|Magus Vocabulary 1.0||by Kit Lemmonds 1998
(Freeware, but $5 donation accepted) magus10.zip 74 kB Needs vbrun300.dll
Flashcard format: word / definition. Words are limited to 20 chars; definitions are limited to 72 chars. :-(
Traning: Creates multiple-choice vocabulary tests in real time choosing possible answers from 'libraries' of words of the same type (you could use a 'noun library', an 'adjective library', etc.). Flashcards can be reversed.
Assessment: score kept in the bottom right corner of the screen. Correct responses are worth 20 points; incorrect responses take away points. The higher your score, the more points an incorrect response costs.
|by Max Hüttmeier
Shareware, ~14 Euros
(This is primarily not a vocabulary trainer, but a word-by-word translation software. While you're reading an English text, double click a word, and the German translation will appear. While writing into its editor window, press ALT+Backspace, and a list of English translations appears. You can choose the matching translation and make it be inserted instead of the last word you wrote.
It also includes a clipboard grabbing function, a list of your 10 most frequently used strings, and a vocabulary trainer - explanation follows.)
Creation of cloze tests: From its text edition window, (1st) select a string, push a certain button and the string will be inserted into an edit control beside the button. (2nd) Within this edit control, double click the unknown word in the string. (3rd) A fill-the-blanks (cloze) flashcard is generated. The Question consists in the string without the word (and a German translation of the word), and the Answer is the word itself.
Training: Answers are not typed in. User has to input whether the figured answer was right.
Plain text files. Prints the tests in two columns (one for the right answers).
|by MB Softs
mbvocaboss.zip 529 kB
Shareware 99 FF
Non-standard interface (no menu bar, makes Start menu disappear). No Leitner system. :-(
Sits in system tray, pops up periodically to quiz you in 5-option multiple choice translation.
Installation file includes English-French Library. More (approx. 40) files for download from homepage.
Assessment: right-answered words appears more seldom.
Configurable: pop-up frequence, no. of words quizzed at each popup.
Editor: built-in Library manager.
Extras: skins support.
|MemorizeIt 3.0.8w||by W. Wood Harter
$39 (Schoolroom edition $79) 16-bit application. No uninstall routine.
Flashcard format: allows image and sound attachments (video in Macintosh version).
Training modes: each card can be ser to prompt with either "I knew it" and "...not" buttons, a 5-options multiple choice mode, or a text input field. Keeps track of scores (percentage), and allows a Leitner-like training focused on those cards that lie below a given percentage rating. Said to automatically focuses on less-known cards, but demo did not include any possibility of configurating this. Slide show ("Auto-Quiz") mode (delay time can be set).
(Registered version said to include RTF import and printing of paper tests and answer keys in several formats.)
Includes flashcard browser. Cards can be moved across Study Files.
Flashcard CD-ROMs for language learning available from the authors. Foreign language samples in demo contained some spelling mistakes; pronunciation not by a native.
In summary, a very easy to use multimedia tool with little configurability.
|Memory Builder 4 beta||by Ben Smith
(Shareware, price unknown, free demo available)
For single words only. Scores only current testing session. No Leitner system
Question display field sometimes appears blank in WinNT (!) Dr Watson errors frequent in WinNT.
Ad banners included.
by Al Whitley
|Memory with Words 1.01||
by Johannes Unnewehr
also bundled into the Foreign
Language Game Collection ($40), 3507 kB.
|Memory Wizard 3.0||by http://www.prosigner.com
Shareware (crippled demo) $24.95 mmwizard.exe 232 kB
- Other programs by the same author: L/C Wizard
Simple Q&A trainer. You must type in the exact answer. Pops up periodically (see also Swot for this feature ...) Simple flashcard editor included. Import / Export of plain text flashcard files. Assessment: keeps percentage score.
|MetaCard 2.4||by metacard.com
(also available for Linux, MacOs, etc.)
Commercial ($995 per single user license)
This is a multimedia authoring tool for creating flashcard-based educational material (similar to HyperCard in MacOS).
Flashcard format: multiple line rich text, HTML compatibility.
Editor: Rich text and multimedia-enabled editor of training material based on flashcards. Import screenshots, standard image editor.
Viewer: play back sounds and movies.
Training: none, this is an editor only.
Extras: Card transition visual effects. Built-in support of http get and post commands. Compatible with the popular HyperCard format used in Apple computers (MacOS).
Technical data: It uses an integral interpreted scripting language (MetaTalk).
English, Spanish, and Portuguese interface
|by Daniel Burrueco
Shareware ($20), 6.8 MB
<Not tested yet>
Plain text, only short sentences. Statistics (number of hits) for all sessions logged. Cards can be flipped, training can be made not case sensitive, and order of words in an enumeration and punctuation marks can be ignored.
Works well, but poorly featured.
||by The Mnemosyne Project
Freeware, open source.
A smart program with a deceptively simple interface.
Flashcard format: 3 sides, Unicode-compatible, support for pictures, sound, html formatting and LaTeX. Font customizable separately for Questions and Answers (i.e. training and edit modes) and for the list of cards.
File format: Cards can be organized into categories.
Self-assessment during training: 6 levels of knowledge.
Scheduling function: Yes, algorithm similar to SM2, used in older versions of Supermemo.
Extras: Statistical records. Import/Export (text, XML, Supermemo, Memaid, and others). Printing. The program is portable (can be run from a USB drive).
User-friendliness: Simple, easy-to-use interface.
|Multiple Choice 1.5||by Johannes Wallroth
Freeware m_choice.zip 144 kB
Flashcard format: question (two-line text), correct answer, false answers (one-line text each) -- nothing for lazy authors.
Training: multiple choice with 4 options. Asked at random.
Edit mode where mouse is a must :-(
No Assessment (only right/wrong answers count).
|by J. Franek
Shareware (~10 Euros) mlern.exe 1803 kB
Flashcard format: two sides, one-line text only, plus a "context" explanation (max. 300 characters). Each side can contain up to four "synonyms" (have to be input delimited by semicolons in the edition mode).
Edition: list is shown.
Training: Questions can be reversed. Percentage score displayed at the end of the test. Wrong answers can be repeated at once.
Training modes: (1) Multiple choice (alternate answers taken randomly). After each right answer, the "context" explanation is shown. (2) User inputs answer. Check procedure is not case-sensitive, and any of the up to four "synonyms" is valid.
Simple character map. Print lists.
Non-standard menus. Several sample files included. Uninstall.
|by Knut Stache
1997, Kittlerstr. 6, D-64289 Darmstadt, Germany
($10 for Professional Version; Freeware Version without editing capabilities available)
Flashcards can be reversed for training mode, card list available, records hits and failures, no Leitner method.
Ugly interface. Flashcard files you create must be public domain !