Creating Cards

Click the “New card” button to create a new card. In the card editor, you can drag and drop one image and one audio file into each side.

Fresh Cards supports cloze deletions. This allows you to “blank out” words in a sentence, and reveal them on the back side of a card. To blank out text, simply wrap them in square brackets [like this]. You may use blanks as many times as you like in a card.

Note that cards with cloze deletions are automatically tested in one direction only, front to back. Fresh Cards will never test you in the opposite direction.

The above appears as the following in a lesson.

Cloze deletions

Cloze deletions are “blanked” text in sentences. They’re an easy way to create a “fill in the blank” flashcard. For instance, try something like this on the front of a flashcard.

[Neil Armstrong] was the first person to walk on the moon.

If you leave the back of the flashcard blank, you will see this on the front during a lesson:

________ was the first person to walk on the moon.

The back of the flashcard will look like this:

Neil Armstrong

This feature can be disabled in the deck settings.

Customizing fonts

You can customize the front font and the back font independently, per deck. On macOS, you can find the font settings by pressing the “Aa” button in the top-right corner of the playlist. On iOS, you can find the font settings in the deck settings screen.

Currently, custom fonts are limited on iOS to those fonts that are available by default. On macOS, you may pick from any font installed on your system.

Card Styling

Beyond customizing the text in a card, you can go even further and use Markdown and HTML.

To use Markdown and HTML styling, you must customize a card to use that “text type”. When editing a card’s text, you should see a dropdown on macOS and a button on iOS that allows you to bring up a selection of text types. You will see these options:

The Default setting means the card will use the deck’s text styling option. You can globally set Standard, Markdown, or HTML for all cards in a deck in the deck preferences.

Standard means use the traditional text styling that Fresh Cards provides. This text styling uses dynamic text sizes, so if you have short text, a larger font will be increased. Generally, this makes cards easier to read, especially if the content is short, but you may find it limiting if you have a lot of content.

Use Markdown to have your text interpreted as Markdown text. General Markdown features are supported, but there is currently no support for embedding linked media in the Markdown.

New to Markdown? Here’s a cheatsheet I found that helps you with the basics.

Finally, use HTML if you wish to use HTML tags to style your text. Be aware of some limitations to the HTML styling, however.

HTML Limitations

HTML styling was just introduced in version 2.5 of the app and still has some rough edges. Here are some limitations to be aware of:

In the future, Fresh Cards will add support for custom stylesheets and JavaScript, but today, it is not supported.

Text to speech

Fresh Cards can “speak” the text of a card to you. Enable Text To Speech by clicking the “Aa” button in the top-right corner of the playlist on macOS. On iOS, you’ll find these settings in the deck settings screen.

How do I delete a card?

To delete a deck, simply select it in the deck navigation area and then press the delete button in the Mac version. On iOS, simply swipe left to reveal the Delete button. Cards are deleted in the same way. Select the card in the card list and hit the delete button. Need More Help?

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