SuperMemo 7

SuperMemo 7.0 for Windows (January 1993)

SuperMemo 7.0 was one of just a few Windows applications available in Poland at its time (early 1993). Although initially, it found it difficult to compete with SuperMemo 6, by 1995 it became the most popular SuperMemo ever (over 30,000 copies sold by the end of 1996). In 1993, it became one of the first Polish applications using sound and bitmapped graphics. In mid-1994, it was also the first Polish Windows software released on CD-ROM. The number of awards given to SuperMemo 7.0 is too long to be listed here. In 1994 and 1995, SuperMemo 7 was voted the most popular Polish software by readers of PC World Komputer. It was also one of the most eagerly copied pieces of software on illegal software market ahead of the entire Microsoft suite:

  1. The whole program was written anew from scratch in Borland Pascal 7.0 for Windows using Object Windows Library application framework
  2. New database file managing options: Delete database, Rename database, Copy database, Move database, Cut drills (removing items scheduled for Final Drill)
  3. Possibility of using several database editing windows at the same time; plus independent Learn, Search and Random Test windows with all operations of the editing mode available. This allows, for example, to browse, search, edit or expand the database during learning
  4. Possibility of opening a number of independent Append windows at the same time (e.g. to add or duplicate items at Learn or at Search)
  5. Possibility of transferring items and text blocks between all sorts of item windows (via Clipboard)
  6. Possibility of duplicating items in the Append window
  7. Forgetting curves available from all options displaying optimization matrices (R-Factors, O-Factors, optimal intervals, and Cases)
  8. Possibility of working with a few databases at the same time using separate instances of the program

In the following 28 months, the following major versions of SuperMemo have been released: AudioVisual SuperMemo 7.2, SuperMemo 7.3, SuperMemo 7.4 for CD-ROM applications, and SuperMemo 7.5 Programmable that terminated SuperMemo 7 line

SuperMemo 7.2 (June 1993)

SuperMemo 7.2 was commercially the most successful step in the development of SuperMemo 7 line. By adding the possibility of attaching sound and graphics to items, SuperMemo 7.2 has become one of the first Polish multimedia applications:

  1. Adding Image menu in editing windows (creating up to 60,000 graphic images associated with items)
  2. Adding Audio menu in editing windows (recording and playing up to 60,000 sound files associated with items)
  3. Configuration AutoSave
  4. Remembering location and sizes of working windows in the program configuration
  5. Parameter Future Reps estimating the number of repetitions of a given item in the nearest 30 years
  6. Possibility of using any of the Windows fonts in any color in SuperMemo items (option Font)
  7. Adding case insensitive item search
  8. Adding an option for defining text, sound and graphic editors in Options
  9. Adding a configuration file for each database with parameters such as desktop, font, color, search string, etc.
  10. Enhancing SuperMemo Toolkit by operations on bitmap and sound files

SuperMemo 7.3 (February 1994)

SuperMemo 7.3 was probably the greatest functional leap in the development of SuperMemo 7 line, however, it went nearly unnoticed by users of SuperMemo and was soon swept into oblivion by CD-ROM releases of SuperMemo 7.4.

  1. Adding full-screen item browsers (e.g. for all items, for intact items, for memorized items, for outstanding items, for intractable items, etc.)
  2. Possibility of searching for all items containing a given substring, and reviewing these items in the search browser (the search browser sequence is preserved between sessions)
  3. Possibility of changing the order of items in the database (by means of the general browser)
  4. Possibility of editing the intact queue (by means of the intact browser)
  5. Option Item : Transfer in editing windows (used to quickly transfer the current item to another database)
  6. RESCUE.EXE integrated with the program as File : Recover
  7. Introducing the concept of a leech (item which slows down the learning process). Possibility of extracting leeches using the criteria of E-factor, number of lapses, and the interval. Possibility of browsing leeches and randomly reviewing leeches.
  8. Possibility of using filter files with database-to-text conversion tool TO_TEXT.EXE that allows defining (1) items that should be included/excluded in/from the output, (2) strings that should be replaced, (3) comment that should be cut, (4) ordinal number delimiters, (5) definitions of ordinals used in sorting databases, etc.
  9. Possibility of quickly opening one of the 5 recently used databases from the pick list on the File menu
  10. Automatically opening the last used database at running SuperMemo
  11. Resizable question-and-answer field in editing windows
  12. Possibility of fast switching between appending and editing modes (e.g. to edit recently appended items)
  13. Possibility of independently passing one of the three stages of learning: outstanding, memorizing and final drill
  14. Random test on item subsets: intact items, memorized items, intractable items, outstanding items, etc.
  15. Possibility of alternative viewing items scheduled for a particular day in the item browser (in Analysis : Burden)
  16. Possibility of viewing items scheduled for a particular month by clicking entries in the Monthly Burden
  17. Possibility of arbitrarily choosing the first interval when memorizing an item
  18. True Type support in printing
  19. 256-color bitmap support

SuperMemo 7.4 (September 1994)

SuperMemo 7.4 was the first version of SuperMemo released on CD-ROM. Boosted by the best-selling audio-database Advanced English, it sold 5000 copies in the late 1994 alone.

