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AliOop

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As a hobby soapmaker and Mac user, I haven't needed or been able to use SM3. Hopefully SMF is Mac-friendly?
 

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First time looking at SoapmakingFriend.com , thank you for the heads up. From a web developer's point of view (my day job):
1) PLEASE update the copyright year, it still says 2018. This is the first thing I look at when I review a site (and you should as well). Current year = somebody's minding the shop.
2) HTTPS - good job
3) Loads fast - good job
4) Functions well on my mobile phone - excellent
5) If SEO ranking is important to you, you might want to reconsider using Cloudflare. It's great but some users have experienced issues.
6) Pretty good WAVE report (web accessibility rating), although visually it might need greater contrast for visually impared users

I will use this tool for my next batch.
 

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I am going to do a huge final push development wise for SoapmakingFriend.com.

I want this to pretty much add any feature you want or fix any issue you have.

Things like;
  1. What features is Soapmaking Friend missing?
  2. Are there any business features missing? Anything with the Batch or Supply tracking?
  3. Are you able to get all the financial information you need regarding your batches?
  4. Are there any graphs missing?
  5. Are there any calculators missing?
I want everyone to use SoapmakingFriend.com. So let me know what is wrong and what would prevent you from switching from say Soapmaker 3.

Please be detailed.
Any time I have had questions I just look through the post and usually find what I am looking for.
I didn't realize that there were graphs, I did find a calculator for lye without much trouble. I ended up googling for one since the link on here took me to a blank page.
I haven't seen any finacila information regarding batching but I no longer sell soap. I make it for my family only. To many people selling soaps now.
 

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I might be asking for the moon here, But I would really love the future enhancement of being able to add recipes for other, non lye related items such as Body Butter, Lotion etc. I love having all my soap recipes in the same place and being able to pull them up but the ability to load a recipe for other items (With the same oil, additives and fragrance amounts) would be awesome!
 

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I just tried this for the first time and I quite liked it. I can imagine making this my go to calculator. I love the additives section. I frequently have issues with citric acid and this calculator takes care of that.

The only odd thing I noticed was how this program kept rounding out the ounces for my test mold size as well as the other option for “oils total” in ounces. This occurred both times when I saved my recipe. I would type in 13.5 oz, save the recipe and then pull it up again to find the field changed to 14 oz. I did not try grams, kilograms or pounds to see if that would make any difference.

I have not tried “My Supplies”, but would like to in the next day or so.
 
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Oh my! I still have so much to see and learn on this amazing group, I had no idea about SMF. I've just opened the page to see what the question was about and, as an utter and complete newbie, it looks amazing. Which probably means I'm not the best person to respond to your question, but even so, it looks fantastic. Did you create this yourself? will it be a subscription access page? I personally think it's brilliant. But, as I said, I am a complete newbie (I've done two batches of melt and pour for my mum hahaha) So I'm not really experienced in saying what it needs and doesn't need. But thank you so much for including me in the question :)
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For me, I think a lye purity setting is needed. I like to be as accurate as possible when making soap and sometimes, my NaOH's purity is not at 95%.
 

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I agree with the addition of a comprehensive list of the INCI and/or common name of all ingredients. And the default of "Private" recipe.
I don't see an option for PPO for "Custom Additives". When using the "Add New" button, there is a "PPO" option that can be selected, but I don't see where to apply a PPO option when adding custom additives to a recipe.

Btw, I am using FF on a Mac.
 

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Oh my! I still have so much to see and learn on this amazing group, I had no idea about SMF. I've just opened the page to see what the question was about and, as an utter and complete newbie, it looks amazing. Which probably means I'm not the best person to respond to your question, but even so, it looks fantastic. Did you create this yourself? will it be a subscription access page? I personally think it's brilliant. But, as I said, I am a complete newbie (I've done two batches of melt and pour for my mum hahaha) So I'm not really experienced in saying what it needs and doesn't need. But thank you so much for including me in the question :)
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Welcome to the obsession.
 

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Brief look yielded:

ADD requests

AR1) Add a Percentage vs Ratio toggle
Add a toggle at the top of the page, to set all calculations for lye concentration to be displayed as either a ratio or as a percentage lye concentration.
Reason:
Add to the cohesive look and feel of the page, by displaying the soaper’s preferred lye concentration (either ratio or lye concentration).​
Existing process:
Currently the page is cluttered with both fields, sometimes in a mixture of both.​
Potential Error to be avoided:
Calculation errors while manually converting from one method to another (eg. Manually converting the lye concentration percentage to a water to lye ratio).​
Additional benefit(s) of this change:
The number of fields on the screen can be reduced, as there would be only one display area required, instead of the potential 3 that are currently displayed.​

