Period Tracker Deluxe (8.2 social update)

We just released and update to Period Tracker Deluxe (iOS, version 8.2) with a social feature where users can post questions, tips, and chat with each other. Our hope and goal with Period Tracker Social is to allow our users a place where we can really help each other, have fun and make new friends.

We’d like to spend some time to address some questions and concerns you may have about our latest Social update.

1. Crashes:
8/10/12 10am update – We discovered the reason for some users experiences crashing at app launch. It appears to affect users who have the Companion mode enabled (Setting/Data/Companion). Companion mode (although not supported anymore) uses a google api that has been deprecated by Google and appears to no longer work. We have uploaded a 8.2.1 version and it is now waiting for Apple review. We have submitted an expedited review request and hope to have the update approved soon.
8/10/12 5pm update – 8.2.1 (iOS Deluxe) was just approved by Apple and fixes the crash bug.

2. Privacy: We’ve received some complaints about the Add Note confirmation page that shows relevant posts from other users. We are simply showing some of the latest posts from the symptoms you marked for that day. We are not uploading or sharing any of your private data. To users who find this page annoying, we are looking into adding the option to remove this page in a future update.

3. Embarrassment Factor: Some of you might be embarrassed by the idea of having a social feature inside Period Tracker. However, most of the groups and conversations inside social are centered around asking questions and sharing tips about our health, symptoms, and goals. For example, we learned a great tip about losing weight from a user who says she lost 17 pounds in a month from drinking a blended tomatoes before every meal. In addition to this, there are also groups just to have fun and get to know other users better. And of course there are groups to help each other and share stories on how to overcome health-related issues and even try to conceive.

4. Safety: Some of you may have concerns over the quality of the posts in the social section, maybe for younger eyes or even for ourselves. This is a huge priority for us. We are actively moderating the posts but are also looking for moderators to help keep spammers and inappropriate/negative behavior and comments out. To apply to be a moderator, please go to any group and press the settings button.

If you have any other thoughts or questions, please contact us. We are actively working on Period Tracker Social to be a place where we give value to each other, encourage each other, and help each other.

Announcing Period Tracker for Windows Phone

We’re excited to announce the release of Period Tracker for Windows Phone. Our app has been completely redesigned to match the Metro design feel, and we think women with Windows Phone will love it.

We occasionally get emails asking us how to transfer data when moving phones. Just make sure you’ve registered for an online backup account in your app (Settings/Data/Backup). Right before you change phones, do a manual online backup on your old phone. Then, after downloading Period Tracker on your new phone, just login to your online backup account and it will import your data. It’s as easy as that.

Period Tracker for Windows phone is available now at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Next major version of Period Tracker coming soon to iOS

We’ve been busy at work developing social features to Period Tracker that we will include in our next update.

The vision of Period Tracker has always been about helping people. The first version of Period Tracker back in 2008 was about helping women simply track their cycles so they can know they bodies and patterns better. Later in the second major revision of Period Tracker we wanted to help women track their total health (ie., symptoms, moods, weight, notes, etc) to help them improve their health.

In this next major revision of Period Tracker (available initially for iOS), we want to take it to the next level and really help people get healthier. Our social features will make it easy for people to engage with others and find the information they need.

If you’ve been a Period Tracker fan, then we hope you’re excited about this upcoming release. We’re shooting to have it in the iOS Appstore by the end of August. So, stay tuned!

Period Tracker HD for iPad

Period Tracker HD for iPad is now available on the iPad ($1.99).

We’ve redesigned the app specifically to take advantage of the bigger iPad screen.

One of our favorite features is that you can see your calendar and notes page all on the same page.  Taking notes is so much easier, and typing notes is even easier on the iPad.

We’ve also completely redesigned the Charts feature and have created an incredibly useful all-in-one chart that lets you chart various items against others.  You can chart your symptoms across your cycle days and see correlations.

We also have an easy way to import and export your data for frequent use.

Period Tracker HD for iPad ($1.99)

 

 

iPad 2 – March 11

Our team is excited to get our hands on the new iPad 2.  It’s amazing that in less than a year Apple has shrunk the thickness by 33%.  And we can’t wait to see the Smart Covers in action.

Real-time app download wall at WWDC

From Mona and Lino at WWDC: We want to share this photos we took this afternoon. It is about the visualization of the 50,000 most popular apps in App Store displayed on 30-synchronized 24-inch LED Cinema displays. The app falls when downloaded as being signified by the falling images. We were happy to see Period Tracker Lite and iVidCam Free.

All the apps being downloaded separated by the color of their icons

the falling icons of the apps being downloaded

Period Tracker Lite is one of the many apps downloaded here

iVidCam Free together with the other apps having red-colored icons.

First Keynote Experience

WWDC 2010

It is my first time to attend an International Developer’s Conference and I must say the first day was more than what I expected.

WWDC 2010

The highlight for WWDC 2010’s first day was the Keynote presented of course by Steve Jobs.  Knowing its importance, Lino and I lined up 2 hours before the event and luckily despite the long queue, we were able to get inside the conference room before it got full.  Then we waited and watched as the camera men were focusing on different attendees who were busy talking and doing their stuff.  Some were even trying their hardest to get the camera men’s attention. That was a fun moment.  In the midst of that, the song “What a Wonderful World” was played in the background.  I felt a bit melancholic listening to it. (Up to now, I am still wondering why it was played.)  Then finally appeared on stage, Steve Jobs.

All of us inside that room were delighted to see Steve in his normal outfit, jolly and excited to see us all waiting for the good news.  I was very eager too to hear what he has to say especially about the coming iPhone which untimely exposure brought a lot of buzz the previous months.  But I wasn’t expecting much.  Our team has been discussing about iPhone OS 4.0 and it’s features.  I was certain that will cover majority of the Keynote.  Little did I know, I was in for a very pleasant surprise.

