Thanks!Slim Smith said:Hi.
I'm late to the party, but since it seems to still be going on, I thought I'd chime in.
After reading some of the posts in this thread and reflecting on how I use Pleco, I've come to the realization that I'm in the "not interested in a desktop version" camp. I also don't see the need for my flashcards to be "in the cloud".
I use Pleco on both my iPod touch and iPad. I study flashcards on my iPod when I'm out and about, and on my iPad when I'm at home.
I've used other desktop flashcard programs and I think the most important thing I've learned is that I don't like studying flashcards on a desktop. Even when I'm at home I like to be mobile, studying on the couch, in bed, standing by the window, walking around, etc.
With Pleco, transferring flashcards via wireless or Bluetooth between my devices is fast and easy. I've had syncing problems with Ankimobile, the desktop version and Anki Online. Over it. I've also recently stopped using Mental Case because I'm tired of having to start up my computer every time I want to sync. One of the great things about Pleco is that it's . . . it's just there. (That would be a great line for a Pleco TV commercial!) It's inside my iPod and iPad. I don't have to worry about clouds or desktops when I create flashcards or sync them between my portable devices.
I use a wireless keyboard with my iPad to create sentence flashcards and I've been happy with the experience. If I didn't have a wireless keyboard, I could type up the cards on my computer and then transfer them to my mobile devices via iTunes, email or a web browser.
So yeah. Pleco: it's just there. In my mobile device. And I like it like that.
Having flashcards "in the cloud" in the way we're currently talking about would basically just be for the purpose of synchronization; your iPod and iPad aren't guaranteed to always be connected to the internet at the same time, so by syncing their flashcard databases to Apple's servers, you're guaranteed that you can always get the latest one on each device.
We've been looking at ways we might bring a lot of the benefits of a desktop flashcard interface to an iPad one, though... is there anything you'd like to see made easier in the custom flashcard editing screen? Particularly given that you're using an external keyboard, which isn't exactly the smoothest thing UI-wise right now...