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The USDA has recently released version sr25 of their food database. We’ve updated our foods with this new information. This release adds over 200 new food items, as well as more accurate nutritional information for existing items.
cronometer.com will be taken down at 11pm EST tonight while we upgrade to some more powerful servers. We estimate the outage to last roughly one hour.
cronometer.com turns 1 year old today!
We’re pleased to announce a new feature for our Gold Subscribers. You can now activate diary groups, allowing you to create up to 6 custom categories for your daily entries.
To activate the feature, go to your diary, click the widget menu, and select Edit Diary Groups…:
This will bring up the edit groups dialog where you can activate the feature and choose custom labels for your groups. By default we have Uncategorized, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and Other. But if you want an Afternoon Tea, or Workouts, or Alchemy category, you have complete control.
Clicking on a group header will activate that group, turning the label slightly red. If you add a new diary entry while a group is active, it will automatically be placed in that group. If you don’t have an group active, the first group is always the default.
If you want to move an entry to a different group you can just drag and drop the item to where you want it.
Clicking on a group header will also select all of the items in that group. This is useful, for example, if you want to see just the nutrition breakdown for a particular group. Right-clicking on a group header will also let you delete all of the items, or copy all of the items in that group.
Please note that the mobile versions do not yet support groups. They will display items in order, but do not yet show group headers or allow you to choose in which group to place new entries. Entries logged by the mobile apps will appear in the default group. You can use the web version to drag-and-drop the items into their appropriate groups later.
We’ve just fixed a long standing issue where the specific ordering of the entries you logged in a day was not being preserved. The exact order you enter all items will now be preserved. You can now also drag-and-drop the diary items to re-order them to your liking.
We are pleased to announce that we now support Withings devices. Withings makes wi-fi enabled biometric devices. They currently have a body scale and a blood pressure monitor.
Now you can link your withings account to your cronometer.com account, so that it automatically synchronizes with your measurements. All you have to do is stand on the scale in the morning. When you log into cronometer.com your current weight and body fat % measurements will be right there!
To link CRON-O-Meter with your withings account, visit the Profile tab for details.
By request, we’ve added support for custom exercise entries. For example, you may have worked out at the gym on the training equipment, and know how many calories burned, you can enter it directly as a custom exercise, rather than searching for an approximation in the defaults.
Note: These entries won’t display correctly on the mobile apps until they are updated to support custom exercises, but that shouldn’t be too long.
We’ve added biometrics for tracking your total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and tricylcerides. For those getting regular blood tests to manage their cholesterol levels, this can make it easier to correlate with your diet and exercise trends.