WWDC 2010

Steve Jobs mentioned about the statistics reports for iPhone and apps sales, some updates about iPad, AppStore, HTML 5, etc..  (You will see all the details in the coming Keynote to be posted in Apple site.)  But Steve Jobs was just not there to discuss about those stuff.  When it was time for iPhone’s Keynote, all of us in that room could not contain our excitement.  The talk got more and more interesting as each mind-blowing features were revealed to us one by one.  Steve Jobs’ mentioned about the new iPhone 4 hardware design and hardware components, 5-megapixel camera, Retina display, HD video recording and editing, iOS 4, gyro-accelerometer, iBooks new features, new search options, etc… Whew, the features are just too much right? At this point, the attendees were clapping and some were even whistling out of the amazement the iPhone 4 has in store.  Apple is giving all users and developers these features even just after 3 years of its birth.  As one friend said, nothing beats iPhone but iPhone itself.  The surprise didn’t stop there as Steve Jobs had one more.  It was FaceTime.  I have experienced this kind of feature from a Sharp phone in Japan before so I wasn’t feeling it at first.  But when Steve showed us the video clip for FaceTime, I understood what the app was about.  For me, FaceTime is not just an app or a new cool feature.  It is an app for a families and friends, breaking the communication barrier and giving way to easy connections for everyone with just a wifi connection.  FaceTime for me, gave a whole new meaning to iPhone.

WWDC 2010

At the end of his Keynote, Steve Jobs said that Apple is not just a Technology company.  I really do agree.  With the Keynote, I am now more convince that Apple isn’t just making products for the sake of making and selling them.  Apple innovates not just to showcase new and cool technologies but they always so see to it, as far as I can tell from my own experience, that those new technologies will impact and give users the best experience that Apple can offer.  The announcement of iPhone 4 just proves that Apple is not done yet.   What I love even more is that Apple did not just make these features to outdo the competition, they have been there in their minds for a long time waiting to be unleashed.

Overall, I am very happy with how the Keynote turned out.  It is not everyday that we hear good news and today is an exception.  Apple has delivered another great iPhone.  I can’t wait for the 15th to come.

iPhone 4: Is it a Gamer Changer?

Today Steve Jobs announced the latest and greatest, iPhone 4.  He mentioned that they’ve been working on this for 18 months, and it shows.  The new iPhone is 24% slimmer than the 3g/3gs model and it’s faster, better battery life, better camera, better screen… basically better everything.  He also announced FaceTime, which allows video calls on the iPhone 4.  The demo seems very simple, in fact the video Apple put together is quite emotional (<a href=”Watch theFaceTime video“>See video</a>).

I was especially struck by how much time and energy went into hardware innovation and improvements.  (See hardware design improvements).   The iPhone 4 gets a gyroscope which basically lets the phone track movement in more detail than an accelerometer.  The screen is a retina display which claims to be amazing.  And the phone gets a complete overhaul with a custom steel alloy acting as a frame and antenna.  The iPhone 4 is the biggest hardware upgrade to the iPhone to date.

The genius of the iPhone 4 is that it’s the most sophesticated phone hardware on the market, yet it’s the simplest.  This goes with the new camera, new FaceTime video calls, new OS, etc.  This is why so many people love Apple products… they’re beautifully designed, they’ve got great hardware features, and they’re super simple to use.

The big spoiler of the day was AT&T.  FaceTime is only with wifi video calls, because Apple needs to “work things out” with the carriers.  This is too bad… FaceTime really needs to be via cellular connection to have a mass adoption. Also, there was no Verizon (or Sprint or Tmobile) announcement today.  This means people like me still can’t make calls on their phone.  I wish Apple and Google would have partnered to buy out a cell company a few years back and use it for cellular data.  Let people have a “data only” plan at a reasonable cost with no commitment.  Soon people will only need cellular data as voice can go through the internet with Skype and eventually Google Voice and others.

So back to Apple’s headline, “This Changes Everything.  Again.”  Does it really?  I think it really is a big improvement to the iPhone and iOS 4 has some major improvements as well.  If Apple didn’t have to work with cellular companies, I think they could blow the competition out of the water.  But the cellular companies make things more complicated – distribution is more tricky, releasing features is more complicated, and it’s overall more costly to the consumer all the fees cell companies are charging to consumers.  Why has it taken AT&T over a year to release iPhone tethering?  (actually it’s still not out yet.)  And now FaceTime has to be wifi-only.  This is in addition to the terrible voice coverage of AT&T.  This really puts a damper on the iPhone.  Apple puts all this time/money/effort in innovation and going to market with features like videos calls, only to be hampered by cell providers.  The real game changer will be reformation of the cellular provider industry.  But in the meantime what will it take for the iPhone 4 to be a game changer right now?

The iPhone 4 needs to be offered on more than just AT&T in the U.S.  Apple needs to work with Verizon, Sprint and Tmobile to all carry it. This will give it more potential to be a real game changer.  Second, FaceTime has got to work with a cell connection and not just wifi.  Hopefully, we’ll get this in early 2011.  Third, FaceTime needs to take off as an open standard and get integrated into 3rd party apps like chat clients, Facebook, and others, then it can really be a gamechanger.

What is Apple referring to when it says iPhone 4 changes everything, again?  I think it refers to FaceTime.  Look for 2011 to be the breakout year for video calls and video conferencing on the iPhone and other phones.  Maybe the iPhone 4 introducing FaceTime will go down as a industry changing innovation like the iPod, iTunes, iPhone, AppStore, and iPad.

Apple doesn’t say that it’s introducing a game-changer that often.  Today was one of those special days.