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Giveaway of the day — Smart Diary Suite 4.5 Medical Edition

Your life could be organized better and Smart Diary Suite will help you take control of your life.
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Smart Diary Suite 4.5 Medical Edition was available as a giveaway on August 19, 2010!

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Smart Diary Suite is more than a simple Diary or a Personal Information Manager (PIM). You can plot your exercise program against your diary of health notes and see how they interact. Add information about changes in your diet and see how these changes have affected your health and activity levels. In addition to using informative graphs to show you how your choices affect your life, SDS has all of the functions that you would expect in a PIM.

Key features:

  • Quickly see what's coming up
  • Keep everyday records and see your life
  • Be organized and ready
  • Stay focused and determined
  • Never lose anything and find information quickly
  • Eat healthy and tasty
  • Stay healthy and relaxed
  • Be in touch with others

Today the Developer is going to reward the best improvement suggestion with a personal license for Smart Diary Suite 4.5 Medical Edition. So share your valuable ideas and win the prize!

Use Idea Informer widget to submit your feedback and do not forget to fill in your name and e-mail – otherwise the Developer will not be able to contact you in case you are the one to win!

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Publisher:

Programming Sunrise

Homepage:

http://www.sdiary.com/

File Size:

11.8 MB

Price:

$69.95

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#77

I downloaded the free version and installed. When I run it I get the Microsoft Visual c++ runtime library error. I cleaned my registry with PC tool registry mechanic and no use. Am getting the same error. Help needed.

Venkat

Reply   |   Comment by A K Venkat  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#76

@Gail- You can still get those life factors back by installing them yourself (importing packs or making your own).

Not sure why my original post stayed in the "awaiting moderation" limbo, never to be seen again :(

Reply   |   Comment by stace  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

I have decided to let GAOTD users have one free update for SDS. So, you will be able to update the current 4.5.0 to 4.5.1. However, no updates after 4.5.1 will be available. This is done because there was some very good feedback and some issues were found by GAOTD users, so I feel its fair those people get the benefit of a better version (and everyone else as well).

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis Volodomanov  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#74

It is a great programme & my only problems were my own fault via deleting some "life factors" & then needing to delete (found to be essential) then reinstall to get some of them back. For some reason some are still missing & it is too late now for me to repeat the installation. Many thanks to the writer & to GOTD for this great offer

Reply   |   Comment by Gail  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

I'm tired of people drastically hurting the developers with false security warnings. Themida doesn't do anything, and although copy-protection may reduce compatibility somewhat, just about any program will fail to run on someone's system due to conflicting software, missing updates, or OS damage on that PC.

Themida has no effect on decent security software. Not being able to see into packed executables is largely irrelevant, all decent security software will monitor behavior, which Themida can't conceal. And for the last time, Themida isn't installing any portion of itself into your OS. Themida never causes me problems, some other copy-protection schemes are highly irritating.

If you need decent security software, Agnitum still has Outpost Security Suite Pro available for half price.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#72

Fortunately I have installed the program in time. My suggestion to establish an online community to share experiences, templates and ideas has already been realized, so I copy here only the text from the homepage of the developper: The Community feature lets you interact with other users of the software. Exchange ideas and Life Factors, share recipes, ask questions or suggest features - all from one, easy to use interface. It's free to join and use, so download a trial copy of Smart Diary Suite or purchase one today and begin to explore!

Hope the best for all of you!

Reply   |   Comment by Loqman  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#71

Hello all,

Thank you for the great comments, ideas and suggestions. I will be picking several ideas and awarding them with a full free Medical edition license over the next couple of days.

Please feel free to contact me directly via e-mail or through the forums on SDS' site for any technical or other issues and I'll be more than happy to help you out.

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis Volodomanov  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#70

Can't get the portable version to launch. Double-clicking the exe results in the SDS4 splash screen with the message "Welcome to your trial edition, initializing sound".
(WinXP Pro SP3, exe is on a USB drive).


Any suggestions, Programming Sunrise?

