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Hey everyone. It's crazy how long it's been since my last update but I guess such is life. I just wanted to let everyone know I've started working on the new version again and I think I'm pretty close to releasing an Alpha to let people have a go. This version will install alongside the normal version and won't migrate your old data.

Feature & Changes:
# New UI
# Sign in & Data Sync
# Multiple lists supported
# Brand new barcode scanner based on Google's machine learning. This allows you to scan a barcode much quicker in any orientation.
# New services added to product name lookup services

Once this is all stable I'll move onto:
# Sharing lists with other accounts (for now just sign in with the same account)
# Food expiry based on previous usage. This will use machine learning to suggest when food goes off automatically.
# Bulk scan mode. This'll allow you to rapidly scan items first and then review the list.
# Tablet UI
# Better product name lookup based on language and country

I'm hoping to get the Alpha out within a week or two. Comment on this post if you're keen to try it and i'll start sending out builds when ready.

P.S. Check out the new website:

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First Alpha is finally out! Sign up here:

Alpha versions will be released through this channel as I want to keep it separate to the normal package name until I finish the migration steps.

Features of this release:
# Add, edit, delete food
# List foods on list
# Add, rename, delete list
# Login & Logout
# Register
# Scan food using barcode
# Notifications based on food

It's a little rough around the edges, especially as it's online-only for this release. Alpha 2 will focus on offline first capabilities. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or issues!


You said you started working on this big update over 2 years ago and you say you're still working on it as recently as October this year, but there hasn't been any beta release here at all? Do you have any ETA on when the update will be released (at least in beta)?


Hi, just found this app. Looks very promising! Is it still actively developed? I just did a test scanning a thing of Oscar Mayer's Deli meat and while it found the full name it didn't seem to find an expiration date? At the same time though, it didn't say anything (it just left the date box as today's date). Is this how it's supposed to work?

Hi everyone!

Quick status update to let you know what's going on. Based on the results of the poll in this community i've started working on a new version of the app which will let you sync your lists between your devices. This will also pave the way for a web UI, allowing your lists to be viewed and updated from any browser as well as share your lists between users further down the line. In order to accomplish this it's required me to nearly rewrite the app from scratch so it will be a little while before anything is ready to test.

I'll be rolling out the new version with minimal features to allow you all to test it and slowly work stuff back in once everything is working as it should.

Lastly, thanks to everyone in this group and those who have emailed me with bugs and suggestions. And thanks for using Best Before!

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What feature would you most like to see in future versions of Best Before?
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Synchronization between my devices
Sharing my list with other people
Refreshed UI
Web access to my list
Tablet support

Hey everyone!

My name is Luke Dixon and i'm the developer of Best Before. Started whilst I was at university to ensure I ate my fruit and veg, i've continued the development with the goal that no food should be thrown out for going off accidentally. 

This community will be used to release beta versions of the app with requested features and bug fixes. If you'd like to see anything in the upcoming versions please leave a post.

Thanks all!
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