I have been using DiabeticPIM for a long time, and for the most part, I really like it. It has almost everything I need, and I found the food database excellent. It is easy to use and has some nice reporting features that I used to publish on my website. They also recently released a desktop component, which is very nice as well.
However, I’m not sure how active the developer is. I am having a problem where when I purge my past data, it wipes out my basal rates too! Then I have to re-enter them, which creates a “Basal Rate Change” entry in my logbook. Makes people think that I’m mucking with my basal rates every week or so! I wrote the support address on 12/29/04 and have not heard back. I’ve also sent in several suggestions for features/enhancements and didn’t get any response there either. Not that a response is required for enhancement requests, but it certainly is for support requests!!
One of the features I’m missing is the ability to have different ratios for different times of the day. For example, during the day, I take 1 unit of Humalog to cover 8 grams of carbs. However, in the morning, that ratio is more like 1 unit of Humalog to cover 5.8 grams of carbs. So, even using this software, I still have to pull out the calculator for breakfast.
I have some features that I think are required (some higher priority or importance than others) and others that are just desired. I intend to compile a list of those things, then compare that against the available software, and see what best matches up.
There do not seem to be many people developing software for tracking diabetes (type 1 or 2). There is a handful, but not enough to make things competitive. I want something in the league of Pocket Informant and SBSH’s Pocket Breeze – you know, quality, robust, all-encompassing software.
If you know of any or have something you particularly like, comment on this post.
I’ll add another post when I find something I like (or settle on). Maybe I’ll compile my list of features I want and start marketing the idea to some of the prominent pocket pc developers out there… See if I can talk anyone into taking the project on! That’s pretty ambitious, and who knows if I’ll take it that far – but big things start with little ideas.