|A+ Electronic Flashcards||by Breakthrough Productions
(~$30) Windows 3.1. Also available for Mac.
<Not reviewed yet>
|A+ Learning 1.0
||by Stan Futoma
A neat program rewarding your speed of reaction.
File format: handles books, divided into chapters and pages (which stand for the flashcards).
Flashcard format: question, answer (or multiple choice), an arbitrary number of hint fields, a file attachment (a sound or an image), etc. The fields contain plain text only :-(
Training: Question/answer, multiple choice, and non-exclusive choice ("multi-choice") tests. During the test, hints are displayed automatically one after another, so fast answering is crucial (see below).
Selective learning: repetitions are scheduled automatically by the program; the interval between the repetitions is calculated from the number of hints the user needed to guess the right answer.
Extras: timing, stats after session, filtering, printing.
Multi-user operation: yes, with passwords.
Usability: A tidy, no-nonsense interface. Many shortcuts, including "Give up" and "Correct Answer" during training. Some features may be too esoteric for beginners.
Stability: coded with FoxPro, so it gets slow at times.
|Academic FlashCards||by Rosecity Software
($15) VB6 Windows 95
No Leitner system, but speed in showing the right answer adjustable (1-20 s). Prints out in card format. Awarded 4 stars by ZDNet. :-|
Interesting: their many "study lists" are actually plain text files (importation/exportation made easy).
|Academic Test Tool 3.0||by Educationtests.com (Vilius Aleksejunas)
($69 single, $49 per computer in a class, etc.)
This is no selective learning program, but a test administration software.
Flashcard format: multiple choice (up to 6 options), True/False, Q/A, Q/A (short answer), survey question (not evaluated).
Editor options: export to word or to web page, print.
Statistics: for single/all student(s), for questions, overall.
User-friendliness: sober, intuitive interface.
|AceWork Flashcards 1.0||by AceWork Software
fcrdemo.exe 2028 kB
Flashcard format: side 1: picture (bmp only; importable) and plain text (one line only); side 2: wave file and plain text -- one line only :-(
Training modes: (1) browse cards, let it show answer, and click whether you were right or wrong. (2) allocate the questions to the answers, clicking around with the mouse (awkward).
No Assessment :-(
Includes a flashcard editor, a very simple image editor and a wave file recorder.
A poorly featured application, not worth downloading.
|Active Vocab 3.1A
English & German versions
|by Robert Maier / mirror / mirror
(Shareware, ~20 US$/20 Euros) acvoc.zip 1348 kB
- An older program by the same author that gave origin to Active Vocab : VDB vdb21.zip
- Another program by the same author: see Language Companion
Requires VB5 runtimes and standard controls.
Performance: data loading slower than in programs made with C++, e.g.
Flashcard format: fields for each word pair comprise: word itself, attributes (part of speech, grammar/functional attributes, context, source, sample sentence, additional information, input date, last modified date, score) and cross references to other words (synonyms). No sound files. Entries are in <vdb> format. (Making use of the possibility of inputting such a wealth of data for each flashcard will actually be too awkward for most users, but this is no fault.)
Packs of flashcards vs Study Files: no difference is made.
Pack of flashcards size limit: unknown.
Import/Export: not as plain text, but in <vdb> format.
Invertible questions: yes, plus "mixed" mode.
Training modes: you can mess up flashcards. Modes: type in answer (into pop-up dialog box) or be prompted to tell if you knew it. Missed flashcards can be repeated as often as needed. Comment field on the flashcard can be omitted from check procedure (type-in mode).
Assessment: 6-step Leitner system, although selection is a little awkward (occurs within an options dialog box). Interesting: synonyms can be accepted as right answers.
Training shortcuts: no flashcard skipping, but it allows marking them as got right / missed during a training session. Plus: typing slips can be annulled.
Fault tolerance: it can only take pairs of characters for the same one (e.g. for case insensitive performance, you would have to enter all pairs A=a, B=b etc.).
Stats: limited to scores. Edition: yes. Card lists: yes. Search: yes. Sort: yes. Multiple users: no.
Printing: lists only. Install: self-extracting file yields a setup.exe file. Uninstall.
Shortcuts: available for all commands.
Special characters: predefined ANSI characters dock available.
Uncomfortable: the program does not appear in the ALT+TAB sequence.
|Aide aux Langues Étrangères 2.01
|by Dominique Dusseaux
Demo 1.6 MB VB3
(9.15 Euros, credit card only)
Testing: foreign language must be input; when questions are reversed, multiple-choice options in the native language (always French) answers are offered.
