Japanese Kanji

Dropbox -> iCloud

Dropbox has served StickyStudy well over the years (tips hat) but now it’s iCloud’s turn. Currently in testing, it will be introduced to all apps in the next update due June, 2017.


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Japanese Update v3.8

This is what I’ve been doing with 2 months of code fiddling. Update coming within the week.

Import

- Import data using the CSV format (4 or less fields per line).
- Import your vocabulary lists from many other Japanese apps. Just copy and paste the text into the import box.
- Smart import. If some fields are missing, StickyStudy will use the dictionary to fill the gaps ('auto populate'). You can even import just a list of words or kanji without any readings or English and leave the rest to the app.

(The import formats have slightly changed, see below).

Sticky Management

-Save to different decks. If the 'Save to saved' option is disabled in settings, pressing 'save' will give you a deck list to choose a destination.
-Move stickies between decks. As with 'save', a deck list will pop up to give you one-touch sticky transfer.
-A new delete button has been added to the 'edit' view.
-Delete is now available during study.

Databses

-Dictionary [uk] entries (words that are usually used with kana even though they have kanji. For example, ありがとう) now show the kana as the question and the kanji as a footnote in the answer.
-30,000 example sentences double checked/corrected. Only 120,000 to go..

Other

-SRS upgrade. Red cards that have been studied before but remained red now have a higher priority during the next study session.
-'Wrong' is now displayed as a percentage rather than a number.
-List view searching is about 30% faster.
-You can now search for grammatical terms in browse ([n], [v], etc). Just start your search with '['.
-When saving examples, [eg] is now saved in the first pronunciation field instead of the second. More logical.
-'Remove duplicates' bug fixed.
- Many, many tweaks.

There is a small group of like minded kanji geeks out there who have been simply AWESOME in helping me spot bugs and provide ideas for development. You know who are. ありがとう。

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Notes on import. There are now 3 types:

1. Standard CSV. Four fields per line, one sticky per line.
2. Tab separated fields. Four fields per line, one sticky per line.
3. One field per line. One field per line, one blank line between between every four fields.

What is smart import? All 3 import formats require 4 fields. If there are only 2 or 3 fields, the app will try and guess the missing fields. Caveat: the first and last field must be a question and answer.
If only 1 field is present (the Japanese), all 3 fields will be added.

Japanese + News

A live, Japanese news feed translated within the app? Ah, go on then.

With the powerful translation feature already built into the app the next logical step was to give it something to get its teeth into. Namely, a live news feed filled with current events ready to be read, saved and studied. As someone once said, ‘It just works’.

Coming in the next update.


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New Year, New Project

Reading. I just need to improve my reading. If this is you, StickyStudy may have something for you.

I’ve been burning the proverbial oil not only making a new translation feature heavily tested by my overburdened wife (sorry about that.. and sorry for that audio thing, too) but also working with sources you can actually learn from. More to come.

Health warning: intermediates and above!


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Updates

iOS9 friendly updates coming to a StickyStudy app near you.

All Good Things

Every now and again making big additions to an app is just fun. Fun as in “really hard work like running the marathon” kind of fun, but still fun. Coming features in the next Japanese Kanji update:

  • 6500+ detailed animations built in.
  • Fast forward / rewind each stroke (with a 1 or 2 finger tap).
  • Writing practice with an animated guide (configurable).
  • Correct stroke direction, order and position detection.
  • Background shadow gradually disappears as you improve.
  • Replace main kanji with a mini inline animation (optional).
  • New study options: writing and audio.
  • No in app purchases, ads, etc, because that’s how I roll.

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Coming in May.

Updates

A fresh round of updates coming for all apps this month.

User Reviews

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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.

iOS6

iOS-6

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.

"Complete Japanese" Bundle

Need the two best apps to learn Japanese but wouldn’t say no to a little discount? The new StickyStudy Kana + Kanji app bundle may well be just what you’re looking for. Now available in the App Store.


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iPhone 6 + iOS8

October is going to be a busy month: updates for all apps coming your way addressing iOS8 issues and making use of that lovely iPhone 6 real estate.

JLPT Audio. お待たせしました。


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The missing piece is finally here: full native speaker audio for the JLPT N1-5 vocabulary sets. Synthesised voices? sorry, you’re not welcome here. Learn from the real thing.

Auto mode will play the audio every time you swipe or study a sticky. Manual mode (switchable in settings) will play only when required.

Available early August.

iOS 7.1

iOS7.1 has kindly decided to a break a few UI elements in the app. No fear, updates coming next week.


