MobilePhrasier screenshots

Although the appearance may vary quite a bit from phone to phone depending on the brand and model, including the menu layout, these screenshots should give a fair idea of what MobilePhrasier should look like.

Startup screen

The startup screen primarily contains a menu of actions to choose amongst. The main to options are Reopen last which reopens the last practice session, and Open session which may be used to open any practice session (i.e. any CHS file on your phone's memory card). In addition, you can get some info on the phone's setup, and access a short help text.

If it is the first time you run MobilePhrasier on this phone, you have to choose Open session, then use to file browser that comes to find the practice session file: i.e. you must have copied a CHS file (saved in ASCII by Phrasier) to your phone's memory card, and then find and select it. MobilePhrasier will then read this practice session into memory. Depending on the phone's security settings, the phone may ask you once or several time to allow MobilePhrasier to access the memory card. Reading the file may take some time: it will display the number of buffers read where each buffer is appr. 4 kB.

Practice session

MobilePhrasier displays phrase, pronounciation, translation or comment; use keys 7, 8, 9 and 0 to switch between these. The main functions are placed on the keys, with less frequently required options placed on in the menu: see overview of key and menu options. You can change the text size, text colour and background colour from the menu: changing the colour may on some phones be required in order to see the text if they have set the initial text colour equal to the background colour.

When practicing Chinese, the pronounciation is displayed using Pinyin. By default, this is displayed using Pinyin with tone marks, but this requires special characters which some phones may not support, so by pressing # you can change to Pinyin with tone numbers added after each word rather than in the form of tone marks. I also provide Bopomofo: a phonetic writing system for Chinese used on Taiwan.

Through the menu, you can also set AutoStyle mode. This sets the display style to return to whenever passing to the next term: e.g. returning to displaying the translation whenever you go to the next term. Selecting AutoStyle from the menu will set the AutoStyle mode to the present display; if already set to the present display, it will turn AutoStyle mode off.

By pressing the * key, you can get an overview of the present term and information about it: learnt-index, importance, etc. From the menu, you can ask for the contents, which will give a brief overview of the present practice session. By choosing Select from the menu, you can select which sources (i.e. vocabulary files, lessons) to include or exclude: sources marked with "+" are included, those marked "-" are not included, and those marked "o" har only partially included. Sources with some, but not all, terms included are usually because of terms merged from different sources.

Last modified February 10, 2009.