Friday, June 25, 2010

iOS4 Updates Submitted To Apple

As you have probably noticed, the Log for Life iPhone app in the App Store can't save new log entries when running on iOS4. We have updated the app to handle those issues and submitted an update to Apple, so once the changes are reviewed and released by Apple the fixes will be available.

We're sorry for the time that the app has been unavailable for use on iOS4. Until the update is available in the App Store logging by email is a great workaround.

Update, 7/19/2010 - The update is up in the App Store.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

BGNOW Graphs #bgnow Tweets

Today the Log for Life team is excited to announce BGNOW, a site that graphs and displays #bgnow tweets! #bgnow is a Twitter hash tag used to help people with diabetes share their glucose numbers in real time. We've been following the #bgnow tweets on Twitter for a while, and we were inspired by all of the people who bravely share their glucose numbers publicly. We thought it was a natural fit to merge Log for Life style graphing and logging with #bgnow tweets. You can check out the site at http://bgnow.logforlife.com.

We hope you enjoy BGNOW and what it stands for - honesty, inspiration, and knowing that you're not alone. We'd love to hear what you think, and always welcome feed back for BGNOW and Log for Life.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What Motivates Us: Simple, Well-Designed Diabetes Management

Earlier this week, blogger Nic Reade wrote a wonderful review of Log for Life on her blog, BeingDiabetic. To say our team was delighted to see such a post would be an understatement. Nic completely nailed why we created Log for Life.

We want maintaining a blood sugar log to be as quick and easy as possible.

From thinking through every aspect of our design to prioritizing speed of entry, Log for Life is a labor to actually minimize the time you spend with it. We want diabetes logging to be a part of your life - not be your life. While logging blood sugar levels, food/carb intake, medications and exercise can be a hassle, it does drastically improves your ability to manage your diabetes. We strive to encourage the habit through simple, well-designed software.

This is what drives us. The features we are planning for Log for Life are aimed at minimizing the time you need to spend analyzing and thinking about diabetes.

Also, you should really check out Nic's blog. She's written some great content there, particularly her posts on being pregnant while having Type 1 diabetes.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Glucose Graph Improvement: Customizable Graph Range

Our glucose graphs have always had a fixed range, 10-308 mg/dL or 1-15.9 mmol/L. Last year we added an indicator for glucose log items that are above the top of the range to aid in the visualizing of out-of-range log items. However, if you have glucose levels that are consistently above our graph's default range, it is difficult to understand what is going on.

Today, we've addressed this issue by launching the ability for you to define what you want your range to be. To change your glucose range, simply visit your Log Settings page and set the minimum and maximum for what is appropriate for your typical glucose levels. The glucose range will apply to all graphs, including the one at the top of your PDF reports.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mobile Logging Improvement: Notes via Email/SMS

Even though we have a great, native application for on-the-go logging via the iPhone, we want users with other mobile devices to be able to log quickly while away from their computer, too. We've supported logging via a phone since our launch, but we were missing the ability to log notes via email or SMS.

Last week, we added that missing feature. Now when you are logging from your phone via email or SMS, anything that is not a number entry (like g125) will be interpreted as a note. For example, an email or SMS of g130 Feeling good today would result in a glucose entry of 130 and a note entry of "Feeling good today".

If you're one of our mobile loggers, we hope you like the addition of logging notes via your mobile phone. Let us know if you have any feedback.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reports Page: Faster and More Informative

As part of an ongoing effort to provide more actionable information, we implemented some small tweaks to the reports page last Friday.
  • Much faster. The reports page should load in about half the time now.
  • Average per day. We now report the average intake of carbs and medication per day. This allows you to check that you are within the target that your diabetes educator has set.
We hope this makes the reports page even more useful for you. As always, don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New In Log for Life: Modal Day Graph On The Printable Log

We just rolled out modal day graphs in the printable log to make it easier for you and your doctor to review your glucose numbers.

The modal day view of your glucose numbers lets you find times that your blood glucose tends to be high or low. Reading it is as easy as looking for places on the graph where lots of points are near each other. You can learn more about reading our modal day graphs in the help section.

To see the new printable log with modal day graphs in action, go to the reports page for your log and click on the View PDF button.

Our hope is that this new feature will help make your visits to the doctor more about acting on your numbers and less about just reviewing them.