Reply   |   Comment by webdancer  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#69

As one who values journal writing highly, this program is a God-send. It is designed to stimulate daily journal writing, which is exactly what I have needed for a long while to motivate me to regularly keep a journal. It appears to place an appropriate emphasis on health, as well as various aspects of life. I love graphs and apparently this provides a useful graphing function. This is an ingeniously designed program. I look forward to learning how to use it. THANK YOU!

Reply   |   Comment by Gno Weh  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#68

There is only one thing I would add, that being the name of the person somewhere on the panels that you are working on. If you have more than one person, such as myself and my brother, who i have to keep records, it would please me no end. My brother had MS, and has to take a series of medications, exercises, doctor' sappointments, etc, etc.

I found this program easy to use, and very beneficial, it certainly cuts down on the paper work that I have had to use daily.

Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Brenda  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#67

Further info:

(1) Commenter #9 ATW provided this link:
http://www.alwinhoogerdijk.com/2009/12/24/protecting-software-with-themida/

The developer, Alwin, writes in the above blog that he was initially impressed with Themida (December 2009), and had just a few complaints out of thousands of customers. But if you read through to the end, he concludes (August 2010) "...To answer your question: no, sales didn’t go up while using Themida. In the meantime, more incompatibility problems have appeared, so we have stopped using Themida for most of our products..."

(He also writes that, in his experience, unprotected programs were hacked in one day; protected (using something other than Themida) were hacked in one week.

(2) I uploaded Smart Diary Suite 4.5 Medical Edition to www.virustotal.com -- final score 0/42 (no viruses detected by 42 AV programs).

So, the "incompatibilities" can show up elsewhere; at least they were not with these 42 AVs.

I downloaded the FREE version of Smart Diary from the developer's website; haven't installed it. Is this one also protected? Also saw a reference to a PORTABLE version there.

Reply   |   Comment by MichaelC  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#66

If themidia complains about perfectly legit tools like sysinternals process explorer which have no crack/hack featureset then for me it's invasive and draconian. Any GAOTD offering reporting themidia error messages on my system will have instaltion halted if it happens during instalation or be uninstalled if it happens post install, seen it happen just because there is a debugger registered on my system... debuggers are not hack tools they are developer tools and only take action on exceptions and dont give any usefull information if used on non-debug production builds.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#65

This looks like a really nice program; I won't download it though due to the use of Themida .exe protector. (Thanks to mike for the McAfee link to the "Who Digs the Elephant Trap" article, and to #2 Jim Stone who first pointed it out) Pity, it looks like a quality program, and one that would be useful in many ways.

I download a lot here, and Smart Diary Suite 4.5 Medical Edition seems one of the better offerings. I'm not a tech at all now, but in the 1980's (using DOS, and the pioneer VisiCalc, excellent dBase suite & other "stand-alone" programs) was a software specialist for microcomputers, after working for IBM a while. My instincts are to leave today's program alone.

One could argue as the author of "...Elephant Trap" does, that the use of protectors like Themida contributes to malware development, and that's certainly a point. But I go by my instincts, along with experience. As one writer (#33 Ben) pointed out, he had a conflict with something, and was unable to easily determine what. Seems the user in this case bears the burden of potential slowdowns while the AV tries to determine what's behind the Themida or other protector. And what does it leave behind after uninstallation? More potential for messing up a system that a program without it.

So...my suggestion to today's developer is this: re-offer your program without Themida -- this makes it more user-friendly to your customers, and thus more likely to be downloaded/purchased. Also, state openly on your website that Themida is being used (full disclosure) -- customers have a right to know what they are getting.

I appreciate the developer being here today participating, and also his offering one or more free copies of today's software.

Bottom line: It looks like an outstanding program. I will pass, though, on installing Themida.

Reply   |   Comment by MichaelC  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

I'm yet another one who won't install it with Themidia. Yes; it can be harmless, but No, I won't take the risk. It's too often obfuscation of something harmful. To quote that article Mike referenced above:


Commercial protectors are especially loved by malware writers because they can put a protective envelope on top of, say, their spam-bot and it will be well hidden inside. Additionally, it will now really look more like a legitimate file obfuscated with the same protector. Malware writers use this trick more and more frequently.

...

