We are very excited to announce that we’ve just released a brand new application, Calorific, to help you track everything you eat and drink throughout the day. We’re also rolling out some very important changes to CardioTrainer with version 2.6 (including permanent accounts!) so read on for more details.
Calorific: Calorie-tracking in two clicks
Our goal in creating Calorific was straight-forward: build an application that lets you track what you eat and drink, but make it really simple. Most of the other calorie-counting services we’ve tried over the last few months have required lots of work to use. There are long lists of food to choose from, precise portion sizes required, and too many clicks to make it an easy process that doesn’t get in the way or become a nuisance.
Calorific is different because you just need to say how healthy the food is (green, yellow, or red) and how big your portion is (small, medium, or large). Calorific recommends that you eat 60% green, 30% yellow and 10% red each day, and you’ll get feedback (from 1 to 5 stars) based on how well you meet these recommended goals. You can also see how well you are eating over the course of the day at a glance, and a history of past days to see how you’re doing throughout the week.
Lots of research shows that the single most important step in taking control of your eating habits is to always be aware of what you’re eating. That way you are consistently more likely to make healthier decisions. Calorie counting is always approximate, and Calorific isn’t designed to help you keep an exact count of how many calories you eat everyday. Instead, it makes it really easy to always lets you know how well you’re eating, without getting in your way.
This is only the first version of Calorific, and we already have lots of idea for improving it. As always, we are dying to hear how you like it, so please test it out for a few days and then shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know what you think.
In other news, we’re also releasing CardioTrainer v2.6 today. This update includes some very important and long-awaited new features:
- Permanent accounts. On the history screen, you’ll now see a button to create a permanent account with CardioTrainer. This will now associate your Google account with your CardioTrainer data so that if you get a new device, or have trouble with your current device, your tracks will be automatically re-downloaded to your phone. Thank you to everyone who has been patient when asking us to merge new access codes or had their tracks wiped from their phone. We know these problems were very frustrating, but with permanent accounts, these troubles should be no more. NOTE: Since this is the first version of this sync feature, all of your tracks will be re-downloaded, but without the detailed workout information. Don’t worry — everything is still safely stored on the WorkSmart Labs web servers, and upcoming versions of the feature will restore the tracks completely. This is just the first step!
- Race Against Yourself bug fixed. A big that thank you to all of the Race Against Yourself users for your patience over the past few weeks. The last version of CardioTrainer (v2.5.1) broke this premium feature (the track wouldn’t save after the workout finished), but the bug is fixed now and there should not be any more trouble when using it.
- Speed notifications. If you would prefer to hear your speed instead of pace during your workouts, you can now set this preference in the Voice Notification settings.
- Stationary biking fixed. The bug that prevented the stationary bike from counting calories has been fixed. This exercise type now calculates the calories burned based on how long you’ve been exercising for.
- More Autostart countdown times. We’ve added times greater than 1 minute to give you more time before your workout starts.
- Small UI changes and fixes.
Please keep that feedback coming and let us know if you have any questions or comments, we’re here to help and listen to how you’re enjoying both applications.
All the best,
The WorkSmart Labs family