Continuing our Extreme Dashboard Makeover: Slow Edition™, we’re introducing a couple new tools on the dashboard: the review forecast and illustrated, you-can’t-miss-them lesson and review buttons. It’s all up right now on the preview server!
The review forecast does just what it claims: it shows when new reviews will show up, broken down by the day and then the hour in a simple, easy-to-scan format.
Since we didn’t want to get into speculation, prediction, or machine learning (or accidentally unleash SkyNet), the forecast is pretty simple. It only shows new things being added to your queue if you do nothing . After you do reviews and come back to the dashboard, the forecast changes to reflect the availability of all the things you just reviewed.
The illustrated lesson and review buttons are, well, buttons that, uh, have illustrations. Since those two things are what everybody should be doing on WaniKani, we thought it might be good to call them out front and center. Aya is working on some amazing illustrations that will swap out at varying counts of lessons and reviews. While she finishes those up, though, you’ll have to suffer through the for-position-only graphic of old-man Koichi that Viet and I put together.
You’ll also notice that we took away a couple things to make room for all this: the “available now”, “next hour” and “next day” sections up top. The huge buttons should handle what the available now section did when you had stuff available. The rest of the states should show up in the review forecast area, clearly highlighting the next time reviews are coming up.
We’re getting the feature up a little early to get your feedback on how it works. We’re still working on polish, finalizing artwork, and refactoring some of the code. Once we have your feedback, make tweaks, and finish that polishing, we’ll put up another announcement with a firm launch date.
We’re excited to get your (constructive) feedback on how the new features work with your WaniKani planning. As always, keep up the hard work on those reviews!