The more you guys out there support me with your feedback and positive reviews, the more I’ll keep polishing and adding to the apps. Thanks, all.
iTunes reviews over 3 months.
Not entirely my choice but I’ll be removing support for iOS6 from all apps by the new year. Compatibility will start from iOS7.
Developing and testing for iOS6 using Xcode is no longer supported by Apple as standard. Of course, with fiddling there are ways to make it work but I’d rather spend time adding new features than having a hair-pulling battle with Xcode. Just to let you know.
• iOS7 upgrades for all apps are on the way (it’s a biggy)
• Detailed, online manuals for all apps are coming soon.
• Much to my wife’s dismay, the to do list for new features is still as long as ever.
As always, your reviews and emails keep me in front of the Mac and continually updating the apps. Thanks everyone.
Also, app badge notifications will work whether the app is running or not. New “Stickies to study today” option, too.
v1.7 has just been uploaded for review ready for sale next week. A quick lowdown:
✩ Touch the colour piles in the study view to see their contents
✩ The study algorithm's spacing (SRS) can be changed
✩ New option in list view shows "Last asked" for each sticky
✩ Slight blurriness in tile view when zooming in using the pinch gesture
✩ Other minor changes
From the next update (for all apps) the Dropbox directory will change to “\Apps\StickyStudy..”
What this means is that your old data (in Dropbox) will be unavailable for “Restore” (in the app) unless you move the old decks into “\Apps\StickyStudy..” If you’re not concerned with losing old backups, just backup your decks after the update, continue as normal and have a great day.
StickyStudy now uses sandboxing instead of root access giving increased privacy and security.
v1.6 has just been uploaded for review; available next week. Main changes:
✩ Completely polished and rewritten HSK Vocabulary decks
✩ Added multi-info deck list (see below)
✩ Added colour (level) chooser in list view (see below)
✩ Added export (copy deck contents to clipboard)
✩ Added Jump button when editing to speed up entry
✩ Added TAB button to import
✩ Fixed study slow down when studying for hours at a time
✩ Fixed lock rotation bug when relaunching the app
✩ Fixed possible crash when renaming a deck
✩ Changed import to include CL (now at 6 fields per sticky)
✩ Changed audio to also work when your device is in mute mode
✩ Faster screen redraws in "Tile" view
Next update in the works: adjustable SRS intervals to tailor your studies.
My tireless, constant and bad-for-my-health slaving over Xcode has produced another feature worthy of an update - an improved study algorithm.
The algorithm is now a mixture of timed and frequency based SRS study giving the best of both worlds by spreading your study over a longer period of time without overloading you when you miss a couple of sessions.
Coming to all apps within the month.
A big thank you to all who have helped in the development with suggestions and ideas - your medals are in the post. It truly is a pleasure (read: obsession) making these apps better and better.
More updates coming in June.
Many enterprising users have not only been busy mastering the built in decks but also making their own, personal decks based on textbooks they’ve been using. This got me a thinking: Why not make a central database so everyone can share these great decks?
If you have a nice deck that you think others may benefit from, let me know.
Once I get a little collection going I’ll make them available to all users within the Japanese and Chinese apps via a simple browser.
StickyStudy makes heavy use of system fonts so it already looks silky smooth on the new iPad’s retina display without any updating.
(The Chinese and Flash! versions look similarly awesome.)
[New] Stats at bottom of sticky.
[New] Continue studying a mastered deck.
[New] Can delete a sticky when editing.
[New] "Safe Start" option in device preferences.
[New] Revised graphics.
[New] "Make current browse options the default" setting.
[New] Faster start up time.
[New] "Report Mistake" option in "Edit"
[Fixed] Pinyin corrections.
[Fixed] Stats now backs up correctly with Dropbox.
Many, many changes and bug fixes.
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.
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.
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.