Introducing Meds Tracker Free

I just submitted a free (ads-supported) version of Meds Tracker to the Windows Phone Marketplace. The paid version will still remain and I intend to support both versions, ‘Meds Tracker’ and ‘Meds Tracker Free’, going forward. The only difference between them will be that the free version will be serving up advertisements.

I’ll post once again when I get notification that it’s live in the Marketplace and update the Meds Tracker page to point to the two flavors of the app at that point.

Refill reminder bug in Meds Tracker v2.03

Turns out there was a bug in the latest update of Meds Tracker. The summary is that the new Refills reminder support ends up crashing in what I’m sure is a pretty common user scenario. A new update (v2.04) was submitted this morning with a fix but users will not likely see that till early next week as it needs to get through the certification process. In the meantime, the workaround is to just not use the refills reminder feature and you should be good until you’re able to upgrade to v2.04.

Sorry I missed it in my testing. On the bright side, it helped validate one of the other new features, crash notifications, is working as expected.

Meds Tracker v2.03

The latest update of Meds Tracker was just submitted to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Here’s what current users will see when the update hits their phones later this week:

  • Usability improvements. Reduced the number of taps required for the most common user actions (e.g., taking meds). Instead of having to select a medication and then tapping the ‘Take’ button, a single tap of the medication will now bring up the ‘Take Now’ confirmation page. That’s now two taps instead of three. To ‘Edit’ a medication, you just need to tap-and-hold a medication on the list until the context menu appears with the ‘Edit’ option.
  • Refill reminders. You can now set when you want to get reminded to refill each medication. You’ll get a regular Windows Phone reminder and will also see a notification on the main list of meds when the refill date is in the past.
  • Shelve meds. You can now temporarily pause taking a medication and Meds Tracker will stop reminding you to take it, move the medication down to the bottom of the list, and no longer list it as overdue. In previous versions, many users ended up deleting medications they stopped taking as they would pile up at the top of the list and get in the way.
  • Streamlined several page layouts. The goal is to show more relevant information at the right time and unclutter the pages that started to get too dense.
  • New ‘Notes’ field. Each medication now has a ‘Notes’ field that users can use to store whatever they feel is important. The ‘Take Now’ confirmation page now also shows these notes which is particularly helpful to remember specifics around dosage information or other instructions when taking each medication.
  • Built-in Crash Reporting. This is something I recently added to some of our other apps which makes it easy for users to help us diagnose crashing bugs in our apps. This is one feature I hope no users ever see but provides invaluable help our debugging efforts.

Hope you all find this update useful and please keep any feedback coming!


Meds Tracker v2.02

Just got notice that the latest update has passed certification. That usually means users should start getting the update later today. There’s a fair amount of new stuff under the hood in this update that was needed for the next version but it does mean users won’t see much of a difference functionality wise this time around. Here’s what you will see though:

  • “What’s New?” notifications. The first time you launch Meds Tracker after an update you’ll now see a description of what has changed. Sometimes new features got in but users had no way of discovering them other than by chance. These notifications should help that significantly.
  • New Zinko Labs branding. Switched everything from pointing to my personal blog to the new Zinko Labs domain instead. The splash screen and About page also got a bit of a facelift along the way.
  • Slight tweaks to Live Tile layout. Nothing big here and probably not even noticeable.
  • Disclaimer. Not exciting but necessary.

I’m already working on the next version which should include some usability improvements and I’m hoping to get a few frequently requested features in as well.


Meds Tracker v2.01

This update includes support for a few more Mango features:

  • Live tiles support. Pin Meds Tracker to your front page of tiles and you’ll now see the next medication you need to take and when exactly to do so.
  • Reminders. Enable this on any medications you want to get a reminder when the time comes to take your next dose.
  • Fast app switching. Takes advantage of the new advances made in Mango when switching between apps. Meds Tracker should be really fast to switch to and from now.
  • Bug fixes. Fixed some minor bugs around tombstoning.

This release has several key features that customers have been asking for since v1.0. Very happy to get it out there finally.

Meds Tracker v1.9

Download for Windows PhoneI just submitted the latest version of Meds Tracker to the Windows Phone Marketplace; it should be available later this week. This one includes a much requested new feature that I’ve ended up calling “fixed” schedules as that’s how most users who emailed me asking for it referred to it as well.

Basically, the “fixed” schedule option allows you to maintain the same schedule you started with regardless of when you last took your meds. When using the “sliding” schedule option (which is what I’ve named the only scheduling model available in previous versions), the next time to take your meds is calculated based off of the last time you took them. This is still what some users may want for certain medications but the new “fixed” option should be really useful for others.

Note that you have to specify “fixed” or “sliding” per medication in your list and all of the meds you already had in your list will automatically upgrade under the “sliding” model. To have them use the new “fixed” option, you’ll need to edit each med, click on the “fixed” button, and set the next time you want to take that medication. The new fixed schedule will be based off that time from that point forward.

If you have any questions or feedback, use the “Send feedback” button in the app to reach me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I get a chance.

Meds Tracker v1.1

Download for Windows PhoneJust submitted an update to Meds Tracker on the Windows Phone Marketplace. This one’s a little one but should be noticeable as it has a couple of features that I think should have been there from the beginning.

Here’s what’s new:

  • List of meds is now sorted; next to be taken first
  • Added colored icons that provide status on the meds in the list
  • Bug fix: Instead of showing “1 day ago”, it now shows “yesterday”
  • Show time it was last due if it was due today; if it was due yesterday or earlier it just shows the number of days overdue
  • Fixed tile images to be better spaced

Meds Tracker v1.0

Download for Windows PhoneJust submitted our second app to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. This one’s called Meds Tracker and is pretty self-explanatory: it helps you track when you last took and when the next time is you need to take your medications, supplements, or vitamins.

This first release provides the core set of functionality but I’ve got a few more features I’m going to work on next before moving on to a third app.