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We’ve just completed migration of this site from a shared hosting service to a dedicated virtual private server. Hopefully you’ll notice things are snappier than before!
Thanks to some feedback in our forums, we’ve added a few new features today:
- It is now possible to copy all the items from the previous day to the current day. This is very useful for people that typically eat the same thing every day.
- As an option in the nutritional summary (Trends Panel) you can now specify if the time range should include the current day or not. For example, if you were viewing the past 7 days, but have incomplete information for the current day, then they averaged would be brought down by the current incomplete day. A new checkbox was added that will shift the time range back a day, to get more accurate averages.
- Sugars can now be broken down by 6 different types (glucose, fructose, lactose, etc…). By default they are hidden, but if you require tracking of these you can enabled them by going to your profile page and editing the target settings. Beware that the data for these sugars is not complete for all items in the USDA food database, so the totals may be under-represented.
We’ve added the ability to log in using a dedicated username and password. If you’ve previously set up your account through Google, Yahoo, or Facebook, you can also set a custom username and password under the profile screen. This way, if these sites have technical problems (I have seen the Yahoo login service have significant downtime on several occasions), you will have an alternative way to log into cronometer.com.
For users that don’t want to use a third party to manage their identity, they can now also create accounts on cronometer.com in the traditional fashion, without needing an OpenId or OAuth provider.
The Information Is Beautiful blog have updated their excellent interactive info-graphic on supplements. They have fed hundreds of scientific studies into their data set to display the relative efficacy of various supplements. For anyone trying to keep up with the latest research and all the conflicting results from various studies, this is an invaluable tool for separating the snake oil from the science.
Today brings several changes to the look of the Diary screen and Trends screens. Instead of tabs for each nutrient category, all of the nutrients are now being shown together below the main summary. This same component is also shown on the Trends page where you can show your average daily nutrition for a recent time period. The diary sidebar now includes a weight change summary, and the calories mini chart now shows the calories burned and net calories in addition to consumed calories.
Having a large database of high quality food items is crucial for a tool like CRON-O-Meter to be useful. It currently has over 8000 items from the USDA public database. However, this database is missing many commercial products and fast food items.
Today we’ve rolled out a new feature: The ability to publish your custom foods into the community database (‘CRDB’) so that all CRON-O-Meter users can benefit from them.
For the time being, foods must be approved for inclusion by a curator (that’s me). To submit one of your custom foods to the community database, open your food in the food editor and click the ‘Share’ button. You have two options: You can share your actual food item, in which case you will no longer be able to edit the item once it becomes part of the public database. For the time being, only curators will currently be able to edit these public food items. If you want to retain a copy of the item that you can still edit, you can choose the share a copy instead.
If you’ve spent any time entering in custom food items from product labels, consider sharing them so everyone else can be spared the trouble!
In the past week, I’ve pushed out a few small additions along with several bug fixes.
- When adding a serving, the default measure is now set to your most common selection, based on past usage
- The foods page was redesigned along with the addition of a listing of your custom foods & recipes.
- The mini calorie bar on the diary sidebar now shows your remaining calories after subtracting calories burned in exercise.
- The Nutrition Target Wizard now lets you set custom targets for calorie rations from protein, carbs, and fat. You can enter custom values, or choose presets for popular diets (Low-Carb Ketogenic, Paleo Diet, Low-Fat-Raw-Vegan, The Zone):
- The ‘Delete Data’ feature now properly nukes all of your custom foods and recipes as well as your diary entries.
- Fixed several bugs with data importing from the standalone app
There are some big new things in the works, so stay tuned!
This weekend’s small updates:
- Upgraded USDA food data from sr22 to sr23
- Clicking ‘top foods’ items now opens the editor
- Added a weight change widget to trends tab with facebook-share button to share your progress with friends
New feature today — embeddable nutrition labels for any food or recipe in the database. Just click the help button at the bottom of the widget to get the html code and paste it into any web page to show the nutrition facts for a food: