Welcome to the NEW CPT Connection!

Welcome to our new website for users of Chronic Pain Tracker. We decided to give the previous site a major face lift to improve the look & feel of the site AND to give us the opportunity to offer new and existing CPT users more information about Chronic Pain Tracker.

For now most of the changes are cosmetic – all of the previous posts, FAQs, help pages, videos, etc are still in place on this site. Your primary means of navigating the site is the menu along the top of the page. The latest news can be found under the Blog menu item. The rest of the items should be self explanatory.

In the future, we hope to offer some additional features to allow better interaction with our users and possibly even between users. In the mean time, we hope you enjoy the new site!

iOS 7 and Chronic Pain Tracker

Apple’s iOS 7 is here…

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Well, unless you’ve been living on a deserted island, you know that Apple’s new iOS 7 is here. In fact, judging from Apple’s statistics, you’ve probably already installed iOS 7 on your device, and you’ve gotten to see how different a User Interface experience it is compared to earlier versions.

Whether you’re a fan of iOS 7’s new flat look or not, it is the future and we’re all going to need to adapt a bit towards this new paradigm.

And so is CPT v3.5

In that spirit, we recently introduced our Chronic Pain Tracker v3.5 to coincide with the iOS 7 release. This new version includes a number of key UI changes that were required to deal with some of the underlying code changes made by iOS 7. Without those changes, the earlier versions of CPT can have some display issues when run on iOS 7, so we definitely suggest updating if you haven’t already done so.

With CPT v3.5, you’re not going to see any huge changes. You’ll see new picker and switch controls, etc that come with iOS 7, but our intention was to first ensure a smooth transition for users moving to iOS 7. Once that is accomplished, we’ll begin introducing some of the iOS 7 UI philosophy changes with subsequent updates.

Some have asked if we will go totally “flat UI” as Apple has done. At this point, I think we’ll introduce some “flatness” to the app, but we will continue to retain much of the look and feel that we’ve developed over the last few years. Rather than a total UI redesign, we’d rather put our resources towards expanding our feature set and continue making CPT an effective tool for our users. And that leads me to a question to our users…

What should we do next with Chronic Pain Tracker?

We want to hear from you to help us shape our future development plans. What would you like us to deliver next?

  • Do you have a particular metric that you want/need to track?
  • Is there a special report that would better communicate your situation to your doctor?
  • Do you want to have an ability to interact socially as a community with other CPT users?

We’ve already gotten some great feedback over the last several months, so we have some ideas for where to go next, but ultimately we want to be guided by our users, so speak up and let us know your thoughts. You can either comment on this posting below or use one of our other support request options.

And, if you haven’t done so in the past, please consider writing a review of CPT on the App Store. Your positive reviews are a HUGE help in driving visibility of our app. Even if you have written a review previously, please consider updating with each new version we release. The more our user base grows, the more resources and time we’re able to devote to bringing you the next great CPT feature. Thanks in advance for those reviews!

 

 

 

Chronic Pain Tracker v3.4.1 Now Available

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Many thanks to those of you that have reached out to us since the release of v3.4 earlier this week. The new Trackers have gotten some really good feedback. We’re excited to see what our users are able to do with these new features. And we’re already thinking about the next batch of feature improvements.

That said, the v3.4 release was not ideal. Over the last few days we’ve seen a significant uptick in crashes from that version. Somehow we either didn’t catch a few nasty bugs during our beta testing cycles and/or we introduced them during our final build of the release version. Either way, it caused problems for a number of our users, and for that we are very sorry and embarrassed that the issues slipped past.

Over the last day and a half we focused on resolving the most severe bugs and rolling out a minor update which is v3.4.1. We’ve been working with this version all day today and it is much more stable than the v3.4 version and should resolve the issues we’re seeing in the field right now.

We also worked with Apple to expedite the review process for this update, so that we could cut their normal 7-day review cycle down to a few hours so that we could get this version out to our users ASAP. They understood the importance this app has to your chronic pain management and we’re very pleased that they were willing to work with us on this release.

So, I definitely urge all of our users to move to the v3.4.1 version. And, if you see any remaining bugs or stability issues, please continue to let us know about them. We’ll continue to resolve them as quickly as we can so we can continue to make Chronic Pain Tracker the only pain tracking tool you’ll ever want to use.

Here’s the notes for both of the recent releases:

3.4.1 RELEASE NOTES – Released Aug 16, 2013

  • ADDED – Preference setting on the Sleep Tracker that allows user to determine the selectable range of sleep interruptions per night. User can now select between 10, 50, 100, & 200 as the possible limits. This was added for FitBit users that are electronically tracking interruptions and want to include that data in CPT entries.
  • FIXED – Bug causing app crash during Diary Entry process. This bug was occurring mainly (but not limited to) situations where Tracker Collections and/or Copy Last operations were being used during the Diary Entry process.
  • FIXED – Crash if Report listings were accessed before any Diaries had been created.
  • FIXED – Crash if Filter item was selected after Diary creation if no Diary Entries had yet been created
  • FIXED – Bug where comment editor was not accepting input from the keyboard. This was an intermittent problem that should now be resolved.
  • FIXED – Bug where the horizontal pickers in the Body Weight and Blood Pressure trackers were rounding up as opposed to rounding up or down depending on position of indicator between two values.
  • FIXED – Intermittent crash during report generation/viewing. Wasn’t happening very often, but we think we’ve resolved it.

