured in inches, yeah ?  Your tenderloin cook itself for you, chef?
     
  8. capecodchef

    capecodchef

    Messages:
    295
    Likes Received:
    47
    Exp:
    Owner/Operator
    This is why I frequent this site, for such helpful posts like this.
     
  9. youngchefkarl

    youngchefkarl

    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    12
    Exp:
    Sous Chef
    Musthavemenus has a lot of templates that I've used, you can make the menu on the site or on Adobe acrobat.
     
  10. raibeaux

    raibeaux

    Messages:
    289
    Likes Received:
    21
    Exp:
    Owner/Operator
    MenuPro will run circles around Word or Publisher for this (menu) use.  Faster, quicker and more options.

    I don't like spending the money, either, but what the heck.
     
  11. capecodchef

    capecodchef

    Messages:
    295
    Likes Received:
    47
    Exp:
    Owner/Operator
    Thanks for the feedback on your personal experience. That's what I was looking for.