Oh not this again - Android support

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15 Mar, 2013 10:05 PM

Since there's no Android version in the offing, how about supporting one of the other flashcard app's format for exporting even if some features of the cards might get lost?

Far and away my first option would be an Android version of MC. As it is now I have to export from MC as .csv, then open the export in Libre Office and change the commas to semicolons, then save it and import that file into AnkiDroid. There is no way to sync so I have to do all my cards/stacks maintenance on MC, and re-export/import the changed cards/stacks. It's a pain but I get to study using my Android phone.

  1. 1 Posted by support on 16 Mar, 2013 01:57 AM

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    Hi Greg,

    Thanks for getting in touch with us! I've submitted this as a feature request for you. Please bear in mind that while we consider all ideas, not every suggestion will ultimately be implemented.

    We love feedback! Let us know if you have any other suggestions or questions.

    Thank you for choosing The Mental Faculty!

    Jason W. -- The Mental Faculty Support

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by drewmccormack on 16 Mar, 2013 11:59 AM

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    Hi Greg,

    I can see this is not a great user experience for an Android user.

    Developing only for multiple Apple platforms already takes a small company like ours enormous effort. The upcoming iOS update has taken about 18 months.
    The technologies we use are very coupled to Apple's ecosystem. That makes many things easier and more integrated, but would make it very difficult to support a completely different platform like Android.

    If it were possible to deliver a good Android app in a reasonable time, I would be open to the idea, but it really doesn't fit our current goals and approach. If you want something truly cross platform, you probably need to give up some polish and go with Anki or another offering.

    If you can find a good export format, that is documented, I would be happy to look at supporting it. (I'm less keen to play a cat-and-mouse game of reverse engineering someone else's format.) One of the reasons we have documented Study Archive is to allow others to support it. Maybe you can convince an Android developer to adopt it, with the advantage that they could attract Mental Case users on Android.

    Thanks for the feedback.
    Kind regards,

  3. 3 Posted by greg on 16 Mar, 2013 01:13 PM

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      Thanks for the information and I agree on all points, especially with the
    one about "give up some polish". That is why I haven't just moved to
    AnkiDroid/Anki. I have both but the user experience is a mere shadow of MC.

      I like your idea of getting someone to support your Study Archive format.
    I'll see if I can drum up any interest in that.

    Thanks for taking the time to reply!

  4. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 16 Mar, 2013 01:14 PM.

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