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Version 3.0 of our Iphone App Now Available - Friends, News Feed, and More

We're pleased to announce that a new version of our iPhone app is now available in the App Store.  This release focuses on adding access to MyFitnessPal's social features within the app, specifically:

  • Friends: You can now invite friends and approve/ignore friend requests from within the app.  You can also view their profile and activity stream by tapping on their username.

  • News Feed: Your news feed is also now viewable from within the app so you can easily keep tabs on how all of your friends are doing and provide each other with support and encouragement.  Create new status update and leave comments on your friends statuses - all within the app. 

  • Messages: You can now also use the app to send and read private messages to other MFP members.  You have full access to your inbox so you can compose messages, delete messages, reply, and more. 
As a bonus, we've also created a new "Weekly" view on the Home tab - just tap "Weekly" towards the top of the screen and you'll get a weekly view of your net calorie goal.  This is a feature a lot of members requested, so we hope you like it.  
 
If you're looking for your daily nutritional summary, it's still there - just tap on "Nutrients" on the Home tab.
 
Finally, as a reminder, you can control what status updates get automatically created by going to the "My Home" tab on the website, then "Settings", then "Automatic News Feed Update Settings".  Any changes you make to these settings on the website will also be reflected in the app.  In our next update, we'll make these settings configurable from within the app as well.
 
If you run into any issues/bugs with the new version, please let us know! We'll look into them ASAP.
 
Hope you are all enjoying the site!
 
Mike & Al 

P.S. We will be bringing all of these new features to the Android app as well, so stay tuned! 

iPhone Update With Social Features Coming Soon - Beta Testers Needed

UPDATE: We've gotten all the beta testers we need and have actually completed the beta test, so thank you to everyone who has volunteered. We've submitted the update to Apple so everyone should have access to the new version shortly!  We'll update the blog, our Facebook page, and Twitter when the new version is available.

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Our next update for the iPhone app will focus on our social features.  You'll soon be able to view your news feed, add and remove friends, send messages, and monitor each other's progress - all within the app!  

The changes in this update are fairly substantial, so before we submit it to the App Store for approval, we'd like to conduct a quick beta test to make sure we've got all the kinks worked out.  If you're interested in helping us test the new version, please send an email to iphonefeedback@myfitnesspal.com with the following information:

  1. What device you are using (iPod Touch, iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, or iPhone 4)
  2. What version of the iPhone OS you have on your device.  You can find this by going to "Settings" on your device, then tap "General", then tap "About".  The iPhone OS version is listed under "Version"
  3. What country you live in (U.S., Canada, etc.)
  4. Your email address
  5. How long you've been using MyFitnessPal for (roughly)

We will also need the UUID of your iPhone/iPod Touch.  You can find your UDID by taking the following step:

  1. Connect your iPhone/iTouch to your Mac or PC.
  2. When iTunes opens, click on your device under the "Devices" section in the left-hand column.
  3. The "Summary" tab in iTunes should now be visible. Click the "Serial Number" label.  You'll notice "Serial Number" changes to "Identifier".
  4. Click on "Edit" in the menu at the top and select "Copy"
  5. Now compose a mail message to me, and you can paste that Identifier into the mail message. 

Please don't post this information as a comment to this blog post.  Instead, send an email to iphonefeedback@myfitnesspal.com.

Anyone can apply, but if you are accepted, we do require that you answer a few questions about your experience with the app, i.e. give us your opinion about the application as well as let us know of any bugs/crashes/etc. that you find.  We probably won't be able to accept everyone, so please don't be disappointed if you don't make it into the beta.  We hope to have the official app available very shortly. 

Thanks for your help!  Hope you're all enjoying the site.

Mike & Al 

Progress Update on the MFP Blackberry App

We know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for a MyFitnessPal Blackberry app, so we thought it might be helpful to share some details about our progress on the app to date: 

  • We are full-speed ahead on the app.  Following the initial launch of the Android app in early August, we immediately turned our attention to Blackberry, and since then we have spent more time and effort on the Blackberry app than any other project.  With the release since then of various updates to the iPhone and Android apps, I know it seems like we're spending a lot of time on the other apps and not on Blackberry, but that's actually not true. The Blackberry app has been and currently remains our #1 priority, and we're working hard to release it as soon as possible. 

  • Unfortunately, building an app takes time.  Creating any app is a lengthy process - you have to go through the learning curve of figuring out how to write apps for that particular platform, and then of course you have to write the code.  But Blackberry has been particularly challenging because there are so many different phones with varied feature sets - some scroll wheel, some touchscreen, different screen sizes, etc. - combined with many different versions of the operating system.   Each of these work in slightly different ways. Many Blackberry phones also have a much smaller screen size than iPhone or Android phones, so we've had to tweak the UI quite a bit to make sure the app will be usable on a smaller screen. And finally, Blackberry phones can be more limited in memory and storage space which has required significant adjustments in the overall architecture of the app. Of all of our apps so far, Blackberry has been the most challenging for these reasons.

  • The good news is that we are making great progress.  Just this week we finally have a feature-complete version of the Blackberry app working for one screen size and one OS version.  It still has a ton of bugs which we are working hard to fix, but we at least have something relatively functional.  

  • The bad news, though, is that we still have a lot of work to do to make the app work nicely on other screen sizes, other OS versions, etc.  We hope it will not take too long to complete that work, but at this point, we're not ready to state an estimate of when we'll be finished.  The app won't be ready in a week, but it also definitely won't take us 6 months - beyond that, it's a bit hard to say at this point when we'll have something ready.

Overall, we wanted to reassure all of the Blackberry folks out there that we haven't forgotten about you!  We are very very anxious to release the app, and we're doing everything we can to make that happen as soon as possible.   Hopefully this blog post gives you a better feel for how far along we are in the process.  When we feel the app is in good shape, we absolutely will have a beta test before we officially launch it.  If you're interested in the beta test, make sure to either Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter,  or check the blog here periodically, as we'll announce any beta test in all of those venues.

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

Mike & Al 

 

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