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01/11/2019

It’s been about 3 years since I’ve updated the design of the Jalup blog , and I thought it was time to simplify things. Remove the distractions, focus on the content. I hope this improves everyone’s reader experience!

01/07/2019

Jalup iOS 1.2.1 release (major update)

1. Card Freeze: prevent a card from appearing in learn, review and listen (access from white check mark).
2. Card Star: mark a card so you can return to it later (access from white check mark).
3. Easy card searching through frozen and starred cards (use search function on home screen)
4. Initial price display now automatically converted to your currency/exchange rate (from within app store)
5. And other small minor improvements!

Jalup Android 1.0.6 released

– Initial price display now automatically converted to your currency/exchange rate (from within app store)
– Minor improvements

01/04/2019

Jalup for Android – v1.0.5 released

Earn experience points through learning and reviewing cards and level up! Your level and experience points are shown on the home screen with an evolving icon.

12/31/2018

Jalup for iOS – v1.1.8 released finally!

With it comes:

1. Jalup Expert!
2. A free update to Jalup Expert from anyone who has previously purchased Maximum (from the Jalup temple store inside the app, tap upgrade)
3. A fix for the lock screen skipping issue when using Listen mode

There is one small issue to note. If you want to get the maximum package (regardless if it is a first time purchase or an upgraded purchase), you need to update the app to the newest version 1.1.8. Older versions (1.1.7 and less) that try to download the maximum package may crash upon download (because it would be trying to add Expert from Maximum when Expert doesn’t exist yet on the app).

I will prevent this from happening the next time there is a deck addition (to account for those late on updates still wanting Maximum), but I only discovered this issue after I already released everything live, and there is no way to go back for 1.1.8. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

*Jalup Expert for Android will be coming a bit later.

12/26/2018

Holiday Sale

The holiday sale that has been going on for December will probably run until the first week of the New Year.

Android 1.0.4 Released!

– Graphical update of home screen
– Learn and reviews now color coded to make it easier to see at a glance

iOS (Jalup Expert progress):

Card Linking – first run: 100% Complete
Deck Error Checking: 95% Complete
Code implementation: 95% Complete

Mostly just waiting for the app store functionality to return to do final tests, and then everything should be a go :)

Happy Holidays!

12/21/2018

– iOS version 1.1.7, a bug has been found where if you are in listen mode, and you have the screen off (the lock screen on), the tracks will occasionally skip. This has been fixed, and will be available in the next update (1.1.8) at the end of the month, which will also include Jalup Expert. I would release this bug fix earlier, but there are no updates allowed on the App Store between 12/23-12/27, and just in case this fix causes some kind of other strange behavior, I want to be able to address it immediately.

Thank you to the person who pointed out this issue! Not sure how long it has been around for.

– Jalup Expert progress:

Card Linking – first run: 100% Complete
Deck Error Checking: 80% Complete
Code implementation: 80% Complete

12/17/2018

Android – 1.0.3 Released:

– Added kana stroke order diagrams to Kana Conqueror
– Added kanji stroke order diagrams to Kanji Kingdom

iPhone

The next update for the iPhone version will include Jalup Expert, and an automatic (one tap) way to upgrade your Maximum deck to include Jalup Expert. Setting this up has taken a little more time than I thought.

Jalup Expert progress:

Card Linking – first run: 100% Complete
Deck Error Checking: 60% Complete
Code implementation: 75% Complete

It will most likely be released by the end of the month.

12/12/2018

Things are progressing smoothly with Jalup Expert development for the Jalup mobile apps. And yes, it will be included for free if you have already purchased Jalup Maximum.

12/09/2018

Jalup Android 1.0.2 released: Added in two new audio settings: auto-play for learn and auto-play for review.

12/05/2018

Jalup Android 1.0.1 released, fixing repeated tap issue, and adding in setting to adjust your review intervals.

11/28/2018

There was an issue with comments on the Japanese Level Up blog today. If any of your recent comments seem to be affected, or if there is any strange comment behavior, let me know!

11/25/2018

New landing page for Japanese Level Up to hopefully explain Jalup a little better to people unfamiliar with it. The blog and all of its posts will continue to run the same. But you’ll need to update your bookmarks to https://japaneselevelup.com/blog.

11/23/2018

  • The Jalup App is now available for Android, live on Google Play!
  • Jalup iOS v1.1.7 has been released. This has some minor improvements, and fixes some of the card linking issues reported by users.

