The bad news is that this system function overrides the kanji animation’s trigger (double tap) in my app.
Until I think of a workaround for this, double tap just below or above the question to see the animations as before and double tap on the question to see the definition.
Apple have been very strict about iCloud recently (i.e. file sizes) but if all goes well the update will be available next week.
Now that Flash! is finished and currently waiting for approval, I can spend a bit of quality time with some updates.
I hope to update all apps this month with minor fixes and a few data corrections.
Either this month or next, I’ll be adding a brand new example sentence database to the Japanese app. Far bigger and better than the current version. Dictionary support is also on the to do list.
The Kana app has all the sounds for both hiragana and katakana built in but I’ll also be adding audio for the example words, too (courtesy of my wife - I haven’t told her yet..)
As well as “Flashcard Exchange” adding “Quizlet” to the Flash! app is in the pipeline.
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Simply cut’n’paste your data into the app (settings). Available in a few days.
What do all these settings in my app mean? Hopefully this new page will answer some of your questions.
A feature conspicuous by it’s absence, it’s now time to allow you guys and gals to import your own data.
Up until now I have been reluctant to spend too much time adding import functionality as I’ve always believed that if the original data was good enough to start with, it wouldn’t be required. But, I’m bored and I want to add some new features for you all.
I’ll be offering an “import text box” within the app. Just copy and paste your data into this box (maybe from an email or notepad) and the app will automatically format the data ready for study. I’ve looked at iTunes synching functionality but I tend to use my phone away from my computer a lot so I’m more interested in making the iPhone (or whatever) a self contained study device without the need for connecting a cable.
If you have any thoughts or opinions, I’d be very interested to know. I’m aiming for an October update for Kanji and Chinese.
Rearranging the official lists is taking some time (due to multiple entries for the same head-word) but I’m aiming for an early September release.
Also, minor bug fixes.
✭ Stickies can now be moved correctly between files
✭ In the HSK Hanzi L1 file: The traditional character for “什” should read “甚”
✭ The “Swap trad/simp” switch functions correctly
✭ “Autoplay audio” now functions correctly for those having problems
Available in a week or so.
✭ Backup and restore individual files using “Dropbox” (not to be confused with import/export - see FAQ)
✭ Orientation lock
✭ Better randomisation during study
✭ Many internal improvements and an oil change.
The app is now called “StickyStudy: Japanese” to stop confusion. For me. Available in a week or so.
Getting the data and audio together for the Chinese HSK app was quite a task but it’s now done and in the final stages of testing. It’s a goody!
As for the Kanji app, I have the code needed for the “Dropbox” support and I hope to implement it as soon as the Chinese app has packed it’s bags and left for the app store. I envisage an August release (v2.0). In the meantime v1.91 will be released in a week or so with a few fixes (see previous post), a new study option and a new settings tab to make things a little clearer:
I’m interested in honing the learning algorithm of all the apps. As you may or may not know, the study order reflects the order in the browse view: randomise the browse view and the study order will follow suit. This is a little counter-intuitive as it should be independent of the browse view. Work in progress.
Feedback! Please! If you don’t tell me, I’ll probably never know.
Early in the app’s development I decided to only include kanji readings that were commonly used while omitting some of the exotic, less used readings for the sake of efficiency and sanity. But, instead of enforcing this methology on my dear users I decided just to start from zero and make files that contain as many readings as possible.
Available in a week or so.
To protect your data, files will NOT be updated or overridden upon updating the app unless you restore the original file using the “Restore Original File” setting in study view or if the app is reinstalled.
To access the new N3 files without reinstalling the app, create an empty file called “JLPT Kanji N3” or “JLPT Vocab N3” and restore this file with the “Restore Original File” setting. The file will be filled with the N3 data.
If you have any problems or questions, drop me an email.
From start to finish (and including the time to learn XCode) it took me TWO years. Wow. Bear in mind that during this time I was working full time, got married, bought a house and, well, did normal stuff. I gave up the project twice vowing never to return and doubted my sanity many, many times. Now that the main code is finished, I’ve started speaking to my wife again and have learned to communicate with people in the outside world.
Your email support regarding bugs, features and problems has been very, very valuable and greatly appreciated. It also motivates me to carry on.
So, what's next? As far as the kanji app goes, the next step will be spending some quality time with the data files to make sure they're as accurate as possible - a spring clean if you like (I’m now working on new N3 data files). If I can add more functionality without spoiling the layout, I’d be interested. Let me know what you guys and girls would like.
