Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it’s a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn.
Anyone who needs to remember things in their daily life can benefit from Anki. Since it is content-agnostic and supports images, audio, videos and scientific markup (via LaTeX), the possibilities are endless.
In case you are not going to take some paper and a pencil and start creating a deck to keep on the desk, then it may be interesting to try a dedicated utility to bring the cards to life and have them stored onto your desktop.
One such tool is Anki, a software solution that aims to make you forget forgetfulness and focus on learning the content you want to acquire. Although the interface is not too fancy, the program is quite easy to use and packs a neat set of features waiting to be discovered and put to good use.
Right off the bat you will be able to generate a deck and add the notes or cards, which can be of different types, including items with some words occluded (cloze), basic with reversed card optionally and more. You have the possibility to make some types of your own and customize their settings on the spot.
There is also a built-in card browser which will make it really easy for anyone to locate, view and edit any note studied or added recently. The decks can also be subject to a lot of modifications, including step timing, graduating interval, reviews percentage and a set of other similar parameters.
The synchronization and backup features that Anki comes with are welcomed bonuses for an otherwise very good application, that can prove its worth for all types of users, through ease of use and a solid collection of functions.
- Review anywhere: Anki lets you study on your own computer, online, on your cell phone or other portable devices like an iPod touch.
- Synchronization features let you keep your information across multiple computers.
- Shared decks allow you to divide work between friends, and let teachers push material to many students at once.
- Intelligent scheduler based on the SuperMemo SM2 algorithm.
- Flexible fact/card model that allows you to generate multiple views of information, and input information in the format you wish. You’re not limited to predefined styles.
- Fully extensible, with a large number of plugins already available.
- Optimized for speed, and will handle reviewing decks of 100,000+ cards with no problems.
- Clean, user-friendly interface.
- Change Undo shortcut back to Ctrl+Alt+Z/Cmd+Opt+Z in Browse screen, to prevent accidentally undoing non-text changes when editing fields.
- Revert a previous card template optimization that could cause an error.
- Suppress a spurious error message that could occur when editing.
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