The point is that software protectors are just not a secure software technology any longer because they have been misused so much. Do not use it if you can avoid it.


I'm sure the author is legit, but I'm not going to compromise my system integrity by installing software that often is not, nor change my security settings to allow it in THIS case, thereby opening the door to it in ANOTHER case that may not be so benign.

Reply   |   Comment by Hamsterhuey  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Is Themida copy protection system bad or good?
I googled it and only 2 items came up in english threads post 100 or more advanced searchs anytime. one post is from 2007 and the other one is a 2005 post. if you try 1 month or 1 year you come here because the only thing that shows up is today's post from here. used themida copy protection system in search word box. give us some info or links to this, please, so that we can make up our on minds.

Reply   |   Comment by marcy lee  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

I liked this program,installed on XPSP3 and registered with no problems. This program collects in one app info that I was trying to keep in 2 or 3 different ones. Thanks to Dennis and GOTD. I do have two suggestions, old eyes would appreciate the ability to enlarge the icons,and I haven't found a way to have a grid to use in some of the modules. Thanks again.

Reply   |   Comment by Xinnia1  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#61

Thanks to both GAOTD and the Programming Sunrise Company for making Smart Diary Suite available. And many, many thanks to Dennis Volodomanov for his postings and the offer to reward the best suggestion with a free personal license. What a marvelous idea - I hope that many other software companies will make the same offer!

From what I have read in the comments (especially post no. 46 by rizla01), I have no need for the software, since it is too medically oriented. But I hope Programming Sunrise will use GAOTD to give away a similar, but for more general use, program .

I would definitely use such a program providing it did not use Themida copy protection .

I'm nowhere close to being an expert pc user, so I have to rely on advice from what I believe to be reliable sources. After reading the McAfee link [http://www.avertlabs.com/research/blog/index.php/2009/05/28/who-digs-the-elephant-trap/] in Mike's post 4, I do not want software containing Themida on my system. I try to err on the side of safety.

Based on today's software and postings, I have to admire and respect the people at Programming Sunrise. It looks like they are a reliable company producing a great product, and I understand their desire to protect that product. But, after learning about Themida today, I will not knowingly put it on my system, because it will not be too long until some [expletive deleted] #6%$&3#%@$^!# figures out how to get into it and hide some sort of malware.

So, Dennis V., I have two suggestions for you.

First, ditch Themida. Some off your potential customers will have never heard of it, or are expert enough to have heard about it and trust it. But there will be many like me -- having heard about it, they will not want to deal with a potential time bomb. All in all, I feel that your sales will be better without it.

Second, and most importantly, please put me in touch with a tall, volupturous redheaded female (a blond would satisfactory), unmarried, between the ages of 31 and 41 (ages 21 to 61 would be satisfactory), who has a great sense of humor and is looking for a faithful GAOTD reader.

Hmmmm....Maybe I should put that last paragraph in the "SHARE YOUR IDEAS" box ....?? ;>)

Thanks again, GAOTD, Programming Sunrise, rizla01, and mike. And thanks to all of the other posters, too!

Reply   |   Comment by hipockets  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

It's a bit late for me to review this (2 hours to go!), but I really like this program. I have been looking for something like this for a long time. The idea of being able to track certain outcomes in relation to what you did or ate that day is awesome. Now all I need to do is find the discipline to do it! I suspect that this program will help.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Burkley  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#59

Never heard of the "rootkit" or Themida before. It sounds like something that makes sense, protecting your work from a thief. However, a number of people indicated that they believe it can,or might, cause some problems with other programs, never-NEVER something someone wants to hear! Others, of course, say that it's of no consequence at all, only affecting the program it comes with.
Program got a lot of very positive, enthusiastic one might say, comments, and looks like something that I, and many others, could make great use of. I have need of something like this, for my disabled wife. Like others I have been using self created data bases, Word documents and a calendar program for the things associated with her care.
But that "rootkit" thing presents enough of a potential problem that, like some others, I am forced to pass on an otherwise great sounding opportunity.
Drats.

