|News from the world of SuperMemo|
Jul 12, 2006 - SuperMemo for Pocket PC ver. 3.6 is available free for users of versions 3.0 thru 3.5. The update is only relevant for PocketPC 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0. The most important improvements involve handling of sound (wav and mp3) and animations (wmv) in HTML
Jul 5, 2006 - SuperMemo World is 15 years old. No celebrations. Just another day in the office.
Mar 29, 2006 - Users of SuperMemo for Palm OS can now upgrade to version 2.0:
Mar 18, 2006 - Supermemo.net is currently the fastest growing SuperMemo. If you would like to implement a universal, platform-independent, reliable and cheap learning solution in your company, institution or country, use this form. We seek publishers, authors, portals, and training companies ready to capitalize on the growing power of supermemo.net. See some exemplary implementations (incl. the largest Polish internet portal running courses based on SuperMemo). Never heard of supermemo.net? You can sign up today and see it for yourself
Jan 18, 2006 - Over the last 5 years, there has been an unprecedented explosion of new findings in sleep research affirming the central role of sleep in learning. At the same time, a worrying trend germinates on the Internet. A powerful meme of "da Vinci sleep", currently mutating as "Uberman sleep schedule" is captivating young minds looking for more "juice" in life at the cost of sleep. Recently, "Uberman schedule" has even hijacked a scientific concept of "polyphasic sleep" to assume a veneer of validity. If you have heard of the idea and consider "enhancing" your life with a "better" sleep strategy, read about the cruel myth of polyphasic sleep. Otherwise, read the counter-prescription of free running sleep
Oct 24, 2005 - During power outages in Florida resulting from Hurricane Wilma, Verio's backup power generators at Boca Raton have failed. As a result two SuperMemo servers have been down for 22 hours (supermemo.com and super-memory.com). This also affected mail delivery to and from supermemo.com domain. Customers who failed to receive a response to their orders or inquiries are kindly requested to send a notification or resend their mail. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience
Aug 25, 2005 - SuperMemo turned 20 years old today. Its first shaky steps were described in Chapter 3 of Optimization of Learning
May 20, 2005 - A better model of the memory consolidation process opens a way to a simpler algorithm for spaced repetitions. See: Building memory stability through rehearsal
May 7, 2005 - In a tradition dating back to 1991, older versions of SuperMemo are being released in regular intervals as freeware. The newest member of this freeware family is SuperMemo 98 (download from Freewarefiles.com). Previously released versions are: SuperMemo 2 (1991), SuperMemo 5 (1993), SuperMemo 6 (1995), and SuperMemo 7 (1999)
Apr 12, 2005 - Users of SuperMemo 2004 can now re-download an updated version of the program that fixes nearly a hundred problems reported in the course of gamma testing. To update, re-run the installer downloaded while purchasing SuperMemo 2004 (the default file name is: sm04inst.exe). Important! Before you re-run the installer, back up your SuperMemo folder and your learning material! See also: Bugs fixed
Mar 18, 2005 - Advanced English is the most popular learning material created for SuperMemo. Multimedia SuperMemo is the most widely distributed version of SuperMemo ever. These two have now been combined with a new set of 80,000 audio recordings to produce Extreme English DVD
Sep 4, 2004 - Enthusiast of incremental reading can now upgrade to the newest incremental reading machine: SuperMemo 2004 for Windows. SuperMemo 2004 adds a number of improvements that make incremental reading smoother than ever (see: What's new in SuperMemo 2004?). In addition, it is a second SuperMemo line to join the XML Club (see: Revolution in the pocket). This means, that for the first time ever, users of incremental reading can drill their items in all conditions where they can squeeze in with a Pocket PC device
Jun 11, 2004 - Users of SuperMemo for Pocket PC can now upgrade to version 3.0. New features in SuperMemo for Pocket PC include:
first core implementation for inter-platform learning XML data exchange
the limit on the length of questions and answers has been eliminated
a database can now hold up to 30,000 items
