Just submitted the latest version of Meds Tracker to the Windows Phone Store. It should be available in a few days. Only noticeable change is that the medication name is now (once again) included as part of reminder and alarm notifications. You still need to launch the app to let it know you’ve taken the medication but you at least no longer have to open the app to know what medication you’re being reminded to take.
Just submitted v2.10 which adds an option to use alarms instead of the much more subtle (and therefore easier to not notice) reminders. This has been a popular feature request for some time. To take advantage of it just enable the “Use attention grabbing reminders” option in the settings page.
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.
- 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!
- 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.