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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is FlashQard?
FlashQard is an educational software to improve your learning process.
Why is it FlashQard and not FlashCard?
This software is using QT toolkit for GUI (graphical user interface). And that's where that “Q” comes from. And also as a "thank you" to QT team for creating such a qute (!) toolkit.
How does FlashQard improve the learning process?
FlashQard uses the well known and widely used method for reviewing, called Leitner System.
Leitner System (proposed by the psychologist Sebastian Leitner in the 1970s) is one the most efficient methods for learning. Which allows you to focus on the most difficult flashcards and not waste your time on what you have already learnt.
Basically, easy cards will quickly move to higher stages and may not be scheduled to be reviewed for weeks (or maybe months). Therefore, you spend most of your time reviewing difficult cards.
The more difficult a card is, the more you review it.
What are the requirements for installing FlashQard?
First of all, a GNU/Linux or Ms Windows operating system.
To simply install/run binary packages: libqt4-gui >= 4.5.0 OR libqtgui4 >= 4.5.0
In order to compile/install/run source package: cmake >= 2.4, libqt4-dev >= 4.5.0
If you want pronunciation support, you will need: espeak
MS Windows:
espeak program should be installed for pronunciation. You can get it from here.
How can I install FlashQard?
Read “What are the requirements for installing FlashQard?"
If you are using windows, it is very simple. You just download the windows binary package from download page and install it like any other windows software.
All packages can be downloaded from here
There are two methods to install:
  • Binary packages (deb or rpm packages)
    For deb packages run this command (as root): # dpkg -i flashqard-x.x.x.deb For rpm packages run this command (as root): # rpm –ivh flashqard-x.x.x.rpm
  • Source package (tar.gz)
    You can compile the source package by these commands: $ tar xvzf flashqard-x.x.x.tar.gz $ cd flashqard-x.x.x $ mkdir build $ cd build $ cmake -D CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=/usr ../ $ make Now you can run it without installing: $ ./flashqard Or you can install it (as root): # make install If you want to uninstall it, enter this command: (as root) # make uninstall
What are "stack" and "active cards" all about?
Active cards are exactly what you are used to in traditional Leitner Box.
Basically, if you add 10 cards every day, for example, stack won't be needed. But suppose a situation where you have gotten 1000 cards from your (cool) friend. Where do you want to put them?
It is suggested that you put all of them in stack, so they won't get in your way while reviewing. Then, each day, you can move 10 cards, for example, from stack to active cards.
These are called "active cards" because only these cards will be included in review sessions.
How can I move cards from "stack" to "active cards" or vice versa?
It is very simple. The only thing you need to do is select the cards you want to move, then either drag and drop them into the "stack" button (if you want to move them to stack) or "active cards" button (if you want to move them to active cards section) which are located at the top of the card list.
Alternatively, after selecting the cards, click on one of the buttons which says "move to stack" or "move to active cards". These buttons are located at the bottom of card list.
What file formats are supported?
FlashQard saves all data (text, images, statistics) for each session in a single *.fq file which is a text file in XML format. Therefore, you can modify it by any text editor or use the file in any other system.
Furthermore, it supports KDE Vocabulary Documents (KVTML documents - version 2 - read only) and Comma Separated Values (CSV documents - read/write).
Can I backup my FlashQard files?
Yes, very easily... Just make a copy of the *.fq file which you have saved.
Can I import/merge other files?
Yes, you can import/merge other files such as: FQ files (native files), KVTML v2 and CSV.
How can I share my FlashQard files with others?
If you want to share your cards with others, of course you can just give them the file which you are using yourself. But usually you want to give them a clean set of cards without any information about your answers.
In this case you can use the export feature. It can be found in "file" menu.
There are plenty of options in that dialog to customize the output file such as selecting some specific categories to be exported, removing statistics, sorting,...
Can I insert images into my cards?
Yes, as many as you want!
In the “Manage cards” window, select a card and click the “Advanced editor...” at the right side. Locate your cursor where you want to insert your image. Now, you can insert a local image (from your hard disk) by clicking on “Insert image...” button. Or you can let FlashQard find some images from internet. In order to do that, you can click on “Fetch images from internet” button and drag your desired image from the image list at the right side into your flashcard.
Optionally, you can just drag your pictures from anywhere into your flashcard
How can I change the default appearance of cards?
You can go to "Settings menu -> Configure FlashQard -> Card Appearance" and customize it as you wish.
Changes will affect all cards.
What are the circular icons next to each card?
The circular icons show you the status of the card next to it.
Yellow icons appear next to the flashcards which have been added that day.
Green and red icons appear next to the flashcards that have been answered correctly or wrongly (respectively) during that day.
Blue cards appear only when you are reviewing and show you the flashcards that you should review (but you don't necessarily have to follow that order)
If you don't like these colors, don't worry. They are customizable as well. Just go to “settings menu -> configure FlashQard -> general” now, choose “Cards list” tab and then change the colors.
Where can I find some ready-to-use flashcards?
You can find some in this page.