Archive for March, 2010

Business Insider’s Best App of the Week goes to Beaver Creek Consulting

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

It has been a whirlwind.  Right after the launch of our Food Essentials Scanner iPhone App, we have been getting immediate sales and people have been writing positive reviews.  There isn’t a better honor than to get the Best iPhone App of the Week by Business Insider from Silicon Alley Insider. Beaver Creek Consulting made this list alongside of Digg and Bing – some of the biggest players on the Internet.

We’ve , also, been seeing  bloggers embrace the Food Essentials Scanner App.  One blogger who calls herself, The iPhone Mom wrote a wonderful review of the App stating that it’s the best App that she’s seen for those who suffer from food allergies.  After reading her blog , you find out that she liked that ability to customize the App.   While we weren’t sure if this would be a hit, it’s nice to see that someone who has a small child finds this to be of use.  She turned on the ability to see dairy ingredients and was able to make appropriate choices.

We’ve seen great success with our Blackberry App products and it’s extremely rewarding to have such instant success with our first Apple App.

Beaver Creek Consulting Announces the Launch of the Food Essentials Scanner App

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2010. – Beaver Creek Consulting today announced the immediate availability of the Food Essentials Scanner App which is available on the iTunes store. The App scans bar codes on food products allowing people to better understand what is in the ingredients. When people scan the bar codes of products, they will learn more than what is on the nutrition label. Important things like allergens, additives, nutrient properties suddenly become apparent by using this App.

“We’re excited that we created an App which allows people to use their iPhone as a scanning device,” says Marty Kube, President and CEO of Beaver Creek Consulting. “By tying in iPhone’s capabilities with our software solutions, we have created one of the most compelling iPhone Apps that will provide the best user experience for a mobile device.”

The Food Essentials Scanner App can either scan bar codes on food products or can be used as a search tool where users type in product using keywords. With over 30,000 ingredients listed in the database, the App can easily be customized to solve an individual’s nutritional needs.

Beaver Creek Consulting released this App for $4.99. It must be compatible with the iPhone with an operating system of OS3.1 or later. It can be downloaded on the App Store under the Healthcare and Fitness category.

Beaver Creek Consulting is a software development and consulting firm which provides solutions in both the commercial and government sectors. Our experience in working with Fortune 500 companies has given us the breadth of knowledge that spans design, implementation and consulting services. To find out more, please visit

Contacts Cleaner V2.0

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

We are pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of Contacts Cleaner.  The two major improvements made in this version are faster processing of the address book and improved matching of duplicate contacts.

Since releasing Contacts Cleaner I have been surprised by the number of address books that have 10,000 or more contacts in them, often with the majority of the contacts being duplicates.  It has been a challenge to find and merge duplicates in a reasonable amount of time given the modest processing power of a phone.  I’m on the 4th version of the find and merge algorithm, and this version seems to be pretty darn good.   The customer feedback on processing speed for version 2.0 has been overwhelmingly positive.

With respect to duplicate matching, one constant source of duplicates is Google Sync.  To make matters worse, Google Sync tend to put the first and last name in the last name field of a contact.  With version 2.0,  we have changed the duplicate match algorithm to correctly recognize these cases of duplicates.


Contacts Cleaner Support Page

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

If you are having issues with Contacts Cleaner, or just want to know more about how it works, please visit our users guide at:

We recently made several updates to the FAQ and you will find answers for the most common questions.

Contacts Cleaner Matching Algorithm

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

One of the key ingredients of Contacts Cleaner is identification of duplicate contacts.  We have put a lot of effort into the algorithm, and concluded that less is more.

Most folks love Contacts Cleaner.  There are  a lot of really messed up address books out there.  I heard from a customer today who had 13,000 contacts, of which 10,000 were duplicates.  Bummer Dude!  This person needs a simple solution which will fix the mess that is their address book.  Contacts Cleaner to the rescue!

We have settled on a lights out, robust, and repeatable algorithm that will tame the chaos which is your address book.  Contacts Cleaner “just works”.  It will make you address book better without bothering you.  Contacts Cleaner is not perfect, but it is better!

Contacts Cleaner FAQ

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I just updated the FAQ for Contacts Cleaner.  I went back through the customer support tickets and extracted common issues to create the new FAQ entries.  If you are having issues with Contacts Cleaner, do check out the FAQ.  Chances are good you’ll find an answer.