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General Discussion / Re: Limiting number of sides shown
« on: October 16, 2007, 06:36:18 AM »
The number (and order) of sides depends on the currently selected skill.
You can use the "skills" mechanism in the file options dialog to define your own skills if the predefined ones are not what you need.

General Discussion / Re: Pinyin tone transformation
« on: October 15, 2007, 07:03:07 AM »
Seems to be correct...

So if you type in new text in one of the chinese attributes, it should display pinyin. Please describe in more detail where it is correct, and where not so I can try to find out what is going on.

General Discussion / Re: What ColorMode do you use the most?
« on: October 14, 2007, 10:42:24 PM »
"Repeat Advisor" is very efficient indeed, it's what others call "Spaced repetition"... :)

General Discussion / Stackz in the web
« on: October 14, 2007, 08:38:25 PM »
It's interesting to see how Stackz is mentioned in many places across the internet. I guess that many of the Stackz users recommending and discussing this tool in other forums are also reading this forum here, so this is the moment where I want to say thank you to everybody who let others know about their experiences with the Stackz learning system. Below are a few links, I'm sure there are others I have not found yet.

(link) I spent ages trying out PPC programs and the one I chose and still use every day is stackz.
(link) I could not learn ANYTHING without my Stackz flashcard application!
(link) I use Stackz on my PDA, and I love it! It is by far the best flashcard program out there that I?ve found, both on PPC and PC. I?ve actually been using Stackz for over 2 years now!
(link) Stackz is by far the best software to learn vocabulary on a PDA!
(link) Stackz - very good, by the way
(link) A Japanese learning reference recommending Stackz, and (link) Stackz wordlists for download
(link) Stackz was a definite match for me!
(link) I've also kinda fallen in love with stackz, which is another flashcard program, which offers some nice sorting and testing options...
(link) I?ve definitely been missing the presence of Stackz [on the mac] - one of the key-pieces...
(link) A program called "Stackz" is also good for creating and reviewing vocabulary introduced here
(link) I was very impressed with this Japanese learning application for the PC when I saw it a couple of years ago but have no intention spending a lot of time in front of a PC learning Japanese so am very pleased to see they now have a Pocket PC version.
(link) It's one of the best flashcard programs I've seen out there (I actually paid money for it, and bought a pocket PC to be able to use it on the road. I haven't used a paper flashcard in over 2 years)
(link) Brilliant program... I downloaded and purchased Stackz flashcard program last month after it was recommended in the JapanShop newsletter and I love it. Just from playing around with it while I'm working I've probably increased my verb and adjective knowledge by a 3rd.
(link) I have been using Pocket Stackz for some time now and really enjoy it because it`s 1. completely portable 2. enables you to add example sentences to words/expressions which greatly facilitates learning. I often use it while I`m commuting on the train.
(link) A long thread about Stackz (forum registration required)
-- And i found my new friend, Stackz Dictionary Edition... A wonderful program that has absolutely no limitations in its use. It does pretty much everything... Flash cards, dictionary etc etc... yeah i know tons of other programs do this but at least, this one allows you to monitor your actual work.
-- I've been using it for about a year and my retention has gone from probably 15% to 85%. (I'm making those numbers up, but before Stackz I could look at an old flashcard and not recognize it at all, and now I know most all of them.)
-- This program helps retention of vocabulary so much, it's crazy. I'm in the middle of course 2, and at this point, I let all of the course 1 words fall into severe need for refreshing, each time giving it a longer interval than the time before.
-- I've been using Stackz since some of the earliest versions in '02. Over the years I've used many other flashcard programs but eventually I went to this one exclusively (say 95%). I think the main reason is the unrestrictive design which allows for almost limitless personal custom uses, once you get the hang of what you can do with it. When you combine the main program with the dictionary utilities it puts so much study power and potential at your fingertips. The demo version does limit a lot of the cool things you can do, however.

And here, one of the few negative ones (yes that happens too from time to time ;D)
(link) Stackz -- Tried it. Supposed to have boxes. Data entry seemed like hell. Could not figure out how the quiz function worked. Gave up. Not free.

General Discussion / Re: Pinyin tone transformation
« on: October 14, 2007, 04:15:19 PM »
The tone marks are displayed as pinyin if the attribute of interest uses the "Chinese Simplified" Stackz Language. You can define the Stackz Language for every attribute in the "Entries" Tab of the File Options dialog (menu Options - File Options).

