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Stackz Flashcard Organizer for PC / Stackz 07 Test
« on: March 06, 2007, 12:06:10 AM »
Stackz 07 is on its way!

Much of the development has already been done and the test phase has started.

General new features:
  • Using the native Windows unicode controls now (Custom controls abandoned, Win9x no longer supported). Editing text of all Windows languages automatically supported. (This has no influence to the files content, only concerns text presentation.)
  • Cut/Copy/Paste entire lessons, also across files.
  • StackEditDialog:
    • Move entries to different stacks
    • Detect duplicate entries in all columns
  • All Window Positions and column widths are persistent across Stackz sessions
  • Change the Attributes (column) Order
  • Improved Skill Management
  • AutoImportLessons: Filenames are automatically used as Lesson Titles

Japanese features:
  • Example Sentences Dialog (Tanaka Corpus)
  • Text Analyze Function improved: now also lists individual kanji which are not part of other search results

Not yet finished new concept:
  • MultiStacks Selection Bar on the right side lists all open stacks (rightmost icon in toolbar)

This screenshot shows the sequence Test -> Sample Sentences -> Analyze -> KanjiInfo.
(Click for high resolution)

Registered members of this board are invited to try, test and comment the latest version of the Stackz Flashcard Organizer in the Member Zone!

You can use the dictionary and its 'Analyze' function. Simply paste the article text into the dictionary and run a query with the analyze checkbox checked. All matches are then listed in the dictionary result window, from where they can be easily added to a Stackz wordlist with the function 'Add to selected stack'.

General Discussion / Re: Learning Arabian with Stackz
« on: February 26, 2007, 01:27:07 AM »
Are you entering the letters directly, or are you opening (importing) a file? In either case there might be conversion issues - from the keyboard handler, or from the file you are accessing.

But maybe some Cyrillic letters are missing in the font you selected? Using a different one might help...

There are some wordlists with Russian text in the online archive (, are these displayed correctly?

General Discussion / Re: Learning Arabian with Stackz
« on: February 22, 2007, 10:58:05 PM »
Add a language called 'Arabian' in the Stackz Options dialog (menu Options -> Stackz Options), and choose an appropriate font where you can choose the 'Arabic' Script. This language must then be used for the attributes using Arabic characters, you can use the first page of the File Options dialog for the Language-to-Attribute assignment (menu Options -> File Options).

I don't know any Arabic, but directly entering Arabic characters somehow seems to work on my system with the appropriate keyboard selected, although from left to right... it's probably not really meaningful but technically OK. In any case you can prepare lists with any other editor and then import them into Stackz using the ListImportWizard.

Hope this helps to get you started, please post your results here so I can assist you further if needed.

Stackz Platform interaction / Re: Palm Pilot synchronisation
« on: February 13, 2007, 09:39:29 AM »
Well yes, the plan is still there to implement it. There will be new releases later this year!

Stackz Flashcard Organizer for PC / Re: Stackz and Windows Vista
« on: January 29, 2007, 01:05:06 AM »
Thanks for this info 8)

In fact I had installed a RC version some weeks ago using virtual PC, but the resulting OS was so slow that I could not call this a working installation and so I postponed any further tests. Good to hear that it ran on your installation!

Stackz - Solved Issues / Re: Sorting Order
« on: January 25, 2007, 08:37:45 PM »
As far as I can tell, sorting works as intended. Please note that there is a 4-state sorting, consisting of alphabetic up and down, and the word lengths as sorting criteria.

Stackz - New Feature Requests / Re: Cards left should show expired
« on: January 25, 2007, 08:20:03 PM »
I guess you are right, this would make sense. We will think about a solution for this issue.

The Stackz Wordlists / Re: Kanji Study Set
« on: December 14, 2006, 05:33:40 PM »
The entire collection is available for download in the Stackz Wordlist Archive now!

General Discussion / Re: Website Down
« on: November 15, 2006, 03:21:37 PM »
Thanks for the hint. We will investigate it and try to find a solution that works.

Stackz - Solved Issues / Re: Bug report
« on: November 08, 2006, 10:32:42 PM »
It did not crash when I tried it on XP pro, german version...  ???

Are you using XP home or pro? There should be no language difference in the pro version AFAIK... but there may be differences in the japanese home version.

Have you tried the same thing with the Stackz Flashcard organizer 2006 on your system? If it does not crash, the bug has been fixed in the codebase but did not make it into a List Editor release yet. You are right that 2005 v3 is the latest release for the List Editor.

Stackz - Solved Issues / Re: The Back button in the Learn dialogue
« on: October 24, 2006, 05:09:15 PM »
Oh, yes I see what you mean. Never had this idea myself!

In this case you would be allowed to declare an entry as known even after having seen most of its attributes for x times. For example, always skipping the comment field would keep the button enabled, which is not the intention of the disabling function... but I agree that the disabling function is somehow a "parental guidance" for the user, which is against the basic Stackz concept.

So yes, the user might want to select the guidance level himself... maybe it would be sensible to have the disable function as an option - to have the user decide on his own how strictly he wants the learn dialog to behave. A checkbox with the meaning

  [ ] Disable "declare as known" on repeated item selection

would not only solve the problem, but also give some sort of explanation in the options dialog about this mysterious disabling function.

Stackz - Solved Issues / Re: Editing Problem
« on: October 17, 2006, 06:38:50 PM »
To 1:
I have never heard about this one... and since we are currently redesigning the text encoding engine, it is very likely to be solved in the next release. In the meantime, please check if this happens with all edit boxes, and with all language settings. Maybe there is a problem with the language setting somewhere that could be fixed.

To 2:
When selecting a text box, Stackz automatically switches to the Keyboard (IME) that is assigned to the language of the text box. The Keyboard can be assigned (or reset) in the language definition dialog (menu Options -> Stackz Options, tab "Languages").

Hope this helps, otherwise please do not hesitate to ask again.

Stackz - Solved Issues / Re: The Back button in the Learn dialogue
« on: October 16, 2006, 10:06:25 PM »
When this happens, if the local stack has not reached its max size (ie not completely initialized), the entry is ADDED to the local stack rather than replacing the entry that followed it.

This was the behavior on PocketStackz, but I can't duplicate that behavior on the PC. Using the undo button with Stackz 2006 Dictionary Edition does not add the entry to the local stack, it replaces the last inserted one... anybody else experiencing the same issue as James?

Thanks for this great idea!
As usual, we can't guarantee following it up because the number of ideas in the list is considerable. But we'll think it through, and maybe we'll find a way to do something.

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