Reply   |   Comment by USNJIMRET  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#58

To answer regarding use of Themida - before this listing here, SDS has been using Themida for over 2 years. I have not had a *single* person complain to me about it, so this is all a big surprise for me right now.

Also, SDS was featured here about a year ago, using the same Themida. Nobody said anything about it back then either...

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis Volodomanov  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#57

Thank you all for the comments.

I still don't understand how many people can take someone's advice without any proof and follow it (this is in regards post #2 about Themida). Again, I'd like to stress, that neither Themida nor SDS protected by Themida in this very instance does not install anything on your computer. Also, once SDS is uninstalled, Themida is automatically gone because it's part of SDS.

Installing Smart Diary Suite does not bring any malware or spyware into your computer.

I'd like to ask poster of #2 to provide some solid proof or further comment on his statement, because he's made a false declaration and disappeared from further conversation.

I appreciate the great comments, suggestions and feedback by other usres.

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis Volodomanov  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#56

@ mike.
I always first look for your comment. Then i decide whether i proceed to try. I think you're very .........smart guy! Thanks GAOTD and Mike.

Reply   |   Comment by kissmich  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#55

Wow, just wow, there are way too many comments who does not understand the Themida protection scheme and all believed it to be a rootkit. Please look up at the definition of a packer. That's what Themida is. It packs the software executable inside a shell to prevent analysis, disassembler, and other types of tools which generally are used by hackers to crack programs. It does not install any kind of rootkit into your system. The problem with Themida is that it's apparently popular with malware writers so that's why it's usually picked up by AV software as there's potential that Themida is protecting a malware.

I advise everyone to do my research than just listening to #2 and others.

Anyway, this is a good and nice software but personally, I kind of like EssentialPIM Free. I know that EssentialPIM does not have as much feature as this one but I just loved that it's portable and it's pretty good enough for what I need.

Reply   |   Comment by Silver  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#54

Shortly after today's giveaway became available and before I had even downloaded the app but had checked it's features I tried to post the following suggestion in the Informer box... which didn't work. I allowed JavaScript from every source that could be relevant but it still kept returning to the CAPTCHA. After about ten times I gave up.

The suggestion was:
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Add the ability to sync selected information with mobile devices or even create mobile apps to sync with. I've used Pocket PC's for many years and sync them with Outlook data. But Outlook is hardly ideal. An app like this could replace Outlook if it could sync with my PPC.

I've used Pocket PC's for many years and sync them with Outlook data. An app like this could replace Outlook if it could sync with my PPC. Of course the iPhone would also be a device to support to sync data with/write an app for.
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Later I downloaded and installed it. Then I tried to start it... which didn't work. I get an error saying:
"A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program."

This apparently is caused by the Themida protection against reverse engineering and hacking/cracking. You only have to Google the error. It would of course be most helpful if the app would report which program it objects to so I would know which app I could close to make this work, provided I find it acceptable to not use that program... but it doesn't.

Another option would be that the app's developers could address this issue on their web site and provide a list of programs that are known to cause this so I could check whether any of these would be running on my system... but they don't.

Of course there are several apps running that 'monitor' my system. Like my AV and Firewall. And Spybot S&D, Teatimer, and a SATARaid monitor, and the APC Powerchute agent that controls my UPS. And Hotswap.exe, NDASMGMT.EXE and Active Sync etc. etc. But if any of these is causing this I'm not going to sacrifice them to run this app.

There is no program running on my system that I would consider a likely candidate to be causing this behaviour by the app and I'm not going to spend a lot of time figuring it out by closing apps/rebooting/trying many times whether a program will cause this behaviour.

Apparently the developers prefer not to give any relevant information on this issue. Neither through the app itself nor through their web site. To do so would be my second suggestion.

Apart from the obvious question I'd like to know whether any parts of this Themida will remain on my system when I uninstall this app? And if there will be remnants how do I remove them?

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#53

I have not actually installed this program yet, but I have a few comments.
One person suggested that this program be made portable. On the developer's website the product description says Run it directly off a USB or flash drive without installing on any machine
Sounds like a good option if you want to have your info available at any machine. This works for me. It also eases my mind where the issue over copy protection software is concerned.

