Japanese / Kanji / Vocabulary feedback and concerns...

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10 Oct, 2012 12:24 PM

Hi, MC Folks, and thanks, overall, for a great App...I'm sure I'll improve as I use it more, however, I have noticed a few things that could make my Kanji (Chinese characters, used in Japanese) or vocab study much more fluid...

1) I must switch between the 3 Japanese written systems -- and English. I wish there were a quick way to do this, other than to use the "flag" icon on the top right of the Mac. If there is not, this isn't your fault and I do understand.

2) The writing is small -- when I am looking at a new Kanji (Chinese character, used also in Japan) -- I want to REALLY see what's going on. This might not be a big deal in roman-lettered languages, but some characters have upwards of 12+ strokes. I don't want to make EVERYTHING on my computer big (via the + sign) -- just what I write.

Also, I wish the writing could be centered on the card, rather than at left margin.

3) I'm having trouble figuring out how to hide / show the alternate of second side of the cards. I know you've been asked this before, also -- it just seems such features and choices should be VERY apparent, not so subtle.

Grateful for any help you can give.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 11 Oct, 2012 07:26 AM

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    1) For changing your keyboard quickly, this page might help:

    2) To get bigger, centered text, click the little settings button on the facet (cog icon). The facet should flip over, and you can set a font size and text alignment. Go back, and repeat this for the other facets in the note.

    Now, click the stamp button (New Template) in the toolbar at the bottom. Give you new template a name, and make it the default template of the stack. Now when you make a new note, it will have the fonts and alignment you chose automatically.

    3) I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean by 'show/hide the alternate of the second side of the cards'. Do you mean in slideshows?
    By default, all response facets appear in the slideshow. If you don't want that, but want to study some combination of facets, then choose the Custom... slideshow option. Then you have to change the Prompt and Response facet settings. For example, for the prompt, you could choose 'First Eligible Facet'. For the response, you could choose 'First Eligible Facet' or 'Second Eligible Facet', to get the two different combinations.

    Hope that helps.
    Kind regards,

  2. 2 Posted by idolgossip on 11 Oct, 2012 11:58 PM

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    Thank you, Drew. I'll certainly give your advice on question 2 a go. Your suggestions for 1 seem to not work on the current OS for MacBook Air / Mountain Lion. At least I could not find those commands as available options. From "System Pref", I only found "Language & Text". From that, I could not choose "Input" or "Keyboard Shortcuts"...

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 12 Oct, 2012 06:45 AM

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    From System Prefs, go into Keyboard. At the bottom left, you see Full Keyboard Access. You probably have it on All controls, but the default setting is Text boxes and lists only.

    Kind regards,

  4. 4 Posted by idolgossip on 28 Oct, 2012 03:15 AM

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    I DO have "One to One" for Apple -- I wonder if I can use that for an online-help session. Unfortunately, I am far removed in the countryside of Japan...too far for an Apple store.

  5. 5 Posted by idolgossip on 28 Oct, 2012 03:16 AM

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    Oh, and of course, once again, I did check the settings...they already were as you suggested they should be: "the default setting is Text boxes and lists only".

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by drewmccormack on 28 Oct, 2012 08:52 AM

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    I think I got 'crossed wires' in the last email. I believe what you want in terms of quickly changing keyboards is in the Keyboard section of preferences, under Keyboard Shortcuts. You choose Keyboard & Text Input. At the bottom are two unchecked items. You can check those and map them to shortcuts for quick changing of the keyboard.
    Hope that helps.
    Kind regards,

  7. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 13 Aug, 2017 07:04 PM.

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