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Frenchdiet is a nutrition software which estimates the ideal weight and the caloric requirements. For people on a diet, Frenchdiet is a valuable companion by allowing the monitoring of the food intakes on a day to day basis.Several analyses are proposed : detailed reports for 19 nutrients, food pyramid, food podium, mediterranean diet analysis, weight curve, diet simulator. Custom foods, meals and recipes can be created. Various help systems are available : complete on-line documentation, description screens and tooltips.

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Kal
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Positives:
- Choosing food groups from a photograph of assorted food actually works pretty well! I'd say it's easier than browsing a list. I guess it makes sense since our brains are already well programmed to scan a table of food at social events… :) This is probably the main saving grace for a user interface that is otherwise pretty dog-ugly. (It would be nice if the lamb and beef in the photo was cooked though. There's only so much looking at raw cow muscle one can stomach in a day!)
- Various reports provide some useful information.
- Even though it's not particularly well done, I like that they've tried to visually depict the appearance of your person as you enter your height and weight - that's kinda fun. (Do men really wear underpants like that in France?) And if you're curious to see what the fairer sex looks like, you gotta love the message that pops up when you close the window: 'You have changed the gender of the user [Your Name]. Do you wish to keep these new values?' Hmm…

Negatives:
- Ugly user interface. (It tries hard and has some nice ideas, but overall it's not pretty.)
- Possibly the worst implementation of numerical data-entry I have ever seen. Seriously guys, we all have numerical keys on our keyboards!!

When you quit this program it informs you:
'This program is not free. It is distributed as shareware. If you find it amusing, interesting or useful, please buy it. Thank you.'
Rats! I thought I only had to buy it if I found it useful… Those darn French developers and their amusing green drawstring underpants!

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Version 1.0.2
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This wonderful shareware has been in my OSX dock for a couple of years. I've learned that my best method for losing weight is to monitor my intake, and FrenchDiet does that and much more, ensuring I take DRI of vitamins, etc. The interface is a little cheesy in places, but it's an absolute bargain for what it does. I lost 30 pounds using it, and it helped to ensure I stayed with the program. The only way it won't work for you is if you ignore what it tells you or if you neglect it. It's that simple. It's well worth the little bit of time it takes to stay on top of your intake record. This developer should be given a medal for providing such a great tool to address obesity.

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Version 1.0.2
Roy Langenberg Member IconReview+0
Roy Langenberg
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I have used this program since its first version in conjunction with a diet plan I leaned at Duke Diet & Fitness Center. The 100 gram requirement for new foods is sometimes awkward, but nothing a pocket calculator can't handle. The developer replied promptly to a question. I found a mineral deficiency (magnesium) in my diet with this program. This is a serious program for serious dieters or nutritionists.

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Version 1.0.2
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Anonymous
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Nice software and I agree with the others. but its evolution is limited and answers to user's queries is usually very dry (it could be a bit more open minded or friendly sometimes)

the interface is usually quite hugly. need some drastic cleaning (the picture of the man is from the 1920's ?). maybe this can be fixed with some design ?

It would be good to connect it to a database to download more food information (and not being obliged to input as everyone probably input the McD. bacon double cheeseburger !!).

Some measures are simply not what we haveto face everyday : a cup of a banana slices is not what I usually eat when I ve a banana : a whole banana (most banana do weight more or less the same). anyway...

as a conclusion : more reactivity and connectivity. Not just getting licences fees and getting pontificating emails back...

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Version 1.0.2
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Anonymous
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I forgot to add a problem that I find with Frenchdiet. It is kind of short on user instructions. I accidentally set up a second user that I wanted to delete and there seems to be no way to do this. A way to delete users needs to be added. Thanks.

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Version 1.0.2
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I like this program a lot! Had looked a long time to find something similar for the Mac OS. I've used it for a week and It seems very accurate and I like the colorful graphics and features. My only problem is that I sometimes have trouble converting my customized foods to 100-gram segments and the program sometimes fights me when I try to add the exact amount of calories in a serving. Also, the program sometimes defaults to French, but I guess that's ok! I don't really use the whole USDA database and may delete some of it. I just use my customized food list.

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Version 1.0.2
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Downloads 3,391
Version Downloads 1,847
License Shareware
Date 01 Apr 2003
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price $30.00
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