0.4.2 New and Noteworthy

December 14th, 2005

zdt 0.4.2 is almost upon us. I’m currently in the process of uploading the files to the sourceforge servers. They should be up by the end of the day.

As I mentioned in my previous post, there are a few new features in this release. However they are not quite polished/complete yet. So try them out and let me know if you find them useful.

Copying externally works. If you copy from the Dictionary View or a Category Editor and paste into wordpad (for example) you’ll get something along the lines of 我 wo3 I; me; myself instead of 20585::我.

Support multiple answers in Pinyin Recall mode. If you have entries in a category with the same character but different pinyin, the flashcards will accept either pinyin typed in as correct.

Navigation in flashcards. This is just in Pinyin Recall mode (currently). There is now a ‘Back’ link (Ctrl – left arrow) that lets you look at previously seen flashcards. Click ‘Next’ (Ctrl – right arrow) to navigate back to where you were. Sorry, no ‘skip’ function yet.

flashcard navigation

New Flashcard Summary dialog. This is just in Pinyin Recall mode (currently). At the end of a flashcard session, a ‘Summary’ link will appear (next to ‘Back’). Click on the link and a dialog will popup showing you what characters you missed in the current session.

flashcard summary dialog

Tables support sorting. No fancy sort icons, and the performance leaves something to be desired for large tables. However you can now sort the tables in the UI by clicking on the table headers.

Table Tooltip improvements. Still a work in progress, but I’ve been revamping the tooltips in the tables. They now support wrapping so entries with super long definitions don’t stretch so wide. Double-click on a table row activates them. Make them go away by clicking on them or pressing any key. They will automatically go away after 5 secs as well. Right-click on them to stop the 5 sec timer. This doesn’t apply to the annotation tooltips. They will get the same treatment next version.

new tooltips

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stephan Hodges  |  December 15th, 2005 at 10:56 am

    Everything looks great. I’ve added another flashcard request :) . Also, the 4.2 version isn’t in the bugzilla drop down choices yet. According to Sourceforge, I was the 1st download! (Never had that distinction before).

  • 2. Stephan Hodges  |  December 15th, 2005 at 11:00 am

    I forgot to mention. One thing I’ve done at my work is to change the column title to show which is the primary sort order… You can bold, color change, etc. Alternatively, if you support multiple column sorts (we do, but we have more columns), you could change the title by affixing a “(1)”, “(2)”, etc. It’s not exactly a feature request, so I didn’t enter it.

  • 3. Stephan Hodges  |  December 21st, 2005 at 7:08 am

    Top link “Sourceforge Page” doesn’t work for me. “Home” does work.

  • 4. Chris  |  December 21st, 2005 at 8:05 am

    Seems like a sourceforge problem? I just tried it and it works. SF does seem really flaky these days.

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