Edit mode. Sound output. Includes English sample files.
|Ak Vokabeltrainer 1.0
|(In German), by Klaus
(Shareware, 10.9 Euros) akv.zip 97 kB
Text only, no Leitner system. Produced access violations under NT.
|Alpha 2.6||by Emmanuel Gull
- Other software by the same author: Vocitrainer
Shareware demo, some features disabled.
alpha.zip 958 kB
Flashcard format: Question/Answer -- one line text only :-( -- (answers may contain several options), lesson (custom list set by the user), additional information.
Training mode: user is prompted to input answer. Optionally you may enter only some of the right answers. You can edit a card from the training mode.
Set font for question, set font for answer.
Assessment: you can customize number of right answers on a flashcard before it is marked as known. "Examine unknown words" mode. But there is no Leitner system in the Demo (in the shareware version, the "Choose level" command in the Special Examination was disabled).
Lists. Printing of index cards, sorting, printing of lists, repetition of known and not known words, Many vocabulary lists. The Shareware version includes a German list (Swiss orthography!).
Claims to support Chinese, Japanese and Korean multibyte character sets.
No help file :-( Uninstall.
|Anki 0.9.9. 8.6
||by Damien Elmes
Your choice if you need more than 2 sides on a card.
Flashcard format: Any number of sides ("facts" or "fields"). This allows you to include additional data such as phonetic transcription, transliteration and the like. This is especially useful when learning Asian languages, like Chinese. Support for basic text formatting, audio, video, special tags for cloze tests. Cards can include tags for later searches.
Training: Can Questions and Answers be reversed? Yes, in fact any of the "sides" can be used as a question or an answer.
Self-assessment during training: 3 levels (will determine when the question shall be asked again).
Scheduling function: Yes, algorithm similar to SM2, used in older versions of Supermemo.
Extras: Plugins. Synchronization of data across multiple computers over the Internet. Import (CSV-like, Mnemosyne, CueCard, Supermemo XML, DingsBums).
User-friendliness: Non-standard, wizard-like interface. No shortcuts for many controls in dialog boxes (mouse is a must).
Russian & English versions
|by George Gulaev
Demo ($50 for individual, not network-capable version) anyteste.exe 4MB
Create "themes" of "tasks" you can weigh ("level of complexity"), and fill them into a test. This somehow fulfills the Packs of flashcards vs Study Files requirement. The network version allows testing across a network. Test reports are logged.
|AskMe 2.0||by Jan Verhoeven
askme2.zip 297 kB
Very simple Q&A program (one line only), multiuser, can display total number of right/wrong answers. ANSI wordlists. Access violations under NT.
||by Janne Huttunen jhuttuDELETETHIS@geocities.com
(Freeware) It does not score !
Not badly designed, but too little features. Extensive use of ALT hotkeys.
|Assistant II 1.1
|by Theodor Ivanenko [in Russian transliteration Assistent II]
assist2.zip 509 kB
[Russian, English and Ukranian interfaces in one release. You have to unzip assist2.en from lang.zip and rename its extension into "lng". Some strings in the interface will remain in Russian -- some of them were even shown in illegible ANSI in our test.]
Timing for each question / for the session. Multiple choice test.
No editing mode. Statistical mode (in Russian only). Not user-friendly, mouse is a must.
Note: you have to enter a two-word user name in order to make the "Start" button active.
|Athena||by Frank Lohfeld 1.5 MB
5-level Leitner system. One-line text only, but images can be added.
The program remembers the score and progress for each word. The
score is in fact the number of times that you have translated the word correctly
during the last five times it has been asked. The progress is the total number
of times you have translated the word correctly. You can set yourself what score
and what progress you find sufficient. As for the progress, you can even set it
for each word separately. That is done by so-called exercise levels. There are
three exercise levels: quick, normal and intensive. So at intensive practising
you have to get a higher progress than at quick practising.
|by Michael Löscher
Shareware (~7.5 Euros) 229 kB
Flashcard format: (one-line only) word, two translations, one back-translation, a hint (for cribbing).
Each flashcard file can contain only up to 220 cards. Each flashcard can contain only up to 30 characters.
Training: user types in answer. Always case sensitive, but you are asked if answer should be regarded as right in case of failure. Questions can be reversed. At the end of the test, a percentage score is displayed.
Non-customizable character map containing 20 items.
Bugs: when you save a file, its items are deleted from the list.
Obtrusive, non-standard interface (tabs). No uninstall.