Food and Moods Mobile 1.1 Released

A new version of the food and mood tracker for iOS has been released recently. The list of changes are below:

– Abbreviated the application name to “F & M” so the text now fits properly underneath the icon on the home screen.
– Added support for the iOS 7 look and feel while still maintaining iOS 6.1 support.
– Added offsets to food entries in the correlation view to address some overlapping issues when there are many food entries in between two mood entries.


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Food and Moods Mobile


If you suffer from digestive problems, allergies, nutrient deficiencies or unexplained changes in moods, then perhaps something in your diet is a contributing factor.

From the same author of the original 2011 Foods and Moods application for OS X, Food and Moods for mobile allows you to track what you eat and how you feel while you’re on the go. The mobile version has the same summary view to help find commonalities, in addition to a new correlation view, which graphs out your moods and meals in one-week slices.


For each meal entry you can track:

  • Date and time of meal
  • Type of mail
  • Description
  • Location

For each mood entry, you can track:

  • Date and time of mood
  • Description
  • Location
  • Rating of how you feel from 1 to 10

Unfortunately, the OS X version is currently not iCloud compatible to sync with the mobile version, due to a more efficient data structure for mobile. The OS X version may be updated in the future.

Food and Moods mobile is now available in the iOS App Store. In the spirit of celebrating the launch of the new app it will be free for a limited time starting in September.






iCaption 2.3.0 Released

iCaption 2.3.0 has recently been released, adding new features requested by the users.

  • The Preview is now combined with Play/Pause, which is toggled with the Command + P shortcut.
  • Added the ability to add subtitles on the fly while the video is playing, using the ‘[‘ and ‘]‘ keys in combination with Command for the new subtitle’s start and end times respectively.
  • Added trackpad support for the changing the timeline scope.
  • Two-finger horizontal swipe while the pointer is in the time line will move the scope one minute forward or backward.
  • The pinch/stretch gesture while the pointer is in the time line will zoom in and out of the scope.
  • Updated the documentation.

Announcing Loop Motion

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a developer unit of the Leap Motion device. This device will become available in Best Buy stores in May. In my initial brainstorming quite a few ideas came up, mostly around audio and sound…

Back in the mid-late 90’s a couple of friends and I spent a lot of time writing lyrics and making hip hop beats on our computers. Some of us ‘evolved’ from there and went onto hardware-only configurations. Back in the day the industry has relied on physical drum machines (like the legendary TR-909), but nowadays there are hardware/software solutions. There are arguments for using each, but either way you cut it, none of this is cheap.

How about a software solution which relies of inexpensive ‘hardware’, but it is ‘hardware’ that you never have to touch? Can we have a drum machine that is not a machine at all, but interacts with your hands just like one?

So currently I have a new software project underway called “Loop Motion”. It is passed the prototype stage, and now a working version is already in early production. Some of the features I hope to achieve are:

  • Touch-less, velocity sensitive hand gestures for ‘beating’ on virtual drum pads
  • Visualization of beats played
  • Real-time recording of notes played by gestures
  • Looped playback of the last recorded sequence while recording the next sequence
  • Variable length bars and tempo control
  • Load your own sound font or map notes to the virtual drum pads
  • Multitrack support*
  • Visualization of bars on tracks*
  • Multiple instrument support*
  • Effects*

*Items for future consideration, definitely not to be expected in version 1.0

This is a little different than any software project I’ve worked on these past twelve years, but I think it will be fun. Enjoy some photos for the meantime.

iCaption 2.2.0 Released

Another follow-up on the 2.x series includes mostly bug fixes, a more flexible timeline size and online translation search capabilities from

  • Added the ability to adjust the height of the subtitle timeline, taking further advantage of the multi-resolution waveform visualization algorithm, and allowing for finer-grained study of the audio track.
  • Added a feature to search for translations of the currently loaded media.
  • Fixed a sandbox connection denied issue after selecting a video, which may have occurred for users who have dictation input enabled in Mountain Lion, causing iCaption to not be able to load reference videos.
  • Fixed a bug (from 2.0.0) with Adjust All Subtitles where the durations were incorrect.
  • Fixed a bug (from 2.0.0) with automatic subtitle duration was not automatically setting the same duration that it was reporting.
  • Fixed a bug when the subtitles list is filtered by a search, and clicking on a subtitle will show a preview from the unfiltered list.

iBodyFat 1.2.0 Released

What’s New in Version 1.2.0

– Added an average (mean) percentage column to the data table
– Added a line graph showing relative drops in body fat percentage, weight and BMI.
– Added the ability to modify the date that a measurement was taken in the data table (after the fact), in case you are adding backlogged information.
– Improved number formatting, alignment and spacing in the user interface.
– Updated multi resolution application icon for hi-res displays.
– Updated graphics and documentation.


