Looks like we can look forward to a update or new version of Living Cookbook within the coming year if Radium Technologies wants to continue their product under Windows 8. Thought I'd give Windows 8 Consumer Preview a spin and hopefully report that Living Cookbook 2011 runs fine.
No such luck. LC won't install under Win8 with the settings I've tried so far.
I tried installing under the classic Windows desktop "app" (~Windows 7 interface) of Windows 8. The default compatibility evaluation by Win8 is to install LC as a WinXP SP3-compatible app. That bombs out informing me that I can't install LC under 64-bit WinXP (what Win8 is emulating, I guess). If I manually switch the compatibility mode to Windows 7, still bombs out in the same way. Also, the InstallAware wizard for LC wants to install .Net Framework 2.0 (from the Stone Age of .Net Framework) and Win8 does not go for that, either.
If you want to try out Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you might do what I did (if you are experienced with Windows). Wife has a laptop she doesn't really use with 240 Gb free hard disk space. I mouse right click on My Computer, picked Manage, went to Disk Services in the Console, mouse right click, asked to Shrink Volume. Few minutes passed while Win7 evaluated how much it could shrink volume (might be some unmovable files that limit how much space you can free up). I picked 45 Gb to shrink (leaving me 29.5 Gb free after Win8 install). After shrinking my existing Win7 partition and getting 45 Gb free space, I downloaded the Win8 setup to my Win7 disk and followed instructions to create an .ISO image. Once you have the ISO image and have carefully written down on PAPER the license key, you can mouse right click on the ISO image and use the Win8 DVD burner that becomes available to burn and verify your Win8 Install DVD. Then you REBOOT your computer, changing your BIOS settings if necessary to make the boot process look for your DVD drive first. Follow the Win8 Install instructions to create a new partition from your freed space, to format it (be careful not to format your old Win7 partition), and then continue with the install. After copying the Win8 files off the DVD to your new drive partition, you can probably eject the Install DVD. If not, when the Win8 install reboots be sure NOT to touch a key to launch the Win8 install process again. Just let launching the DVD time out and go to booting from your hard disk where you will now have a dual boot setup with the choice of booting from either your previous OS or the Win8 Consumer Preview. You will go through at least one more reboot during the install process where the same advice about not going back to the DVD applies.
The bottom line:
David Pogue of the NY Times is known as an "Apple lover." So if he says, "Get psyched" about a Microsoft product, you'd better believe it. Using it only a laptop with no touch screen takes some getting used to. Just trying it so I know whether it's worth it to go for a Win8 tablet when they are on the market. But from what I've seen so far, I'm in agreement with Pogue. It's going to be very cool on a tablet.
P.S. I downloaded the free trial of Living Cookbook 2011 v3.0.34 to use as the trial install under Windows 8 Consumer Preview if anyone wants to replicate my experiment. Maybe the install will work under 32-bit Windows 8???? Since it's easy to try the LC install, as Windows 8 updates roll along, I will retry the LC install as maybe it's a rough edge of Windows 8 Preview that's causing the problem although the Win8 counseling does say some earlier Windows programs will not run under Win8 without a software update from the supplier.