Android Critters Retired

The Android version of Critters has been retired so we can focus our resources on our next version. Trying to keep the application viable on three different versions of Android (2.x, 3.x, and 4.x) for no cost and creating a new version was consuming more resources than were available.

For those currently using the Android version, you may certainly continue to use it; however, we will not be releasing any future updates and the application has been removed from the Android Market. If you need to re-install the old application, please contact us and we will e-mail you an APK of the last release. You can install the APK directly from e-mail, if you have set your security to install applications from “Unknown sources”.

The next generation of Critters will be web based and work on a variety of traditional and mobile platforms. By focusing on the web, we hope to make updates and fixes more timely and transparent. See our page on facebook so we can get your thoughts and ideas of what we need to make Critters the best personal veterinary record ever!

Thank you for using Critters!

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New Critters Version in the Works

I recently started working on the next generation of Critters, my personal pet health record project. The new version will be based on ASP.NET MVC and JQuery Mobile.

Pet data will be stored on a secure server and allow access to any device that supports a JavaScript enabled web browser. This will give end users a wider range of devices to use with Critters. Multiple devices in conjunction with cloud services and storage puts your pet’s information at your fingertips anywhere!

Check back and we will let you know when we get our demo up and running!

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Critters Development – Now Hosted on Google Code

Yesterday I moved Critters development to Google Code. This moved included the user FAQ, platform statistics and source code archive packages.  The latest source is available in Git along with all tagged releases. I also created a Google Group for users to post questions and suggest enhancements for the application. The current project page on this blog with continue to be updated with the latest feature list, screenshots and links to the Google Code and Google Group sites.

New Site Links:

I hope that if you find Critters useful or just have an issue that you need help with, you will take advantage of these new resources.

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Critters – Alpha Update on Android Market

I have released an update to Critters (alpha) on the Android Market. This is a bug fix release and does not include any new features.

Changes for version 0.2.0:

  1. Enhanced the form validation dialog with a more intuitive message. Some users were having problems saving their owner information and the validation dialog was not as clear as it should have been. The validation dialog now suggests that users check fields behind all form tabs for errors.
  2. Fixed state spinner synchronization bug. The state list array was not properly sorted and caused search lookup errors that would cause the incorrect state from the database to be displayed to the user. This bug did not effect the saving of a selected state, only the display when a user returned to the edit form to make changes.
  3. Added experimental localization support. Users in the U.S. and Canada share a list of states and provinces. This list is ordered with provinces first if the phone is set to en_CA or fr_CA and states first if the locale is en_US. All other locales show a country list that will store the two character ISO country code in place of a state. This country code is displayed below the postal code in the e-mailed pet record and other locations in the application where an address is displayed. Locales outside the U.S. and Canada use the ISO yyyy-mm-dd format to display dates.

If you encounter any issues with this release, please report them in the comments section. Enjoy!

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Critters – Users outside the U.S. and Canada

I accidentally made Critters visible to all countries on the Android Market. The current alpha release supports U.S. and Canadian English only. To prevent any further confusion for international users, I have temporarily restricted availability to just the U.S. and Canada. Critters is designed to support locale specific formatting for dates, postal codes and phone numbers. I will be adding support for more countries in future versions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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Critters – Alpha on Android Market

It has been a long time in the making and now the first alpha of Critters is available on the Android Market!

Final Features:

  • Multiple Pets
  • E-mail Medical Records
  • Locate Veterinarians
  • Owner Details
  • Pet Details
  • Pet Insurance
  • Veterinarians
  • Vaccinations
  • Medications
  • Medical Conditions
  • Weight History
  • Feeding Schedules

E-mailing of medical records with an attached photo is still quirky. If a record and photo is sent with GMail, everything works as expected. If the native e-mail application is used, the MIME type for the attached photo is not set correctly. This creates a slightly tweaked message. It still works; however, the encoded attachment data is visible at the end of the e-mail body.

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Critters Update for December

Critters has been updated and includes the following new functionality and enhancements:

  • New – Pet list with thumbnail photos
  • New – Pet list filtering
  • New – Veterinarian search via Google Maps application
  • New – Save custom veterinarian search terms
  • New – User stories added to unit tests
  • Enhancement – Owner list thumbnail photos
  • Enhancement – Owner list filtering
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