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Hi again! We’re back with our second installment of our “What We’ve Been Up To” series. We worked hard this past week to make the Birdhouse app better for you. Here’s what we did over the past 10 days or so.


Final stage before iPhone app 2.2.3 release, which will bring you bug fixes and future proofing measures.

  • This is going to make it a lot easier to keep track of medication taken regularly; better medication adherence, and generally anything you want to do on a regular basis or specific schedule.
  • We have reviewed all of the goals for this project, checked off those completed, evaluated the outstanding items, outlined remaining work, and went to town on the last remaining items.
  • Checked in on our beta testers, how is it working for them, both with direct feedback from them and looking in on the back end at how things were performing. 
  • Finally, as things start to wrap up, we drafted the app update notes for the app store, updated our store listing with some exciting new images and descriptions and such, and prepared the app for submission 


Began the formal process of work on Android app 2.3a – Menu Screen & Nutrition 

  • This is going to let you track and manage Medications and Supplements from your phone.
  • We reviewed our detailed estimate breakdown for Android 2.3a, which outlined exactly what will be accomplished during the first phase of this project, which buttons will be created, where they will lead to, etc.
  • We put together a summary for this proposed plan and sent to the team for review, discussion, and then approval.
  • Gave the approval to Dan and Carlus to begin work on this scope and sent along details needed for the working plan and new parts of the app, like the new recurring options to be included.


How is the app working on the Kindle Fire?

  • We checked in with the first person we personally know that is using it on a Kindle.
  • Did she want to leave us a review so other people in the Amazon Store know what they’re getting? Reviews are essential today just for the app to show up when people are searching.
  • Apparently Amazon rejected her review. She shared it with us, which was incredibly nice (below), and it’s unclear why Amazon rejected it. All they would do is send us their generic list of reasons that don’t clearly match up with anything in the review. If anyone knows or can see something we don’t, let us know so we can figure out how to make this work better.

5.0 out of 5 stars – *A *WIN* for Caregivers*, November 25, 2014 

While the Birdhouse team is still working a few kinks out of their app, I still find it to be hands-down the BEST app out there for managing special needs. I have two boys – one has Autism, the other has Down syndrome. To say I have a load of information to handle on a daily basis is an understatement. I’m thrilled to have finally found an application for my Kindle that allows to me to quickly and easily take notes, access information and track how they are both doing. I highly recommend this application to any caregiver who needs a helping hand with the information overload, no matter which special need or disability they are dealing with.
Amazon’s response:
Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines: 
The guidelines, while they go into minor detail, prohibit the following: objectionable material, promotional content, inappropriate content, and off-topic information. So… [insert head scratching gesture here]


Continuing toward the finish line with Birdhouse 2.0
  • We had our weekly Tuesday and Friday meetings with Kevin to review the new stuff and debate solutions the new web interface, so you can manage your care even more awesomely from your computer.
  • We populated data in the test version so we could really see what it will be like to manage real stuff like when they pooped and how that correlated to the moods we’re tracking or keeping their medication schedule.
  • Finally, we made a rough plan to work towards finishing this project soon so we can get it to all of you and start putting it to it’s intended use.


Routine Operations and Maintenance stuff
  • Checked in on app reporting for crashes and errors and anything that may need attending 
  • Did a writeup on our overall development progress to provide an overview update for the team
  • Wrote this for you 😉
Yay! That’s what we’ve been up to the past week. Let us know what you think. We always love hearing from you.