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3.4.0 RELEASE NOTES – Released Aug 13, 2013

  • ADDED – 5 New Tracker Objects for your Diary Entries
    • Activity Level – track your recent activity levels and see how activity effects your pain levels
    • Blood Pressure & Pulse Rate – keep track of these important health metrics, plus see how/if changes in these levels impact your pain
    • Body Weight & Height – also includes Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation based on your inputs
    • Mental State – track your mental disposition, stress levels, and mood stability and see how these levels are impacted by your pain levels
    • Sleep History – track overnight and nap sleep amounts, sleep quality and sleep interruptions
  • ADDED – Ability to define a Tracker Collection as the default Diary Entry template. New Diary Entries will open with the collection’s items preloaded and ready to go.
  • ADDED – Cloud based Device-to-Device synchronization services via Dropbox
  • ADDED – Synchronization of application settings and preferences between devices via iCloud
  • ADDED – Ability to produce full page PDF output of individual Summary Report graphs (iPad only)
  • ADDED – Sound effects tied to app controls that make navigation more intuitive
  • ADDED – More diagnostic information to support request e-mail template to help us respond more quickly and accurately to your inquires
  • IMPROVED – Graphical Interface buttons and images improve app usability
  • IMPROVED – Scrolling speed of main Diary Entry History table
  • IMPROVED – Setting the slider on a Pain Location Map graph in Summary Report will be maintained when producing PDF report. Allows you to generate external reports that show an alternative body overlay image with these graphs.
  • IMPROVED – Storage of Pain Location Map drawing data to reduce database size and improve performance
  • IMPROVED – Overall App memory footprint has been reduced to improve performance and stability
  • FIXED – Pattern Lock screen on iPad display and performance has been improved and now functions as intended
  • FIXED – Pain Map drawing tools now remember last selected body type and brush width between uses
  • FIXED – Lots of additional bug fixes and minor tweaks
  • FIXED – When deleting entries from History table view, the cell sizes no longer expand when switching between regular and edit modes

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Customize Your Diary Entry Workflow

Simplifying with Tracker Collections

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If you haven’t tried defining and using a Tracker Collection, you’re missing
out on what may be a great time saver for your Diary Entry process. The
following items will give some examples of how to use Tracker Collections.

Normally when creating a new Diary Entry, you select the Tracker
items you want to include. That’s great for giving you the flexibility to
choose only those items that you need, but what if you always want to use the
same items in your Diary Entry? Then that extra flexibility can slow you down. But
with Tracker Collections, you can adapt the Diary Entry workflow to satisfy just about any approach you want to take..

Defining a Tracker Collection

To create a Tracker Collection, simply (1) Select the Tracker items you want
to include and (2) Then tap the “New Collection” button. You’ll be asked to
provide a unique name for the collection. Once saved, you can view the Tracker
Collection by (3) Tapping the “Apply a Collection” button.

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Using the Tracker Collection

Once defined, you’re ready to start using the new Tracker Collection. There
are a few ways to use a Tracker Collection in your Diary Entry workflow. Which
one is right for you will depend on your personal needs, but we’ll illustrate
each one here starting with the least degree of automation to the greatest.

Manual Tracker Selection

Although this workflow doesn’t even use Tracker Collection, I’m still including this workflow in our examples for the sake of completeness. In this scenario, the user wants to manually select the Trackers for each Diary Entry. This gives the utmost in flexibility and customization, and for some folks that’s a blessing.

When you first start using CPT, this is the workflow you’re beginning with. Now let’s take a look at some alternative workflows that might better fit your needs.

Occasional Usage

In this example workflow, let’s consider the situation where you sometimes
create a Diary Entry that utilizes the same group of Tracker items. Maybe it’s
your first entry each day or the after dinner entry, etc. The point is that
normally you use the manual selection of Tracker Items to build your Diary
Entry, but there are those times where you are selecting the same items as
before.

For those entries where you have previously defined a Tracker Collection,
simply tap the Apply a Collection when you open the Tracker Selection screen.
This will open the Collection table and you can select the Tracker Collection
you want to apply. With this workflow, you save a few taps since the items are
already grouped together in the Collection.

Regular Usage

Now let’s consider a situation where you’ve been able to define a Tracker
Collection for each of the types of entries you create. Maybe you’ve created
one for a morning entry, one for breakthrough pain entries, one for bedtime,
etc. In this scenario, you almost always select one of your predefined
Collections rather than manually selecting Tracker items.

If this is the case, you can change a setting which will automatically
display the Tracker Collection table rather than the Tracker Selection table
when creating a new Diary Entry. This saves another tap since you don’t have to
choose the “Apply a Collection” button.

To enable this workflow, go to the Settings tab, then Diary Preferences,
then Tracker Collection Prefs. Set the “Jump to Collection Table First” to ON.
Now you will automatically jump to the Collection table when creating a new
entry. That said, if you need to, you can always manually change the Trackers
included in the Diary Entry just like before.

