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IPhone update available: Multi-add, notes syncing, quick add calories, and more

While we're very excited about the release of our Android app, we've also just released an update to our iPhone app which has several great new features:

  • Multi-add - you can now add several foods from your favorites lists at once!
  • Fast app switching - no more sync delays when you launch the app
  • Notes syncing - enter food and exercise notes on the app and sync them with our website
  • Quick add calories - lets you quickly add just calories if you know how many you ate
  • New serving size options - 1/3 and 2/3 added
  • Recent entry memory - now when you add an exercise or food to your diary that you've entered before, your old sets/reps/serving sizes/etc. are remembered for faster entry
We're really excited about Multi-Add in particular, as it should help make logging faster and easier than ever.  Here's how it works: if you want to add several items to your diary at once, you can enter Multi-Add mode by tapping the "Multi-Add" button in the upper right of your favorites screen.  Once you are in Multi-Add mode, checkboxes will appear to the left of each food:
 
 

 

To add multiple items at once, just check the boxes of the items you'd like to add.  You can check items on multiple tabs - all of the items you check will be added, even if the tab is not visible. You can also check items on search results: if you ate at McDonald's, for example, instead of having to search and add each individual item you ate, you can just search for "McDonald's", then check all the items you ate at once!

If you need to change the serving size, just tap on the food itself: you'll be taken to a food detail screen where you can change the serving size, then hit the "checkmark" in the upper right to save that serving size and check the item.  Finally, when you've made all the changes you'd like, tap the "Add checked" button in the upper right and all of your checked items will be added to your diary at once.

We've been testing this feature ourselves and it's dramatically improved how quickly and easily we can log our meals.  We hope you like it as much as we do!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, be sure to let us know.  Hope you are all enjoying the site (and the app(s))!

Mike & Al

P.S. These features will be added to the Android app in an upcoming update.  And a Blackberry app is in the works, so we haven't forgotten about you Blackberry users! 

MyFitnessPal Android App Now Available!

We're very pleased to announce that the MyFItnessPal Android App is now available for download - just search for "myfitnesspal" in the Android Market. Using the app, you can log from your Android phone at any time, from anywhere with an internet connection.  To learn more about the app, please visit:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/android

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, just let us know.

And please rate the app if you like it!  

Hope you are all enjoying the site.

Mike & Al

P.S. For you Blackberry users, we are working on an app for you as well, and we'll post on Twitter or Facebook when we have more news. 

New Feature: Food Diary Quick Tools

Here's a little Monday evening treat for you all: if you go to your food diary, you'll see some new links labeled "Quick Tools."  Click on any of the links, and a new menu of options will appear that give you fast access to some commonly used tools for your diary, plus two new ones:

  • Quick Add Calories - now that this feature is available under Quick Tools, it should be a little faster and easier to access.
  • Remember Meal - so you can save groupings of food you eat frequently and add them with one click.
  • Copy Yesterday - copy the foods you ate for the same meal yesterday to today's diary
  • Copy Recent - copy the foods you are for the same meal from any of the past 7 days to today's diary
We have a couple of other quick tools in mind which we'll be adding in the future, but hopefully you'll find these first couple of additions useful.
 
As always, if you have any comments or questions, be sure to let us know.
 
Thanks, and hope you're all enjoying the site.
 
Mike & Al
 

Sort Your Favorites Lists

We added a small new feature today - you can now sort your favorites lists alphabetically! Just click "Add Food" from your diary page and just above your favorites lists on the right, the current sorting method will be shown.  Click on it, and the option to sort by name will be shown.

We also changed the UI to choose "All Meals" for your favorites lists slightly. Instead of a "Show favorites from all meals" link, the meal name itself is now a drop down.  Click on it, and the option to show favorites from all meals will be shown.

Hope that helps!  And hope you're all enjoying the site.

Mike & Al 

More Android app beta testers needed

*UPDATE*  - we've got enough users for our test, so we're no longer accepting any applications to the beta. If you didn't make it in, don't panic - the final version is very close, so it won't be long before it's widely available for everyone to use. 

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Our Android app is progressing very nicely! With the help of our current group of beta testers, we've been able to fix almost all of the bugs we're aware of as well as make a bunch of usability enhancements. 

We'd like to do one final round of testing before the app launches, so we're looking for some additional volunteers who have Android phones and are willing to help us test the app.  If you volunteer, you are free to try out the app on the condition that you are willing to take the time to report any bugs or issues you find, as well as email us any feedback/suggestions/criticisms/etc.  Basically, we're happy to have you participate as long as you are willing to give us your feedback. 

If you're interested in helping us test this first version, please send a message to androidfeedback@myfitnesspal.com with the following information:

  1. What device you are using (Motorola Droid, Nexus One, HTC MyTouch 3G, etc...)
  2. What version of the Android OS you have on your device.  You can find this by going to "Settings" on your device and then tapping "About phone".  The Android OS version is listed under "Firmware version"
  3. What country you live in (U.S., Canada, etc.)
  4. How long you've been using MyFitnessPal for (roughly)
  5. What is your username on MyFitnessPal?

Please don't post this information as a comment to this blog post. Instead, send us a mail message at androidfeedback@myfitnesspal.com

Thanks, and hope you are all enjoying the site!

Mike & Al 

Tip: Easily convert your old meals into recipes

Before we launched our new recipe calculator, a lot of MFP members were previously using our "Remember Meal" functionality to save their recipes on the site.  If you are one of those people, here's a quick tip for you on how to convert those old "meals" into Recipes. Just go to our Recipe calculator at:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator

Then click "Add Ingredient", and search for the name of the meal you'd like to convert.  Click on the meal in the search results, and add it to your recipe.  Voila! You'll see that the ingredients of your meal have now been added as ingredients to your recipe.  You can then save your new recipe and add it to your diary.  Because those ingredients have now been saved as a recipe instead of a meal, when you add it to your diary, only one line item will be added. 

If you previously had relied on our Remember Meal functionality for recipes, this hopefully will give you a quick way to convert those meals into recipes.

Hope that helps! And hope you are all enjoying the site.

Mike & Al 

New Feature: Recipe Calculator

I'm happy to announce that we just launched our first pass at a recipe calculator.  To try it out, click on the "Food" tab, then click "Recipes", and finally, click the "Enter new recipe" button on the right. You'll be taken to a page where you can find the nutritional content of your recipe by entering in it's ingredients.  

Once you've saved your recipe, you can add it to your food diary by clicking on the new "Recipes" tab in your favorites lists.  All of the recipes you've saved will be visible on that tab and can be added just like any other food.  Please note that at this time, recipes CANNOT be searched for - they must be added from this tab.

We've also added an option to submit your recipe to the MyFitnessPal recipe database.  We're collecting submissions now, and once we have a big enough collection, we'll create a recipe section on the site where you can find new recipes to try from other members.  

In the long term, we'd like to make entering a recipe much easier - the process we launched with works but it's a bit cumbersome to enter in your ingredients and we think we can make it much better.  In the interest of getting something out quickly, though, we decided to just launch with this process now (which was easier for us to build), and we'll try to improve it later.

Also, at this time, the iPhone app does not have the ability to create recipes.  We'll be adding recipes to the app shortly, but for now, recipes can be created on the website only. 

As always, if you have any questions/issues/comments, please let us know.

Thanks, and hope you are all enjoying the site.

Mike & Al 

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