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Punkish reviewed on 01 Jan 2011
I am conflicted. This is a very innovative app, with a great, albeit quirky, interface, and very useful tools (the Boolean tools themselves are worth the price of admission). However, this is one buggy application. Most important, the Undo simply is inconsistent and unpredictable. It either doesn't work at all, or it undoes wrong events in its stack. Other irritations -- the "helpful" dialog that pops up on every new entity actually becomes irritating soon as the novelty wears off, and is in the way of the underlying features. The "text to underlying vector" feature is highly inconsistent, with a behavior that seems to defy all logic -- sometimes the text is above a vector, at other times it is below, with no discernible way to flip it to the other side. Vectors inexplicably lack arrow heads (unless I missed them completely). New features created after a Boolean operation have very large extents (that of the original features) even if the new feature is a smaller one such as created after an intersect or a subtraction. Oh, and the application crashes.

This application needs some serious bug fixing. Plus, it would be nice to be able to export vectors to Omni Graffle, not picts. On the other hand, if Omni Graffle had the Boolean functions, I wouldn't even look at any other application.
[Version 1.0]

Punkish commented on 12 Dec 2009
can't make custom recipes (check out the open source Cronometer for how to do this), which makes this program (and many other like this, such as Calories 2) a major failure.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Punkish replied on 14 Dec 2009
I am sorry but I see no obvious way to add a custom recipe (not a custom food, but a recipe). For example, here is a recipe I want to add for a spicy egg frittata -- how do I go about doing this?

2 large egg whites
1 large egg whole
1/4 cup onions
1 small tomato
1 5" stalk celery
2 T skim milk
1 t flax seed ground
1/4 t salt
1 t olive oil
2 T grated Parmesan

Even something simple as above is a cinch in Cronometer. I can't imagine how this can be done in Healthnut. A more complicated recipe such as an Indian or a Moroccan dish would be very difficult to create and enter in this program.

Please do correct me if I am wrong.

Punkish replied on 14 Dec 2009
Ok. I stand corrected. There *is* a way to add a custom recipe, as described by the developer above. It is, however, very complicated and non-obvious. Here are the steps --

1. First, add all the individual ingredients to your daily journal, as if you have actually eaten a cup of flour, half a cup of oil, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, etc.

1a. If requiring a custom ingredient, add a new food with its nutritional value.

2. Then, select all the ingredient foods added to your daily journal, and hit "Merge" to create a new custom food (a recipe). This will remove all the individual ingredients from your daily journal replacing them with the merged food name (for example, "Cinnamon pancakes"). However, this action, for some reason, replaces all the nutritional values with nan (not a number). Seems like a programming error. In any case, if this did work, you would have to go in and edit the portion to however many pancakes you ate.

3. Let's say you made a mistake.... instead of 1 t of cinnamon, you actually added 2 t of cinnamon. Seems like you can't edit a merged food. You can only edit its nutritional value, not its merged component foods.

Another gripe -- can't do a free-form search. So, searching for "oil, olive" works, but searching for "oil olive" does not work. Without free form search this program is very cumbersome.

The program also needs something more than just eye-candy and food editing -- it really needs biomarkers and exercise history.

Sorry, but until the above glitches improve, I am going back to Cronometer, which is a very capable program at twice its price (free). I have no problem paying for a Mac-native, actively developed health nutrition program, but Healthnut is not there yet.

Punkish reviewed on 21 Nov 2009
Possibly the best of the breed.

Negative points: Not native Mac OS X (read, not Cocoa). Built with Qt, many controls are non-Mac like, and definitely are not polished. That said, it is not yet even version 1.

Positive points: Everything else. The program does a pretty decent job of sucking in PDFs and recognizing their meta-data. If no meta-data, it tries to recognize main components of a paper -- the title, author(s), year, etc. Has a built in PDF reader and annotator with highlights and notes. Can format citations many different ways (styles), has plug-ins for OpenOffice/NeoOffice. Where it really shines is that it also has a web version which syncs with the desktop. The web presence is fully social-networks buzzword compliant with friends, colleagues, networks, RSS, stats, etc.
[Version 0.9.4]

punkish commented on 10 Apr 2009
Pages '09 4.0.1 (build 746) has a major bug. Its entire Endnote integration is missing. I have verified this with Apple, filed a bug report, and they have "escalated" the report, whatever that means. If your life depends on Pages+Endnote integration, do not, DO NOT, upgrade to the latest iWork update.
[Version 9.0.1]

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