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Radical Update

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Japanese v3.1 (available late February) is a major update bringing the detail of a kanji dictionary into each sticky:

Kanji database
Contains all 6355 for kanji kentei level 1.
Detailed radical information.
Kanji are broken down into their elements.
SKIP codes.
Stroke count.
Dictionary codes.
Radicals, elements, stroke count and SKIP codes are hyperlinked to allow you to drill down to related kanji.

New English -> Japanese dictionary
Live searching as you type.
Entries grouped by English keywords.
SKIP searching - just type the number (eg, 2-5-10).

Other
New deck list instead of the spinny wheel thingy.
Saving a sticky now uses a deck called 'Saved' not the current deck.
New iPad font.
Bugs fixes.




Work In Progress

I’m currently upgrading the Japanese app core data files to include radicals, full component breakdown and detailed reference codes for 6000 kanji (*cough*).

Flash! will also be getting some TLC with more standardised import/export, folders and multi side support sometime in the new year.


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News

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• 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.

Japanese v2.9

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New:
• Dropbox deck format now in standard text - edit decks on your Mac/PC
• iOS dictionary joins the built in dictionary
• SRS setting: adjust the number of new, red stickies introduced during study
• Examples on each sticky now randomly switch between first 3 found in dictionary
• Showing advanced compounds in "Related" is now optional (faster swiping)
• More notification options - now work when app is no longer running (as it should)

Fixed:
• "Entering edit mode with no back button" bug
• On/Kun yomi now display properly for certain, one character nouns
• Other minor changes

Available next week.

HRF Backup files

From the next updates, backup files saved to Dropbox will be in human readable format, i.e., you’ll be able to easily add and edit stickies in a plain ‘ole text editor.

Also, app badge notifications will work whether the app is running or not. New “Stickies to study today” option, too.

Japanese v2.81

A maintenance update fixing some minor bugs and adding a few tweeks will be available next week.

Japanese Update

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v2.8 has just been uploaded for review ready for sale next week. A quick lowdown:

New
Touch the colour piles in the study view to see their contents
Dictionary lookups are automatically stored in a new deck called "Dictionary History"
The study algorithm's spacing (SRS) can be changed, if so desired, in settings
New option in list view shows "Last asked" for each sticky

Changed
Splash-screen
Background dictionaries have been speeded up - a little faster on older devices

Fixed
Slight blurriness in tile view when zooming in using the pinch gesture
Other minor bugs

Japanese Update

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v2.7 has just been uploaded for review ready for sale next week. A quick lowdown:

Added
New deck list display showing stats
Colour chooser in list view (swipe finger over word)
Export function copies deck to clipboard
Shows both kun/on yomi for compounds and "similar"
TAB button in the import view
"Down" button in edit sticky view speeds up entry

Changed
New study alg. avoids same card twice issue
Overall performance increase

Fixed
Bug causing blank screen on low memory
Dropbox clash when more than one SS app is installed
Slowdown when studying for very long periods
Rename deck crash
Lock rotation bug fixed when returning to the app
Other minor bugs

Dropbox Update

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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.

Pro Tip

A common feature in the next round of updates with be a not so obvious way to change the level of a sticky when in list view: swipe your finger over the word:

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Deck List

A redesigned deck list now shows stats for each deck at one glance. Coming to all apps in the next update.


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Sayonara iOS4

Just to let you all know, StickyStudy apps (from the next update) will require iOS5 or iOS6 and will no longer work with iOS4 and below.

Updates

All apps have been updated with improved Dropbox functionality and rotation for the iPad.

4 Years And Still Going

Your support keeps me coding and updating. Thanks everyone.

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Even Better

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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.

Japanese Update v2.5

A major update bringing StickyStudy closer to a research tool.

The "Single sticky display" has been completely rewritten to show more information, much like a dictionary. You can now infinitely delve through layers researching any kanji, compound or example just by touching it.

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[Added] “Similar kanji” display
[Added] Back and forward arrows in examples (popular request)
[Added] New radicals deck
[Added] "Copy sticky to clipboard" option in "Edit"
[Removed] "More" button no longer required. Advanced searches are automatic and a lot faster
[Fixed] Dictionary searches are around 4-5 times faster (rewritten in SQL)
[Fixed] App uses approx. 75% less memory due to core code rewrite
[Fixed] Stability fixes for iPod Touch OS4 users
[Fixed] Rare "blurry" Browse display caused by low memory problem
[Fixed] The "Reset colours and stats" cancel button now works correctly
[Fixed] Copy/pasting into the import box from Mail now works as expected (Mail replaces tabs with 4 spaces…) You can now also type 4 spaces directly into the import box and have it read as a tab.
[Fixed] JLPT1 Vocab correction (一筋 = いちすじ)

Other minor changes.

