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Welcome to Doc's Stogie Rate for iPhone. Based on the same basic design as Doc's popular Stogie Rate for the desktop, this mobile cigar inventory software and rating app will keep your cigar collection and tasting notes no further than your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Designed by Doc from StogieFresh.com, this application is built from the ground up to be user-friendly and educational. Since 2005, Doc has been educating cigar enthusiasts around the world through his StogieFresh.info website, Stogie Fresh 5 podcast and Stogie Fresh TV. The Stogie Fresh name has been considered by many in the cigar industry as synonymous with top-flight quality in education and superior innovation.

Doc is on the cutting edge of technology in keeping his followers informed on the latest cigar information. Doc allows the cigar consumer to learn about taste, construction, and ratings through the use of Stogie Rate for iOS.

New in Version 2.5

  • iOS COMPATABILITY. Fully iOS8 compatible. 
  • RETINA DISPLAY NATIVE. Optimized for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays.
  • IMPROVED PHOTO MGT. New and improved photo formatting for bands and cigars. 
  • VARIOUS FIXES. Various bug fixes and improvements.

* This upgrade required for iOS 7 and above.

Features

  • A POCKET CIGAR REFERENCE TOOL. You can use Stogie Rate for iPhone and iPod Touch as a tool for looking up information about cigars. All new cigar entries are transparent to the user. The online database is currently at over 9,000 cigars and is growing every week.
  • INVENTORY AND TRACK YOUR ENTIRE COLLECTION: The data fields contain almost every piece of important information you could ask about your cigars.
  • EASY BRAND LOOKUP WITH OUR ONLINE DATABASE: When you access our online database of cigars, you will immediately see thousands of cigars for you to choose from. If the brand you are looking for is not in the online database, you simply back up one step and manually add new cigars of your choosing.
  • PERSONAL LIST: You can access either the online database list of cigars, or your personal user list. If you don't have access to the internet, the Stogie Rate app will default to your personal list.
  • ACCESS TO PHOTOS OF CIGARS AND CIGAR BANDS: As of version 1.6, if we don't have a cigar or a photo already in the online database, you can take your own!! Crop and sizing allows you to best match the photos with the photo container. 
  • CREATE AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF COLLECTIONS: You may want to organize your collections by humidors, by country, or by room of your house. However you want to arrange your collection, you can do it with Stogie Rate for iPhone.
  • SUMMARY STATS: Stogie Rate supplies you with simple summary stats on the Summary page. Keep track of the number of collections, how many cigars you have remaining in your collection, total cigars you have smoked, and the current value of your cigar collection.

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  • REVIEW/RATING FIELDS: You can take notes on your cigars and to rate each one using the Stogie Rate 5-Star Rating Scale. Since you are able to generate multiple tasting notes on each cigar, you will have a note for each time you smoke a cigar.
  • HELP / EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES:* By using your iPhone's web connection, Stogie Rate links you directly to several different educational resources. including the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast, Stogie Fresh Tv videos, information about wrappers, sizes, shapes, and more!
  • IMPORT AND EXPORT YOUR COLLECTIONS. Besides sharing your collection by exporting the data to your friends, you can also import your collections from the Stogie Rate for Desktop app. Easily swap data from your Stogie Rate desktop app to your mobile Stogie Rate app.
  • SEARCH FUNCTION: Finding cigars across all your collections is easy with the search function. You can search by Brand, Name, Type or Country. You can also search and then sort the results.
  • MOVE CIGARS. You can move cigars from one cigar Collection to another.
  • WISH LIST. Add cigars to a wish list by selecting them from the online database and adding them to your Wish List. The Wish List does not affect the total number of cigars or the collection values on your Summary statistics. If and when you purchase the cigars, you can then move them from your Wish List to a different collection and the values will then be added to the summary statistics of your collections.
  • DUPLICATE RECORDS. This feature allows user to create a duplicate of any cigar that they want to rate and review separately. This feature will make entry of same cigar types quicker and easier.

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  • ABILITY TO CHOOSE OTHER MONETARY TYPES BESIDES U.S. DOLLARS. Accessible through Settings>General.
  • METRIC VALUES. Cigar lengths are converted to metric value and you can elect to use metric lengths (mm) as default. Accessible through Settings>General.

* Some resources require internet access

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GETTING STARTED IN 5 STEPS
  1. Set up your Collections: To get started with Stogie Rate for iPhone, you must first establish your "Collections." You can set up your collections by the name of your humidor(s), by country, or simply by Cuban and Non Cuban. Name your collections in a way that make sense to you and that will "grow" with your cigar collection.
  2. Add Cigars: After you have set up your collections, you will need to add cigars. When you click the "Add Cigar" icon at the bottom of the screen, you will be asked what collection you want to add the cigar to. Then you can choose to search the online database and add cigars to your collection that way, or if you don't have an internet connection, you can use your own "user brand list" to manually add cigars. The integrated entry scheme using the online cigar database, makes adding cigars almost painless. You can also customize entry fields to reflect your own method for naming Brands, Cigar Names, Types, etc.
  3. Take Notes: When you smoke your cigars you can add tasting notes by clicking on the "Touch for Tasting Notes" icon. I use tasting notes to compare and contrast cigars as I taste and review them over time. By comparing notes, you can see how a cigar's flavor and body profile has changed over time.
  4. Rate Your Cigars: Using the 5-star Rating Scale, you can assess the cigar's performance in 3 categories: "Look and Feel," "Flavor and Aroma," and "Burn and Construction."
  5. Learn: Using the online database, search and learn the basic facts about thousands of cigars. Also, use the Help page resources to view educational videos, listen to hundreds of Stogie Fresh 5 podcasts, and learn other important facts about cigars.

