We’ve just released a new food & recipe editor. This version should be simpler to use than before. Instead of a pop-up dialog, the food details are displayed inline on the foods tab and can be edited in place.
We’ve also changed some of the nutrient categorizations around to be more logical. Carbohydrates has it’s own category. Total Protein has moved in with the Amino Acids into a renamed Protein category. Total Fat has moved into the Lipids category. This should make it easier to find these nutrients, especially when entering in nutrition label details.
There are a few hidden features we’d like to take a moment to point out for you power-users.
In the diary, you can now multi-select entries by shift-clicking the items. This will filter the nutrition summary below to show totals for just your selection. This is very useful if you want to see how a particular meal contributes to your nutrition.
Right-clicking (or control-clicking) on an entry or set of selected entries will show a context-sensitive pop-up menu from which you can view, delete, or copy the selected items. Copied items can be pasted using the widget menu, allowing whole meals to be copied between days.
Gold subscribers also gain the ability to quickly create a new Recipe from a set of selected items.
Another sneaky feature is the ability to enter negative amounts. This can be useful if you have a recipe like a Breakfast smoothy that you normally make with a banana. If you made one with just half a banana, you can then enter -0.5 of a banana to subtract the missing ingredient from your totals:
For our subscribers, we’ve added a new feature today. There is now the ability to export all of your diary data to .csv files. These can be opened in spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, or Google Docs, where you can slice and dice your data any way you like.
For all users, the nutrition report contains a new option to include or exclude supplements from the report data. This is useful if you want to see how nutritionally dense your diet is sans-supplements.
We’ve updated how Vitamin A (IU) is calculated for our USDA foods. It turns out that the USDA values are using an out-dated method for calculating IU that has been discredited in recent years as being far too generous. It has been shown that our bodies do not convert carotenoids as efficiently as it was previously thought. Where possible, the more accurate values are now being used. You will likely see your Vitamin A target percentages drop significantly, especially if you are a vegetarian.
We’re nearly ready to release our beta Android client for Gold Subscribers. We’re currently targeting Android 2.2 or later and hope to have it out this week. Here’s a few screenshots.
By request, we are pleased to note that we now also accept Bitcoins for subscriptions. We’ll accept payment in BTC at the 1 day weighted average price. If interested, email us for further details. We’ve officially done one bitcoin transaction so far, and are proud to support this new digital currency.
Today we are announcing a new premium subscription version: CRON-O-Meter Gold. For Gold subscribers, we can offer CRON-O-Meter advertisement-free. We also offer priority support, new chart and analysis options, food sharing (for couples), and will be offering subscribers early access to our android mobile app.
Gold subscribers get some new analysis options in place of those pesky advertisements. The nutrition summary now has a nutrient balance display for your Zinc : Copper and Omega-3 : Omega-6 ratios. These nutrients are important to get in the right ratio and not just adequate amounts. These balance widgets help show where you stand relative to the optimal ratios.
- Nutrient Balances
The metrics chart can now display smoothed trends instead of the actual data points, making it easier to see your overall trend amidst what is often quite noisy data. The biometrics data can also be exported to .csv format so you can open it in a spreadsheet and do further custom analysis.
The food sharing feature is ideal for couples that are sharing a lot of common meals. Once you link your accounts, your custom foods and recipes can be shared with one another. So if one person enters tonight’s dinner as a recipe, the other one doesn’t need to go through the trouble of entering the same recipe details. The other’s items will show up in their food search results.
Advertising revenue is not enough to fund full-time development of cronometer.com and corresponding mobile apps, so subscribers can help fund the further development of cronometer.com and related apps. Consider subscribing today and helping us to continue making cronometer.com the best heath tracking package there is!
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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.