Japanese Lite Update

[Fixed] Crash on iPod Touch 2nd Gen. devices running OS4.2.1. Available next week.

100,000

StickStudy (paid and free apps) has just hit the 100,000 downloads milestone. Gulp.

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.

StickyStudy Needs You!

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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.

One Touch Backup

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After a lengthy battle with some misbehaving code (a nice way of saying I fixed a bug) the Dropbox username/password is now “Set once and forget” for backing up and restoring.

Updates are being uploaded as I speak.

Progress

A few minor updates on the way as well as a new app for our English studying friends out there.

Japanese: Full Dictionary

A full size, high glucose, low fat dictionary is now built into the Japanese app as of v2.4. Uploaded for review.


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iPad 3 + StickyStudy = :o)

This screenshot from the iPad 3 showing over 2000 kanji (Joyo kanji) has so many pixels that it’s too big to display on a full HD monitor! If you don’t mind making your display look tiny, click on the graphic below and be in awe..

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.)

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Kana v2.23

New in this version:

Auto audio when swiping cards.
New, bigger study buttons.
Double tap answer (in browse) to hide it.
Minor fixes and changes.

Japanese Lite v1.3

Update uploaded for review. Minor changes.

Japanese v2.3

Just uploaded for review. Available in a few days. Summary:

[New] Completely rewritten example sentences module. Sentences are broken down into vocabulary which can, themselves, be searched or added to the current deck.
[New] When showing words, the component kanjis are shown in "1 sticky" view.
[New] New stats at the bottom of each sticky.
[New] "Safe Start" option in device settings in case of startup problems.
[New] Delete option when editing a sticky.
[New] "Report mistake" (to me) option when editing a sticky.
[New] Tab bar icons.
[New] "Make current browse options the default" (for all decks) option.
[New] 1 second startup time on iPhone 4s.

[Fixed] Corrections to N1 (file needs to be reset to see changes)
[Fixed] Dropbox backup now backs up stats correctly.

27 minor changes/optimisations (大変でした). Bugs fixed.

Next update: Dictionary.

Japanese Kana v2.32

A minor update has been uploaded for review with some graphic changes and a bug fix.

Japanese v2.3

The focus on this update has been on making the new example sentence database more flexible allowing you to dive down infinite levels - like brainstorming. It’s pretty amazing. There’s also a new “Add To Deck” button that saves the current word/kanji and allows you to build a deck without ever touching a keyboard.

Summary so far:

Example sentence section completely rewritten.
Vocabulary is broken down into kanji.

1 second startup time (iPhone 4s)
Improved stats display
Animations don’t interrupt music (at last!)
Allows the studying of a perfected deck.
Delete button in “1 sticky” display.
Fixed the stats backup with Dropbox.
Sort->”Rand” can be pressed twice in a row.
Set your browse settings for ALL files with one button.
N1 vocabulary corrections.
New icons, all bugs fixed (that I’ve been told of) and TLC.

(My plans for the built in dictionary are being put on hold for a few weeks - just need to iron out a few issues)

Aiming for a late February release, wife/work permitting.

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Japanese: Where are my animations?

The new update allows access to iOS5’s awesome built in Japanese/English dictionary (hold your finger down on a question and press “define” in the popup to see the definition.)

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.

New Dictionary Lookup

The coming v2.2 of “Japanese” will make use of the built in iOS5 dictionary. Hold your finger down on the question for a second or so and “define” will appear (But what happened to the stroke order animations?)

Apple have been very strict about iCloud recently (i.e. file sizes) but if all goes well the update will be available next week.


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Kana Update

Version 2.3 has around 250 audio files for all the example words plus a few corrections to the data files.

December News

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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.

Settings Manual

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What do all these settings in my app mean? Hopefully this new page will answer some of your questions.

Import


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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.

Japanese v2.0

Many midnight hours of geeky coding have resulted in a new, improved and whiter than white version 2.0. Main features:

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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.

Japanese Kanji Lite

v1.2 has been uploaded for review. It fixes the settings bug of not being able to remember... settings. Also, corrections to the vocab file (requires a reinstall or restore) and a few minor bug fixes.

