Join the CPT Beta Program Now!

We have been working on a nice upgrade to Chronic Pain Tracker which will be labeled as v3.1. This release has a great combination of enhanced stability and performance PLUS some exciting new features including:

  • 5 NEW Trackers
    • Pain Onset – Rate the onset speed of your pain using a customizable 1-5 scale
    • Pain Duration – Rate the duration of your pain using a customizable 1-5 scale
    • Other Symptoms – Identify non-pain symptoms you may be experiencing in conjunction with your pain
    • Milestones – Identify key points in your medical or pain treatment history (eg. surgeries, medication changes, injuries, etc). Milestones can be plotted on all date-based graphs within the Summary Reports.
    • Bowel Movements – An unfortunate side-effect of most pain meds is constipation, so tracking bowel movements can be a helpful addition. This tracker let’s you track frequency, quantity and type (based on Bristol Stool Scale).
  • NEW Pain Painter Template for migraine sufferers features a zoomed in view of the head and upper torso.
  • NEW PDF Reports
    • Beautiful, fully paginated PDF based output for both Diary Entry and Summary Reports
    • PDF Reports can be printed, emailed, and sync’d via Dropbox just like the previous HTML based reports (which are still available)
  • NEW Application Access Security
    • Protect your sensitive health data with this Touch based security feature. When enabled, a unique pattern must be drawn on the screen before access to the application is allowed.
  • ADDED – More helpful hints for new users throughout the application to help getting up to speed on the application.
  • IMPROVED – Overall app resource usage and stability has been enhanced

Beta participants must be currently using the FULL version of Chronic Pain Tracker on any i-Device (iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad) running iOS 5.0 or greater.

If you are interested, please follow this signup link to register for the beta program. We definitely want your feedback so we can get this version successfully launched in the next few weeks. Thanks!

Update 3.0.6 has now been released

3.0.6 Release Notes

ADDED – Pain Map Painter – The Eraser tool is back!
ADDED – Pain Map Painter – Drawing path smoothing option. Now enabled by default, this option will reduce the number of points contained within the drawn path while still maintaining the shape of the desired segment. This helps reduce database space and processing time. (Available only on devices running iOS 4.3 and above)
ADDED – Pain Map Painter – Path Overlap Detection. Now enabled by default, this option will scan your pain map to detect any paths that are fully covered by one or more other paths in the drawing. These extraneous paths are then removed to help reduce database space and processing time requirements.
ADDED – JPEG Compression option in Pain Map Painter Tracker. Now enabled by default, the JPEG compression feature greatly reduces the size of the HTML output reports. Up to a 90% reduction in file size has been seen when using the new default setting.
ADDED – Help Confirmation – New users will now get a second pop-up asking if they would like to continue seeing the automatic help screens on each new screen they explore. This has no impact on current users.
FIXED – Comment Tracker – 3.0.5 introduced a bug where a blank comment tracker in an entry would hang the process of generating report data. This is now fixed.
FIXED – Database opening process has been modified to better support schema changes related to software updates
FIXED – Some Diary Entry save bugs

For those of you that want additional commentary on the enhancements, here it is. Enjoy…

  • ADDED – Pain Map Painter – The Eraser tool is back!
    • We had many requests to bring this tool back into the Pain Map Painter, and now we have. The eraser tool enables you to remove any portion of previously painted lines on the pain map model.
  • ADDED – Pain Map Painter – Drawing path smoothing option. Now enabled by default, this option will reduce the number of points contained within the drawn path while still maintaining the shape of the desired segment. This helps reduce database space and processing time. (Available only on devices running iOS 4.3 and above)
    • You probably won’t notice this tool too much as it is designed to reduce the amount of data collected for your painted path, while not affecting the actual shape of the path itself. As an example, a typical painting stroke on the pain map model might consist of 20-30 data points (depending on how many turns and twists you make and how long your finger is left on the screen). The smoothing can often reduce this to 10-15 points which cuts the data in half. This helps both in terms of database storage space and processing time.
    • If you are creating very intricate pain map drawings and notice that the smoothing function is affecting your desired path shapes, you can generally overcome this issue by either using a smaller brush size and/or slowing your finger movement when making curved path segments. Both techniques allow the device to collect more accurate point information that will not be as effected by the smoothing function.
  • ADDED – Pain Map Painter – Path Overlap Detection. Now enabled by default, this option will scan your pain map to detect any paths that are fully covered by one or more other paths in the drawing. These extraneous paths are then removed to help reduce database space and processing time requirements.
    • You will notice this feature when you go to save the Pain Map drawing. You’ll see a progress indicator pop up indicating that the app is Simplifying Path Data. It will do this for both the front and back drawings.
    • Why is this a good thing? We have found that many users were copying their last Pain Map images into a new entry to use as a starting point. Although this is fine in itself, they were often painting over the previous drawing with new paths which added complexity with each time this was done. In some complex pain maps, we saw several hundred paths in a single drawing. This had a major impact on database storage  and processing speed.
    • With the new overlap detection, we are now able to determine if a path is completely covered by other paths. If it is, then it can be removed from the drawing without affecting the final pain map composition. This is a huge optimization when folks are copying their pain maps forward each time. For example, in testing we saw a drawing with more than 700 paths go down to 70 paths after optimization without any impact on the final composition.
  • ADDED – JPEG Compression option in Pain Map Painter Tracker. Now enabled by default, the JPEG compression feature greatly reduces the size of the HTML output reports. Up to a 90% reduction in file size has been seen when using the new default setting.
    • This is another big optimization for our users. Because our reports are very graphics oriented – graphs, pain map compositions, etc, we were seeing HTML file sizes growing very large when some reports were being generated. We have now switched to a JPEG format for the internal graphics which allows for significant compression ratios without much impact on the final images. Because of this, reports that might have become too big to easily email or exchange online have now become quite manageable in size.
  • ADDED – Help Confirmation – New users will now get a second pop-up asking if they would like to continue seeing the automatic help screens on each new screen they explore. This has no impact on current users.
    • When new users begin using Chronic Pain Tracker, we give them the option of seeing a help screen alert describing each new area of the app the venture into. We wanted to make sure this didn’t become too confusing for users, so we give them a second chance to either keep the help screens enabled or disable them so they can explore on their own.
    • We still maintain the option of simply shaking the device whenever you need a help screen to appear.
  • FIXEDComment Tracker Bug – 3.0.5 introduced a bug where a blank comment tracker in an entry would hang the process of generating report data. This is now fixed.
    • This was a bug that slipped by us in the last version. If you selected the Comment Tracker for an entry but then didn’t put any text into the Comment box, and then tried to run a report that included that diary entry, the report process would crash. This is now corrected and we apologize to those of you that had reports crashing because of this.
  • FIXED – Database opening process has been modified to better support schema changes related to software updates
    • As we continue to grow the application, the database schema also needs to change from release to release. This requires the app to update the user’s Diary database to the new schema after they update the software. These enhancements are to help improve the efficiency and stability of that process. It is something you shouldn’t notice as it is all behind the scenes.
  • FIXED – Some Diary Entry save bugs