different fonts in questions and answers can be saved in the database configuration file
two modes of character encoding: compressed Unicode (for compatibility) and UTF-8
global swap of questions with answers
For more information see:
SuperMemo for Pocket PC 3.0 presenting the use of HTML:
SuperMemo for Pocket PC 3.0 presenting material imported from SuperMemo for Windows via XML data exchange:
Apr 6, 2004 - Due to rampant spam and proliferating mail viruses we were forced to proceed with a new series of mail address changes. Most significantly, the address wired in SuperMemo for Windows, email@example.com had to be cancelled as the number of pieces of spam reached 1000 per day. More and more legitimate mail had been overlooked. You can always find the newest address at Support Page. We apologize for this highly inconvenient change. For the list of current addresses see: Contact. In addition, all addresses at SuperMemo Library have been changed. See: Library Contact
Mar 12, 2004 - A new user community has been proposed by Matthias Hamann. The community includes the section for SuperMemo collection exchange: http://www.supermemo.edu.tf/
Mar 1, 2004 - Every year there are more SuperMemos to choose from. Until now, all SuperMemos communicated using a primitive question-and-answer data exchange format dating back to SuperMemo for DOS (1988). The format would not even transfer the learning process! This is all about to change with the arrival of a SuperMemo XML data exchange specification. The concept is far from complete, but rudimentary implementation of its core functionality has already begun on several platforms with SuperMemo for Windows, SuperMemo CE and SuperMemo Library in forefront. SuperMemo for Palm Pilot and on-line SuperMemo are to follow soon after. The data format is also suitable for SuperMemo-less presentation (e.g. on the net). See also exemplary XML and XSL files viewable in Internet Explorer 6.0. To comment on the concept, contribute to its final shape or to proceed with your own implementation have a peek at: SuperMemo XML Alpha
Jan 24, 2004 - Electric lighting, TV, computer games, the Internet and the 24-hour economy resulted in an epidemic of sleep disorders in industrial societies. The amount of caffeine consumed and all-nighters pulled at college campuses translate into untold losses to learning and creativity. Instead of the New Renaissance or New Enlightenment, we seem to be heading more towards a New Rat Race with grumpy citizens, sleepy students, road rage, family violence, substance abuse and the like. One of the major causes of the unfulfilled promise of new cyber-society comes from the clash of the technology with human biology. We have not yet learned how to adapt our bodies shaped by thousands of years of life in primordial conditions to the new lifestyle determined by our ambitious goals and societal pressures. If only we could all sleep well, love what we do, love each other, and smile more, we would have made a major step on a way towards a higher level of human growth and development. In continuation of Good sleep, good learning, good life, we would like to present to you SleepChart, a freeware software application for optimizing sleep and diagnosing sleep phase disorders. In the article Formula for Healthy Sleep, we try to demonstrate that by tracking two variables underlying the sleep rhythm, we can come closer to understanding when we need to go to bed so as to maximize the benefits of sleep for learning and creativity
Sep 24, 2003 - A few new upgrades and add-ons for users of SuperMemo:
SuperMemo for Pocket PC ver. 2.5: compatible with Pocket PC 2003, including large window mode (without statistics), and replacing Convert Tables with Q&A export/import directly via Unicode. This upgrade is free for all users of previous versions of SuperMemo for Pocket PC. Please reorder (no charges on repeat Pocket PC purchase) or write to shop(AT)supermemo.com to request a copy
Tools : Plan timer for SuperMemo 2002 makes it possible to time your activity with SuperMemo schedule manager even if SuperMemo is not running. If you would like to have this feature integrated in future versions of SuperMemo for Windows, write to support(AT)supermemo.com
Knowledge Harvester - conveniently automates copy/paste operations when reading texts and preparing simple Q&A collections for various SuperMemo platforms (please visit and support http://www.banaban.net)
