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Date Posted:20:19:13 01/28/07 Sun
MINOR COMPLAINT #1:
I really like this program, but the keyboard shortcuts for the review mode seem unexplainably inconvenient. I don't like to use the mouse. Hitting Ctrl-Space, Ctrl-A, Ctrl-backspace, and so on, for every card is uncomfortable. I paid for this a while ago, but I never use it. Instead, I made something crude in Excel VBA that does the job, and gives me suitable keyboard shortcuts. I used that for a long time to study for the GRE. I later wrote something myself in Java for studying Japanese kanji characters. But, I like VTrain much better! Anyway, I think any single key is okay for the training mode. There are 6 main buttons in the review window. Perhaps they could be mapped to F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, and F12? Or how about insert, home, page-up, delete, end, and page-down? Or how about the numbers on the numeric keypad? Any of those would do the trick.
Besides just complaining.... Has anybody found a way to change the keyboard shortcuts in VTrain 5.1? The author suggested Perfect Keyboard, but that costs money. It seems like such a simple thing, that maybe somebody somewhere has made such a program available for free. Maybe? Is there anything I can do directly to VTrain to change the shortcuts?
MINOR COMPLAINT #2: Actually not much of a complaint. My old problem with VTrain was that it requires you to type the answer. If you're using it for something other than very simple vocabulary practice, then it's inconvenient. It's much better to just try to remember, look at the answer, and then decide if you were right or not. But then I realized that with the "I know the answer" button, you can do that. So, I guess it's okay. I just thought I'd mention it, because it seems that the program was designed with little regard to this type of usage. I want to use it to study for my graduate courses in computer science now. That said, I know it's tough to make everybody happy all the time, and the authors did a lot of things right with VTrain. It sure beats some of the alternatives I've used.