Mental Case 2 — Flashcards for the Serious Student
By The Mental Faculty
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Mental Case is an insanely-great flashcard study app for the serious student.
You can make your own multimedia flashcards, sync them using iCloud or Dropbox to Mental Case on iOS, and schedule your study to target an exam. There's no better way to get stuff into your head!
Whether you're studying anatomical diagrams for Medical School, preparing for a Driving test, or cramming for the Legal Bar exam, Mental Case can help you achieve your goals.
You can prepare your own flashcards with text, images, audio, and video, or download directly from web sites like Quizlet.com and Cram.com.
Study in beautifully-presented slideshows, on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Your study material can be synced between devices automatically with iCloud or Dropbox.
“Mental Case provides a very nice balance of functionality, desktop and iPhone/iPod touch integration and ease-of-use that make it the leader of the pack...” — TUAW.com
- Include text, images, audio, and video
- Built-in screenshots and camera capture
- Change font, font size, alignment and text color
- iCloud or Dropbox
- Sync between your Macs
- Sync with Mental Case for iOS (sold separately)
- Free downloads from Quizlet.com and Cram.com
- Export flashcards for use in other apps
- Send stacks to your friends
- Interactive slideshows
- Prepare multiple-choice quizzes
- Flag cards while you study
- Organize your cards into stacks
- Move and reorder your study cards
- Beautiful 3D card browser
- Schedule cards for long-term memory
- Schedule cards to cram for an exam
- Different schedules tailored to your goals
Mental Case for iOS
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What's New in Version 2.7.4
Fixes an intermittent crash some were experiencing during slideshow navigation.
Great study app
Bottom Line: Flexible flashcard app that makes studying easier and more efficient. Seems stable and mature, I haven’t had a single problem yet.
For me the most important part of studying is putting together the concepts in a way I understand and then reviewing that until it’s locked in. The best way I’ve ever found to do that is to make flash cards or study sheets. Mental Case 2 helps me do this on my computer making the whole process more efficient and flexible. I’m using it to study languages and mathematical concepts alike. I don’t think there is any limit to what you could study with this.
-Multi-facet flashcards, make a five sided flashcard to study a verb, its meaning and its various conjugations
-Programmed study periods - it keeps track of how often you study and what you keep getting wrong
-Simple online backup to dropbox or iCloud - don’t have to worry about losing those carefully constructed flahs cards
-Also syncs with iPhone app which seems nice though I don’t have an iPhone
So I used this for a while a year or so ago then came back to it. I have had no end of confusion until I figured out that there is a new version of this app… Mental Case 2. This new version has a new icon on the phone that does not match the icon on the MAC. This really seemed like something that would not have to be looked out for. Amazing the amount of trouble that can be caused over the silly things. Why would you make the Mental case 2 Mac APP and the mental case 1 ios app icons match but not the MC2 and MC2??
Tons of frustration
I love everything about this app in THEORY. The theoretical easy sync between devices, the theoretical study schedules, the multi-facets, reversable cards, it all sounds wonderful.
In practice I have never been more frustrated with an OS X or iOS app. Here’s my laundry list:
Sync: This has gotten a lot better (as in apparently it works now for iCloud, I use dropbox) I don’t know who’s fault this is, but the end results are the same. It used to be hit or miss whether it would sync or not, now it does. Each device constantly logs out so I’m always turning sync back on, entering my username and password, waiting for the long sync process to happen…
Study Schedule: Wonderful, but super easy to accidentally reset. Then you’re back to day one and this can be super discouraging when you have thousands of cards you’re studying. Once you commit to card template you had better not want to change it once you have some studying under your belt!
Reversable cards: once you finally figure out how to make a card reversible….. You can’t pick what side you want to come first, so if you’re studying a language, you’re stuck with random cues, so you can’t go from just side one to side two for one round, then side two to side one the next time, it’s always a random mix. If you switch a card/stack from a non-reversible template to a reversible template it starts your study schedule over.
There’s a big learning curve with all the features. Confusing options in weird places.
Navigation in the iOS app is a bit clucky. For example: if you’re studying a card and want to correct a typo or add something it’s a big ordeal.
Overall, if it worked as expected and described it would be amazing. Unfortunately it doesn’t. I’ve been using Mental Case since the first version and I’m always hoping they fix everthing with the next update (which are frequent, I’ll give them that). It does make all other flashcard apps seem feature poor and ugly, but after so much trouble I finally had state my irritations publicly. This is both it’s strength and down fall, it does a LOT, but it doesn’t do it well.