Thanks for the well wishes everyone!
FromScratchSF, thanks for the constructive criticism! We appreciate your honesty, and want the apps to work for everyone. Your input is valuable and will help us make TieredCaker a better app!
For some more experienced decorators, picking tier sizes may be a simple process, or just basic math, but I know from experience and from reading forums that many decorators have a tough time figuring out what tier sizes to use for their cakes.
I've seen some websites that offer some of the functionality that TieredCaker has, but they have a much more clunky interface, and are not nearly as easy or as quick to use as TieredCaker. I've also never seen another tool that will calculate the tier combinations for you based on a number of servings. This is just one of the features that I feel sets TieredCaker apart from information you can find online.
I talked to my husband about your suggestions for the app, and this is what he had to say:
Thanks for the suggestion of having mixed cake shapes as an option in the Calculator. The Stacker in TieredCaker already supports the mixing of shapes, so hopefully that will help you in your planning for the time being. I hope to bring this functionality to the Calculator, as well, in a future update, and am working on ways to add support for it without sacrificing the usability and streamlined interface of the Calculator.
When I was planning TieredCaker, I was initially going to do volume-based calculations, but actually opted for two-dimensional serving sizes instead. The reason for this was that a cake cut into, for example, 1" x 2" servings will still be cut into the same number of servings regardless of the height of the cake. The approach I took instead, was to offer custom serving sizes as an option, so if you are serving taller cakes that should be cut into more servings you can simply use a smaller serving size.
I understand that not everyone uses the same style of cutting guide, and that the feature is not useful to everyone. I have, however, already received several compliments from users who do love the feature, even if some may consider the guides antiquated
Branding of all printable/emailable items will definitely come with a future update, and with other apps in the Calculated Cakes suite.
I also absolutely understand that visual examples of the cakes would be helpful to show to customers. I don't want to give away too many of my plans, but rest assured that future updates to TieredCaker, and the other future apps in the Calculated Cakes suite that will compliment TieredCaker, will cover the complete needs of any cake decorator.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions and well wishes!
Another thing I wanted to add is, as far as price goes, if you think about the cost of the supplies that you bought just for the last cake you made, many of which were one time use products, I don't really feel that $8 is too bad in comparison. Plus, when was the last time you bought any supplies for $8 that you would be able to use on every single cake you make in the future?
Thanks again for all the well wishes!