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Calories is your personal diet, health and fitness trainer!

What Calories does for you:

  • Track, analyze and improve your dietary habits.
  • Control and reduce your body weight.
  • Track your energy-usage and improve your fitness.
  • Chronologically monitor your body data (weight, blood pressure, blood sugar) and set them in relation to your diet and activities.

What's New

Version 3.3.3:
  • Bugfix: Custom daily calories consumption will work with milestones
  • Bugfix: Weight entries added to the future by accident do not interfere with current data entered in the future
  • Fix: Activity strings type corrected
  • Some issues with Fitbit and other small fixes


OS X 10.6.8 or later

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Priosantos-Jan Member IconReview+40

It works well but there are tons of free alternatives (perfect diet for example)

Too expensive. Period

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Version 2.8.7
Maruko Drinking Team

Haven't used this app, but it costs about as much as two bags of Tostitos. Any app that gets used on a daily basis is easily worth $10 if it is significantly better than the free alternatives.

L0xby Member IconComment+50

would be nice if you could quickly add food items inline and integrate a simple search as a drop down there.

for example, i wish i could press Command+N to create a new line entry under the currently selected item or category, start typing and it autocompletes to show all matching foods, press Return to complete or Tab to enter quantity, etc. if nothing matches what I typed in, pressing Return would automatically create it as a new food item and i can enter details.

as it is right now, you have to jump around to many different areas of the window and click a lot, which feels a bit disconnected. process flow could be much improved.

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Version 2.7.1
Bit-Bucket Member IconComment+51

How does this compare to the free Loseit.com (which also has an iPhone/iPad app which syncs to the main Loseit site)?

Does anyone have experience with both?

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Version 2.7.1
Digital Fury

Loseit doesn't support the Metric system, which means it's useless unless you live in the US or UK


The LoseIt iPhone app isn't available in the UK iTunes store making LoseIt pretty much useless in the UK.

Ruben T.f. Member IconReview+7
Ruben T.f.

I've used this app for about 2 years since Calories 1 and it has some big problems: the speed of the app is SLOW, extremely slow. There are lots of features, huge food database but the app is like a snail and also it consumes a lot of RAM. Optimization!!!

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Version 2.6.2
Danholt Consulting Services (Developer)

Hi Ruben!
Any performance issues should be solved since version 2.5
Current version is 2.6.3.
In your particualar case I guess there is something wrong with the installation or the database is corrupted.
Additionally you can try to deactivate all unused databases and foods.

Macstorch Member IconReview+2

I am using this software since version 1.5 every day. It is a reliable companion for me and since version 2, I am really blown away. Even more, today they added tracking of activities. So now, intakes and activities and weight data can be visualized. A very handy and explicit credit indicator which is a kind of balance that indicates taken in calories against burned ones is my personal favorite now.
Now I can easily plan my day beforehand. When I want to eat something really delicious with many calories, I can look for an activity to compensate this exactly not overrunning my personal goals I have set in Calories.
One more thing is Withings. I am using a Withings Wifi balance since october last year.
This app seamlessly integrates my data from my Withings balance and fetches these data automatically. This makes this package gorgeous. Intakes, activities, body analysis and all the results of my efforts at a glance.

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Version 2.1
jdoe506 Member IconComment+34

Well, I've been using this for a while, and I'd definitely recommend it (as there's no other app like it). One problem though, is that it's lost it's snappy feeling. I don't know if this is because the more days and stuff you add the slower it'll go, but it is quite annoying.

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Version 1.3
Danholt Consulting Services (Developer) Member IconDev+6
Danholt Consulting Services (Developer)

We from danholt4mac, Germany acquired Calories. We will investigate in improving and extending the application.
First on our road map is localization and enhancements of the user interface.
After this we will add new features like custom meals and weight tracking etc.
An iPhone client is sheduled for spring 2009!
So stay tuned!
Daniel Holtwiesche (CEO)

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Version 1.2

Where is the iPhone client???? It's now spring 2010!!!

rspeed Member IconReview+82

If the app crashes, is force-quit or the computer kernel panics any new data entered will be lost. It seems the app only saves when it quits. This is a serious issue since this is the type of app I'd leave open most of the time. I lost three days of dieting data because of this issue. The developer didn't respond to my email.

