In this part of our SRS discussion we should look at who the major players are in Spaced Repetition Software. For more information from the official website for each SRS just click on its name. While I have not listed all the spaced repetition software out there I feel that these are the most robust and widely used. With respect to Anki and Mnemosyne, I feel that this will allow them to become the better applications in the long run because they will get the most development. If you use another piece of software please leave a comment about it. Now, on to the SRS.
Supermemo – Supermemo is probably one of the most widely known pieces of Spaced Repetition Software out there. It was created by Piotr Wozniak out of Poland in the mid/late 80’s. There are multiple versions available with varying costs. Although it is arguably the most powerful piece of spaced repetition software out there right now, it is also the most archaic. Another feature that I found hard to use was the import/export of lists.
Mnemosyne – is free and is based off a similar version of the Supermemo2 algorithm. The best features that I have found with this software is that it has great support for different kinds of media, as well as 3 sided cards with the written word, the translation, and the pronunciation. Another major feature that this shares with Anki is the ability to run off of a USB drive. This is nice if you have a USB you take around with you to use in places where foreign software is not allowed.
Anki – is another free piece of software that shares theSupermemo2 algorithm . As stated above it can be run from a USB drive and also has a synchronization feature which allows the user to keep their data on multiple computers in sync. I have not tested this feature myself but I have heard mixed reviews.
FullRecall – is free with limitations ($35 for the full version) and the UI of this software is similar to many of the other SRS that we’ve reviewed. The major question I have is how the “underlying artificial network” actually works in practice (sounds good in theory). I would need to look at some code to see how it compares to the SM2 algorithm.
Next time I will talk about my experiences with SRS and how SRS fits with my ongoing plan to learn languages. Also we’ll take a look at some other language blogger’s use of SRS and any recommendations they may have as well. For further reading, check out the following reviews around the language blogosphere. 再見!
Nihongo Pera Pera’s review of Anki, Mnemosyne, and Supermemo
The Cunning Linguist’s review of Anki, and SRS in general