Sep 23, 2003 - We regret to inform that Video English and Cross Country CD-ROMs will no longer be available. Due to the expiry of the original licensing agreement and the depletion of the current stock, we are unable to continue sales. Please write to library(AT)super-memory.com to learn about the currently available alternatives. Also, Multilingual SuperMemo CD-ROM has been terminated due to the lack of customer interest. MegaMix 99 CD-ROM provides an up-to-date super-set of this old title (with SuperMemo 7 replaced by SuperMemo 98)
Aug 25, 2003 - Visitors to supermemo.com often ask for an evaluation of various learning methods such as Photoreading, mind maps, NLP, Mega Memory, Silva Method, speed-reading, Precision Teaching, or binaural beats. It is impossible to give all methods a fair treatment. However, to help you separate diamonds from the chaff, you may wish to read: 20 Myths of Memory and Learning
Aug 22, 2003 - Due to the sobig.f attack some of mail received in these days at various SuperMemo-related addresses might have been overlooked. If you do not receive a response within 3-4 days, please resend your inquiry
Jul 24, 2003 - Due to a spam explosion on July 4-7, 2003, it is possible that some messages arriving to support AT supermemo.com on that day might have been lost. If you have not received a response to your queries, please resend them. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Apr 14, 2003 - Several e-mail accounts at supermemo.com have been deleted due to heavy spam. Please see contacts for the up-to-date list. Most importantly order@ has been replaced with shop@. Mail sent to non-existent accounts will be deleted on arrival.
Mar 13, 2003 - Two new freeware collections in SuperMemo Library illustrate two different and important angles of learning with SuperMemo:
Phonetic system for memorizing numbers - Greg Reppas shows you how to memorize numbers. You may need a major investment in understanding and perfecting the method, but once you master a solid mnemonic technique, remembering numbers will always be easy
Learning English with movies - if you like movies, this collection might be the most entertaining part of SuperMemo Library. You can extend it easily with material from your favorite movies
Feb 20, 2003 - User surveys indicate that templates and categories give users of SuperMemo 2002 most headaches. The following article addresses this problem in a no-frills manner: Working with Templates and Categories
Jan 22, 2003 - We would like to hear from users of SuperMemo for Windows if they prefer SuperMemo delivered as a plain zip file, as a self-extracting zip file, or along a standard Windows installer. Users with advanced computer skills prefer zip files; however, SuperMemo seems to attract more and more users who are not very fluent with files and folders. This beta-testing program illustrates a no-hassle setup alternative (all registered users can join this testing program). See the installation flow-chart
Jan 1, 2003 - In case you are still in doubt: you can improve your memory skills by training
Dec 31, 2002 - Do you party tonight? SuperMemo Library provides an alternative: start 2003 on a good foot with a dose of learning. A dozen new collections include lots of fun learning material. Here are some examples:
Bones of the skull
International Phonetic Alphabet
Polish voivodship capitals: in the picture below: Poznan, the birthplace of SuperMemo
Dec 2, 2002 - Dr Len Budney, a US user of SuperMemo, set up SuperMemo Wiki. You can contribute to building user community encyclopedia about memory, learning and creativity. You can easily add your own articles (see example), or improve upon the work of others (see example). Just go to any page and click Edit at the bottom. It should take you no more than 5 min. to register and 20 min. to learn how to add your own material.
Dec 1, 2002 - If you hate Microsoft, and if you are
angry with their pushing Internet Explorer on you, consider the good side.
Without Internet Explorer there would be no HTML-based incremental
reading in SuperMemo. Microsoft integrated HTML parsing and rendering
with many of their products. This could have been part of their browser
war, but it is also a logical step in the operating system development.
HTML is so universal, that an operating system without HTML processing
would lag behind today's user demands.