Chronic Pain Tracker v3.0.5 is now available

Today we are releasing v3.0.5 of Chronic Pain Tracker. We encourage all current users to upgrade to this version.

This update includes a couple new features plus several bug fixes, including:

3.0.5 Release Notes

  • ADDED – New Pain Location Map template for migraine headache pain tracking
  • ADDED – General Comment preference flag to either show or not show comments marked as private in Diary History and Summary Reports
  • FIXED – When using the Open/Close buttons during the display of a Summary Report on slower devices, the app can appear to hang. It will now show a progress indicator while the app processes the request.
  • FIXED – Intermittent bug where database would not load properly on startup following the upgrade to 3.0.4
  • FIXED – Intermittent bug where App crashes when selecting a report type in the report selection window
  • FIXED – Bug where Database error is generated when trying to define a new Tracker Collection template item
  • FIXED – Diary Entry cell date/time values could sometimes appear out-of-order in the History view when scrolling through history
  • FIXED – Diary History report is not honoring the General Comment privacy flag

For anyone suffering with Migraine related pain, we’ve added a new template in the Pain Location Mapper that provides an enlarged area of the head and neck so that you can more easily document the location of your migraine pain. The template works the same way as the other male/female templates already existing in the app.

We have also cleaned up a feature originally included in the 3.0 release which is a private comment option. We’ll have more on this feature in an upcoming Post here.

As for the bug fixes, this release should take care of any known issues we’ve seen from our users. if you are having any additional problems with your copy of Chronic Pain Tracker, please let us know. Our goal is happy customers, so if things aren’t working for you, let us know.

Update v3.0.4 has been released

…and is now available for download from the App Store.

A key addition to this version is the enhanced Medication Tracker graphs in the Summary Report. We now include a Pain Reduction analysis that looks at pain levels following the taking of a medication and seeing whether pain goes up or down because of it. We have a big write up about this here if you want more information.

This update includes several bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Here’s the release notes list of items:

ADDED – Add graph to Medication report that describes impact on pain levels over time
ADDED – Swapping to an improved crash reporting system
FIXED – Report Output folder is common across multiple Diaries
FIXED – App crash when manipulating the list of diary entries by either adding, removing or updating an entry
FIXED – Older devices being impacted by prefetch during report generation process
FIXED – Bar graphs showing description frequencies should have a floating x-axis length rather than fixed at 100%
FIXED – The icon for “Do not include in report” looks too much like the default “Do include in report”

Update v3.0.3 has been released

CPT v3.0.3 has just been posted in the App Store. This version only addresses a couple of bugs, so if you are not affected by these, then you can choose to wait for the next upgrade before updating.

Those running CPT on iPod Touch devices, particularly if running iOS 4.2.1, are urged to apply the upgrade as this version addresses a problem some of those users were seeing with the Pain Location Mapping Tracker tool. Also, if you utilize the CSV export functionality, we have a minor fix for you as well.

Check it out. It should be available in the App Store now.

Update v3.0.2 has been released

Please check out the new update (v3.0.2) we’ve just released on the App Store. This update addresses several bugs and crashes that have been seen since the release of the new v3.0 format.

Most of the changes are behind the scenes improvements, so on the surface you probably won’t see too many changes. We did however, include a new Landscape HTML Report Viewer which lets you use the full screen to review reports. This should make it easier to do things like review the report with your doctor without even needing to make a hard copy of the report. Give it a try.

We do appreciate everyone’s patience in dealing with these issues. I think you’ll find the v3.0.2 version a big improvement. That said, we are still working to improve the performance and stability of the app, so if you’re seeing additional bugs or crashing, please contact us directly with info: [email protected]