Here is just a bunch of stuff I would like to see in the Skritter app someday (some are way out there and I know will most likely never happen) it’s in no particular order of priority though I am numbering them to make it easier to comment on. Also I know I have mention some of these things in the past but since this is my Skritter wish list I’m going to be mentioning some of them again. Please keep in mind I am studying Japanese and my personal desires will be different from others. What do you desire for the future of the app? Were any of them the same as mine?
I always hear about how the Pelco dictionary integration is loved by the Chinese students. And well surprise that sounds good to me too. I hope it comes to the Japanese app someday.
I would like to have a text editor to italicize, bold and edit text rather that relying on using tags.
I would like to have a VR version of Skritter (a great stepping stone to AR).
I would like to have an AR version of Skritter (I know this one seems really far off but I do think it is the future and someday it will replace the cell phone).
I would like to have example sentences.
5a I would like to have sentences with close deletions.
5b I would like to have sentences with audio read by professional voice actors. Also please have the ability to store them on the app and not just streamed when needed.
5c I would like to have a pitch mark up for Japanese sentences too (and for that matter individual words). Although it’s not necessary for speaking Japanese (like it is for Chinese) it is helpful in reducing accents. I only know of one book that uses the accents (my old Ohio State textbook: Japanese the Spoken Language) but I know of no app, font nor program that can mark up the text. It would really set Skritter apart if it had the ability to do so.
5d I would like to have professional images to go with the sentences. Also please have the ability to store them on the app and not as web links.
5e I would like to have sentences with furigana for the close deletions as you will only be focused on the words missing in the close deletions and don’t want to get bogged down by not knowing the others.
- I would like a much more sophisticated mnemonic system. My current way of writing mnemonics is to include the mnemonics that make each character and the mnemonics for the primitives in the mnemonic for the word. This leads to very long mnemonics that are hard to edit if you want to make changes at the character level or primitive level. They are hard to edit because changing the character mnemonic or radical mnemonic will result in it needing to be changed in all of your words or having a different mnemonic than the rest. Them being long makes them less appealing to others who probably don’t use the same character and primitives as me.
6a When a word is made of more than one character I would like to make a mnemonic for the word. Under that mnemonic I would like to see the characters for the word in tabs followed by another mnemonic area that shows the mnemonic for the first character in the word. Touching the second character tab would then take you to the mnemonic for the second character in the box bellow. Any change within the mnemonic for the character should cause a change for all the times that character is used in different words for the user. For example if 男 is changed in 男性 then it should also change in 長男, 男の子, 男 and so on.
6b I would like all the character mnemonics to be followed by their primitive mnemonics (and those primitive followed by their primitives). Any change within the primitive mnemonic for that character should change for all the times that radical is used for the user. For example if the 女 radical mnemonic is changed in 案 then it should also change in 安, 要, 好, 女 and so on.
6c I would like to be able to create my own primitives. I imagine it would work somewhat like this. You click on the strokes that make up the primitive in the character. Label it then select an option like create new primitive. Skritter then shows the character but with only the strokes selected previously. The user is able to link that user created primitive to any character they come across that uses it.
I would like to have integrated YouTube video lessons. Imagine watching a lesson on Youtube in the app then going straight from the lesson to studying with Skritter. This would bring the same benifits as number 1; both can be done currently but integrating them would make things smother and easier.
Bring progress graphs to the app. At this point the graphs have been gone for so long I am starting to wonder if it’s just me experiencing a bug or if they really are still on the back burner.
Change the equal sign to an up and down arrow for list editing. I had no idea I could rearrange the items in lists until I accidentally dragged it one time.
Bring the ability to add words that are not in Skritter’s database like the Legacy web does to the app.