CNET Editors' review
There's a reason that flashcards have remained such a popular educational tool: they work. L.A. Flash Cards is an easy-to-use program that takes all of the useful simplicity of physical flashcards and adds helpful features like audio to make your flashcards extra effective. Whether you're learning a foreign language or trying to memorize a set of words or facts for another purpose, L.A. Flash Cards can do things a set of handwritten index cards never could.
The program's interface isn't the most intuitive thing we've ever seen, but it didn't take us too long to get the hang of it. In the card creator interface, collections of cards are displayed with the question on the left and the answer on the right; on either side of the card you can edit the card color and font, insert images, and add audio. We especially liked how easy it was to add audio to a card; just click the record button, speak, and click it again. We quickly created a set of English/Spanish flashcards, saved it, and then opened the program's flashcard presenter to try it out. There are quite a few options here; you can have the cards play automatically or advance them manually, and there's a simple test mode, Leitner system mode, and an option that lets you type a response. If you don't want to use the program's built-in presenter, you can also print your flashcards or even upload them to a server for use on your mobile device. Although the program has a menu option for a Help file, we weren't able to access it; fortunately the program is straightforward enough that this isn't a huge drawback. Overall, we were quite impressed with L.A. Flash Cards, and we think it's a great choice for learners of all ages and levels.
From Lexis Rex:
L.A. Flash Cards is a software program for creating educational flash cards to help you learn anything, anywhere. Flash cards are a fundamental tool for learning using repetitive question and answer exercises. The system includes a flash card creator which lets you create the cards with text, audio, or images. You can then print them out for the classroom or use the viewer on the computer, allowing you to shuffle, swap and do self or checked testing. You can upload text and image cards to your cell phone, iPhone or iPod Touch for learning anywhere. You can also create web based flash cards for use from your web site. If you have audio on each card you can collate all the audio tracks into a single audio file for learning from your iPod or other portable music player.
What's new in this version: Version 1.5.3 fixes bugs and replaces the iGoogle Gadget functionality.
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All versions:4.0 stars
out of 5 votes
Current version:1.0 stars
out of 1 votes
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"Program itself is fine, but don't get it from this site"
Version: L.A. Flash Cards 1.5.3
Has everything I needed plus nothing else:
- write on the front of the card
- write answer on the back of the card
- color code text, background, or change font
- review in set order or random order
Just a very plain setup that will let me review for as long as I want during any given period. I've tried other programs like Anki which were too confusing to read, limited the amount of words I could study per session, and even raising all the limit values still wouldn't give me the freedom to review as much as I wanted before cutting me off and telling me I was done. No thanks, this program seems old but all I need are the bare basics, so it suits me well.
The program itself seems harmless but I have to salute CNET for bundling it with various other malware & adware programs that no one wants and is not blatantly stated you will be getting. At first I thought it was the flashcard program to blame so I got on an older PC I could afford to have ruined, downloaded a different program, and sure enough got the same spyware installed onto it as well, so LA Flash Cards is apparently not at fault. If you download through CNET expect to get treated with some trash called Mobogenie, another program that bugs you to backup your PC, and an obtrusive add-on to Firefox highlighting random words on a site & offering to search them for me. It took an hour to remove all this filth from my newly built virgin PC that is only 2 weeks old, so thank you CNET for contaminating it so early into its life. Now for the next 8 years whenever something is slow I'll have to wonder if somehow a few bytes of your spyware still lingers on it and is causing the problem.
Get this program, it seems to do the trick, but for the love of God get it from another source. CNET is apparently no longer a trusted name in the world of safe software. I've been with them since 1997 and never expected them to poison my downloads like this. It didn't used to be like this. It used to be you came to download.com specifically to find files that you knew were free from malware. Not anymore. Consider this the end of our relationship, CNET. 0.5 star not for the product itself but for the whole contaminate package it comes with through this service.