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jVLT - a vocabulary learning tool

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jVLT is a vocabulary learning tool. Examples containing one or many of the vocabulary words may be specified. jVLT also can perform quizzes using a flash card system which is similar to the selective learning system proposed by German psychologist Sebastian Leitner. During a quiz, jVLT shows the examples of each word, letting you better memorize its usage.
Additional features:
  • As jVLT is written in JAVA, it runs on many platforms, including Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
  • The data storage format is (zipped) XML, making it possible to easily convert your vocabulary into other formats, e.g. for displaying it on a web page.
  • You can perform complex searches (e.g. "Show me all the words that occurred in a quiz during the last three days").
  • The vocabulary list (or a part of it) can be printed.
  • CSV (comma separated values) files can be used to import words and examples.

September 1th, 2012: Fresh start!
Effective this date, idoiτ Innovation Center is working on jVLT. Please forward any feedbacks or suggestions to me.

March 7th, 2011: Release 1.3.2
This release adds support for Brazilian Portuoguese, contributed by Djavan Fagundes.

January 25th, 2010: Release 1.3.0
In comparison to the latest beta version, this new release fixes a few minor bugs and updates the translations.

January 6th, 2010: Beta release 20100106
This beta release adds the possibility to add user-defined fields to words. jVLT now also offers better font handling and remembers the dialog positions. Thanks to contributions by users, the Mac OS X support has been improved, multiple fields can be quizzed at once, the configuration file location follows the XDG Base Directory Specification, and the last visited directory is remembered.

October 16th, 2009: Release 1.2.0
Version 1.2.0 includes the features already contained in the latest beta release and updates the Czech, French and German translations.

September 16th, 2009: Beta release 090916
This beta release precedes the next stable version 1.2.0. New features:

  • During a quiz, you can now ignore the expiry date, so words that you knew during the last quiz can be quizzed again immediately.
  • It's possible to flag words as inactive, thus excluding them from future quizzes.
  • When entering new words you can use existing words as a template. This allows to enter similar words more quickly than before.
  • Vocabulary table and word dialog can now have a custom font for original and pronunciation.
  • You can now safely remove words while being in a quiz.

July 28th, 2009: Release 1.1.6
In this release, bugs concerning quizzes that appeared in the latest version were fixed. Furthermore, there is now a bilingual option for the HTML export, i.e., both original - translation and translation - original are printed.

May 24th, 2009: Release 1.1.5
This release contains the changes of the latest development release and updates the Czech, French, German and Polish translation.

May 10th, 2009: Development release 090510
This release adds a new Polish translation that was contributed by Jaroslaw Rosiek. It also offers an improved word filter and offers a database export function via the command line (see the download page for details). Additionally, some minor bugs were fixed.

March 2nd, 2009: Release 1.1.4
Version 1.1.4 fixes some bugs in the former release and additionally contains some minor improvements, among others there are now arrow images on the word table columns to indicate the sorting direction.

October 17th, 2008: Release 1.1.3
This release fixes to bugs that appeared in the former release, one of which caused opening files created with older versions to fail.

October 16th, 2008: Release 1.1.2
This release contains the features of the latest development release, namely a new lesson field and an HTML export function. Also a French translation contributed by S. Lelaure was added.

October 12th, 2008: New development release 081012
This release adds a new lesson field, an HTML export function and fixes two bugs.

September 24rd, 2008: Help forum
Due to an increasing number of spam messages, anonymous users no longer can post messages in the help forum. You now have to register at sourceforge.net before posting. However, since the spammers have not yet discovered the Open Discussion forum, it is still possible to post anonymously there.

August 23rd, 2008: Release 1.1.1
This release fixes a number of bugs, most notably one that didn't allow to specify language-specific details when editing a word. Also loading the advanced filters should be more robust now. Unfortunately the old data format used for storing the filters is not supported anymore, so you have to re-add the filters.

July 30th, 2008: Release 1.1.0
This release adds the features already contained in the latest developer release: 1. User data for words (last quizzed, number of mistakes, etc.) can be reset. 2. Advanced settings for words (language-specific details, categories, multimedia files) can be set for multiple words at once. 3. You can add multiple words in a row without closing the dialog. Additionally, words with accented characters are now sorted correctly in the word list. Thanks to Vít Profant, there is also now a complete Czech translation, including the documentation.

July 10th, 2008: Release 080710
This release re-adds the src directory which disappeared from the source tarball. Also the documentation was updated.

July 6th, 2008: Release 080706
New features in this release: 1. User data for words (last quizzed, number of mistakes, etc.) can be reset. 2. Advanced settings for words (language-specific details, categories, multimedia files) can be set for multiple words at once. 3. You can add multiple words in a a row without closing the dialog.

January 27th, 2008: Release 1.0.6
This release adds the following two minor features: 1) In the example dialog, the case of the selected word is ignored when a link is chosen. 2) During a quiz, you can proceed to the next screen by pressing the enter key. Furthermore, a few bugs were fixed.

January 4th, 2008: Release 1.0.5
Changes: Support for the Japanese language was added and a few bugs were fixed.

October 18th, 2007: Article about jVLT
Argancel has written a nice article about jVLT in his blog (written in French). It describes installation, adding words and examples, quizzes and importing CSV files, and thus is especially useful for first-time users.

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