Virtual flash cards


If more than one person uses the locally installed version of Anki, a separate profile can be created for each via File | Switch Profile. To do this, just click the Add button and enter a profile name. To select a profile, double-click on the profile name.

To configure a profile, select Tools | Preferences… when the profile is active. You can configure each profile independently, with Anki saving the adjustments along with the profile (Figure 7).

Figure 7: Anki's Preferences dialog is very clear considering its range of functions.


Anki currently offers probably the most comprehensive program for learning terms and content based on the Leitner flash card system. The software appears to be very sophisticated in terms of functionality and, unlike some other programs based on the Leitner system, is not limited to simple index cards with individual terms and short texts. It also lets you create complex learning processes including multimedia content. Consequently, Anki is recommended not only for students, but for anyone interested in quick and sustainable learning.

The Author

Erik Bärwaldt is a self-employed IT-admin and technical author living in Scarborough (United Kingdom). He writes for several IT-magazines.

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