A guide to the new features of My Blood Pressure version 3
Create a new event to record something that happens on a certain date that may affect your readings. For example: “Changed medication to xyz”.
To see events in action, change to the tutorial user. To do this, click on the Change user task on the Home page. This will open the Manage Users dialog. Click on the Tutorial Users tab, then double-click on Tutorial User.
Click on the Study readings task then click on the Events tab to view the tutorial user’s events. The tutorial user has several events listed. You can add your own events by clicking on the Add new event task.
If you switch to viewing the list of readings by clicking on the View readings task, you can see the events clearly separating the readings. Also, if you click the View charts task, you can see the events along the bottom of the chart.
Screenshot of events in the list of readings:
Screenshot of events on the chart:
The new categories system can be used to record extra information with each reading.
Many people will have no need for categories, however some people have medical conditions that require them to record whether, for example, they are standing or sitting while taking a reading. In addition, more and more people are being asked by their doctors to take two readings each time, one on their left arm and one on their right. By using categories to record this information, My Blood Pressure will automatically calculate and list the averages of readings in each category.
To see categories in action, change to the tutorial user using the instructions described in the Events section above.
Click on the Study readings task then click on the Categories tab to view the tutorial user’s categories. To add new categories, click on the Add new category task, or click on View common categories for suggestions.
Once a category has been added, it will show up in the Enter a reading dialog, where you can simply check or uncheck the categories to which the reading belongs.
Screenshot of categories in the Enter a reading dialog:
There are now multiple charts you can view. Switch between the charts by clicking on the tabs at the top of the chart. Another change is that to display the chart legend you need to press and hold the mouse button over the chart. Another nice change is you can use the arrow keys to move the chart’s date range.
The Custom chart tab is where you can construct your own charts, including importing plots from our other, soon to be released, programs.
The changes to the user interface are mostly obvious. One useful new feature, for people who have used this software for a while, is the ability to collapse the Side pane task area into a toolbar. To do this, click on the collapse pin icon (just to the left of the Home task at the top of the side task pane).
Screenshot of the collapse pin icon:
In version 3, along with printing a report, you can also print any of the other views. For example, you can print just a chart, or the readings, or the events etc, by switching to that view, and then clicking on the Print… task.
One change in how the report works is that in version 2 you specified the settings of the report’s chart in the report’s option. Because of the extra chart options in version 3, this is no longer possible.
Instead, in version 3, the chart you see when you click View charts task is what is included in the report. Therefore, before printing a report, click on View charts task and configure the chart to how you want it to appear in the printed report.
The online locker is a new optional subscription based online backup service. If the locker is enabled, My Blood Pressure will automatically, once a day, backup any changes to the My Health Software server. To explore the locker more fully, click on the Locker center… task on the Home page.
In version 3 you can now have two levels, which divides readings into three groups … high/warn and normal. To change the levels, click on the Change Options task on the Home page, then click on High Reading Levels.
In version 3, the reminders are more flexible, including being able to setup schedules such as “remind me every week on Mondays at 9:00am and Wednesdays at: 3:00pm”. To explore the new reminders, click on the Change Options task on the Home page, then click on Reminder.
Screenshot of the reminder schedule:
The new News section on the Home page lists both non-urgent status and alerts from the program itself, along with news about blood pressure and general health news items, that are compiled and condensed by Kellie.
The filter is a quick way to explore your readings. To see the filter in action, click on the View readings task. In the top right of the window, you should see Display: All Readings. Click on the link to see various filtering options. Click on Display AM Readings Only. With this filter activated, only your AM readings will be displayed in the list. Similarly, if you switch to the charts, only AM readings are being charted.
Click on the link again, and then click on Combination Filter. With the combination filter, you can explore your readings based on combinations of time of day, categories and notes.
Screenshot of the combination filter:
When we have finished the new version and release it generally, we will point people who are upgrading to this guide. If you feel that something else should be included in this guide, or have any questions/suggestions, we would appreciate it if you reply to this post or create a new topic (or email us).
Steve and Kellie.