Syncing lesson between iphone/mac

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Andre Maranhao

02 May, 2011 08:11 PM

Your flashcards program is wonderful and useful, and I really appreciate the work you all put into it. I do have a question on syncing, where it seems after syncing, the notes prompted on my iphone are not the same as I had been studying. First, I purchased the iphone app, downloaded a case, tapped "Study", chose my case, and selected "Lesson Notes Only". Using the iphone a few days in this way worked great; new notes were added slowly to the small subset of notes being shown. Syncing to mac results in seeing an entirely new subset of notes appear when choosing my case to study, then selecting "Lesson Notes Only". I have Mac version 1.9.2 and IOS version 4.2.
Should I be using "Due For Study - Study All Due Notes" on my iphone instead?
Will doing so slowly introduce the notes into rotation or will any note whose schedule says its due be eligible? I ask, because there are 560 notes in the case.
FYI, under that option appears ("Switch on Lesson scheduling on your Mac or by editing a Case." I have my mac's Default Schedule for Notes set to "Standard".

Thank you

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 02 May, 2011 08:21 PM

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    Hi Andre,
    Mental Case has two ways of scheduling: if you own the Mac app, the Mac does the scheduling, and just sends due notes over at sync time.
    If you don't use the Mac app, the iPhone will use its own simpler scheme.
    If you plan to sync with the Mac, it is better to sync before studying notes, so that the Mac knows about the downloaded notes and can schedule them.
    We are planning to try to make the two apps true peers for scheduling, but we aren't there yet I'm afraid.
    Kind regards,

  2. 2 Posted by Andre Maranhao on 02 May, 2011 08:26 PM

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    An amazingly fast reply! I understand that I should sync prior to studying on my iphone, right?. I study primarily with my iPhone then sync with the mac, FYI.
    To confirm, choosing "Study All Due Notes" on the iphone is appropriate?
    And will doing so slowly introduce notes from the lesson, or will it pull from all notes with the same due date?

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 02 May, 2011 08:30 PM

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    Choosing to study all notes will pull in any notes that are currently due, which is a lot.
    You can control this by setting the lesson schedule of some cases on the Mac to None.
    Or you can do what you were doing: choose a case and only study lesson notes in that case.
    If you do this, make sure the case you choose is synced with the Mac, so it is scheduled properly.


  4. 4 Posted by Andre Maranhao on 02 May, 2011 08:44 PM

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    Got it! Prior to choosing Iphone's "Study Lesson For A Case", I should first sync it with the Mac each time. By saying future releases will make your iphone and mac apps 'sync peers', you mean to say it will be acceptable to study from my iphone several times prior to syncing to Mac, right? Maybe it will be later than 2.0 before this functionality is in place?
    Thanks for your help Drew

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by drewmccormack on 02 May, 2011 08:59 PM

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    Yes, the two devices could be used independently for a while.
    Will be 2.0, but will require an update to iOS apps as well.


  6. 6 Posted by TD Lee on 24 May, 2012 10:14 PM

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    I was finally able to sync my iMac with my iPad. It was like treasure hunt to try to figure out the syncing process.

    Some suggestions to the Mental Case Faculty Support and Webmaster:

    ** Please give us simple visual directions on how to do this -- with step by step Screen Capture. This would've simplified the process for me.

    ** There is no How-To-Use this software manual or instructions. So give us something so that we can learn us to use your app.

    Visual Screen Captures with some instructions arre the best. After all, this app is for flashcards, right?


  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by drewmccormack on 25 May, 2012 08:16 AM

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    There are quite detailed instructions in our help manual on the Mac.
    In any case, we will be moving to iCloud syncing in the not too distant future.
    Kind regards,

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