Now in its sixth year of existence, AquaticLog strives to be remain the best designed and most functional online and mobile service for aquarists all over the world.
Some of you may be surprised to find out that it is a one man operation and is not a full time job for its creator. Any work on the site is done in the evenings and weekends, taking away time from family and leisure. Yet it still continues and all three directions (web, iPhone and Android) are getting new features and improvements.
AquaticLog iPhone app is now at version 5.5 and looks better than ever: a large portion of the web functionality has been ported to iPhone, the interface is streamlined and beautiful. Lots of users are now participating in the beta testing. The app rating globally is at an abysmal 3.3 and that sends a message to the rest of the world and it is not a good one.
Android app has received a much needed update last year and is currently undergoing the same treatment as the iPhone. Its rating is 3.2.
It is your right as a user to feel frustrated when something does not work or when the app crashes. And when you give a Nike app a 1 star it sends a solid customer message to their headquarters. Indie development suffers greatly when judged the same.
Your annual financial support and app store ratings/reviews are what makes the app better every year. If you feel like making a difference, please go the App Store and leave a review. If you had left a negative review because something did not work, please revisit it to see if it's been fixed and email AquaticLog so that the feature can be addressed.
Here's a nifty new feature for you to use. You already were able to reference your real-time aquarium stats via AquaticLog Forum Signature feature. Now you can share an up-to-date photo of your aquarium on the web.
Head over to your aquarium photo page and click on the new "Live Photo" button.
This will take you to a webpage which is always the latest key photo of your aquarium (you can always choose which one to use, but by default it will be the last one you've uploaded). Copy that web URL and paste it to the program of choice. Here's this feature being used within Apex Fusion.
This is especially useful if you have multiple aquariums and don't have a live camera. Set this up on Apex Fusion and never confuse which aquarium is which. Every time you will upload a new photo on AquaticLog this image will automatically update.
Would you like to get an early access to the new iPhone releases?
AquaticLog iPhone app has been going through some rapid changes in the past few months. We have added a number of enticing new features: you can now keep track of your friend's aquariums, discover new incredible photos, the whole interface has been given a fresh coat of paint.
We are not stopping now, and if you want, you can review features as they are released by participating in our beta program. Simply email us at email@example.com and request to apply. Not only you will have new functionality before anyone else, you can also provide feedback and influence the evolution of the app.
As many of you had noticed, the AquaticLog iPhone app has received a lot of updates. It is now sporting a fresher look and a lot of changes under the hood that will result in a better user experience.
One of the features that was added is "Discover" page where you can keep an eye on the most interesting images that users upload to the website. More on that in another post.
We are just getting started with this round of changes, so there's a lot more to come. Keep an eye out for new features and let us know of any bugs that might sneak in.
Finally, if you have any feature that you'd like to see in the app - write in the comments below.
Happy Friday everyone!
AquaticLog website has been updated (revision #570, yes there's been 570 software versions of this website to date). Fixed a few bugs and have added a few improvements, you can now:
- Move inhabitants between aquariums
- Rotate inhabitant photos
- Friends feed will now include videos and diary entries in addition to photos
Thank you for all your feedback.
Historically AquaticLog has offered two types of accounts: a free basic account that gave users limited functionality on the site and a Pro account to unlock all of the features. iPhone and Android applications were always free.
While this had addressed the needs of the majority of the users, we have had a number of requests on both sides of the spectrum to either offer less functionality for a lesser dollar amount or allow users to access more advanced features and further hep the site financially.
We appreciate and cherish all of our users. And that is why we are introducing the following tier structure:
Free - this accounts allows users to log measurements via website or mobile app with some restrictions.
Basic - no restrictions when logging measurements and you get a few more options.
Pro - no restrictions, get up to five aquariums, upload many photos, Apex/ReefKeeper/Reef Angel integration, energy consumption integration, repeat activities, automatic water changes and automatic dosing. This list is always growing as we add more features.
Super - everything Pro has to offer and more (photo hosting, unlimited aquariums). Get this one if you work in the industry or you wish to go above and beyond in supporting this service.
Now the best news is that anyone who was a current Pro user in the past year is automatically grandfathered into a Super account. This is AquaticLog way of saying thank you.
Thank you for using the service. You can find out more about each account here.
This November AquaticLog will be turning 5 years old. The industry has seen a lot of positive changes in the way aquarists look after their reefs and there is now more knowledge and tools at their disposal.
One important aspect of reef keeping is to have a handle on water parameters. While some can be meticulous about every single parameter they can test for, others practice a much more lax approach and many are in between. No matter what your routine is like, you are guaranteed to keep keep an eye on your temperature, salinity and alkalinity if you want to be successful at keeping corals.
The combination of parameter ranges for a reef tank is as unique as your fingertips and may fluctuate daily. You can keep a low nutrient system such as Zeovit or can be completely off the charts for Nitrates and Phosphates and yet have a reef as amazing as Richard Ross' aquarium. Whether you are new to the hobby or are an old salt, you will target some parameter ranges.
We all know general guidelines and acceptable ranges, they are published in every book or forum article. You can try and mimic someone else's parameters. But what if there was a way to get suggestions on a specific set of parameter values that are unique to your aquarium?
Have you ever heard of Machine Learning? This Artificial Intelligence technology is what Amazon and Netflix would use to recommend you books and movies that are tailored to your taste. AquaticLog is the reef industry first to use Machine Learning to learn from 840,000+ measurements logged on the site and recommend a precise set of parameters that should take your reef to the state of equilibrium bliss.
The algorithm takes your current parameters (you can specify which parameters to use) and will recommend the adjustments or will confirm that they are in a good state. If you prefer to keep a high alkalinity system it will suggest different parameters then for a natural sea water aquarium. If you prefer to have low nitrates it will suggest a value for phosphates that is appropriate. If your system runs cooler than most it will find matching parameters as well.
This advanced algorithm would not be possible without heavy math, big data and thousands of successful aquariums logged using AquaticLog. We have been running this algorithm in beta for a few weeks and results have been eerily good.
We are excited to hear what your experience will be with this revolutionary new feature.
Keep on reefing.
Stay informed of all new features and improvements at AquaticLog.
In addition to Facebook and Twitter accounts, AquaticLog is introducing a blog service that is seamlessly integrated into the website.
Here you can stay up to date with everything that is going on at AquaticLog. Keep track of any announcements, new functionality, contests and events that are going on in our community. You can also leave feedback should you wish to do so.
Stay tuned and keep on reefing.