Kanji Recognizer v2.1 Released

The newest version is now available on the Android Market. This release brings a slightly more polished UI, some convenient new features and support for upgrading using coupon codes.

The action bar pattern was introduced in version 2.0 for both tablets and phones, but action item icons depended on the OS version. This release bundles a set of common icons (created with the excellent Android Asset Studio), that should make the look and feel of the app consistent across different devices and Android versions. Here's how the main screen looks like with the new action bar icons:

Kanji Recognizer has supported copying and appending recognized characters to the clipboard for use in other apps since the very first version. However, sending character data to other apps using Android's native sharing functionality was missing. This version (finally) corrects that. You can now send characters (kanji, reading and meaning) to any app that accepts text data. One thing to note is that, while previous versions used the 'share' icon for copying, v2.1 uses it for sharing, and thus there is a new icon for copying (first from the left, see screenshot below). You can also copy a kanji by long-pressing on the title character.


The app lets you mark characters you search for, or ones coming up in the writing quiz as favorite (premium only). If you wanted to import favorited characters into other programs (for printing, editing or review), you could do so using the CSV export feature. It writes out character data to a portable format, but all post-processing is up to you. One of the most popular methods of reviewing words and characters is using flashcards, and without a doubt the best flashcard application for both desktop and mobile is Anki. While you could create Anki decks using the exported CSV with the help of the Anki desktop application, Kanji Recognizer can now export your favorites directly to an Anki deck. Just open favorites, tap the up arrow icon and select 'Anki deck' from the menu. The deck file will be saved to Kanji Recognizer's folder on the SD card, so you need to either point the Anki app to that folder, or copy it to your deck folder using a file manager.

Another often requested feature that made it to this release is audible correctness feedback for the quiz. Right/wrong answers are now marked by a bell/buzzer sound, as well as visually. The feature is off by default, enable it by opening Settings and checking the 'Use sounds' in the 'Quiz settings' section.

Finally, not really a core app feature, but important nonetheless: upgrading using coupon codes. You can now upgrade to the premium version using a coupon code, as well as via the Android Market. This makes it easy (for me:)) to promote the app by giving away upgrade codes, and enables users to get premium features on devices without the Android Market. I might also add an ability to buy coupon codes and send them as gifts, so stay tuned. And now, for all those that read this post till the end, here are some free upgrade codes. Get them while they last and don't forget to rate the app!

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