From what I can gather reading several user's descriptions, this program is really lacking where tracking common ailments such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, migraines, blood pressure, etc. Unfortunate as I'd think this should be standard in a Medical Edition.
Both my son and I have mood disorders that I'd like to be able to keep track of, and this interface seems like it would be a winner for us if templates for these things were included. I've also got friends with children who have Type1 diabetes who'd greatly benefit from using this program if it would cater to that disease.

These items lacking, I'm still going to install this on my flash drive and give it a spin to see if I can make some use of it without having to spend a great deal of time creating my own charts.

To the Developer: Thank you very much for sharing this software with us.

Thanks to GOTD for always keeping me excited for midnight to roll around so I can see what the new software is!! You Rock!!!

Reply   |   Comment by stace  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#52

Oddly enough, I had no issues with installation or loading. It runs like a dream. Great giveaway! I can see that this will be getting a lot of use from me.

Reply   |   Comment by John Grigsby  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#51

@ Dale Wilkins:
From main page, go to view and make sure your Pain Map is checked. Also, from Diary Entry page, do the same, View --> Pain Map is checked.

Reply   |   Comment by Ambyr  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#50

About this Themida business: The guy (a software developer) to whose blog a link is provided in post #9 states in a post on the same page that using Themida protection has not had any impact whatsoever on the sales of his company's software. He adds that after an initial period when he was fully satisfied with the protection, incompatibilities had come up.
My question to the Diary developer: if the protection doesn't increase sales but obviously scares some people off, why use it? Or is your experience different?

Reply   |   Comment by just_passing_by  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#49

Can't add an idea? There is no malware in the program and my idea would be to find out what is tagging it as a rootkit and convince the software company to remove it from definitions. A Google search brings up several issues over 2 years ago, so who ever is saying it is a rootkit now is way out of touch. But since this is such a high volume site the posting will do lots of damage to the program's reputation and should be addressed.

Reply   |   Comment by JeanInMontana  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#48

The program is pretty cool. I've used to do some of this tracking on a text file, but it's hard to see correlations or get a good view of any particular attribute (workouts, nutrition, etc).

Themida only installs a driver for enhanced trial information storage - it's not a rootkit! It's nothing to worry about.

Reply   |   Comment by Luiz Marques  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

#25: "Those who wish not to run into risk may just install it in a Virtualbox"

Hmmmm... didn't try it in Vbox or VMWare -- just VPC where a very minimal XPMode VM means copying a 6GB file to restore. Won't work with Windows Virtual PC at all. No problems in regular/full versions of Windows with hardware audio, & no audio related changes detected outside registering asrecmms.ocx with Windows.

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#37: "I would like to be able to sych between my desktop and laptop"

Maybe you could just use a standard sync-type app & just store your Diary file in the folder you sync up? Microsoft's Live Essentials has a new beta out this week -- the new version is supposed to have some nice syncing features FWIW.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#46

I have to update my comment as having studied Themida it indeed appears to only protect the referenced software and from what I read does exactly what it is intended to do. Nice PIM software indeed! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Taustin  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#45

Downloaded fine and up & running on my XP3 in no time.

Absolute breeze to use. Excellent interface. Very user friendly and there are so many functions I thought they were worth listing.

Diary
Life Factors
Pain map
Graph
Voice Entries
Privacy (auto-hide)
Schedule
Timeline
Import vCalendar/iCalendar
Reminder e-mails
Tasks
Hierarchical Tasks
Import vCalendar/iCalendar
Gantt Chart
Notes
Nutrition
Medication
Medical Alarms
Contacts
Import vCard
Community
Color Themes
Portable Version
Entry Attachments
Automatic Backup
Free Support

That is a LOT of bang for your bucks. Great Software. Very polished.

Thanks to Dennis & GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by rizla01  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#44

Given the word: "Medical" in the title, what I had hoped for was an easy to use database-type app, with graphs plotting whatever records you choose, making it easy to discover & document trends &/or patterns... something easier to use & quicker to set up than a std. spreadsheet. What I found is IMHO a nice PIM, with a maybe slightly cluttered interface. Now what PIM you use, &/or if you even use one is a highly personal choice -- some will like Smart Diary Suite, but I didn't see anything personally that would make me want to use it, & I really wanted to like it seeing that the developer was nice enough to include a *pack* for FMS.

