Happy Birthday

cronometer.com turns 1 year old today!

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New Gold Features: Diary Groups

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…:

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.

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Ordering Your Diary

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.

 

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New Feature: Withings Device Support

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!

withings

To link CRON-O-Meter with your withings account, visit the Profile tab for details.

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Custom Exercises

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.

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Track your cholesterol levels

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.

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Database updated with new USDA sr24

The USDA has recently released version sr24 of their food database. We’ve updated our foods with this new information. This release adds over 300 new food items, as well as more accurate nutritional information for existing items.

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Ask The Oracle

Gold Subscribers get a new feature this week: Ask The Oracle. Located on the Foods tab, the nutrient oracle can help you explore the food database to find good sources for particular nutrients.

The results can be ranked in three different ways: Highest amount Per Calorie, highest amount per Gram, and by The Oracle.  The last option ranks foods according to a wide variety of factors.  Ranking by nutrient density per calorie isn’t always a great way to find good foods to add to your diet to shore up a nutrient deficiency. For example, certain spices are very nutrient dense per calorie, but you would never consume that item in enough volume to get a significant amount of the nutrient.  You’re going to have a hard time eating 200 grams of cinnamon, let me tell you!  Also, many foods that are rich in certain nutrients are not very practical or popular. Alaskan Ring Seal Livers may be great, but you’ll have a hard time finding them at your grocery store.

The Oracle considers nutrient density, food popularity, and how much of a nutrient is in a typical serving size. It actively learns from all of you what foods people really eat, and how much at a time. This helps finding practical choices much easier. You can also filter by food category (pretty important to you vegans out there), to find the best choices in that category alone.

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CRON-O-Meter for iPhone is now available in the App Store

At long last, we now have an iPhone app available for users of CRON-O-Meter. Like the Android client, this is not as full featured as the web version itself, but allows for quick and easy viewing of your diary and logging items on the go.

Note: If you normally log into the web site using Facebook/Google/Yahoo you will need to go to the Profile tab and choose an alternative username and password for your account, as the app does not let you log in using the third party providers.

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Je parle un peu français…

Today’s new version adds some preliminary support for languages. Don’t get too excited — it’s just a baby step in the direction of having full translations.

To kick things off, we’ve added food data from the Canadian Nutrient File (CNF).  This database contains roughly 5800 food items, although many are derived from the USDA dataset, slightly modified to reflect some Canadian differences. These items are provided with both English and French names.

We’ve expanded our database to handle foods having different names in different languages.  Now, by default searching for foods will search in all available languages (if you don’t want French items coming up in your results, just set the search filter to English only.

Brave French speaking users may also want to change their ‘preferred language’ under the Profile tab. This will show the names of foods, food categories, and other user interface elements in French when available. However, until a fuller translation is available, it may be strange to have so much French and English mixed together.

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