Return of Grid View?

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Karl Doerfer

09 Sep, 2013 04:42 AM

Any plans to re-introduce a grid-format view into v 2.x? I had to downgrade after trying out the new version b/c I wasn't able to sort and multi-select cards for review. The older software is much more flexible in this regard, and I needed to be able to select my own batches for review. I know a number of other people in my med-school class who did the same. The new version is prettier, but a lot of useful functionality was lost -- we'd love to have it back so we can upgrade and make use of the newer features.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 09 Sep, 2013 07:24 PM

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    Hi Karl,

    Not really sure what you mean. Can you explain in detail what you are missing?

    What grid view do you mean? We never had a grid view on iOS. We always had the card view on iPad -- which now has extra options -- and a simple list on the iPhone. No change.

    The old iOS app did not allow selection of notes to study.

    The new app allows you to select a case with multiple stacks to study using Custom Slideshow...

    Old version also didn't have sorting, so I am wondering what exactly you are missing.

    I'm happy to consider new features, but I need to understand what exactly you are missing from the old app.

    Kind regards,

  2. 2 Posted by Karl Doerfer on 10 Sep, 2013 05:29 AM

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    Hi Drew,

    Indeed the old version (v. 1.9.4 and earlier) did have a sortable grid --
    I've attached some screenshots to show you what I mean. Previously, cards
    were displayed in a spreadsheet-like, grid format that allowed choosing and
    sorting column headers as well as selection of specific cards. Once cards
    were selected one could then review these with the 'Study the Selected
    Notes' command from the 'Slide Shows' menu (see my screenshot).

    I realize this goes against the study logic built into the software, but
    for me (and for many other users I know) I find it extremely helpful to
    select which cards I do/don't need to review. The software often has me
    reviewing material I know I don't need to review -- at other times it
    doesn't include things that I really want to review as many times as
    possible. Bottom line is that the lesson logic doesn't work that well for
    me -- I've tried (really I have). HOWEVER the old software is awesome and
    it has helped me master a tremendous amount of material during the last 3.5
    years of medical school. The only caveat is that I need to direct my own
    lesson planning, and the grid is essential for that. I tried upgrading to
    2.x but it was too restrictive and it lacked the functionality I needed.

    At any rate, as a former programmer, I believe this is feasible, but I
    realize its not necessarily easy. A grid view may have to exclude certain
    complex 1-to-many fields like facets, but it's basically just a tabular
    display of a query. For data that is connected in a 1:1 relationship with a
    card (e.g., each card has a single creation date, a single completion
    status, etc.), it can be displayed and manipulated in a grid format as
    described above. The more complex things like facets could simply be
    reserved for different views.

    I really hope you will consider adding this feature back in. As I move
    forward to residency, I know I'm going to keep using this software
    frequently. It would be nice not to be frozen into an older version.
    Further, restoring this feature wouldn't compromise the logic in the
    software, it would only expand the usability (and appeal) of the product.

    Please let me know if I can clarify this or help any further (e.g., I'd be
    happy to send a video sample or skype to show you I use the grid).

    Thanks ... and all the best.

    Karl Doerfer

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 10 Sep, 2013 06:05 AM

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    Hi Karl,

    I see. We just released a new iOS app, and I thought you meant that. The new mac app is almost 2 years old now.

    Have you tried our demo recently? It's on our site under Mac.

    We added a text only grid view a few months after the initial release. It is not as powerful as the old one, but works well, particularly for text.

    You have always been able to select notes to study those notes. Easiest way is hold the command key and click notes. Hold shift as well to select many.

    Sorting is something we are planning. For now we opted for the ability to order the notes how you want, which was not possible in 1.9.4.

    Kind regards,

  4. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 13 Aug, 2017 07:03 PM.

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