If you have a problem that is not answered in the FAQs section, please use the contact email address found in the Help section of the Stogie Rate for iOS app.

Bug Reports and suggestions for the next version. Found a bug or have a suggestion for a new feature? By all means send all your feature requests and found problems using the contact email address found in the Help section of the Stogie Rate for iOS app.

Question: Are you planning upgrades to Stogie Rate for iPhone?

Answer: You bet! With version 2.5 in the bag, we are already considering what features to add next. Be sure to use the Contact Us link to email us your suggestions. There are currently no plans to develop Stogie Rate for Android or Blackberry platforms.

Question: Does Stogie Rate for the desktop interact in any way with Doc's Stogie Rate for iPhone?

Answer: I am VERY HAPPY TO SAY that Stogie Rate for Desktop version 4.1 can import and export data to the iPhone version of Stogie Rate and visa versa. Check out "How To" below.

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Question: How do I EXPORT my Collection data FROM Stogie Rate for iPhone TO Stogie Rate for Desktop?

Answer: On the Summary page, you will find an "Export" link at the top right-hand corner of the screen, which you can click to send your data via email. This process will export ALL your cigar data in a CSV formatted file and will use your iPhone's Mail application to send the file to your email address. When you receive the file, just import into your Stogie Rate for desktop app.

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Question: How do I transfer my Collection data FROM Stogie Rate for Desktop 4.1 TO Stogie Rate for iPhone?

Answer: Detailed instructions for exporting and importing are found on the Stogie Rate for desktop Help page.

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Question: How do I IMPORT data files into Stogie Rate for iPhone 2.0 or above?

Answer: Importing a data file into Stogie Rate for iPhone is only recommended if the data file comes directly from Stogie Rate for desktop version 4.1 or above. The data field names and import order must be identical to the field names and order found in the iPhone app. Directions for exporting the proper file type can be found on the Stogie Rate for desktop Help page.

You first must email yourself the .csv file and pick up that email using your iphone Mail app. REMEMBER, you must rename the file with an .srate ending.

STEP 1: Find the email and click on the file attachment. (See STEPs 1-4 in screenshot below.)

STEP 2: As soon as you see the icon in the top right corner of the window, click on that icon and you will be given a choice to choose to import into StogieRate.

STEP 3: Choose the StogieRate icon.

STEP 4: Choose “OVERWRITE CURRENT DATA.” We suggest you overwrite each time you update the database. This will overwrite all data on the iPhone app, so you must make sure that the imported file contains the most up-to-date data. In a future update we will allow real-time syncing with our online version of Stogie Rate at www.stogierate.com

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Question: How does the Wish List feature work?

Answer: The Wish List is a permanent Collection that allows you to keep information about cigars that you may wish to buy. To add cigars to the Wish List, click on Add Cigar button and select Wish List as the collection you wish to add to. Then, search the online database and add cigars. You can add cost and numbers of cigars, if you wish. They will not be added to the totals reflected in your Summary statistics. However, if you use Stogie Rate for desktop, I would recommend against adding these figures until you actually purchase the cigars. If you transfer your wish list collections to Stogie Rate for desktop, that program will use those figures in calculating the totals for value of collection and total number of cigars. So, the totals in the two apps will not match.

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Question: How does the online database work?

Answer: Accessing the online database requires either a WiFi or cellular phone connection to the internet. If you do not have internet access, you will still be able to add cigars to your inventory manually. The online database of cigars will be a work in progress. We are not trying to create an exhaustive list of cigars, but are trying to populate the database with the most popular large brands and boutique brands.

Question: Can I take photos of bands and cigars for my inventory?

Answer: Yes! As of version 1.5, cigar bands AND cigars are now a feature of Stogie Rate! The online database currently has band photos for 6,300 cigars and cigar photos for nearly 1,700 cigars. We are committed to continually adding photos of new cigars over time. However, as of version 1.6, you have the option of taking your own photos of bands and cigars.

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Question: Is there any quicker way of typing tasting notes into the notes field?

Answer: Sure, just type out your notes in a word processor on your computer and then email them to your iPhone or iPod Touch. Then, in your Mail program, copy the text you want and go to the tasting notes text field and paste it in. This is the best and quickest way to make lengthy and more detailed notes on your cigars. [NOTE: This works with iPhone OS 3.x and above.]

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Question: How do I duplicate a record in Stogie Rate?