FAQ

New FAQ page (top left menu option).

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Follow my progress on twitter.

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Progress

A little update as to what I’ve been doing recently.

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:

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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.

休 and 父

Oops. The two stickies “休” and “父” in Kanji N5 have their definitions swapped. Apologies for missing this one. A fix for “Kanji Lite” has just been sent to Apple, “Kanji” to follow soon.

Japanese v1.9

The next update of Kanji (v1.9) contains completely rewritten JLPT N1-5 files. They include more readings and, well, they’re just better. N3 vocabulary and kanji files are now separate. The “Joyo Kanji (New)” file has also been updated.

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.

The Story So Far

First, a big thanks to those who have chosen my humble StickyStudy method as part of their daily study. It’s been ridiculously hard work coding and refining it but satisfying seeing all that work coming together in it’s present form.

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.

Japanese v1.86

A minor maintenance update:

[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.

Japanese Lite (JLPT N5)

Kanji Lite (JLPT N5) is a lite version of the kanji app that allows you to try before you buy. The basic functionality remains the same without the kanji animations, example sentences, file functions, progress view and a few options.

Ready and loaded with the two essential JLPT 5 files: vocabulary and kanji. Available in a few days.

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Japanese v1.85

Just a minor oil change this time around with a few bug fixes and the addition of 3 new files KanKen 4, KanKen 3 and KanKen 2.5 which roughly equate to School Grade 7, School Grade 8 and School Grade 9 respectively.

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.

Disappearing Kana

Under certain circumstances the kana readings stop displaying. After 6 hours of searching, the bug has been found, lined up against a wall and dealt with sternly. An update has just been uploaded to Apple for review.

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.

Japanese v1.84

I don’t know.. every time I release an update I think, “Right, that’s it. I’m going to have myself a little break for a while” but I just can’t help myself..

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 .

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[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
Oops.

[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.

Japanese v1.83

I wasn’t planning to release an update so soon but there are a few issues that are causing me restless nights:

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.

Multiple Move/Delete Stickies Bug

Please try and avoid moving/deleting MULTIPLE stickies; some strange behaviour has been discovered. I’m now working on a fix that will be available soon.

Thanks for your patience.

Japanese v1.8

The tank is full and the tires have been kicked. Available now.

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[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!

Japanese Kana v2.0

Stickystudy: kana has just turned 2! Now complete with audio and brush stroke animations for all characters. A very, very effective way to learn kana fast. Available now.

Japanese v1.71

I didn’t really plan on releasing an update THIS quickly but the new “flag” feature in the app just wasn’t behaving itself.

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

Japanese v1.7

Yep, there’s another version coming. Yes, my name is Justin and I’m a compulsive programmer... What I’ve added to v1.7:

Stroke animations for 2000 kanji (double tap sticky to activate). Not just vector based line drawings (as is very common in kanji apps) but “brush style” movies. In other words, the kind of characters Japanese people would actually write.. if they were very, very good. Thanks to Satoru Shinagawa and all his hard work.

Flag stickies for later reference (turns blue)


Change a stickies’ level by tapping the mini cards (browse view)


Adjust the difficultly level when studying


Japanese localization

School grade 1-6 data files

A few tweaks and bug fixes

Finished, currently in testing. Due January, 2011

Japanese v1.63

Few... that was a busy couple of days. v1.63 is now ready and under review for the app store. Sorry for the mess up, everyone.

Just to win back favour, I added a bonus feature that I was preparing for v1.7 - example compound kanji on each sticky (see screen shot below). These compounds (words) are taken from the JLPT data set so you won’t get any bizarre “out there” Japanese words that you’ll never actually need.


Japanese v1.6 Uploaded For Review

List of changes:

- [Added] Move, copy and delete groups of stickies between files (list view).
- [Added] New easy study option (pass = -1 instead of reseting to red) (study view)
- [Added] On the study screen, the number of times studied has been replaced with total time studied.
- [Added] “Restore file to original” option in study view
- [Changed] Switching views (Browse, Study, History) is generally faster
- [Changed] Updated iPad UI (the file selector)
- [Changed] iPad can now launch in landscape
- [Changed] Other minor UI changes
- [Fixed] "Full size sticky view" code rewrite; more reliable, less memory hungry
- [Fixed] Scroll bar appearing at incorrect times
- [Fixed] Flickering/partial filename showing in title bar bug (iPad)
- Other minor bugs fixes

Remember, if you don’t tell me about bugs/ideas, I’ll probably never know. Available in a week or so.