11/21/2018

Jalup Holiday Sale Starting Now!

Level Packages: $99.99
Maximum Package: $249.99

Across all Platforms (Anki, Jalup App Android/iOS, and Jalup NEXT)

*The Jalup App for Android will be finishing up beta shortly and will be available at the above introductory prices upon release.
*The price display numbers will change on iOS Jalup v1.1.7 (which should be available as an update shortly)

11/19/2018

If you’ve seen the most recent post, you know that I’m very excited to announce the Jalup Android version beta testing starting.

Another piece of good news. You can now fully transfer your progress from Jalup NEXT to the Jalup Mobile app, on either Android or iPhone.

In order to do this, you’ll need to e-mail me a request, and provide me the e-mail of your Jalup NEXT account. I’ll send you a .csv file of your Jalup NEXT data. Then you just need to follow a few simple instructions which I provide, and you’ll be able to upload it directly into the app!

11/9/2018

Big things are coming soon. If you have been wondering about the lack of updates, I’ve been very busy doing Jalup stuff :)

10/27/2018

1.1.6 update release fixing the critical bug discussed below.  Please update to this. Thanks to Apple for the super fast response time!

Also I’ve been made aware of the typo on card JB11, where in the definition the word すみません is replaced with おはよう. I think because it’s such a simple card that most people didn’t bother saying anything. It will be updated in the next version!

10/26/2018

There is currently a crash issue that is caused by the Jalup App 1.1.5 update. If you haven’t updated yet to 1.1.5, don’t, and please wait for version 1.1.6. For all current users who have already updated to 1.1.5:

You will experience this bug if you have finished any deck (ex. 232 kc cards or 1000 JB cards), and have never set a goal for these decks. I am very sorry for not spotting this issue on the last update.

I’ve already implemented the fix, and uploaded it to the App Store through v 1.1.6. However, it can take a few days for the App Store to approve an update.

There is a temporary way to fix this in your 1.1.5 version. Please perform the following steps:

1. Export a backup of your deck (do not forget to do this)
2. Open up the .csv file in Google Spreadsheets as an editable spreadsheet. You may be able to do this with Excel as well, but Google Spreadsheets works the best.
3. For every deck you have completed, you are going to need to go to the final row, and change column L from review to learn

Ex. 1: If you finished kana conqueror, go to the row where column B shows 7232. Then go to column L in that row and change the word review to learn
Ex. 2: If you finished Jalup Beginner, go to the row where column B shows 1000. Then go to column L in that row and change the word review to learn

You need to do this for every deck that is complete

4. Export this spreadsheet as a .csv file
5. From inside the app, go to Backup > Import > Select this .csv you just exported.

Note: for those of you who tried deleting the app and reinstalling it and get the error “Error: Your backup must match your current owned deck count…” You must first restore all the purchases you have before importing the .csv. So if you have had Jalup Maximum, you must first restore Jalup Maximum, then import. If you had KC and JB, you must restore each of those individually and then import.

You will only need to restore these purchases if you tried to fix the issue by deleting the app and reinstalling.

6. Assuming you followed everything above, you will be able to tap Learn or Listen, which was crashing for you before. The decks that you have finished will show 1 card left to do (since you edited them).

If you can hold off on that one card until 1.1.6 is available, then you don’t need to do anything else. Just make sure not to learn the final card or the bug will return.

If you really want to proceed through that one card, you need to swipe left to set a goal on that deck. Set any date. Return back to learn. Then learn the final card. The goal will be completed, and the card will be back in your reviews. You’ll need to do this set goal/complete final card for each deck that has one card remaining. Once 1.1.6 is out, you won’t need to do this.

Again, I apologize for missing this issue. If you have any problem with the above steps or something still isn’t working right, please e-mail me.

10/24/2018

Jalup App 1.1.5 released

Fixed an issue where setting a goal and then finishing the deck where the goal was set caused the app to crash when trying to enter Learn or Listening mode.

