Flash Cards II
Flash Cards II is compatible with Snow Leopard (10.6) and higher.
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Flash Cards II was developed for users who want to use longer questions and answers than those supported by Flash Cards. Flash Cards II is $10 shareware. Until registration, Flash Cards II can be used in Demo Mode for ten minutes after each launch, at which time the application will quit.
When you launch Flash Cards II you see the Control Panel. Tests are displayed in the list. A default test of U.S. Capitals is provided to help you learn how to use this program and make your own tests.
There are three modes: "See", "Hear", and "Both" ("See and Hear") the Questions and Answers. The mode you select is saved between sessions.
To use the default test, click on U.S. Capitals, choose a mode and click on the "Start" button.
Above you see the "Selected Test" field displays the Test name and the User has chosen the "See" mode.
The Questions are scrambled each time that a test is run so that the order in which questions are asked will be unique. If you choose the "See" mode, you see a light yellow overlay with the first question. If you want to see the answer to that question, press the "Cursor Right" key on the keyboard. If you want the next question, click the "Cursor Down" key. If you want the previous question, click the "Cursor Up" key. If you are using the "Hear" mode, you can hear the current question again by clicking on the "Cursor Left" key and hear the current answer again by clicking on the "Cursor Right" key. Click the "Stop" button to stop the test and click the "Start" button to continue the test. To retake the test, click again on the Test title in the list.
You can make your own test using the Maintenance Window or using TextEdit. Open the Maintenance Window by clicking on the Maintenance menu item.
Above you see the Maintenance window with the default "U.S. Capitals" test in the "Tests" list.
Above you see that the User has clicked on the "U.S. Capitals" test and the Test name is displayed in the "Test Name" field and the Test's questions and answers are displayed in the table.
Above you see the User has clicked on a Test row and that row's question and answer are displayed in the "Current Question" and "Current Answer" fields. In any test other than the default test, the question and answer fields may be changed, updated, and saved. The default Test cannot be deleted or changed.
Above you see the User has decided to make his own test named "Demo" and this name has been entered into the "Test Name" field.
Above you see that the User has entered a question and an answer in the "Current Question" and "Current Answer" fields. Note: You can tab from the "Test Name" field to the "Current Question" field and tab from there to the "Current Answer" field. Do not use the "Enter" key in the Question and Answer texts.
Above you see that the User has clicked on the "Add Q/A" button and the question and answer have been added to the table.
Above you see that the User has added several more questions and answers and is ready to save the test.
Above you see that the User has clicked on the "Save Test" button and "Demo" test has been added to the "Tests" list and the "Test Name" field and the table have been cleared.
Above you see that the User has closed the Maintenance Window and the "Tests" list now includes the "Demo" test.
Finally, you see that the User has selected the "Demo" test, chosen the "Both" mode and is ready to click on the "Start" button to start the test. The User can navigate through the test using the cursor keys. The User can pause or stop the test by clicking on the "Stop" button and resume the test by clicking again on the "Start" button. The test must be stopped to change modes.
TextEdit (or similar) can also be used to prepare a test. Each row should have a question, a tab, and an answer (no line feeds within the row). Save the file in "Plain Text" format (select Format / Make Plain Text in the TextEdit menu bar) with Unicode UTF-8 format and ".txt" suffix. The title chosen in the "Save As" field should be short enough to fit into the small "Tests" list - about 15 characters. To load this file, click on the "Load Test File" button and navigate to the created file. That file name will be added to the "Tests" list.
Tests in the table are saved between sessions.
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