The pinyin conversion is enabled if the font used by the Stackz Language is set to the "Chinese GB 2312" script, which is the case for the built in "Chinese Simplified" Stackz Language. If you define your own language, please specify a font using the said script in order to see the pinyin tone marks.

Note: The attributes can't be directly linked to a certain font file because the same Stackz file might be used on multiple platforms (Windows, Pocket PC, Palm OS) which have different font files and even different font technologies. The attributes are therefore linked to a "Stackz Language" instead, which then points to the correct font file the platform.

Stackz Flashcard Organizer for PC / Re: Forum request
« on: September 11, 2007, 06:38:35 PM »
I think that a section called "Help required" would be useful, as we don't know where to post if we have any question...
No problem, pick any place and I'll try to find an appropriate place... (not always easy, also for myself hehehe)

Perhaps it is a bit early as it is not an official version yet (stackz 2007), but a tutorial on the dictionary installation and use would be really useful.
The dictionary setup has not changed since the last version, except of the new field for the tanaka corpus file. You can check out the old doc online.

Thanks for this magnificent program
Thanks! ::)

General Discussion / Re: Tanaka Corpus example sentences
« on: September 11, 2007, 06:29:39 PM »
Take examples.gz, this works...

Stackz Platform interaction / Re: Nintendo DS
« on: September 11, 2007, 06:14:49 PM »
There is no such plan to support this device at the moment... sorry!

Stackz Flashcard Organizer for PC / How to use the LearnDialog
« on: September 04, 2007, 06:02:18 PM »
How to use the LearnDialog

1) Keep a couple of new words in short time memory
The Learn Dialog opens with one entry in the local stack, and presents the first attribute of this entry. Use the round green button to unhide the remaining attributes of this entry. When you feel comfortable with this word, add another one to the local stack by clicking the 'arrow down' button. Now there are two entries in the LearnDialog. Use the green button to repeatedly iterate through all their attributes. Continue to add words and iterate through all attributes until you have five words or so in the local stack and try to keep them all in your short time memory.

2) Replace a word in the local stack
The next time when you think you know the presented word good enough for now, use the 'arrow up' button. This replaces the selected entry with a new one, putting it back on its original stack without any modification. Continue to iterate through the attributes, and using the 'arrow up' button in the case of a known word. This way you can go through the whole stack, getting to know the entries.

Additional notes:
You can also use the 'arrow right' and 'arrow left' buttons to declare the entry as known or unknown. However, this declaration should not be mixed with your learning effort - declaring as known must not be done if the entry is in your short time memory only, that's why this button is only enabled when you see the entry for the first time.

But typically the learning action does not modify the statistics in your file, it will rather change someting in your brain, just as reading texts containing the same words will do. The statistics in your file will be modified in your next "test" action, which should not follow the learn action quickly in order to be meaningful.

More is in the tutorials of the Stackz help, an online version is here.
Also have a look at this thread on this forum.
Edit: And there is also the '?' button in the learn dialog...

General Discussion / Re: Stackz is the greatest. My reasons.
« on: August 30, 2007, 03:16:41 PM »
Did you mean that article?

Stackz - Solved Issues / Re: Failure to find はりがぬ
« on: August 23, 2007, 02:39:43 PM »
The compliment was worth it!  ;D

Stackz - Solved Issues / Re: Failure to find はりがぬ
« on: August 17, 2007, 04:47:09 PM »
My version of Edict lists 'wire' as 'はりがね' (a 'ne' in the end, not a 'nu').

Thanks for the compliments  :)

Stackz - New Feature Requests / Re: Search
« on: August 17, 2007, 04:43:52 PM »
This feature is available in the new Stackz 07 beta!

With the "Wordlists - Find Stackz Wordlists..." menu command you can find wordlists containing a certain text.

I guess I missunderstood the question, and the above hint is not addressing your issue.
But you can edit all stacks, and then search a certain text there.

PocketStackz / Re: VISTA Support
« on: July 31, 2007, 10:57:39 PM »
I have no idea why this message is appearing...

What version of PocketStackz did you try to install?
And is your device set up correctly otherwise with Vista?
(I.e. is Windows Mobile Device Center running correctly, and is your device supported?)

If it is, then PocketStackz can be installed simply by running the installer (StackzPPCSetup.exe) - at least it should!
I just tested it with the new 07 beta on my Vista and my fairly old Axim X3.

Does anybody else have similar problems?

PocketStackz / VISTA Support
« on: July 31, 2007, 08:41:47 PM »
In Windows Vista, ActiveSync is replaced with the new "Windows Mobile Device Center" - which is doing basically the same thing.

More info is here:

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