  1. Integrated Toolkit (including tools such as: Recover, Reset, Transfer, Sort, Export text, Import text, Export SM6, Import audiovisual files, Cross-section, SetUp, etc.)
  2. Child browsers (e.g. Child : Search makes it possible to selected from the browser all items containing a given substring; Child : Leech extracts all difficult items, etc.)
  3. Lexicon and Audio Lexicon make it possible to instantly access words and audio phrases stored in the database (the lexicon may be built for a custom-made database with Build Lexicon using a user-defined filter file)
  4. Mercy into the future (e.g. in order to pass all repetitions scheduled for a vacation period before the vacation)
  5. Possibility of spelling drills with the Spell-Pad
  6. Fuzzy search (e.g. in order to find 'bureaucracy' without remembering the exact spelling)
  7. Multiple user menu that makes it possible to define a number of users with separate database directories and database password protection
  8. Possibility of using different fonts in questions and in answers (e.g. Latin alphabet in questions and Cyrillic in answers)
  9. Four modes of accessing audiovisual files (e.g. in order to repeat audiovisual items whose bitmaps and sound files come from a database stored on CD-ROM, in a colleague's directory, etc.). Possibility of editing audiovisual links in a database with BMP and WAV files stored on CD-ROM.
  10. Smart Reset makes it possible to selectively reset the elements of the learning process (e.g. forgetting index, optimization matrices, entire database, etc.)
  11. Synchronous Browser's Edit window in browsers makes it easier to browse multiline items, and items illustrated with bitmaps
  12. Possibility of defining user's keyboard (by defining KBD files that will assign selected character codes to Alt-key combinations in the item editor)
  13. Possibility of comparing one's vocal responses with original audio records in the database
  14. 3-D graphs with optimization matrices

SuperMemo 7.5 Programmable (March 1995)

SuperMemo 7.5 was the last step in the development of SuperMemo 7 line. The much hyped programmability of SuperMemo 7.5 has not caught wider attention and did not bring the expected rush towards developing new-class databases (this was probably due to the intricate DLL interface and little interest in non-standard SuperMemo applications). With the full-blown switch towards hypermedia, SuperMemo World terminated the development of SuperMemo 7 in early 1995. This move has greatly disappointed many faithful users of SuperMemo who would then have to wait nearly two years for hypermedia SuperMemo 8. However, this allowed SuperMemo World to dedicate all resources to the new development line:

  1. Database programmability, i.e. the ability to execute DLL database modules (to open the way to using SuperMemo in procedural learning, problem solving, playing musical instruments, creativity training, etc.)
  2. Adding Touch-typing programmed database to every package
  3. Tools menu in the browser makes it possible to perform database operations on the contents of the browser
  4. Operations Print All, Delete All, Memorize All and Reset All in the browser
  5. Subset operations on the contents of the browser (Open, Save, Add, Subtract, and Intersect)
  6. Adding Phonetic Lexicon to Advanced English distributed on CD-ROM. Phonetic Lexicon makes it possible to search for English words by using their phonetic transcription
  7. Option of selecting individual items in the browser, and creating a child browser with selected items
  8. Option Previous in editing windows provides access to up to fifty recently reviewed items
  9. Adding final drill browser and history browser (for up to fifty recently used items)
  10. Option Item : Drill in editing windows makes it possible to add an item to the final drill queue
  11. Option Move : Randomize in the browser makes it possible to scramble the browser's content (e.g. to randomly reshuffle the final drill queue, etc.)
  12. Options Edit : Replace and Search : Replace all in the browser
  13. Option Browser : Random test makes it possible to run a random test on items kept in the browser
  14. Sound importing options in the browser
  15. Show answer, Next and Cancel buttons in learning windows
  16. Two menu variants: (1) simple (default) and (2) professional

SuperMemo 7 Audio Visual

In 1999, SuperMemo 7 for Windows joined SuperMemo for DOS by becoming freeware. It has reached Top 100 Downloads at Software Blast! in just seven months ultimately climbing up to the 23rd position in software overall. Today, you are more likely to prefer SuperMemo 98 or SuperMemo 2004 freeware.