Foods and Moods 1.1.0 Released

This release adds printing support, PDF export, mood ratings and many user interface improvements:

  • Improved hi-res multiresolution icons.
  • Added the ability to print or export to PDF, to allow you to show your log to your doctor or dietician.
  • Added the ability to rate moods from 1-10.
  • Added average (mean) rating of your logged moods to the summary.
  • Added a prominent help button to the toolbar.
  • Updated the Add Mood dialog with rating and the other fields.
  • The summary view is now docked as a left panel instead of a toggled floating window.
  • Fixed some bugs with calculating the summary.
  • Moved the data filter (past 7 days, 30 days and all time) to the toolbar.
  • The filter is now also for the meals and moods views, not just for the summary.
  • Fixed a bug which caused multiple duplicates to be added to the available moods drop-down box. Previous computers which have duplicates will have the dupes removed after upgrading Foods and Moods and running it once.
  • Updated the documentation.

iCaption 2.1.0 Released

iCaption 2.1.0 is a natural evolution of the 2.0.0 release. While this is a point release, it boasts just as many improvements as the last major release but continues to play on the same theme of improved timeline based subtitle editing, which was revamped in version 2.0.0. The single biggest new feature is waveform visualization right in your subtitle timeline. It comes at zero loading time cost, but only sections you have played will be made available. There are also many small improvements among editing and previewing, and new options which put you in control of fine tuning and preview playback.

  • Keeping bugs in check
    • Fixed a memory leak in the time formatting code.
    • Fixed selection still in timeline after deleting or clearing.
    • Fixed a bug in 10.7 Lion and greater, where the encodings dialog was freezing when the “ask on load” preference was set.
  • Added waveform visualization of the loaded video’s audio track.
    • Waveform data is overlayed right over the subtitles in the same timeline view.
    • Waveform samples are collected in real-time for the portion you are editing as you play the video, so there is no loading.
    • The waveform visualization algorithm is highly optimized for speed and memory efficiency, even with a large video.
  • Easy access for fine-tuned editing.
    • Added keyboard shortcuts and menu items for start/end/maker area nudging/scrubbing.
    • Added keyboard shortcuts and menu items for scrubbing video to previous and next frame.
    • Added keyboard shortcut and menu item for toggling fullscreen video mode.
    • Added the ability to scope the timeline to the area bounded by the markers (e.g. full zoom to the marked area).
    • Adding a subtitle in between two others in the timeline will now be considered an implied insert; explicit insert is still available.
  • Further preview and playback improvements
    • Preview playback can now start from anywhere; there is a separate ‘Preview from Beginning’ which restarts from the beginning.
    • During preview playback you may now click on any subtitle in the list to continue the preview from that spot.
    • Updated the video playback controls, and added a progress meter.
  • New categorized modeless preferences window allows you to try out the preferences in iCaption while keeping the preferences window open.
    • Added a preference which allows opening subitile files to append to the current subtitle list.
    • Added a preference to turn the waveform visualization on or off.
    • Added a preference to set the start/end marker scrubbing amount in milliseconds, for fine tuning.
    • Added a preference to set preview timer precision in milliseconds.
    • Added preset optimization options for performance-affecting preferences.
  • Support for 32-bit Snow Leopard while still supporting Mountain Lion.
  • Translucency for the film cell-like application dock icon.
  • Updated the documentation.

-Jeffrey Bakker

iKeepActive Lite 1.1.2 Released

Added a new mechanism for tracking when scheduled activities are due in Mountain Lion.
– For earlier versions of OS X, the Applescript system is still used for tracking due activities.
– Rearranged the flow of information on the Summary View for ease of the new user.
– Added 4 more available activities.
– Quite possibly one of the last versions to support Snow Leopard and Lion, so get it while you can.
– Dropped support for 32-bit.