A Chinese version of the kanji app is now in development. The layout of the browse view is perfect for kanji so Chinese is the obvious next candidate. The main hurdle is the character animations. Any help here would be greatly appreciated. The HSK files 1-6 for both the vocab and the hanzi are finished and so is full audio (around 8000 words/characters). It’s turning into a very promising app.
I'll also be releasing an English study app in the near future. Stay tuned for more details.
[Added] Loop the kanji animation setting (study settings)
[Changed] Increased difficulty of "normal" and "hero" levels
[Changed] Removed v1.83 bug code (study settings)
[Changed] Keyboard pops up in new file view
[Fixed] Progress bar in study view rotation bug
[Fixed] Switches in study settings now remember their positions correctly
Other minor changes
Available in a few days.
Ready and loaded with the two essential JLPT 5 files: vocabulary and kanji. Available in a few days.
KanKen (or 漢字検定 / 日本漢字能力検定試験) is the official Japanese kanji test for Japanese people. Humans can only dream of attaining level 1.
The Heisig file has now been removed from the app at the author’s request. Current users of the file will remain unaffected.
If you have a file that is experiencing this problem there is now a repair button in the study settings to restore the file to it's former glory - with your scores safe and sound.
New in v1.84:
[Added] Recycle mastered stickies.
When a file is more than 20% learnt (still playing with this number), previously mastered stickies will reappear every now and again. I was weary of not making their presence too overpowering hence my initial reluctance in implementing this popular request.
[Added] Blank question option in tile view
Having a blank sticky may sound strange but there is method in my madness. Large files take a while to load in tile view because of the text but the background colours load almost instantly. Having this blank option allows you to see at a glance how you’re doing without worrying about loading times .
[Changed] Can no longer select "tiny tiles" in tile view
When zoomed out (as in above screenshot) single screen taps are ignored so you don’t tap a sticky by mistake. Pinch and double tap remain unchanged.
[Fixed] "Restore original file" crash
[Changed] Enabled editing of Heisig
Editing has been enabled with the exception of the Heisig number field.
[Fixed] Corrections in "new joyo kanji"
Any other ideas? Drop me an email.
✔ iPhone 4 behaviour has been improved a lot (because I now have one to play with). I made the naive assumption that seeing as the iPhone 4 has twice the memory that I could use nearly twice as much. We learn, we grow. The memory usage has now been adjusted more sensibly.
✔ The previously mentioned bug when moving or deleting stickies has been fixed
✔ The “Grades” data files have been updated with better definitions (see below)
✔ New font option (slightly slimmer than the default)
✔ Study options sometimes forgot their settings. Fixed.
✔ The date picker now works when using Japanese localisation.
Available around 20th February.
Note: The grade files will only be updated on your device when you select “restore original file” in the study settings. Otherwise, the update would quite happily write all over your files and scores which probably wouldn’t make me too popular. Currently, selecting this option will “drastically exit” the app (this will be fixed..) but it still works as advertised without any problems.
Thanks for your patience.
[Added] Only show (Filter) stickies of a certain colour or flag (above)
[Added] Extra sort options: by “flag” and by “incorrect”
[Added] New Joyo Kanji data
[Added] "Always Show Kana" setting while studying
[Added] Variable Zoom Setting super zoom for iPhone4
[Added] More retina graphics
[Added] Memory warning (can switch off in settings)
[Changed] The history bar chart only adds one new bar per day no matter how many times you study that day
[Changed] Animation movies wait for touch before disappearing
[Changed] Minor UI changes
[Changed] You can now show the numbers in tile view with full size stickies
[Changed] Navigation box more accurate and larger on iPad. Smaller in landscape view on iPhone.
[Changed] New splash screen
[Changed] Reduced maximum zoom on iPad to avoid memory issues
[Fixed] "Blank sticky" issue
[Fixed] Issue when changing level and flag during search
Many other small changes and some bug fixes. Keep the feedback coming!
You can now flag as expected while studying. Other updates include:
-[Fixed] "Number" switch not remembering position in tile settings
-[Fixed] Corrections in example sentence file
-[Changed] When "Pass = -1" setting is on, getting a red card incorrect no longer reduces your score
-[Changed] Reduced iPad memory usage - less redraws
-[Changed] Slight increase of sticky max size with small files