[Version 1.05 | 2016-01-31] Anki deck for kanji writing practice

This is super fucking cool (wo)man. I don’t know if I’ll use it, just because it’s hard to see myself taking that extra time out of my day, but if writing ever becomes a big priority to me, this will be so so so helpful

thank you so much!!! i just tried this out and it’s amazing. i really wanted some way to practice writing and sitting down and making myself write out kanji repeatedly just wasn’t gonna happen lol. i think writing is a great way to really hammer the details of the kanji in my head so i don’t get it messed up with similar-looking ones…

I was just looking for something like this, and the only thing I could really find was a site called http://www.skritter.com/ . It is kanji writing in an SRS format but it is some what unreasonably expensive of 15$ a month after a free week, but I am loving. Think I might switch to your deck after my free week though just because of how expensive it is.

South said... This is super fucking cool (wo)man. I don't know if I'll use it, just because it's hard to see myself taking that extra time out of my day, but if writing ever becomes a big priority to me, this will be so so so helpful
Thanks! (dude btw). Maybe you could try learning to write one kanji a day?  It wouldn't add much to your workload, and if you like doing it you could bump it up. Just 3 a day is about 1,100 a year, and 5 will get you to over 1,800. 

I myself am doing 20 a day until I get caught up to where I am on WK, at which point I'll start working on them level by level as I progress here. It's not really that bad. Anki says I spent 16 minutes reviewing 79 cards today. 


meroron said... thank you so much!!! i just tried this out and it's amazing. i really wanted some way to practice writing and sitting down and making myself write out kanji repeatedly just wasn't gonna happen lol. i think writing is a great way to really hammer the details of the kanji in my head so i don't get it messed up with similar-looking ones...
This is one of the best things about writing practice! There are so many kanji that differ by only one or two strokes. 


AlexAlex said... I was just looking for something like this, and the only thing I could really find was a site called http://www.skritter.com/ . It is kanji writing in an SRS format but it is some what unreasonably expensive of 15$ a month after a free week, but I am loving. Think I might switch to your deck after my free week though just because of how expensive it is
$15 a month? Ouch. Is there anything you like about skritter that could be added to this deck? 

Just tried this out, works really well, thanks!

It’s amazing how difficult it can be to remember even the easiest kanji when trying to produce them…

Okay guys, version 1.02 is available:

Link

I've done some testing, and everything looks good. Just download and import. Also, This will probably be the last version for a while as class starts back up tomorrow.

1.02 Changelog:
  • Minor layout adjustments (tidied the button margins, long on/kun readings will now wrap properly)
  • Long definition prompts (>4 words) are now shown at half size to save screen space
  • Abbreviated button text for the same reason
  • Added higher-resolution icons for the resource buttons
  • Made the resource buttons scale with the rest of the card; icons now vertically-center (more) correctly
  • I wanted to use a subdirectory to organize all the media files for this deck. It sort of worked—everything on the cards was okay, but it broke media syncing with AnkiWeb.I contacted the developers and was told they don't have any plans to fix it. Instead, all the media files for this deck have the prefix "_shvelven.japanese.kanji". You can delete the old media files manually if you want (it's like 5kb worth of 16×16 PNGs).
1.02 Bugs:
  • [Fixed] The notes aren't in the right order. Fixed by exporting as an .apkg this time instead of sharing through AnkiWeb
  • [Fixed] There is junk media in the download. See above. There are no more junk media files.
  • [Fixed] The study intervals are just plain defaults. See above. The deck should have a custom options group named "Kanji Writing"
  • [Not a Bug] Jisho.org links open a vocabulary search instead of a kanji search. This is a bug in Anki's web toolkit that doesn't allow the "#" character to be passed
  • [Not a Bug] I forgot to put the notes in sub decks. I've decided not to split the deck into sub-decks based on level, since you'll be studying them all anyway







Edit - removed.  Anki deck won’t let my idea work I believe…

miked0801 said... Edit - removed.  Anki deck won't let my idea work I believe...
 You'd be surprised—Anki can do pretty much anything a  web page can. Run it by me and I'll tell you if it's feasible.

Can anyone help me set this up on a Mac? I’m trying to follow the instructions in the Anki Manual: Installing Fonts - Fonts on a Mac but I don’t know where to edit the script to get it working. 

Hey, thanks for sharing.

I’ve tried it with my iphone, both the anki app and the safari browser, and the whiteboard won’t work. ( ´_ノ` )

I’m using Anki desktop and the whiteboard isn’t working for me either…  When I mouse over the board, it shows a text cursor.  Then when I try drawing on it, it highlights (selects) the whiteboard and the answer is displayed.  When I click elsewhere in Anki to cancel the selection, it shows me the stroke order on the whiteboard.  I am sad.  :’(  I don’t have a tablet.

Izana said... Can anyone help me set this up on a Mac? I'm trying to follow the instructions in the Anki Manual: Installing Fonts - Fonts on a Mac but I don't know where to edit the script to get it working. 
I did some research, and it seems that Anki on Mac can't use embedded fonts for security reasons, so you'll have to install it as a system font if you haven't already. I'll also have to update the deck's CSS to look for it as a system font. It shouldn't take me long. Check back in an hour or so and I'll have a new version up. EDIT: new version is up, and I believe I've fixed the problem.

