image size for case from quizlet

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15 Oct, 2012 06:13 PM

Surely this has been fixed since the threads I found in the knowledge base and suggestions box so hopefully I'm just missing something! I am attaching 3 pictures.

photo (3) is how big my image looks in mental case
photo (4) is how big it looks when I double-tap it to see it in "full screen"
photo (5) is how big it looks when I am looking at it in the Quizlet app (the right size with no extraneous space)

Please advise or resolve. I can't find an option in Mental Case to repair this or a knowledge base article which addresses it.

Thank you!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 16 Oct, 2012 06:15 AM

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    It looks to me that Mental Case is actually showing the image at the correct pixel-for-pixel size. On a pc or Mac this will be bigger, because the pixels are bigger.

    The iPad app could zoom the photo, but it would be blurry. In most cases, you probably don't want that.

    We added the double tap option precisely for cases like this. It allows you to pinch to zoom in.

    To make the images on iPad bigger, they should be made bigger on Quizlet. Not sure of Quizlet have size limits.

    We will think about a possible setting for zooming images, but the iPad app is actually showing the image at correct size.


  2. 2 Posted by MedicalStudent2... on 16 Oct, 2012 03:41 PM

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    Thank you for the response, Drew.

    Mental case may be showing the "correct" pixel-for-pixel size, but in Mental Case it is not centered, and when I zoom on the image to the same size as it is shown in Quizlet (i.e. "Photo (5)" attached to the previous post is how I see it in the Quizlet iPad app) it appears much more blurry than Quizlet shows it (I don't understand why).

    In my case, the photos are just words. I am making them myself so I don't have to "fight" the flashcard app to get it to table-format the way I want to see it. I can make them any pixel size that would look best on an iPad, but I don't know how to get them into Mental Case on my iPad retaining that size (As a test I doubled the pixel size to 1004x762, but on my PC just shrunk it when it saved it -prior to having anything to do with the iPad)

    I don't have a Mac. I realize Mental Case is a Mac/iDevice product, but it's a pretty good iDevice product in itself which I prefer it over others.

    Can you recommend a method/application for creating/importing flashcards to Mental Case on my iPad retaining an optimum pixel size?

    Also, please consider checking out the Quizlet iPad app and displaying images from Quizlet decks in the same resolution they show them in their app (centered when zooming).

    Also, I am surprised I did not read any complaints about the Mental Case iPad app time factor for zooming images when I was reading the knowledge base/this suggestion board, but maybe that's because the Mac Mental Case product does a better job at sizing -I did read you can keep the zoom open when you go from card-to-card, but my images from Quizlet appear in Mental Case so small and not centered...

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 16 Oct, 2012 03:47 PM

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    I suspect Quizlet are not providing the full size images to other App makers that they can user in their own app. So I doubt that we can do much about it. They are probably only allowing us to download a reduced resolution version.

    Probably the best way to import notes without a Mac is to use the studyarch format

    You can make a study archive, which is basically CSV text with media files in a folder structure, zip it up. If you change the extension to studyarch, you can then import it via dropbox, email, a web server, or iTunes file sharing.

    You then get the full sized images, without Quizlet downscaling them.

    Hope that helps.
    Kind regards,

  4. 4 Posted by MedicalStudent2... on 16 Oct, 2012 07:07 PM

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    Thank you again, Drew. You have solved my problem, and I am grateful. I wish it were easier or I had a PC version of Mental Case, but at least it works.

    I would like to point out that the studyarch file you have on your website is very misleading.

    The folder structure within this file is \archive\groups which leads you to believe it was originally demo\archive\groups\ and the demo folder was zipped.

    I could not create folder structure following this outline and get it to successfully import. I had to zip up the archive folder and import that. This leads me to believe whoever created actually zipped up and renamed it to This distinction may not be obvious to someone with experience, but it from a fresh perspective it is not obvious that is actually renamed to It caused some frustration in trying to get it to work.

    Otherwise the website provides great instructions and demo.

    Thank you again.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by drewmccormack on 16 Oct, 2012 07:10 PM

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    Glad it worked out. Thanks for the feedback.


  6. 6 Posted by MedicalStudent2... on 17 Oct, 2012 09:00 PM

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    I'd like to thank you again and offer a little more feedback:

    Please consider telling people they need to use an application which preserves unicode in .CSV files or they lose all their greek and other symbols they put into data.csv files. (Excel = fail)

    Please consider telling people that image file names within data.csv are case sensitive.

    This information could go into or in a readme within

    I can't tell you how much of my time these two items wasted.

    It really blows my mind that it's 2012, and I still cannot purchase an awesome flashcard app for my PC. Given the quality of Mental Case on the iPad, I'd bet Mental Case on the Mac is pretty awesome, but I'm a PC user, and I'm formatting pictures in one program, editing CSV files manually, zipping, importing, etc. It's ridiculous!

