|Beta-testing reports for SuperMemo 8
|This is the text of an e-mail sent to all
beta-testers of SuperMemo 8.2, May 16, 1997
May 16, 1997
Dear Beta-Tester of SuperMemo 8,
Beta-testing of SuperMemo 8 comes
to a close. In the over-Internet program, we had 135 registered
beta-testers who submitted 183 beta-testing reports and
contributed to removing 78 major bugs from the program! Although
we used to invest in larger-scale non-Internet beta testing, this
was our best beta-testing program ever! For all of you who sent
in their remarks, we would like to present our most sincere
gratitude; also on behalf of future users of SuperMemo.
Among optimistic facts about
beta-testing was an overwhelming proportion of international
beta-testers (93%) from countries as remote as Malaysia and
Singapore. Also the very positive opinions about SuperMemo 8 make
us very optimistic about the future sales.
On the downside, there was a
surprisingly large proportion of beta-testers who focused on
creating hypermedia knowledge systems without paying much
attention to the learning algorithm that is central to SuperMemo.
It seems that, unlike with SuperMemo 7, the new abilities of
SuperMemo 8 detract the attention from repetition spacing.
As promised, all of you will
qualify for a free upgrade to the final release as soon as you completely fill out the following questionnaire. If
you do not understand questions, please answer I do not
- Has SuperMemo 8 met your
expectations? Please explain why in as much detail as
- How many hours in total have
you been working with SuperMemo 8?
- Have you used SuperMemo 7
before? Or any other SuperMemo implementation?
- If you have used SuperMemo 7,
which program better satisfies your needs: SuperMemo 7 or
SuperMemo 8? Why?
- What do you like most in
- What do you dislike most in
- Will you continue using
SuperMemo 8? If not, write why. If yes, write for what
- What would you improve in the
documentation (help file SM8.HLP)?
- Have you used the learning
procedure in SuperMemo 8 (button Learn or option Learn :
Outstanding material or Ctrl+L)? How extensively?
- Have you created your own
components? What types (sound, image, video, etc.)?
- Have you used Tools : Append
- Have you used Tools : Mercy?
- Have you used Tools :
- Have you transferred
hierarchy nodes or the entire knowledge system to another
- Have you used File : Import :
From SuperMemo 7?
- Do you understand the
difference between a topic and an item?
- Which options, buttons or
icons would you remove from SuperMemo? List at least 3
- Have you found bugs you have
not reported yet? Please describe?
- Have you had errors reported
by File : Recover?
- Using the scale from 0% to
100%, where 100% is the best, and 0% is the worst, how do
you grade SuperMemo 8 as software?
- Using the same scale as in
the previous point, how do you grade SuperMemo as a
method of learning?
- How do you grade
user-friendliness of SuperMemo?
- How do you grade the
documentation (help file SM8.HLP)?
- How do you grade SuperMemo
- How do you grade beta-testing
program feedback on the web?
- What would you change in
future beta-testing for your convenience or for better
- List the three most important
things you would change in SuperMemo 8 to better satisfy
your needs: 1... 2... 3...
- How would implementing
corrections from the previous point change your grading
of SuperMemo given earlier?
- Have you tried the knowledge
system ABC of SuperMemo 8? Was it helpful?
- What price would you be ready
to pay for SuperMemo 8 downloadable from Internet?
(although you will naturally get it for free)
- How did you learn about
- How did you learn about the
over-Internet beta-testing program for SuperMemo 8?
- What are your propositions
for SuperMemo Web Site?
- Would you like to develop
your own knowledge system and publish it on CD-ROM? What
Write more about your impressions,
problems and propositions. All new ideas for future releases are
Once again, please let me express
my most sincere gratitude for your involvement in improving
Piotr Wozniak, PhD
President, SuperMemo World
ul.R.Maya 1, Poznan 61-371, Poland