Installation isn't bad, but there were 2 things about today's GOTD tech-wise that I didn't like... neither is a deal breaker. With this sort of app I personally favor some sort of portability &/or porting across different platforms &/or on-line access -- some way to use the app & access stored information when I'm not at this desk. Smart Diary Suite Med. Ed. would be *very* difficult (if even possible) to make portable because it stores a *lot* of trivial data in the registry, things like the positioning of elements in the program window -- 642 recorded changes just from running the app [no install] isn't *terrible*, but it's not going to win any acclaim for efficiency coding. And because of the way it's audio recording is coded or setup internally, Smart Diary Suite Med. Ed. will not start in a VM -- a more round-a-bout approach to the portability or cross platform issue... I'd guess that *might * also cause some issues on some Netbooks etc. That said, I didn't record or spot Smart Diary Suite Med. Ed. putting files anywhere outside the ~16MB program folder, nor did it change anything critical in the registry.

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RE: Themida, cause it's popped up as a suggestion & in comments, here's an interesting link at McAfee: [http://www.avertlabs.com/research/blog/index.php/2009/05/28/who-digs-the-elephant-trap/].

I'm not a security type, but my layman's understanding is Themida is a way of hiding an .exe [executable] file inside an impenetrable shell, protecting that file from analysis, dissassembly etc -- maybe even preventing deletion, uploading, or stopping it once it's running. Problem is both good & bad apps can use it, very effectively, so how's AV software to tell if it's malware or legit?

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What I'd like to have seen looking at Smart Diary Suite Med. Ed...
Health management [i.e. dieting, exercise, disease mgmt (e.g. cardiac, Diabetes, FMS etc)] is more effective with careful record keeping coupled with analysis of patterns/trends. But recording data & analyzing everything is a bit of boring (maybe even tedious) work that more people will engage in if/when motivated by quickly & easily seeing analysis results, e.g. Nike's program & gear centering on the iPod. I'd like to have seen something along the lines of many more templates or mini-templates with fill-in-the blank boxes [similar to the recipe dialogs] for things like Walking to include duration, pace, location, frequency of rest etc, or for Exercise, including type, duration, intensity, repetitions, weight/resistance etc... sure you might be able to set that up yourself, but then why bother with this app instead of any database or spreadsheet? For FMS {Fibromyalgia or Fibro], tracking pain levels is cool for some Docs & disability claims etc, but to proactively manage the illness it's perhaps more useful to track exercise & the effects from it, as that's the really tricky part, especially with the common brain fog. For recipes, if you're going to include nutritional info (which is cool), why expect the user to supply it, particularly when there are free databases [on-line & off] available.

IN a nutshell, [IMHO] if someone's already tracking health related stuff, they probably don't see much if any need to switch to Smart Diary Suite Med. Edition -- if they're not tracking that stuff, maybe making it easier will get them to buy/use the suite.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#43

I downloaded and registered the GOTD Smart Diary Suite 4.5 Medical Edition, but I don't find the Pain Map feature. Where is it? Or do I need to purchase a non-GOTD version?

Reply   |   Comment by Dale Wilkins  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#42

@Dennis Volodomanov

As the software developer, Themida isn't going to look like a problem for you. For the average person, Themida isn't going to look like a problem for them initially either. However, for the vast majority of people that understand Themida has been and will continue to be utilized as a cloak mechanic for a lot of malware, it is a problem. Rootkits are invasive and typically hard to remove.

Your product looks solid, and I'd even say buy worthy, but the Themida portion is a major turn off. Despite the quality work you've done, I can't even recommend the software because of it. You place the responsibility for any problems with your software on the user because they chose to use a program that is frequently used to bypass user safeguards and infect PCs. If I recommended this product, I'd be the one assuming that responsibility, and I simply won't do that with a product that intentionally places an item that can either carry something malicious behind it, or will cause a portion of largely used AV software to go off.

