Auto Flash
Auto Flash is compatible with Snow Leopard (10.6) and later.


Auto Flash supports Latin, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Korean, Cirillic, Hebrew, Russian, Afrikaans, Polish, etc. characters. Fonts for these characters are installed in the operating system unless you did not include them in the install or you removed them later.


Click here to see Flash Cards II, a flash card utility which supports long narrative questions and answers.

Click here to see Flash Cards, a freeware, simple flash card utility.

Brief Description:
Auto Flash was developed to help you learn any subject using virtual flash text cards.

Auto Flash is a streamlined version of Flash Cards. You can run Auto Flash minimized with no human interaction. There are two parts (Part A and Part B). Both parts are displayed in the middle of the screen, first Part A and then Part B. Think of Part A as the question and Part B as the answer. Part A and Part B phrases may each have up to 50 characters. If the entire phrase does not fit on the display (depends on screen resolution, screen size, font size, etc.), the words that do fit on the screen will be displayed.

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When you launch Auto Flash you see a small Control Panel. Press on the "Setup" button to bring up the Setup Window.

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Set Part A on-screen time, the period between Part A displays, Part B on-screen time, and selection mode (use "Random" or "Step Through"). If you don't want the text to be black, click on the "Set Text Color" button and choose a color from the color wheel. Close the color wheel and the selected color will show in the small box. Select whether the text phrase should be bold or not and select the font size (normal, up one or down one: up/down one changes the font size by about four, depending on screen size). When you are satisfied with settings, click on the "Done" button to return to the Control Panel.

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Above you see the Control Panel after return from the Setup Window.

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Above you see the Flash Text Maintenance Window, which you access from the menu bar. The default Part A text phrases are the names of countries and default Part B answers are their capitals. When you first launch Auto Flash, the default phrases and answers appear in the table. You can add, delete and modify phrases/answers (double-click Part A or Part B text to edit). Table information is saved between sessions.

You can also clear the table and enter your own information. A button is provided to save a file with information in the table and you can load a plain text file with this information. TextEdit works well for this purpose. Type Part A (up to 50 characters), a tab, and then Part B (up to 50 characters) per row and select Format>Make Plain Text before saving the file as a Unicode (UTF-8) ".txt" file.

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Above is a screenshot of the Control Panel after the "Start" button has been clicked.

Part A and Part B phrases are displayed in the middle of the screen. If the entire phrase will not fit on the window (depends on screen resolution, screen size, font size, etc.), the words that do fit on the screen will be displayed. As noted above, sliders settings in the Setup determine the duration of each Part A phrase, the interval between Part A phrases and the interval between Part A and Part B phrases.

Keyboard shortcut: Cursor-Down is equivalent to clicking on the "Pause/Continue" button. When you pause, the displays will stop after the current Part B is displayed.

How could Auto Flash be used? After using the default text phrases, set up Part A and Part B phrases in the Flash Text Maintenance Window with information you want to learn and let it run while you do other work. After while the answers will come more easily. The Control Panel can be minimized.

Download:
Click here to download Version 2.4.0 (2.3 MB) for Macintosh (OS 10.6 or later).