I’ve been a longtime user of Skritter on iOS. For several months now, I’ve been trying to use the “new” Skritter iOS app (“Skritter: Write Chinese” in the App Store, white icon), but I keep reverting to the legacy iOS app (“Skritter Chinese” in the App Store, dark red icon).
What I’m struggling with on the new app:
Due Mode vs Continuous Mode
I find that Continuous Mode best resembles the algorithm of the legacy app. With anywhere between 100 and 200 words “due” on any given day, I find Due Mode frustrating as I have to get through every due card before I get to review any that I got wrong (often 30 minutes or more), which seems contrary to the philosophy of SRS. I like how Continuous Mode continues to put forth cards I get wrong at much shorter intervals in the midst of other due cards. However, I’m missing a display of the number of due cards remaining in continuous mode, so I have no idea how long I need to review before finishing the cards due for that day; I find myself constantly returning to the title screen—or the legacy web app—to check how many due cards are left.
Due Cards Count
I find the number of due cards remaining on the old app to consistently match the number that appears on the legacy web app. However the number of due cards listed on the new iOS app seems wildly off. For example, I might start a daily session with 150 cards due, which I can easily clear in less than 30 minutes on the legacy app. On the new app, 30 minutes later, there are somehow consistently many more due cards remaining after the same study time. There is also the issue that the due count itself seems to be being counted completely differently in the new app, with “due” maybe corresponding to tomorrow’s due count rather than today’s. (Even when the legacy app and the legacy website showing 0 cards due, the new app often shows 100 or more cards still due.)
I suppose I could work around the above 2 issues by simply reviewing for a fixed time (eg 30 minutes) each day in Continuous Mode without worrying about how many cards should be reviewed that day, but this seems counterintuitive and inefficient.
Card Feeding Algorithm
This has already been raised on the forums by other users, but the algorithm that the legacy app uses to gradually feed new cards when you’re ready for them is super helpful and super intuitive. Having to manually feed new cards in the new app is annoying. Though I am OK to work around this.
I’d really like to move to the new app permanently, as I suspect it’s only a matter of time before the legacy app disappears. Also I use an Android from time to time, and the analogous app to the legacy iOS app doesn’t seem to be available there.
Any suggestions? I’m curious if others have seen the same things and how/if they’ve worked around them.