If and when you are willing to reconsider the rootkit, please come back and let us know as you'd find a lot more willing participants. Software, like most other products, spreads best by word of mouth.

Reply   |   Comment by CyberGuy  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#41

I like the look of this program, but I'll pass on it. I periodically reformat my computer and do a fresh install of windows. I'm afraid I will lose all my diary information because I will not be able to re-register the program after a fresh install, or on a new computer. I'd probably have to pay for the program or lose all the diary entries I made.

Reply   |   Comment by Tracy  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#40

can anyone recommend freeware or pay for software like this program given out today since it seems like no one wants this Themida copy protection root kit added to their computer.

Reply   |   Comment by mary lou  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#39

I too could really use this program being myself and husband are both disabled with lots of medical problems, medications and more. But I can't take the chance of downloading with Themida included. Although I do understand the need for security it should not be at the expense of the customer. There has been way too many problems with Themida and I have not heard or read anything different. So until it is removed if ever, guess I am out of luck.

Reply   |   Comment by Donna  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#38

I would like some kind of automatic rss-importer, to import stuff like my tweets to the diary as well. Since the net is always changing, someday Twitter won't be there and I'd like to keep a backup :)

Reply   |   Comment by Marcus  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#37

I would like to be able to sych between my desktop and laptop. I saw import, export and backup, but synching would be much easier for me.
Thanks, it looks like a great program.
Helene

Reply   |   Comment by AncientWire  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#36

I've been tracking my health for over a decade. Just like to support Candace Carver in that cycle/hormonal tracking is very key to health monitoring. Also support the Migraine dude. It is relatively easy to customize a personal checklist/spreadsheet system to track the past, but the real usefulness of this kind of software is in it's ability to determine patterns and isolate potential causes of harm. e.g. Many things can cause migraines, arthritis, back pain, sleeplessness but which ones are my trigger? What can I do, to effect the fastest/best recovery etc. Not able to download right now, but fascinated by the software and comments. I've learned a few tricks, and have a better heads up on how to tweek my own system, so thanks a lot for the education.

Reply   |   Comment by HealthNut  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#35

I like this. I take lots of meds and get confused, my husband takes lots of meds, and both of us go to the dr. a lot, so this seems pretty tailor made for us.
It seems to have a low learning curve, looked thru the help files and they look pretty self-explanatory and easy to use. It is very feature-rich, and not too slow even on my 5yr-old XP laptop with tons of other Giveaways on it!
Thumbs up from me! Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Kitty  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#34

One thing I'd like to add that I didn't in the previous comment - I do agree that Themida should be removed. While I realize software developers use it to keep their programs from illegal usage, it's not a good tool to use, especially for the user that installs it.

Reply   |   Comment by Rose  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

To be a true medical edition, you need to be able to fully track varying intra-day dosages (e.g. insulin), properly track intra-day measurements (e.g. blood sugar, blood pressure), and present multiple charting options (e.g. high-low-average with trendline, time of day over weeks/months, rolling average over month / quarter).

As far as I'm concerned, this may be a Smart Diary Suite, but not yet worthy of the "Medical Edition" moniker.

Thanks Programming Sunrise & Giveaway. Looking forward to evaluating future versions.

Reply   |   Comment by CompNetTeach  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#32

Shortly after today's giveaway became available and before I had even downloaded the app but had checked it's features I tried to post the following suggestion in the Informer box... which didn't work. I allowed JavaScript from every source that could be relevant but it still kept returning to the CAPTCHA. After about ten times I gave up.

The suggestion was:
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Add the ability to sync selected information with mobile devices or even create mobile apps to sync with. I've used Pocket PC's for many years and sync them with Outlook data. But Outlook is hardly ideal. An app like this could replace Outlook if it could sync with my PPC.

I've used Pocket PC's for many years and sync them with Outlook data. An app like this could replace Outlook if it could sync with my PPC. Of course the iPhone would also be a device to support to sync data with/write an app for.
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Later I downloaded and installed it. Then I tried to start it... which didn't work. I get an error saying:
"A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program."