SuperMemo employs mshtml.dll library that makes it possible to do HTML editing. SuperMemo can now render HTML in exactly the same way as it is done by Internet Explorer. mshtml.dll might be one of the buggiest components in Windows; however, for SuperMemo is has still been a blessing. If you are interested in the subject here are some links:
MSHTML Editor in Delphi - SuperMemo collection we used to learn about WebBrowser control during the implementation
MSHTML Editor in questions and answer - text version of the same material importable to your SuperMemo
Nov 14, 2002 - Incremental reading is the most
important enhancement to SuperMemo since its inception in 1987. Yet few
people know what incremental reading is. Yet fewer are able to successfully employ it
in their daily learning practice. Incremental reading can shortly be
described as reading&repetition. You just take an article and keep on
reading it (in the same way as you read it in your web browser). However, while
reading, you tell SuperMemo, which portions of text are important. All you need
for that is: select&click. SuperMemo will present those portions to
you at later time for further analysis. That's the essence of incremental
When you read important fragments, SuperMemo helps you convert them to question-and-answer material with a single click. For example, you read that Neolithic diet increased the rate of infectious diseases. With a single click you convert that to a question: Neolithic diet [...] the rate of infectious diseases. It is the job of SuperMemo to handle the flow of articles, their fragments and questions. Every day, you get your dose of reading and repetition. SuperMemo tries to maximize the retention of your new knowledge (i.e. make sure you remember what you learn). That's all.
Nov 9, 2002 - Do you think SuperMemo is complex? Let two Irish teenagers explain how they incorporated SuperMemo into their daily learning routine: Introduction to SuperMemo 2002. You can also see an exemplary free collection developed by the same authors, which illustrates that learning is fun: Spanish Alphabet for Kids
Nov 4, 2002 - In the world of global communications, excellent English is no longer a trump card. It is a live or die factor. Demand for English courses is soaring. That's why Advanced English flagship sails on; by far the most popular collection in SuperMemo Library.
Advanced English is likely the fastest way towards beating native speakers (as well as your ESL friends) in mastering English. This can be measured objectively by GRE, FCE or TOEFL scores! In addition, Advanced English is the best introduction to the world of SuperMemo. You can get the feel of the program while building a solid knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar. Today, you can finally download the entire Advanced English material from the net. It includes 41,000 elements and 27,000 sound recordings. If you still do not have SuperMemo, you can go straight for the Advanced English 2002 Power Pack, which includes: SuperMemo 2002 (2MB), Advanced English 2002 collection (10 MB) and Audio material (230 MB). In addition you can opt for a whole suit of discounts, upgrades and cross-sale options for existing users. For details see: Advanced English 2002
Nov 1, 2002 - In a rare departure from the learning-oriented subjects, we would like you to delve into the matters of ethics. In these days where evil takes more and more sophisticated form, we would like you to consider this arguable thesis: Knowledge is Good!
Oct 19, 2002 - Mail Server Crash! If you have not received response to mail sent to SuperMemo World in recent days, please resend! Due to an unexpected surge in spam (80,000 messages within a single day), the mail server at supermemo.com crashed and all mail has been lost. We apologize for this inconvenience. Frequent problems related to mail delivery:
Users who do not receive a response once, wrongly assume we are unresponsive and give up
Users keep on sending mail with a wrong return address and we are unable to respond
Users use faulty mail accounts and all mail bounces back
Rarely, legitimate mail is mistakenly filtered as spam or not delivered at all
Mail is sent to addresses that have been eliminated due to spam and redirected to devnull(AT)supermemo(.)com. This mail is deleted upon arrival
In most urgent cases, where we cannot contact you by mail, we will resort to using the phone (if available on the record). If that fails, paper mail is used as a last resort.
