Fresh Memory
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8. Dictionary options

8.1. Field configuration

The configuration of card fields can be edited in Options ‣ Dictionary options, tab Fields. See figure below.

Field configuration screenshot

Field configuration

The list of fields is on the left side, and their preview with selected styles is on the right.

It is possible to add new fields and remove existing ones with Add Add icon and Remove Remove icon buttons. In order to rename a field, select it and press Rename button (shortcut F2) or double-click on the field name.

To change the appearance of fields, change the field style. Double-click a Style cell or select a field and press Space. Select a style from the drop-down list and press Enter. The preview will update the appearance of the field. The styles can be edited in another dialog: Options ‣ Fonts and color settings, see Field styles subsection.

The order of the fields can be changed with the arrow buttons Up arrow icon Down arrow icon to the right of the list. This affects only the order, in which the fields are shown in the dictionary view.

8.2. Card pack configuration

The configuration of card packs can be edited in Options ‣ Dictionary options, tab Card packs. See figure below.

Card pack configuration screenshot

Card pack configuration

This dialog has three columns: Card packs, Pack fields and Preview. The Card packs column shows configured packs. The next column shows fields of the selected pack. And the last column shows preview of cards of the current pack, with the same fonts as will be seen during study.

The Pack fields column has two parts: the top and bottom lists. The top list shows fields included to cards. The first field (highlighted) is the question field, the rest fields will be displayed in the answer. The order of the fields can be changed with the arrow buttons Up arrow icon Down arrow icon to the right of the list. The field items can be also dragged by mouse. The bottom list, Unused fields, has the fields, which are not included to cards. To move the fields between used and unused, press arrow buttons Down move icon Up move icon between the lists. The same can be done also with drag-and-drop.

It is possible to add new packs or remove existing ones with Add Add icon and Remove Remove icon buttons. The packs are named automatically according to the contained fields.

By default, a new dictionary has three fields: “Question”, “Answer” and “Example”. Two card packs are created. The first pack uses Question field as the question, and Answer and Example as the answer. The second pack uses the fields in reverse order: “Answer - Question, Example”. It is easy to rename fields according to one’s needs and set required card packs in the dictionary options.

The fields can be renamed, added and removed in the neighboring Fields tab, see Field configuration subsection.

8.3. Field styles

The appearance of the fields are controlled with styles. The field style defines its font, color and other parameters. One style can be re-used with many fields. The most often used style is “Normal”, it is used by many fields by default.

The configuration of styles can be edited in Options ‣ Font and color settings. See figure below.

Field styles screenshot

Field styles

This dialog has three parts: list of styles, style parameters and preview. The background color of cards can be changed at the top of the dialog. Click the colored rectangle to choose color.

There are enough built-in styles for all purposes in practice. The “Normal” style is used by default with new fields. “Example” is for example fields, “Transcription” is for transcriptions. “Big” is for larger font, and two colored styles are for highlighted fields. The appearance of the styles can be, although, changed disregarding their names. The styles cannot be renamed, added or removed in this version.

The style parameters are: font family, size, color, bold, italic, preffix, suffix, keyword style. The keyword is described below. The font is changed without any surprises, just click the corresponding controls. The preview will be updated on each change.

The preffix is some text (usually one character) that is automatically inserted before the field content. The suffix is text inserted after the content. These parameters are rarely used. The use of preffix and suffix is illustrated with the “Transcription” style.

8.3.1. Keyword style

In Fresh Memory, it is possible to highlight words of the question, if they appear in the answer. It is very convenient for the example field, when you want to highlight the word of the answer. The exact match of words from the answer are automatically highlighted. In other cases, when the question word is changed in the example, you can use manual highlighting by enclosing the word or phrase in brackets [] . For example, question “write” with example “Tom [wrote] a letter.” will appear like in the figure below.

Keyword highlighting screenshot

Keyword highlighting

The highlighted words in the example field are called keywords. Their style can be edited too. In the style of the e.g. “Example” field check the Keyword style checkbox and select its color and font variant. All other parameters (font family and size) will be the same as the main style. The style preview shows keyword styles at the right side.

9. Study settings

The scheduling algorithm shows cards according to the following principles:

  • New and scheduled cards are mixed together and shown randomly.
  • In order to scatter more the scheduled cards in time, the repetition interval is randomly adjusted by a small value. This prevents scheduling similar cards in exactly the same order as they were repeated.
  • Cards studied in one day are limited. The application shows a warning, when this limit is reached. The user may continue studying more cards after this warning.
  • New cards introduced in one day are limited in order not to burden the user too much. When this limit is reached, only the scheduled cards are shown. However, when all scheduled cards have ended, the user may choose to study more new cards.

Certain parameters of the scheduling algorithm can be changed in Options ‣ Study settings. See figure below.

Study settings screenshot

Study settings

The parameters are the following:

New in version 1.2.0: Added “Day starts at” parameter.

Study parameters
Parameter Default value Description
Day starts at 3 o’clock At what time a new day starts for the purpose of shceduling studied cards for today.
Share of new cards 20% The share of new cards to show in comparison with all shown cards. In percents from all shown cards.
Scheduling randomness 10% How much the repeating interval can be randomly adjusted by the algorithm. In percents of the absolute value of the interval.
Day limit of all cards 70 cards How many cards should be shown per day. Shows a warning, when this number is reached.
Day limit of new cards 20 cards Maximum number of new cards shown per day. When this number is reached, only scheduled cards are shown.
Show cards randomly yes Controls if the cards are shown randomly or in the same order as they appear in the dictionary.

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