Answer: Real simple. Just click the Browse icon at the bottom of the app screen, then go into one of your collections and swipe left on one of the cigars in your collection. You will see a blue "Duplicate" button and a red "Delete" button. Also, by choosing the "Edit" button at top right of screen, you can easily delete multiple cigars from the database.

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Question: Why does the Stogie Rate app calculate the age of the cigar using the purchase date?

Answer: This is a good question because subtracting the purchase date from the current date will rarely give you a true indication of the age of the cigar. However, while Cuban cigars regularly provide a "Box Date" and while this is a much more accurate starting point to use to calculate age, the vast majority of cigars made outside of Cuba do not have box dates. Therefore, if your cigars have a box date, I recommend that you enter that date in the "Purchase Date" field. As of version 1.3, we have added a Box Date field, but it is NOT a calculation field.

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Current Version 2.5 Release Date: 05 December, 2014

  • Fully iOS8 compatible. 
  • Optimized for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays.
  • New and improved photo formatting for bands and cigars. 
  • Various bug fixes and improvements.

Version 2.2 Release Date: 06 January, 2014

  • Various bug fixes

Version 2.0
Release Date: 22 December, 2013

  • Fully iOS7 compatible.
  • Re-designed logo and user interface.
  • Cigars can now be marked as gifts and total number of cigars gifted is viewable on the Summary screen
  • The Stogie Rate app can now be viewed properly on the iPhone 5 and retina display.
  • Redesigned Help screen with FAQs and Email support added.

Version 1.6.1
Release Date: 22 December, 2011

  • Enabled background audio for podcasts. Now listen with the screen off in iOS 5, or while browsing your Email or the web!

Version 1.6
Release Date: 14 December, 2011

  • SORT: Added custom sort page. This feature works within any of the search categories, or standalone.
  • PHOTOS: You can now take photos of cigar bands and/or cigars. Crop and sizing allows you to best match the photos with the photo container.
  • METRIC VALUES: Cigar lengths are converted to metric value and you can now elect to use metric lengths (mm) as default.
  • GESTURES: Added zoom gesture to photos.
  • SUMMARY OF CIGARS IN EACH COLLECTION: Browse mode now shows how many individual cigars you have in each collection.
  • DATA REPLACEMENT: You can now overwrite local data with information from online database.
  • iOS 5 COMPATIBILITY

Version 1.5
Release Date: 29 August, 2011

  • Access to expanded online cigar database
  • Addition of other monetary types (access in General Preferences)
  • Provides cigar totals in summary view
  • Addition of cigar photos
  • Age at Rating Field
  • Separate page for cigar and band photos
  • Cancel link added to cigar entry sequence
  • Stogie Fresh videos will now play in landscape mode

Version 1.4.2
Release Date: 17 December, 2010

  • Backdated the minimum required iOS to version 4.0 or later.

Version 1.4.1: 2
Release Date: 2 December, 2010

  • Fixed issue in which the database was only showing the first 20 cigars within a certain brand when you attempt to access that brand from the database.

Version: 1.4
Release Date: 2 August, 2010

  • Import/Export feature allows swapping data with Stogie Rate for Desktop
  • Ability to MOVE cigars from one Collection to any other Collection
  • Added a permanent "Wish List" to the Collections list
  • Added new fields to match fields of desktop app: Date of Rating, Review#, Storage Conditons (hidden)
  • Added iOS 4 features including multi-tasking, etc.)

Version: 1.3
Release Date: 7 April, 2010

  • Added option to create a duplicate record from a Cigar
  • Added Box Date field
  • Changed the way brands are looked up in the database
  • Changed the search details
  • Updated brand and cigar database.

Version: 1.2.2
Release Date: 2 February, 2010

  • Version 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 fixed various bugs including: Bug that caused crashes when new cigar brands were added to database, fixed a calculation bug on summary page, bug that caused check marks to disappear when looking at filler, binder and wrapper info pages.

Version: 1.2
Release Date: 29 January, 2010

  • Cigar Reference Tool: now you can easily look up basic information about thousands of cigars
  • Continually expanding database of cigars and cigar band scans
  • Changed to new online database source table, reducing duplicate entries
  • Splitting of Online and User Databases
  • Browse screen interface changes
  • Fixed bug that caused "Filler" field to aggregate succesive cigar info
  • Fixed calculation bug

Version: 1.1
Release Date:
24 December, 2009

  • Access to online database
  • Addition of scanned cigar bands to cigar information
  • Access (streaming) to all Stogie Fresh 5 podcasts
  • Can now remove Brand, Name, and Type elements from main lists
  • Fixed bug that caused crash when a "0" was added to the Cigars in Batch field.

Version: 1.0
Release Date: 29 September, 2009

Splash screen Stats screen Collections screen Browse Online Database page Browse Collection page Cigar Info page 1 Cigar Info page 2 Cigar Info Page 3 Help Main page Sample Help page 1 Sample Help page 2 Access to Stogie Fresh 5 Podcasts Summary Screen Mail screen

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