|Foodist: a Nutrition Management App for iPad and iPhone|
Copyright © 2009-2011 by Zack Smith.
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OverviewFoodist is my nutrition management program. I originally wrote it for Windows Mobile, but I've since transformed it into several apps for Apple devices:
How to Use Foodist for iPadFoodist for iPad consists of one main screen. I designed it to be quite simple to use. You should be able to jump into it and rapid-fire enter your foods and get out of it. There's no tedious searching through 10000 foods. I carefully chose the approximate 570 foods that are offered so remove redundancies and emphasize foods that a health-oriented person eats. There are a few "junk" foods but not many.
I deliberately designed Foodist to minimize the number of steps required to enter foods, and to make it a quick operation. I had to have it this way: I've been using the program daily for over a year.
Here are the steps:
At present Foodist's master list of foods contains over 500 common foods. These are predominantly healthy foods but I have added some fast foods, snacks and unhealthy foods (like butter and hamburger) on request, as most people eat these from time to time.
The Foodist for iPad User InterfaceClick to enlarge:
As you can see from the screenshot, there are numerous buttons with words and numbers in them. These permit you to operate the program without messing with drop-down menus or switching between screens.
In the lower-right is the nutritional summary, which tells you how many calories you've consumed on the current day and what the nutrient tallies are.
In the current version of Foodist, the top-left cluster of buttons are food categories:
The top-right cluster are food quantities. If you eat an amount that is not there, simply combine smaller amounts e.g. for 1.5 apples enter 1 apple and then ½ apple.
The lower button set also includes buttons for deleting an item (Delete) and going to previous day ← or next day "→".
Lastly there the Ranges button, which changes what is shown in the results area:
In order to set your kilocalorie goal, go into the iPad Settings feature on the main iPad screen. You can set it there.
In order to change between English measurements and Metric, likewise go into Settings.
The Help button provides a brief overview of how to use Foodist.
The Email button (a picture of an envelope) provides you with the ability to email the nutritional results text.
Hand-entered foodsI hand-entered a small subset of the 7500+ foods, and these lack the full nutrient data that the USDA provided for its foods. I simply copied the Nutrient Facts from the back of the packaging for the Other category foods.
How to Use Foodist for iPhone and iPod
Foodist for iPhone and iPod is a separate program from Foodist for iPad. (They are not a combined or "universal" app.) It provides most of the same underlying functionality (but not all) and the same foods as the iPad version, but the user interface is significantly different due to the much smaller screen.
Foodist for iPhone and iPod is also a navigation-based app, meaning that when you press buttons, frequently this causes a new screen to slide into place.
The iPhone/iPod Foodist now does support the Search by keyword feature from the Add Foods screen.
For screenshots, please see the iTunes page for this version of Foodist here.
Food RequestsIf you'd like me to add a food item, just send an email to veritas at comcast dott net.
What did the original Windows Mobile Foodist look like?Here's a screen shot: