04-25-2012, 02:11 PM
iPhone 4S, iOS 5.x
Join Date: Jan 2012
Reviewed as MarcFizzy
on US store with 5 stars:
Your Delicious Calorie Counter
Viaden is known for the polished interface design and powerful functions of their apps. But Calorie Counter has taken it to another level. It looks as delicious as Delicious Library, and yet the app is packed with tons of features that will surprise you from time to time.
The UI looks extremely polished and sophisticated. It seems like every pixel fell as a tear from an angel. But good interface design is never only about prettiness. The designers knows exactly what they are doing. Since it's a universal app, it has to adapt itself to the screens of both iPhone and iPad. Of course, it does an amazing job. But more than just that, I am glad to find out the developers especially optimize the design for iPad. Whether it's for a horizontal or a vertical layout, the app always looks amazing!
The app is not just a beautiful app. It's useful and very easy to use as well. I leaned how to use this app in an instant. It's very self-explanatory, but that doesn't mean it lacks functionality. Calorie Counter has a huge database. So basically, all you have to do is add the food you ate, the app will finish all the tedious chores and boring calculating. You can easily tell your intake of calories, fat, protein, fiber, and so on. Besides, all the data can be visualized in form of graphs and it's clear to read your summary like this. The app also supports Dropbox sync. Now I can take down whatever food I eat immediately on my iPhone and read the detailed summary on my iPad at home.
Some suggestions I'd like to make:
1. iCloud, universal profile, and intergration
I hope an iCloud sync option will be available soon. I know this can be tricky. But it will not only make this this app a lot better, it will benefit all Viaden health apps. It's kind of frustrating that you have to set up profile everytime when you open a app from the same developer. I expect I can have a universal profile once and for all. For example, when I did yoga (following All-in Yoga), I can know how much calorie I burnt in Calorie Counter.
At this moment, the Dropbox sync can be done automatically. I think sync needs to be done automatically. It's more convenient for users. A universal profile can help better intertergrate all these health app together. Not only users who use more than one of these health app will be grateful for this, I think it will also help Viaden build its brand.
2. Barcode scanner for everyone
Although I prefer to type the name and search, barcode code might come in handy once in a while. For non-subscription users, they might need this feature as well. But typing the digits seems slow and old-fashioned. Since most apps offer barcode scanning for free, it seems unreasonable to charge people for such a basic feature.
3. Legibility And Readability
On iPad, most text is too small to read, such as "Cholesterol......" on the food screen. And I really don't like the idea of vertical text. Since the app can also track blood pressure, I recommended it to my father. But he quited using it only after a week. I asked him why and he told me the text was "tiny". Too bad, this could be very helpful for eldly people.
4. Automatic Diet Planning
Recently, I find a website called Swole.me. You tell it it how many calories you want to eat, over how many meals, and it’ll create a list of foods that’ll match the number of calories you want to eat, as well as have the proper balance of proteins, fats, and carbs. I hope Calorie Counter can implement a similar feature.
When you are about to have you meals, Calorie Counter will show a notification in the notification center so that you won't forget to track your meals.
6. Progress bar and quote
Show a progress bar (like the one on iPhone version) on iPad. And I'd like to see a quote or a tip about how to keep healthy on the first screen.
7. Minor tweaks
I also have a suggestion about the gear icon next to the twitter icon on the food page. I think, first, the icon (which is supposed to add and rearrange the nutrients list) should sit on the right side of "Consumed Food" section; second the gear icon is very misleading. At first I thought it was for the setting of the whole app. I suggest to replace it will a plus icon (+).
Moreover, I hope the text "tap here to add food" can have a button background. The text is small and not prominent enough.
The charts in the Summary need more polishing. I hope they will look like those made with Keynote.
I highly recommend this app to every iDevice owners. After all, it is a top-notch app. App Store has named Calorie Counter the best of the iPad Health & Fitness category in App Store Rewind 2011, and I think you will be impressed by its design and function.
Hands down to the best calorie counter on App Store!
By the way, about the Swole.me website: http://web.appstorm.net/reviews/fitn...diet-planning/