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In the latest version (released today) you can edit and view long question (and answer) texts more easily.
It may happen in the future but it is not very easy to add this feature and there is already a way - you can export it as a CSV file from Google Docs and then import the file to the PocketCram app.

I am aware that you are already able to do this but here is a description for other people:

- export a spreadsheet to a CSV file by going to the Google Spreadsheet and choosing File -> Download as -> Comma separated values
- send the CSV file as an attachment to your e-mail account
- open the e-mail from your phone and download the CSV file from there.

For some inexplicable reason the GMail app is unable to save CSV attachments and you have to install a tool to add this capability to GMail, such as https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.poofinc.gmailattach

If you open the CSV file from GMail then GMail should offer to import the file directly to the PocketCram app.

I also tried to open Google Spreadsheets directly from my phone but the web app is horribly broken on my phone.


Do you need to move data from Google Spreadsheet to PocketCram often ? I would think that you would import it just once and then keep it in the PocketCram app or on the pocketcram.com server and maybe export it once in a while to a CSV file for backup purposes in case you don't trust the pocketcram.com daily automatic backups
Could you tell me what the problem with Excel was about ?
In case you read this again, the latest release of the app resolves both these issues.
Thank you for your kind words. The general idea of the app is that you may use any evaluation system you want by writing the question&answer pairs in a way that is appropriate for your needs and that you evaluate your answers yourself. There may be a number of different evaluation schemes that different people may want, for example in the particular case of multiple choice tests, is perfect match required ? or just 75% ? or just 50% ? How would that translate to one of the four PocketCram grades ? The self-evaluation that you carry out when you select one of the grades today is also supposed to take into account how easily were you able to recall the answer, not just if the answer was correct, and the app has no way of knowing that.

So the app simply gives up on supporting various kinds of evaluation schemes and leaves the evaluation to the user.

In case of multiple option tests you could write questions like:

Alexander Hamilton’s economic program was designed primarily to
(A) prepare the United States for war in the event Britain failed to vacate its posts in the Northwest
(B) provide a platform for the fledgling Federalist Party’s 1792 campaign
(C) establish the financial stability and credit of the new government
(D) ensure northern dominance over the southern states in order to abolish slavery
(E) win broad political support for his own candidacy for the presidency in 1792


and answers like:

A, C, D

Also I think it is faster for you to simply select from one of the four PocketCram grades rather than having to select multiple options on the phone screen.

But, I can see that currently this idea does not work very well in the app: the area where you can enter the question of a card is way too small (just one or two lines) but multiple choice style question like the one above require several rows. In the next version I am going to let the user make this part much bigger than it is now so that long questions can be entered into the app easily.

Alternatively, you could split this multiple choice question to five simple questions like

Alexander Hamilton’s economic program was designed primarily to prepare the United States for war in the event Britain failed to vacate its posts in the Northwest

and

Alexander Hamilton’s economic program was designed primarily to provide a platform for the fledgling Federalist Party’s 1792 campaign

and

Alexander Hamilton’s economic program was designed primarily to establish the financial stability and credit of the new government

and

Alexander Hamilton’s economic program was designed primarily to ensure northern dominance over the southern states in order to abolish slavery

and

Alexander Hamilton’s economic program was designed primarily to win broad political support for his own candidacy for the presidency in 1792

... where the expected answers would be simply YES or NO


I hope this do-it-yourself answer is not too disappointing
I am glad that this was the correct explanation.

Regarding the progress history: It is based on the learning state so lack of sychronization may explain holes. Also smaller holes may be explained by cards that were considered to be "memorized" but which turned due. These are not considered to be "memorized" until you test them again. If you do not test them fast enough then the number of "memorized" cards drops until you do test them.

The next version (ready but not fully tested yet) of the app is slightly different - cards that were considered to be "memorized" but have turned due will no longer be considered "memorized" after two days (instead of immediately) of being due in order to give the users some time for testing.

I am afraid the system may be becoming too complex and nobody will understand it ...

How do the holes look like ? Small temporary decreases or temporary decreases to zero ?
Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. It could be because the learning state is different between the two devices and both devices send different e-mails, if the feature is enabled at both devices. The learning state should be synchronized when you synchronize both devices with the server.
Actually it seems that commas are supposed to be placed between quotes e.g. "question,with,commas","answer,with,commas"
1.
I believe that commas are supposed to be escaped using backslash in order to distinguish them from "real" commas e.g. question\,with\,commas,answer\,with\,commas
But it is a good idea to make the delimiter configurable.

2.
The app assumes that the file is encoded in the UTF-8 charset which sucks, I have to admit. You may either convert the file yourself using some tool (perhaps http://i-tools.org/charset) or wait until PocketCram itself is able to do it.

Both of these issues will be fixed in the next release which should come in a few weeks.
Please tell me how do you repeat the tests ?

There are three testing modes:
- Tests that are due
- Failed or new tests
- All active tests

Only the first ("Tests that are due") out of these three modes has any effect on when the tested cards are due.

Do you use this testing mode or the other modes ? If you really use the first mode (and go through all the tests that PocketCram app presents to you) then the problem is somewhere else and I would have to ask you more questions.
 
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