There aren't a lot of features, but it has a fairly adequate and seemingly accurate (though inconsistent) database of foods. There are likely better choices out there for this type of application.

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Version 1.2
Konstantin Bender (Developer)

Sorry, your email must be somehow lost. The app saves all data when you quit Calories or close the main window or if you press COMMAND + S (Menu File -> Save).

I'm going to add a periodic save right now, will be in the next release.

-- Konstantin

Konstantin Bender (Developer) Member IconDev+6
Konstantin Bender (Developer)

=== International Versions

The problem with international versions is the food database. The US database is the only free one I found. A couple of days ago, a Canadian user pointed me to their database, which seems also to be free and has english and french food names. I'm currently in contact with Health Canada to incorporate their data.

Now to Germany: there is a German food database, but the license fees are very high and I am forced to buy a 'high volume pack' in advance. In addition, there are a lot of other 'inconvinient' liciense terms.

So, what is the solution?

My idea is to take the US or the Canadian database and - for now - do an automatic translation into all major european languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian). If it won't work out very well, I'll have to take a look at the national food databases.

I am currently working on an iPhone / iPod Touch version, which will be a complete redesign with lots of new features (tracking of body weight, fat, exercises, support for diabetics, etc.) and will make it very easy to replace and/or add other databases. I'll open up all this, so everyone can create a database and make it available for others to download. Of course, all this will go into the desktop version too.

=== Weight Watchers

Yes, it is simply a matter of one column, but again, the food database is the main problem. Where to get the data from? In additon, I don't want to bloat Calories with all the possible diets out there. Anyway, Weight Watchers is very popular - at least here in Germany - and I'll contact them as soon as I have something exciting to show and possibly make a deal with them to include thier food data. Again, this should be very easy to do with the new food database design.

=== Personal Note

When I started to develop Calories, the main idea for 1.0 was to just get a minimal version out. Because the US database was the only free one, I decided to concentrate on the US market. Calories is my first application at all and I am still a student. I don't have the time and the (financial) resources to develop a full fledged product with all the bells and whistles right from the start. Instead, I'm taking the 'agile' incremental way: Start with the minimal feature set and let it grow while listening to customer needs. Now here we are. I have set up a simple Google Group for this purpose and I'm going to further 'open' the development in the near future (with main ideas borrowed from the 'Scrum' methodology). The most important thing here is, there will be free beta versions right from the start. You'll be able to download it, try it out and give feedback. German and English are the development languages. Other languages will follow after the 1.0 release. So please, if you really like the product, participate and help me to get the product as *you* like it to be.

-- Konstantin

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Version 1.1.2

First of all, thank you for your extensive reply and for clearing things up a bit. I can, of course, understand that it is probably not that easy finding a suitable German (or any other European) food database. Still, it's kind of sad to know that this is keeping you from opening up the app to European users...

As for the iPhone app -- I'll be looking forward to that...! :)

As for the Weight Watchers options -- even without being able to used the food database, having a points column would be nice so that the app could be used as a daily diary where you just enter the food you have eaten and thir points value...!? Of course it would be kind of an expensive solution though in that case...

Also it would be nice if there was a points calculator included then, which is fairly easy to do...

Unfortunately I don't really think you'll succeed in talking WW Germany into co-operating with you on that subject though...! From my experience they are really tight-assed (sorry, but they are) and don't really have the vision to realize what's possible...! Actually they're pretty much the same in the US anyway...

So on one hand they would like to do it all themselves, but they are totally unable to get it right...but when someone from outside tries to do it, they not only don't show any support but occasionally tend to legally threaten developers to make them cease their projects...! It's been like that back when people tried to develop Palm apps, it's been like that with people trying to make a decent Mac app and it may be just a matter of time until they do it to the iPhone developer community...! :(

We'll see...

Anyway, I hope you'll find a suitable way for you to improve the app and open it up to a wider audience...!!

ry.ma Member IconComment+45

Yes, that is very unfortunate. Not to use for German speaking user. I would gladly have paid.

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