July 9, 2013 in Educational (E)
[prMac.com] Labeck, Germany - Kitestack Software today is pleased to introduce Flashcard Hero 1.0 for OS X, its new education application that allows students to memorize factual information easily, using stylish, customized, virtual flashcards. Unlike similar apps, Flashcard Hero looks and works like a word processing application, something that most students are already familiar with. Cards can contain automatically numbered or bulleted lists, plus bold, underline, and italic text. The app features color-coded grouping of cards, easy import of existing decks, a difficulty rating for each card, expandable and editable text, and a detailed summary of each study session.
* Grouping Cards by Textbook Chapters or Topics & Sub-Topics
* Card Faces Can Include Lists & Custom Formatting
* Each Deck Has Its Own Design on the Back of Its Cards
* Difficulty Level for Each Card
* Detailed Summary of Each Study Session
* Existing Cards Can Be Imported
From kindergarten to medical school, students and teachers have long recognized the flash card system as one of the most efficient and simple methods of learning facts. But only very few textbooks have a corresponding deck of flash cards as an aid to study, practice, and mastery. Ambitious students have traditionally made their own study cards, and with the advent of home computers, programs have enabled them to create decks of virtual flash cards on their computers. Now, Flashcard Hero takes custom, virtual flash cards to a new level of power and sophistication.
Instead of following the hard copy model, question on the front and answer on the back of each card, Flashcard Hero puts both on the face of the card. The back of the card is a solid color with an icon design, each user-selectable. Question and answer on the same side simplifies both creating cards and using them. During Study Mode, all the cards in the deck appear in landscape orientation, face up, in a scrolling horizontal array. Each card is temporarily covered with a face down card that obscures 85% of the card beneath. The visible, top 15% of the face up card contains the question. Clicking on the face down card slides it down to reveal the answer.
For example, in Study Mode, flash cards appear in the large window one at a time. The rectangular, white card is face up, and it is the same shape as the computer screen, wider than it is tall. A face down card covers the lower 85% of the card, so that only the question is visible, "Name the three major subdivisions of macroscopic anatomy." Before or after answering, students can, optionally, rate the question: Easy, Not Sure, Hard. To check their answer, they simply click on the face down card, which slides down to reveal the correct answer, "Regional, Systemic, Surface," which has been laid out as three elements of a bulleted list.
Flashcard Hero uses the card ratings to give students the option of sorting decks with the hardest or easiest questions first. A study Summary lists each card's number, its question, the date last studied, the number of times studied, and a color-coded confidence scale from red to green. For easy studying and evaluation, the Summary list of cards in a deck can ordered by any of the previous five categories.
"Flashcard Hero combines study functionality with the familiarity and ease of use of a word processor. Students can structure their content using text formatting, such as italic, bold, underline, as well as bulleted or numbered lists," stated Rico Gundermann of Kitestack Software. "They can also group cards into topics and sub-topics to reflect chapters in a text book, a feature not available in any other flashcard study app."
* Intel, 64-bit processor
* OS X 10.7 or later
* 6.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Flashcard Hero 1.0 for OS X is available at the special introductory price of $6.99 (USD) (regularly $14.99) through the Mac App Store in the Education category. The application is also available as an evaluation version directly from the Kitestack Software website. Review copies are available on request.
Kitestack Software was founded by Rico Gundermann in 2010. Kitestack Software is a small company located near Hamburg, Germany. Crafting applications with passion and attention to detail, Kitestack is all about building great software for the Mac and iOS devices. Copyright (C) 2010-2013 Kitestack Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.