Building In Public
Week 3: New beta app update
December 15, 2022

It's been 3 weeks since we made the Visible beta app available to test, and today we’ve launched a new version.

I’ve previously written about how important it is that we’re open about what we’re building at Visible, so here’s an insight into how we’re responding to some of the feedback we’ve received, what we’ve been up to in the last week, and what we’re working on next.

What’s in the new beta app version?

Improved Today tab

We’ve had lots of feedback that many people like to complete their evening check-in after midnight. This could be for a number of reasons including sleep issues, brain fog, fatigue, being otherwise preoccupied.

We want to make it easier to do this.

We’ve made some changes today to the Today tab in this update. The new design makes it clearer that each evening or morning check-in is associated with a certain date selected along the top of the Today tab.

For example, by tapping on the previous day’s date along the top of the Today tab you can now directly access yesterday’s check-ins and add your info.

We’ve also removed the ‘Plus’ button in the bottom navigation bar, which was a confusing way to access your check-ins. This is a great example of how your messages are helping to improve Visible.

Period and crashes in the Trends tab

This week we’ve added both period data and crash data to the Trends tab.

If you have periods, your menstrual cycle can have an impact on your symptoms, and the Trends tab can help you spot which symptoms are impacted and when.

Crashes, which we define as lengths of time where your illness is significantly worse, have also been included. This should help you better understand what can cause them, whether it’s exertion, periods or something else you’ve noted. We hope this will be helpful in pacing yourself to avoid crashes.

What are we working on next?

We’re already looking forward to the next version of the Visible beta app, and we’re working on the following:

1. Adding medication tracking

Now that we’ve added the period and crash data to the trends tab, it’s easy for us to add other factors that impact your illness too. So next week we’ll be adding basic medication tracking in a similar format. (Thank you to everyone who suggested this feature and your feedback on our early designs.)

2. Improving heart rate readings

We know that some people are experiencing issues with the morning check-in and we’re working hard on improving the heart rate readings and getting these fixes out as soon as possible.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be making an update to improve the reliability of readings on Android devices and in late January we’ll be making an update to improve the signal quality on iPhones.

3. Updating the Morning Pace score

Over the past 3 weeks we’ve collected over 1 million data points including symptoms, sleep and heart rate data. We’re incorporating all of this into a major update to the Morning Pace score algorithm and design which we’ll be adding to the app in the coming weeks.

Anything else?

In the background we’re continuing to work on our wearable integration, Visible Plus, and our Founding 100 group will receive a major app update to test in January before we make it available to those on our waitlist.

We continue to have requests for access to Visible from people around the world. We’re keen to make Visible available to everyone and we’ll continue to keep you updated on new supported countries via Twitter and here, on our blog.

Your support

As always, please keep the feedback coming, over the past 3 weeks we’ve received over 1,000 messages. It’s incredibly motivating for the whole Visible team and helps us improve Visible every week so we can keep moving our understanding of these conditions forward.

Thanks so much for your patience and support.




The Visible Team

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