Oct 7, 2002 - Users in North America can now get improved performance with supermemo.net located in the US
Aug 1, 2002 - www.antimoon.com is an interesting site for enthusiasts of English. It provides hints and tips for learning foreign vocabulary. It also discusses optimum strategies for using SuperMemo. Two interesting articles:
"Me and SuperMemo" by T. Szynalski is an encouraging story of how young talent gets hooked on SuperMemo. The author probably gives SuperMemo more credit than deserved. It is the passion for learning, which emanates throughout the article, that is the first and foremost pre-condition of great knowledge. Luckily, it is the passionate student who is also more likely to appreciate the value of SuperMemo
"Sentence items" describes a formulation strategy for learning vocabulary in real-life contexts. This strategy does not entirely comply with the minimum information principle central to SuperMemo. The authors probably again underestimate the power of passion. Passionate students who formulate their own "sentence items" are bound to be successful. However, those who reuse similar material might find it much harder to accommodate. The problem will be compounded with lesser motivated students. In contrast, Advanced English material has been formulated with strict adherence to the minimum information principle. All students should try all suggested approaches to find the optimum strategy matching their own level of passion for the language
July 3, 2002 - With 3000 ideas on the implementation tasklist for future development on the Windows platform alone, you may think your feedback will easily get ignored. The reverse is true, the future directions are largely driven by the user community. Send your ideas via e-mail. None gets ignored. Here are some links worth your attention:
June 1, 2002 - The newest SuperMemo for Windows makes it easy to harvest knowledge directly from the Internet:
Fig: SuperMemo 2002 makes it easy to import directly from the web
Main advantages of SuperMemo 2002:
incremental reading in HTML (WYSIWYG import from the Internet)
wholesale import of web pages from Internet Explorer
pre-exam review (based on the concept of a mid-interval repetition)
daily learning graphs showing user's progress
wizards for categories, tasklists and material rescheduling
SuperMemo 2002 requires Internet Explorer 6.0
SuperMemo 2002 requires the newest Windows (2000/XP recommended). See: Minimum requirements
Upgrade to SuperMemo 2002 is irreversible
SuperMemo 2002 will attempt to inactivate older version of SuperMemo that run on your computer (to make sure you do not attempt to open new material with older versions)
May 28, 2002 - Could using SuperMemo result in damage to your memory? See: Can too much learning lead to Alzheimer's?
May 25, 2002 - Users of SuperMemo 2000 can download a free update that eliminates four most painful bugs found in earlier releases. Most important bugs removed from Build 10.10:
Regroup in folders bug that could delete some non-empty elements
problems with OLE in elements with Scaled on
incomplete Trim Shortcuts
wrong average forgetting index statistic
Apr 28, 2002 - There has been a debate raging for ten years whether users of SuperMemo will ultimately prefer to develop their own learning material or prefer to use a ready-made material. One extreme view is that users do not have time to formulate their own learning material. They want a ready-made package. SuperMemo's competitors on the education market prevalently (but not exclusively) adopted the ready-made paradigm with excellent results. SuperMemo was initially stuck with do-it-yourself option that is certifiably better for long-term recall. By 1995, it became obvious that ready-made material option requires the highest quality content. With high quality content, more and more users started buying SuperMemo as part of a package for learning a specific subject (e.g. English, Traffic Regulations, etc.). In 2000, the balance again seemed to swing towards do-it-yourself. Incremental reading encouraged many to create their own collections. Incremental reading replaces typing with the import of ready-made pages selected by the user (e.g. from the web). These pages are processed with a few clicks into questions and answers. Perhaps this helps explain why SuperMemo Library covers only a small proportion of registered users. In the new quiz above we would like to know how we could increase the popularity of SuperMemo Library, and the use of ready-made material available therefrom
Apr 16, 2002 - Dr Len Budney is a US user of SuperMemo. His website includes a couple of well-written stories that look at SuperMemo from user's perspective. In a vivid and simple language, Budney's website explains incremental reading as well as tasklists. The article entitled "My Experience Using SuperMemo" illustrates how the new economy will reward science-oriented minds equipped with good background in math and logic. The article also illustrates how SuperMemo helps you cope with the weaknesses of forgetful memory. Budney writes: "SuperMemo is not magic. If I had relaxed my discipline [...], I would almost certainly have failed [...]"
Apr 15, 2002 - The new Polish SuperMemo Website includes a few CD-ROM products based on the new Multimedia SuperMemo with screenshots illustrating the "new look": Spanish, French, Orthography, Tax Advisor Course, and First Certificate in English. The latter CD-ROM has been chosen the 3rd best multimedia CD-ROM product in Poland in the year 2001 (Chip Magazine). In the picture below: "Espaņol para ti" in Multimedia SuperMemo:
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