Flash Cards
Flash Cards is compatible with Snow Leopard (10.6) and higher.

Brief Description:
Flash Cards was developed to help you test your knowledge of any subject. There are two types of tests: Text and Picture.

If application does not respond to shortcut, you need to reboot Mac.

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When you launch Flash Cards you see the Control Panel shown above. Press on the "Setup" button to bring up the Setup Window if this is the first launch. Or, click on the "Start" button to start a test using the same setup as used in the last launch.


In the Setup Window shown above, you can select a mode (Text or Picture), on-screen time, period between displays, and selection mode (use random or step through). If you don't want the text to be black, click on the "Set Text Color" button and choose a color from the color wheel. Close the color wheel and the selected color will show in the small box. Select whether the text phrase should be bolded or not and select the font size (normal, up one or down one: up/down one changes the font size by about four, depending on screen size). When you are satisfied with the settings, click on the "Done" button to return to the Control Panel.


Above, you see the Phrase Maintenance Window, which you access from the menu bar. The default text phrases are the names of baseball teams and the answers are their hometowns. When you first launch Flash Cards, the default phrases and answers appear in the table. You can add, delete and modify phrases/answers (double-click a phrase or answer to edit it). Phrases and answers in the table are saved between sessions.

You can also clear the table and enter your own information. A button is provided to save a file with phrases and answers in the table and you can load a plain text file with this information. TextEdit works well for this purpose. Type one phrase (up to 50 characters), a tab, and its answer (up to 36 characters) per line and select Format>Make Plain Text before saving the file as a Unicode (UTF-8) ".txt" file.

When you first launch Flash Cards, a folder titled "FCPictures" is created in your Users/~/Documents folder. If you want to use the Picture mode, copy jpg pictures (file must have a ".jpg" suffix) into this folder. The answer for a picture is the file's name (without the ".jpg" suffix. So, for example, if you want to flash pictures of outlaws, a name of a picture of Jesse James would be Jesse James.jpg. Click on the red (close) button to return to the Control Panel.


Above is a screenshot of the Control Panel after returning from the Setup window. Before you start the "test" you might want to scramble the order of the text phrases and pictures (or sort them to return to the alphabetical listing). If you click the "Scramble" or "Sort" button, the caption will change to "Scrambled" or "Sorted" with italic font. The "Keep Score" checkbox is checked above so scoring will be provided. Click on the "Start" button to begin a test. In the "Automatic" mode, you can click on the "Pause" button to pause the displays and click the same button to continue the process. To see the answer of the displayed phrase or picture, click on the "Show Answer" button. If you miss an answer, click on the "Incorrect" button; otherwise, your answer is considered to be correct.


Above is a screenshot of the Control Panel with a test in progress. The "Automatic" mode has been chosen and, at this point the user has five correct answers and one incorrect answer for a score of 83%.


Above is a screenshot of the Control Panel in "Manual" mode with a test in process. At this point, the user has nine correct answers and one incorrect answer for a score of 90%. You can click on the "Next" button as fast as you want in "Manual" mode to advance to the next test question.

Text phrases are displayed in the middle of the screen. The phrases may have as many as 50 characters. If the entire phrase will not fit on the window (depends on screen resolution, screen size, font size, etc.), the words that do fit on the screen will be displayed.

Keyboard shortcuts: Four keyboard shortcuts are provided as follows:

  • Cursor-Up --> "Next" button ("Manual" mode)
  • Cursor-Left --> "Show Answer" button
  • Cursor-Right --> "Incorrect" button
  • Cursor-Down --> "Pause/Continue" button ("Automatic" mode)

How could Flash Cards be used? With young children, you could download pictures of animals from the internet, name the pictures the names of the animals and put the jpgs into the FCPictures folder. With young adults, you could set the text phrases to be countries of the world and answers to be their continents. In general, pick any topic and you can make flash cards to help you learn that topic while having fun. Use your imagination and have fun learning.

At the end of a test (when all questions have been asked), the questions answered incorrectly are asked again before the test is repeated. This gives the User a chance to try missed questions a second time.

Click here to download Version 3.5.0 (3.1 MB) for Macintosh (OS 10.6 or later).