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by drewmccormack on 17 Oct, 2012 09:13 PM

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    We'll look at adding that advice. Thanks.

    I believe excel can do Unicode, but I think you need to use TSV, and choose the UTF16 format.

    I sympathize with you that there is no good windows app. We don't have any experience with windows, so couldn't do anything good there. All I can really suggest is to move to a Mac ;)


  8. 8 Posted by MedicalStudent2... on 17 Oct, 2012 09:28 PM

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    Argghhh... With Excel I was able to get a .txt file with unicode that had tab separated columns. I tried renaming it .csv to see if Mental Case would figure it out, but it didn't import. It didn't occur to me to just name it .tsv -and I didn't want to do a find/replace (tabs/commas) every time I update the data file... So I downloaded open office because I didn't want to be tied to internet for GoogleDocs...

    Thanks for that.. I'm gonna switch back to Excel and use tabs...

    I spent $900 on an iPad, and lots of money on PC software... Buy me a Mac, and I will happily switch ;o)

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by drewmccormack on 17 Oct, 2012 09:40 PM

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    For $900, you can get a Mac mini, or for a $100 more, a Macbook Air. That's a pretty expensive iPad.

    But I see your point, of course.


  10. 10 Posted by MedicalStudent2... on 02 Nov, 2012 01:14 PM

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    I just wanted to offer an update and some positive feedback:

    Thank you again, Drew!!

    For all my whining about the hoops I have to jump through to get flashcards on my iPad/iPhone the way I want them, after I got past the learning curve I couldn't be more happy... I'm a PC user who loves your Mac-centric Mental Case app for my iPad/iPhone. I couldn't find any other program that allows me this level of flexibility and ease of use. I don't know exactly how large my images can be, but I often make them 1000x800 pixels, and they look great in Mental Case on the iPad. There's only one other app that comes close, and I swear some MBA bought it 5 years ago and rakes in the money with a crumby product with no updates or support. It's got so many problems I don't bother with it... It's got a pretty dress with no substance...

    I encourage you to make some sort of "guide" to dumb-it-down for PC users on how to use Excel or OpenOffice to create flash cards. It's a breeze once you get past the learning curve. When I catch a typo I just update the .xls file, save it as a unicode .txt file, rename it as data.tsv, zip it, import it to the Mental Case app on iTunes, open the app on the iPad, and it imports... then I just delete the old "container" or whatever the fancy word for it is...

    It's funny that you don't even have a PC application for Mental Case, but I swear it's still the best way of doing flashcards on the iPad/iPhone from a PC...

    Thanks again!

  11. Support Staff 11 Posted by drewmccormack on 02 Nov, 2012 01:18 PM

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    Thanks for the feedback. It is really nice to hear a happy customer. (We usually only hear from the unhappy ones.)

    It would be really great if you took your email and posted it as a review in the App Store ;-) That would really help us.

    Kind regards,

  12. 12 Posted by MedicalStudent2... on 02 Nov, 2012 05:20 PM

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    Done. Thanks again!

  13. Support Staff 13 Posted by drewmccormack on 02 Nov, 2012 06:16 PM

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    Fantastic. Thanks!


  14. 14 Posted by MedicalStudent2... on 10 Nov, 2012 04:19 AM

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    Are you holding out on me?!?

    So I was thinking about running a Mac emulator on my PC... Another exciting Friday night... I watched your Mental Case for Mac video, and you can put VIDEO in flashcards!!??!?! That's not in the demo study archive on the site.

    Does the iPad app support video? If so, what's the tagline for that in the Data.TSV? (Is it "1 Video" and "2 Video"? Does the order matter for those tags in row 1? What video formats are supported?).

    The Excel thing is pretty powerful... One of my favorite things is how I can have 100 images in a folder, and copy/paste the directory structure to a column and fiddle with it to have 100 images on side 2 of flashcards in whatever order I want so I can have an image editor open along side the excel spreadsheet and go through the images one at a time as I add questions about the images to the Excel spreadsheet for side 1 and crop images or circle answers on the images or copy images if I want to ask more than one question about a specific image. I didn't get a good feel from watching the video on your website as to the process of creating flashcards using the Mac application I know, I know, this makes sense because you offer a 14 day free trial so I'll find a Mac and check it out...

    Thanks again!

  15. Support Staff 15 Posted by drewmccormack on 10 Nov, 2012 10:20 AM

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    Video is not yet supported on iPad, but is coming. Tag is 'Video'. Formats will be anything that iPad can play, which is basically mpeg4/h264 formats and QuickTime.


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