OS3 Users

It’s come to my attention that devices using an early version of OS3 (not the iPad) are not playing friendly with Kanji Pro. The offending bug has been found and a fix will be available shortly (v1.51)

Japanese v1.5 On It's Way

Another update?!? Yes, I have nothing better to do with my time and it’s been raining a lot. v1.5 will have the following updates:

New examples view with hiragana readings (furigana).
New study algorithm - recycles “Passed” stickies more often.
Option menus slightly re-organised.
“Studied:” text in study view sometimes not updating. Fixed.
Wider toolbar in browse view on the iPad.
“JLPT4 Vocab” correction: Handbag -> Hamburger (needs reinstall).

Available in a week or two.

Japanese v1.4 Available

Kanji Pro now has scheduled study, a few new options, help, a new iPad file menu and a few bug fixes.

Hard Work

Somebody mentioned that getting every sticky right FOUR WHOLE TIMES was just plain hard work - especially for big files. At first I thought, “These young kids..” then I realised, maybe it would be nice to soften the blow a little.

The next version of Kanji Pro (v1.4) will have a new “Perfect” button when studying. One press, and the sticky is elevated to green utopia and never asked again.



(A bit of revision for you. Stickystudy relies on the idea of colours. Each time you answer a sticky correctly it changes gradually from lowly “red” to the lofty heights of “green”. Once a sticky is answered correctly four times it becomes green and is never asked again. Also, the more you answer a sticky correctly, the further into the future you are asked the next time - just to make sure you haven’t forgotten. Revision over. Well done.)

Japanese Users

If the display appears to be reloading more than necessary, the device may need a restart to free up memory.

I’ve updated some code to help in this area which will be released in the next v1.4 update. Also, I’ve included an option to reduce memory size by 25% with the caveat of making zoom a little less zoomy. On the plus side, redraws should be a little faster for large files.


Scheduled Study

Something that helped me learn Kanji was having a set amount of study each day. v1.4 of Kanji Pro will have this very feature (screenshot below).

To set, you simply enter a date when you’d like to complete a file (for example, an exam date) and it will work out the rest for you. Interruptions, lazy “not in the mood” days and “high-caffeine-can’t-stop-learning-kanji” days automatically adjust your progress.

Any ideas gratefully received.


Website / App updates

Thanks to changing the colour scheme in my apps, I’m having to update all the screenshots on this website. I don’t think I’m going to do that again in a hurry.

As of now, only Kanji Lite has appeared in the app store with the new, updated colours. The other 3 will follow shortly.

Japanese v1.3 - Universal (iPad)

After sweat and tears, Kanji Pro is now a universal app and runs on the iPad and on it’s smaller brothers; it should be available in a week or so.

How does it run? Coming from the iPhone version, the difference in screen real estate is a bit of shock - you can clearly make out the 1945 Joyo Kanji on one screen without even zooming. Scrolling is nice and smooth (in tile and list view) and screen redraws are about 2 or 3 times faster.

The new version has a few kanji corrections in the data files but these will only be seen on a fresh install because your statistics for each sticky are stored in the same file - if I update your files, I’ll erase your stats. I thought it best not to do that.

Note: Only Kanji Pro will be made universal.

Development Update

Making Kanji universal and changing it to run on my trusty friend the iPad is getting a little closer to reality. After giving it a test, it looks great! It still needs some work but I look forward to getting something out there soon.

I have no intention of separate iPad/iPhone versions so it’s all good for those who’ve already taken the plunge. I’ll keep you posted.

My time this month has been absorbed by bug fixing and “tweaks”. Fingers crossed, things have settled down a little and I can start adding features.

Minor Update On The Way

A minor update is on the way for all apps with a new colour scheme (see test shot below) and some minor bug fixes.

Available in a week or so.

Updates on the way

Apologies to OS3.0 users. I introduced a new bug into the apps (just to keep you on your toes) which I’m thoroughly ashamed about. Oops. An update will be available any day now with lots of stability improvements. Thanks for your patience.

I’ve also added a new feature called “Colour background view” which makes it easier to see the colour of the sticky when you’re fully zoomed out.

Kana v1.3 & Kanji v1.1

I’ve been working hard this week on both Kana and Kanji to make them a little more polished and to clean up a few little embarrassing bugs that crept through the door. Both should be available early September.

Japanese v1.0 released

For you JLPT guys and gals or those who want to get into kanji, “Stickystudy: Kanji” is now available.