Wednesday, 8 April 2015

iPad version of app is available now!

By James Eunson



We are pleased to announce the release of version 1.3 of the Monash University Low FODMAP Diet app for iOS, which brings compatibility with iPad. We have redesigned the app from the ground up to take advantage of the greater screen-size available on the iPad, and delivered an enhanced experience that allows more information to display on screen at once. The iPad version also brings a larger font-size for improved readability, especially for vision-challenged users.

This update is free for all purchasers of the iPhone version of the app, and all future purchases of the app will receive an iPhone and iPad compatible version.

Also, the app has now been optimised for iPhone 6/6 Plus users, to take full advantage of the new larger screen size. This improvement has been a long time coming, so we are particularly glad to have this in your hands now.

We're constantly trying to improve the app, and user feedback plays a crucial role. As always, any suggestions, bug reports or general feedback are always appreciated and should be directed to fodmap.feedback@monash.edu.

We're hard at work currently on version 1.4, which should bring further exciting improvements to how the app functions, so stay tuned and thanks for using the app!

To see an overview of improvements that have been made, please click “Read more”:



1.      About/Booklet section
The About/Booklet section now occupies the full iPad screen, which makes learning about FODMAPs easier to do from the couch or other favourite comfortable spot. The booklet also has an adjustable text size function, if the provided text size is too small.



2.      Guide section
The Guide now has a sidebar, alongside the food information page, which allows quicker movement between foods and moving between categories without losing your place in the guide. Personal notes have also been given a facelift, which is great news if like keeping notes on specific foods.



3.      Recipe section
The Recipes section now has stunning full-screen width images, so you can better see the wide variety of Low FODMAP meals available to prepare. Layout has been improved for the iPad screen. The text size has also been increased, which should make reading instructions from a distance easier, while preparing meals in the kitchen.



4.      Shopping List
The Shopping List has also been outfitted with a sidebar, which should make keeping track of a long and complex shopping list of Low FODMAP foods and recipe ingredients a breeze, including a new search function for especially long lists.




5.      Food & Symptom Journal
The Food & Symptom Journal is also improved, with an overview sidebar that should make keeping track of your meals setup for your 1 week period much more straightforward.






Finally, we've implemented some often requested features in the Food & Symptom Journal:
- Reports from the symptom journal can now be exported to PDF using the new 'Share PDF' button, to share with your practitioner or whomever else you like
- You now set daily reminders at a time of your choosing to ensure you get your symptom journal completed every day.



18 comments:

  1. Why can't I get this information (as on phone app) on my desktop? I bought 4 copies of your book (extras for relatives and docs) then to find out that ongoing information is necessary to follow the diet correctly. Not everyone has a smartphone.

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  2. Pinned to the MU low FODMAP Pinterest board, https://www.pinterest.com/CCSMonash/fodmap-research-ccs-monash/

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  3. I would also like to access the app on my iMac desktop computer. Is there any way this is possible? Not all of us have smart phones . . .

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  4. Hi Emily,

    Unfortunately our app developers have not created a PC version of the app so it is only available on Apple and Android products for the time being.

    However, another option is to purchase the Monash University low FODMAP diet booklet which includes the FODMAP ratings of many foods on the app, alongside recipes, and FAQs on IBS and the low FODMAP diet.

    The booklet is $10 and can be purchased online or by sending Monash University a cheque for $10 at these links:
    http://ecommerce.med.monash.edu.au/product.asp?pID=317&c=103142
    http://www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/gastro/documents/fodmap-booklet-order-form.pdf

    Kind regards,

    The Monash University Low FODMAP team

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  5. How about a downloadable pdf? That would be much more convenient than waiting for the booklet to arrive internationally.

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  6. Hi Sam,

    We don't have a downloadable PDF of our booklet content.
    We try and get the booklet to everyone internationally as quickly as possible but it can take up to a couple of weeks.

    We're hoping most people have a smart phone or iPad and can download our Low FODMAP app in a couple of minutes.

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  7. I was intending on purchasing the app but my android tablet told me it was not a compatible device. Is the the android version only compatible with android phones (I, also, do not have a smart phone)?

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  8. Hi Melanie,

    The app isn't yet designed for Android tablets, we understand the app will work for some tablets but not others. We apologise that you cannot download the app. We highly recommend purchasing the booklet instead. If you're interested, the link is http://ecommerce.med.monash.edu.au/product.asp?pID=317&cID=11&c=184310

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  9. The app would be much more helpful if it included maximum serving size info. For example, I see I can have 1/2 cup of eggplant but can I eat a full cup or even 2 cups? I'd love to be able to know the maximum amount I can eat. (Also, is that cooked or raw eggplant? Have to guess what exactly you are referring to.)

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    1. Hi Star Dust,

      We're currently looking into doing this for future updates of our app. Stay tuned!

      Thanks,

      The Monash FODMAP team

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  10. I have the app on my IPhone but all I get is a message that it is "Preparing the app for use. Please wait etc." How long do I need to wait for it to be available or is this a bug and I have wasted my money?

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    1. Hi,

      We're sorry to hear you're having difficulty with the app after the update.

      It seems like a database upgrade failure which can be rectified by uninstalling and re-installing the app. You won't need to re-purchase it as it should be in your app stores 'Purchased apps' section.

      The app is also most compatible with the latest iOS upgrade of the app, so for the best user experience, we recommend updating your iOS software to 9.1. You can do this by going into your 'Settings' > 'General' > 'Software Update' > 'Download and Install'

      Thanks,

      The Monash FODMAP team

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  11. When will it be possible to download the PC version of Monash University Low FODMAP Diet app..?

    It will strongly help to read the important information and understand and plan your life situation, if you can read the text and see the pictures on a large PC screen.

    The smartphone is good when you stand in a supermarked and want to check an item, but a smartphone is to small to doo long time planning for shopping on a pice of paper.

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  12. When using the 1 week diary, is it possible to list foods and quantities (and have them count) and not necessarily use the pre-set meals?

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  13. The app is so helpful, thank you! I also appreciate that it's continually being developed and improved, and more foods added. It's unfortunate that some people are spreading the erroneous information that the exclusion period of the diet is permanent, whereas you have been very clear that it is temporary, and then we all get to find our own tolerance levels.

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  14. I downloaded the app on the android smartphone I used to have. I now have an Iphone. Do i have to buy the app again or is there a way for me to transfer it to my Iphone?
    Thanks,
    Sam

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    1. Hi Sam, unfortunately as Android and Apple use very different operating systems, we have had to design separate apps to allow for this. So yes, you will need to purchase the iPhone version of the app if you no longer have an Android phone.

      Best wishes, The Monash FODMAP team

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