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You Have Words v1.5.0

An updated version of You Have Words Italian was released this week. As with the previous update this is only available for iOS 7 which is now the minimum supported version. If you have an older device you should still be able to download an older unsupported version. This is a minor feature release to add the option to use the built-in speech synthesis and also to improve the dictionary search results.

Speech Synthesis

Since the release of iOS 7 by Apple there has been a built-in feature that makes it easy to use speech synthesis to pronounce both English and Italian words. This is in no way a substitute for a native speaker but I decided to make it an option for those that want it. When enabled a loudspeaker icon will appear on the flashcards as shown below:

Tapping the loudspeaker will cause the word to be spoken. You can also hear the word when browsing the dictionary by tapping on the word when viewing the word details.

I know from initial feedback that not all users will like this feature. The pronunciation is very mechanical which may be off-putting for some. Give it a try but if it annoys you it can be disabled from the settings (General > Speech).

You can also adjust the speech rate and volume if desired. I find the slower speeds work better but you can experiment to find what works best for you.

Improved Search Results

The dictionary word search feature is accessed by tapping the search icon in the word details view. This feature performs a search on Twitter to show the word as it used in context. This release has improved the results by removing duplicates and other meaningless results caused by matching against meta data such as the username. The matched words are now also highlighted in red.

Compatibility

This update requires a minimum version of iOS 7 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Feedback

As always you can send feedback directly from within the app using the “Send Feedback” option in the Help section of the Settings screen. Alternatively send your comments, suggestions and corrections to feedback@youhavewords.com.

You Have Words v1.4.1

A minor update was released last week for You Have Words Italian. This update is only available for iOS 7 which is now the minimum supported version. If you have an older device you should still be able to download an older unsupported version. This was mostly a bug fix release with some minor improvements as described below.

Dictionary Updates

The dictionary has been updated and now has 1970 words. The new Atlas topic includes words for the most common European countries. There are also numerous corrections and additions based on user feedback including what I hope is now a more consistent use of the definite article. If you have think you have spotted an error in the dictionary please send details to feedback@youhavewords.com.

Improvements and Bug Fixes

There has been a number of improvements and bug fixes included in this release:

Dark Background Mode

The white background of the new iOS 7 user interface was too bright for some users so I have added an option to use a dark background. You can enable the option from the Settings within the App:

Bigger Buttons for the iPhone

The score buttons on the iPhone have always been a bit small for anybody with big fingers. The iOS 7 redesign included new larger buttons but were still constrained by the screen height when the device was in landscape orientation.

Using the App in landscape on the iPhone was never a great experience so in this release is no longer supported. This has allowed the buttons to be larger and much easier to tap. The new button size are shown below with the dark background setting enabled:

Word Details Now Displayed on the iPad in a Popover

Using the Info button for a flashcard to display the word details used to display the details in a full screen window on the iPad. In this release the details are now shown in a smaller popover window. The iPhone version of the App is unchanged. The new word detail display for the iPad is shown below:

Miscellaneous fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused some long words to not fit on the flashcard. Long words are now reduced in size to fit on the card.
  • Accessibility improvements.
  • Improved support for dynamic text sizes.
  • Card style and background mode settings now correctly sync to all devices via iCloud.

Compatibility

This update requires a minimum version of iOS 7 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Feedback

As always you can send feedback directly from within the app using the “Send Feedback” option in the Help section of the Settings screen. Alternatively send your comments, suggestions and corrections to feedback@youhavewords.com.

You Have Words Italian v1.4.0

If you have updated your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to iOS 7 over the last week you should check the App Store for an update to You Have Words Italian. This update is only available for iOS 7 which is now the minimum supported version.

New User Interface Design

The recent release by Apple of iOS 7 provided a good opportunity to refresh the user interface. The most dramatic change is to the main screen showing the learning topics. The old table list view has been replaced by what I hope is a simplified and more visually pleasing card view. The screenshot below shows what this looks like on the iPhone.

The change is even more noticeable on the iPad. I always felt the previous split display made poor use of the larger iPad screen. The new design should make it easier to quickly spot which topics need attention.

Double tapping on a topic card displays the learning statistics for the topic and provides the option to reset the learning history for the topic:

The other major user interface design change is with the display of the flashcards. The old card designs have been replaced by simpler designs. More importantly the scoring buttons have been made bigger and hopefully easier to tap.

The detailed word display has received a minor cleanup to improve readability and refresh some of the icons.

Improvements and Bug Fixes

There has been a number of improvements and bug fixes included in this release:

  • The detailed word view now includes the phonetic spelling of the words.
  • The Twitter search results now support the pull-to-refresh action.
  • The ability to learn ahead, previously indicated by a grey badge, has been removed as it caused confusion.
  • Improvements to accessibility and VoiceOver support
  • Dictionary corrections
  • Fixed a bug that was causing some users not to see dictionary corrections and updates.

Compatibility

This update requires a minimum version of iOS 7 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Feedback

As always you can send feedback directly from within the app using the “Send Feedback” option in the Help section of the Settings screen. Alternatively send your comments, suggestions and corrections to feedback@youhavewords.com.