Frouzich said... Hey, thanks for sharing.

I've tried it with my iphone, both the anki app and the safari browser, and the whiteboard won't work. ( ´_ノ` )
 The scratchpad isn't enabled by default on the iPhone version of Anki. There are instructions to enable it on the AnkiMobile FAQ:

"If you are studying content for which it is useful to sketch something before showing the answer on the card (e.g., characters in a foreign language), AnkiMobile provides a feature called the scratchpad (the analogous feature is called the whiteboard in AnkiDroid). To use the scratchpad, you first need to add the Toggle ScratchPad action to a tap, swipe, quickbar action, or tool button."

I don't have an iOS device, so I'm afraid I can't help you any further than that :'(. Also see below about AnkiWeb.

wtrmlngrn said... I'm using Anki desktop and the whiteboard isn't working for me either..  When I mouse over the board, it shows a text cursor.  Then when I try drawing on it, it highlights (selects) the whiteboard and the answer is displayed.  When I click elsewhere in Anki to cancel the selection, it shows me the stroke order on the whiteboard.  I am sad.  :'(  I don't have a tablet.

Also, the scratchpad/whiteboard is a feature that's only available on mobile versions of Anki. If you want to use this deck with Anki PC, you'll have to write the kanji out on a piece of paper (or a physical whiteboard). It's a little bit less convenient than the mobile version, but you still get all the benefits of SRS and writing practice. Sorry that I didn't make that clear in the description; I'll update it shortly. EDIT: The first post has been updated with a thorough explanation of the differences between the various versions of Anki.

Version 1.03 is available!

This is just a small bugfix release.

1.03 Changelog:

  • [Feature] KanjiStrokeOrders font is now included in the deck itself, so you should not need to manually install anything*
  • [Bugfix] The card’s styling will now look for a system-installed version of KanjiStrokeOrders, allowing it to work on Mac
  • [Bugfix] Fixed a small bug with the bottom-padding on the resource buttons
* If you are on a Mac, please see the “Compatibility notes” section in the first post for more information about fonts on Mac

No screenshot this time as the interface hasn’t really changed.


shvelven said... Version 1.03 is available!

Link

This is just a small bugfix release.

1.03 Changelog:
  • [Feature] KanjiStrokeOrders font is now included in the deck itself, so you should not need to manually install anything*
  • [Bugfix] The card's styling will now look for a system-installed version of KanjiStrokeOrders, allowing it to work on Mac
  • [Bugfix] Fixed a small bug with the bottom-padding on the resource buttons
* If you are on a Mac, please see the "Compatibility notes" section in the first post for more information about fonts on Mac

No screenshot this time as the interface hasn't really changed.
 Link is not working.

Sorry about that; looks like it’s fixed now. I dunno what’s up with the editor, but I had to edit that post three times before it would make the link clickable ¬_¬

Ever since I have tried to download the latest revision I get a temporary error. Only with this file.

Oh yes. This is wat I need. Is it on yet?

embe said... Ever since I have tried to download the latest revision I get a temporary error. Only with this file.
Are you having an error downloading it from MEGA or an error importing it into Anki? I tested the file with a fresh Anki account before releasing it and everything worked fine. Can you take a screenshot or give me an error code or anything like that?
shvelven said...I did some research, and it seems that Anki on Mac can't use embedded fonts for security reasons, so you'll have to install it as a system font if you haven't already. I'll also have to update the deck's CSS to look for it as a system font. It shouldn't take me long. Check back in an hour or so and I'll have a new version up. EDIT: new version is up, and I believe I've fixed the problem.

Frouzich said... Hey, thanks for sharing.

I've tried it with my iphone, both the anki app and the safari browser, and the whiteboard won't work. ( ´_ノ` )
 The scratchpad isn't enabled by default on the iPhone version of Anki. There are instructions to enable it on the AnkiMobile FAQ:

"If you are studying content for which it is useful to sketch something before showing the answer on the card (e.g., characters in a foreign language), AnkiMobile provides a feature called the scratchpad (the analogous feature is called the whiteboard in AnkiDroid). To use the scratchpad, you first need to add the Toggle ScratchPad action to a tap, swipe, quickbar action, or tool button."

I don't have an iOS device, so I'm afraid I can't help you any further than that :'(. Also see below about AnkiWeb.
This is great news!  Too bad I don't know how to use the plugin...  Documentation is too vague for me and I can't find help anywhere.  Is there anyone out that has used the iOS ScratchPad for Anki mobile?  ♥
shvelven said...
embe said... Ever since I have tried to download the latest revision I get a temporary error. Only with this file.
Are you having an error downloading it from MEGA or an error importing it into Anki? I tested the file with a fresh Anki account before releasing it and everything worked fine. Can you take a screenshot or give me an error code or anything like that?
 It's an error downloading from the MEGA page. The DL won't start.