This apparently is caused by the Themida protection against reverse engineering and hacking/cracking. You only have to Google the error. It would of course be most helpful if the app would report which program it objects to so I would know which app I could close to make this work, provided I find it acceptable to not use that program... but it doesn't.

Another option would be that the app's developers could address this issue on their web site and provide a list of programs that are known to cause this so I could check whether any of these would be running on my system... but they don't.

Of course there are several apps running that 'monitor' my system. Like my AV and Firewall. And Spybot S&D, Teatimer, and a SATARaid monitor, and the APC Powerchute agent that controls my UPS. And Hotswap.exe, NDASMGMT.EXE and Active Sync etc. etc. But if any of these is causing this I'm not going to sacrifice them to run this app.

There is no program running on my system that I would consider a likely candidate to be causing this behaviour by the app and I'm not going to spent a lot of time figuring it out by closing apps/rebooting/trying many times whether a program will cause this behaviour.

Apparently the developers prefer not to give any relevant information on this issue. Neither through the app itself nor through their web site. To do so would be my second suggestion.

Apart from the obvious question I'd like to know whether any parts of this Themida will remain on my system when I uninstall this app? And if there will be remnants how do I remove them?

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#31

Wait, wait, wait...
Playing with it a little more, I've found that you can include voice recordings! That's great for those that have a condition that makes it painful or hard to type... or for those in a hurry! Bravo!
And I failed to mention before that there is a password option, and right now, I'm loving the life factor calculator!
And the diary entries have the life factors as a side bar. They icons for mind-mood are fantastic!
Everything is so CLEAN and well laid out!

I'd love to see an auto-correct spelling in the diary, though.

Reply   |   Comment by Ambyr  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#30

Downloaded and installed the problem with no problems on my Windows Vista 32-bit edition. I didn't have any alerts on my virus checking program or subsequent problems on my system, so it seems fine on my computer (I use Online Armor - which was offered on GOTD once before).

At first glance, I see a lot of interesting features within this program, but the lack of an exercise feature where nutritional factors are noted does surprise me. I think for the medical edition and for the health factors listed in the program, it should be an inclusion with factors such as recording BMI, Target Weight Loss/Gain , Steps per day (for those who like to use pedometers), minutes of activity and various activity expenditures (having something of a calorie expenditure system like you have with entering the nutritional information would be great), among other factors. I think for the cost you're offering for the program, it does need to have more options included in the program, but exercise came to my mind as a health factor that wasn't included in this program. There are other factors in the mind/body/health measure that could be included, but that's one of the major omissions.

I like the interface, personally. Very easy to tab through and record notes and information as I go through the program. I work in allied health, so this is the kind of program I'd recommend my clients use if it were expanded a bit more to fit the cost.

Other than those factors, the program in and of itself I find very useful so far and I've already started plotting out my day using the schedule and task features, as well as recording nutritional info in the program. Thank you GOTD for a nice giveaway today. Probably one of the better programs that's been offered as of late.

Reply   |   Comment by Rose  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#29

Sounds like a good software but you will lose more sales because of the protection method as most people that would install a software like this would be leery of the type of protection you use and how it may affect future software they want to install. Sony believed their rootkit was harmless at one time also and I believe they had much more technical resources then your company. I'll pass Not a good business decision in my opinion.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Taustin  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

Having a rare brain disorder, this seemed like something that just might be useful for me.
Installed quickly, without error. Registered the same; quickly without errors.
Set up was quick. I saw that there is a section specifically for fibromyalgia, which seems strange that this is the only condition listing, and that there is no customizable section for other conditions... but I'm sure I can adapt.
Layout is clean, nice looking. The calendar is very Outlook-ish. Medication section is easy to fill in, has good fields for information, and even has alarms.
Easy to print items are a plus.

Software also includes a (very graphic nekkid chick) Pain Map.

You can configure your life factors, adding new ones or deleting those that do not pertain to you.

Also includes changeable themes.

Not a bad little program, honestly! There are a few things that would make it more useful to me (such as when entering medications, have a drop down of doctor's names that have been used before, etc), but all in all, I'm pretty impressed!

Thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Ambyr  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
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