AR2) Add a Percentage Concentration for Masterbatch solution
Allow a percentage concentration to be entered for Masterbatch (KOH and/or NaOH) lye solutions
Reason:
I want to be able to use a more concentrated solution (over 50%).
Primarily this is useful to maximize my other liquids while still using water as my solvent for the caustic.​
Existing process:
The lye concentration is currently restricted to ratio only.
Currently I am required to manually calculate the ratio from my percentage solution before I can enter my recipe into Soapmaking Friend.​
Potential Error to be avoided:
Calculation error while manually converting the lye concentration (percentage) to water to lye ratio.​
Additional benefit(s) of this change:
I can easily see if the lye concentration is wrong when it is in percentages (the saturation point of a lye solution varies with temperature), but I may miss an error when in the unfamiliar ratio form.​

AR3) Add NaOH purity
Add a percentage purity field for the NaOH Purity.
Reason:
The purity of NaOH does vary over time and is measurable.
Some chemical suppliers also provide the NaOH purity as part of their product documentation.
Having the ability to enter the NaOH purity would increase the functionality of the calculator.​
Existing process:
The purity (percentage) of KOH is able to be entered, but there is no functionality for entering the NaOH purity.​
Potential Issue(s) to be avoided:
Potential 1 Error: Calculation error when manually adjusting for the NaOH purity.
Potential 2 Issue: Overly superfatted soap no adjustment is made for purity, where the product is not 100% pure.​


VISUAL MODIFICATIONS

VM1) Vertically align Masterbatch NaOH and Masterbatch KOH

The two lines, for masterbatch NaOH and Masterbatch KOH, are not vertically aligned


FUNCTIONAL MODIFICATION

FM1) Set low and upper limits for the liquid Soap %KOH purity entry field

1/ Error coding for values exceeding the lower limit (set at 1% for KOH masterbatching) are required for the liquid soap %KOH purity field.
2/ Error coding for values exceeding 100% are required for the liquid soap %KOH purity field.
Reason:
Currently there no error coding for values outside of the physically possible range of %KOH purity (it makes no sense to have a negative amount of purity, or a purity exceeding 100%).​
Potential Issue(s) to be avoided:
Potential Issue: The calculator uses non-sensical mathematical figures to calculate the lye amounts. A negative number is immediately obvious, however an excess lye concentration (above 100%) results in the final recipe not having enough lye.​

FM2) Limit the Masterbatch KOH percentage to an upper value of 100%
Error coding for values over 100% are required for the masterbatch KOH percentage field.
Reason:
Currently there is error coding when the value is less than 1%, but no corresponding error coding exists for values over 100%.​

FM3) Turning on NaOH masterbatch doesn’t decrease the Liquid required for dual lye soaps
Setting the soap to dual lye, and toggling the masterbatch NaOH on an off shows that the masterbatch lye weight increases, but the corresponding decrease in “Liquid required” has not been coded.

FM4) Purity adjustment should not apply to water content
Do not increase the water content when adjusting for a caustic purity lower than 100%
(A lower caustic strength should not result in more water being added to the soap batch)
Reason:
Two common contaminants of caustic are soda carbonate and WATER.
While the weight of the caustic needs to be increased, to account for the lower purity of the caustic, the original water amount (according to the recipes’ lye concentration/lye ratio) should be retained.
(If the caustic has increased in weight as a result of absorbing water, it does not make sense to add more water when compensating for this weight increase).​
 

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I know I'm a bit of a broken record here, but...

1. I would like an option to download my recipe for use in a spreadsheet. So, either in an existing spreadsheet format, or maybe in comma-separated text, or whatever you call it.

2. In the public database, I would like a search option to be able to search for a recipe based on the author name. Maybe it could go within the "Recipe Details" search?
 

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I am going to do a huge final push development wise for SoapmakingFriend.com.

I want this to pretty much add any feature you want or fix any issue you have.

Things like;
  1. What features is Soapmaking Friend missing?
  2. Are there any business features missing? Anything with the Batch or Supply tracking?
  3. Are you able to get all the financial information you need regarding your batches?
  4. Are there any graphs missing?
  5. Are there any calculators missing?
I want everyone to use SoapmakingFriend.com. So let me know what is wrong and what would prevent you from switching from say Soapmaker 3.

Please be detailed.
Runs well on my MacBook using Chrome. Great work on this.
 

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Sorry I'm a bit late to the game..... Haven't had lots of time to play with it yet but so far I'm loving it. I love the way you see instant results in the recipe qualities but I have one question: what is the Longevity scale based on? Just plugging a basic recipe with 50% Olive Oil doesn't even make it into the yellow scale, let alone the green, only 16?
 

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I had some issues with resizing to the mold capacity. there were some errors in conversion of weight in to volume. I would appreciate if that can be fixed.
 

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Hello, I received a message to come here and answer questions. Before I can do so I need to know what SMF is and maybe have a go at using it.

Thank you
 
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