Options available on the main menu

Here are the main menu options of the SuperMemo program and their uses:

File - database file procedures

New- create a new database

Open - open a new database for use

Save/Close - close the currently used database

Copy - copy a database to a new location

Move - move a database to a new location

Rename - rename a database

Delete - delete a database

Exit - exit SuperMemo

\SM7\DB\AUDIOVIS, etc. - open a database from a list of the 5 most recently opened databases

Edit - edit and expand a database

Edit recent item - edit the recently used item; browse the database

Append new items - add new items to the database

Search - search for items containing a given substring

Find first - search for the first item containing the substring

Find all - search for all items containing the substring

Fuzzy search - search for items that contain substrings similar to the defined search string

Learn - memorizing new items and repeating previously learned items

Learn all - repeat outstanding items, memorize new items, and work the final drill in the optimum order

Repeat outstanding items- repeat outstanding items scheduled for a given day

Memorize new items - memorize new items

Final drill - repeat items that scored less than four in other stages of learning (e.g. in memorize new items)

Cut drills - delete repetitions scheduled for the final drill (this operation deletes the file [database name].DRL)

Browse- browse the database

All - browse the entire database

Searched - browse the items last found in Find all

Intact - browse the intact items

Memorizing - browse the memorized item

Outstanding - browse all outstanding items from the given day

Leeches - browse the most difficult items (defined by the combination of E-factor, interval and lapses range)

Audio items - browse items that contain audio records

Visual items - browse items that contain visual records

Analysis - statistical procedures

Burden - inspect the number and content of items to be repeated on particular days

Monthly burden - inspect the number of items scheduled for repetition in particular months and years

Factor distribution - inspect the distribution of E-factors, which determine the difficulty of particular items

Interval distribution - inspect the distribution of intervals in a database

Forgetting curve - inspect the approximation of forgetting curves collected in the process of learning (initially, the curve for E-factor=2.5 and repetition-number=1 is displayed; other curves may be inspected by pressing arrow keys)

Advanced statistical options

Advanced : Retention factors - inspect the matrix of R-factors used by the SuperMemo optimization algorithm and the associated forgetting curves

Advanced : Optimal factors - inspect the matrix of O-factors used by the SuperMemo optimization algorithm and the associated forgetting curves

Advanced : Optimal intervals - inspect the matrix of optimum intervals used by the SuperMemo optimization algorithm and the associated forgetting curves

Advanced : Retention - inspect the values of retention at repetitions for particular E-factors and repetition numbers

Advanced : Cases - inspect the matrix of repetition cases used in evaluating the credibility of particular entries of OF and RF matrices and the associated forgetting curves

Advanced : Retention factors 3D - inspect 3-dimensional representation of the matrix of R-factors

Advanced : Optimal factors 3D - inspect 3-dimensional representation of the matrix of O-factors

Advanced : Retention 3D - inspect 3-dimensional representation of retention at repetition for particular E-factors and repetition numbers

Advanced : Cases 3D - inspect 3-dimensional representation of the matrix of repetition cases used in evaluating the credibility of particular entries of OF and RF matrices

Tools - a collection of procedures that can be used in processing databases:

Garbage - perform smart garbage collection, i.e. delete temporary files and/or compact the database by removing superfluous data

Recover - recover from database integrity errors

Replace strings - globally replace string in the database (see TOOLKIT.TXT for the description of REPSTR.EXE and TO_TEXT.EXE, and for the definition of CNV and FLT files)

Reset - reset the database (i.e. make it ready for use by another person), or reset a selected elements of the optimization process

Transfer items - transfer groups of items between databases

Export text - export items as text

Import text - import items from a text file (the file should be formatted as the files generated by Export text or TO_TEXT.EXE)

Import audiovisual files - import bitmap or sound files from a selected directory (the files should be named 1.BMP, 2.BMP, 3.BMP, etc. or 1.WAV, 2.WAV, 3.WAV, etc. for items 1, 2, 3, and so on)

Export to SuperMemo 6 - export a database to SuperMemo 6 format (mainly in order to remedy the problem of word-wrapping appearing in SuperMemo 7). KBD and FNT files (if necessary) must be provided independently by the user

Sort database - sort a database for difficulty of items

Swap items - swap questions with answers in the entire database

Cross-section - perform a cross-section analysis of a number of database (see TOOLKIT.TXT for details about CRS files used by CROSS.EXE)

Setup - install new databases or additional components of SuperMemo

Miscellaneous - miscellaneous procedures helpful in the learning process and in database management:

Date - change the date setting

Random tests - display items from the database at random (the presentation can be limited to a set of memorized items, intact items, intractable items, items found with Find all, audio items, etc.)

Approximate - compute the best-fit theoretical values of the OF matrix according to the current status of the RF matrix used by the SuperMemo optimization technique

Mercy - spread outstanding items over a defined period of time

Wipe - delay repetition of the most intractable items; remove the most intractable items from the learning process

Lexicon - open the lexicon associated with a database. The lexicon may be provided with a commercially available database, or built with Miscellaneous : Build lexicon using a user-defined filter

Audio lexicon - open the audio lexicon associated with a database. SuperMemo does not provide tools for building audio lexicons. They are provided ready-made with databases distributed on CD-ROM

Build lexicon - build a lexicon using the vocabulary of the currently used database. A user-defined filters can be employed in the build

Font - change the font and color used in items in a given database (to change the font in answers only, click the answer field and press Ctrl+F)

Options - set parameters which define the configuration of the SuperMemo program

Users - define new users, their working directories and, optionally, database access passwords

View text files - inspect the periodically updated text files which accompany SuperMemo software. For example: DBANK.TXT - listing of SuperMemo databases available, Q&A.TXT - most commonly asked questions about SuperMemo, DEVELOP.TXT - list of improvements in SuperMemo software, etc.)

Help - running help

Front page - introduction to SuperMemo

Index - index page of help

Common questions - run the help starting from the listing of over 100 most often asked questions about SuperMemo

Hints and tips - notes on the effective use of SuperMemo

About user - data of the user who owns the given copy of SuperMemo

Note - note on intellectual property rights pertaining to the SuperMemo method and software

About - note about the version and release date of SuperMemo