Default Diary Entry Format – NEW in v3.4

For the ultimate in automation, let’s now consider a workflow where you want
to use the same group of Tracker items for every Diary Entry you create. If
this is the case, then you can define one of your Tracker Collections as the
“Default” Diary Entry structure. All new Diary Entries will be created with
those Tracker items already added to the Diary Entry, so you can jump right
into data entry mode.

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This is a new feature now available in v3.4 and later. To enable it, go to the Tracker Collection table and tap
the “Make Default” button on one of your Tracker Collections. That’s it. Now
each new Diary Entry will contain the Tracker items from that Collection. As in
the other workflows, you can still go back and modify the Tracker items after
the fact, so you’re never limited by the automation.

Chronic Pain Tracker v3.4 is Now Available

Five new Trackers for CPT

Five new Trackers for CPT

Available Now – Chronic Pain Tracker v3.4

We’re happy to announce the availability of our latest version of Chronic Pain Tracker: v3.4. This version some great new features, an enhanced UI, and bug fixes and stability improvements. We definitely encourage existing CPT users to download this latest version today.

Over the next couple of days, we’ll be posting more information about key features in this version including:

  • Getting the most out of our 5 new Trackers
  • Improvements in the Tracker Collection & Diary Entry Automation workflows
  • Data Synchronization between devices
  • and more!

So stay tuned and go download that update!

NOTE: As always, we suggest making a backup of your CPT database prior to loading the update from the App Store “just in case”. Besides, you regularly make backups of your database anyway for safe keeping, right? Well if not, try out our integrated Backup/Restore feature that safely stores a copy of your database in a linked Dropbox folder. It’s been available since our earlier v3.x update, so there’s no excuse for not using it.

Release Note Details

ADDED – 5 New Tracker Objects for your Diary Entries

* ACTIVITY LEVEL – track your recent activity levels and see how activity effects your pain levels
* BLOOD PRESSURE & PULSE RATE – keep track of these important health metrics, plus see how/if changes in these levels impact your pain
* BODY WEIGHT, HEIGHT & BMI – also includes Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation based on your inputs
* MENTAL STATE – track your mental disposition, stress levels, and mood stability and see how these levels are impacted by your pain levels
* SLEEP HISTORY – track overnight and nap sleep amounts, sleep quality and sleep interruptions

ADDED – Ability to define a Tracker Collection as the default Diary Entry template. New Diary Entries will open with the collection’s items preloaded and ready to go.
ADDED – Cloud based Device-to-Device synchronization services via Dropbox
ADDED – Synchronization of application settings and preferences between devices via iCloud
ADDED – Ability to produce full-page PDF output of individual Summary Report graphs (iPad only)
ADDED – Sound effects tied to app controls that make navigation more intuitive
ADDED – More diagnostic information to support request e-mail template to help us respond more quickly and accurately to your inquires
IMPROVED – Graphical Interface buttons and images improve app usability
IMPROVED – Scrolling speed of main Diary Entry History table
IMPROVED – Setting the slider on a Pain Location Map graph in Summary Report will be maintained when producing PDF report. Allows you to generate external reports that show an alternative body overlay image with these graphs.
IMPROVED – Storage of Pain Location Map drawing data to reduce database size and improve performance
IMPROVED – Overall App memory footprint has been reduced to improve performance and stability
FIXED – Pattern Lock screen on iPad display and performance has been improved and now functions as intended
FIXED – Pain Map drawing tools now remember last selected body type and brush width between uses
FIXED – Lots of additional bug fixes and minor tweaks
FIXED – When deleting entries from History table view, the cell sizes no longer expand when switching between regular and edit modes

 

 

 

iPad UI is Now Available for Chronic Pain Tracker

We just recently (Feb 17) released Chronic Pain Tracker v3.3 to the Apple App Store, and with it, the new native iPad UI for the app. If you haven’t already upgraded to the latest version, please do so – especially if you use CPT on an iPad device.

So far we’ve gotten some really good feedback from users about the new interface. We tried to keep the same overall CPT workflow and concepts while taking advantage of the additional screen real-estate of the iPad. As you can see from the screen shots below, the new interface packs a whole lot more information into each view.

Tap on one of the screens below to see more of the new iPad UI…

 

One of the key aspects of our iPad interface is that it is offered as part of the “universal” CPT app, which means that the same app runs on both iPhone and iPad. So, you only have to buy the app once, regardless of which device(s) you’re running it on.

To all of our Beta Testers, we’d like to thank you for helping us make this such a great release. For those of you that signed up for the Beta program a bit later and weren’t included in this release iteration, I hope we can count on you to be part of future Beta releases.

Right now we are going through some minor updates to v3.3 to correct the inevitable minor bugs that pop up. We expect one more update release (v3.3.2) before we get back to focusing on new feature development for the next major release in the next few months.

In the meantime, we always love to hear from you, so let us know how CPT is helping you, and if you’re willing to share that story with others, please review our app on iTunes. It’s great reviews from our users that help make it possible for us to continue developing this app. Thank you!