10/14/2018

Jalup App 1.1.4 released

– Click on cards from a search to hear their audio
– New Kanji Kingdom Customization – You can now simplify what the front of a Kanji Kingdom Card displays (Choose between standard, J/E Keywords only, E-Keyword only, or J-Keyword only)

9/28/2018

Jalup App 1.1.3 released

– Learning Goal Feature: Set a deck completion date (swipe left on a deck in Learn), and be given the amount of daily cards you need to do accomplish that goal. **Please note: after installing this update, it will take 24 hours for the goal to display an accurate daily count.**
– Add explanation message to Stories and Situations
– Add warning about Siri requirement for using Speaking Missions
– Other minor improvements

9/17/2018

Jalup App 1.1.2 released!

– New Search Feature! Search through all your owned or learned cards, or through specific decks, and have your results displayed in an easy way to compare how a word is used in different sentences.
– Add help message in Jalup store, which explains what to do if a download didn’t work.
– During reviews, removed the alert that told you when you finished reviewing your cards and now are going to go back to the cards you marked with an X. This got in the way more often than not, and was more annoying than helpful. Once you finish all your base reviews, your marked wrong cards will just be displayed.
– Minor xp boosts for various actions within app.
– Gave review monsters a little movement

9/10/2018

Jalup App 1.1.1 released. This is a minor improvements update. The next update is going to add a major new function, and something really exciting to look forward to :)

– Resetting a deck now resets the tutorial, so you can repeat a tutorial.
– Listening to Cards in Media Player now very slightly increase their ease (since it acts as a sort of review)
– SRS interval timings tweaked to be less harsh

9/3/2018

Jalup App 1.0.9 released. Stories and Situations now included within the app!

9/1/2018

I created some new visuals to explain how the Jalup learning system works, because sometimes it isn’t the easiest thing to figure out what is going on with the method. This can be seen on the About page and the Store page now.

Jalup App 1.0.9 is about 80% finished. And with it will come Jalup Beginner Stories, Jalup Beginner Situations, Jalup Intermediate Stories, and Jalup Intermediate Situations. There will be plenty of samples for free users, and all of it will be included if you buy (or already bought) Jalup Beginner or Intermediate.

8/23/2018

Jalup 1.0.8 Released!

– Learn & Review Card Peeking Function (Swipe back and forward between cards as you are learning or reviewing them. (Useful for when you make mistakes, when you want to connect cards, see what’s coming, or see what you’ve done)
– Individual Deck Resets Added (Now can reset any deck of your choice – for example if you don’t want to get reviews from it anymore or if you want to begin it over again)
– When you finish all the original reviews of a session, a message will let you know that you are now reviewing cards you just marked with an X
– Some design tweaks on tutorials

8/17/2018

Jalup 1.0.7 Released – Critical bug fix for Jalup App.

An issue was causing the app to crash when some people tried to export their progress on an iPad. Everything should all be good to go.

8/14/2018

Jalup 1.0.6 Released.

This is a minor update, with a lot of small improvements that will help things run faster in the future. I also fixed some coloring issues, a few small lingering bugs, and fixed the giant tutorial images stretching on the iPad version.

8/4/2018

Jalup 1.0.5 Released!

Check out the details in this explanation post.

8/1/2018

Jalup 1.0.5 is just right around the corner and it will introduce some new features I’m proud of: User Stats, Daily Roundup, and Review Monster.

Jalup Expert is currently in the works for both the Jalup App and Jalup NEXT. As I mentioned before, linking it is a painfully slow process, but it is in development now!

7/24/2018

Jalup 1.0.4 released! With it comes Jalup Intermediate, Jalup Advanced, and the Jalup Maximum package.

The Jalup Store and the way all the products across the 3 platforms has gotten too bloated and confusing, so some major changes have been made. Both pricing and product line have been reformed.

Anki

1. Individual Anki stages (in groups of 250) have been completely removed. The only purchase option is now for a full level, which includes 1,000 cards.  If you were in the middle of buying individual stages (ex. you bought stages 1 and 2 of Jalup Beginner and need to buy the remaining 2), you will be able to purchase the remaining stages individually. Please send me an e-mail and I will provide you the remaining links.
2. Anki level packages no longer includes all of the bonus items (Situations, Stories, etc.)
3. Anki level packages have all been dropped down significantly in price to $99.99. This is to account for the bonus items being removed, the individual stage option removed, and the fact that Anki requires the least maintenance cost for me.
4. Jalup Expert has been split in half. The first half (1,000 cards) will continue to be called Expert. The second half (1,000 cards) has been renamed Jalup Hero. The split of these 2 is reflected in the pricing. The content has not been changed at all.
5. Jalup Immersion (stages 1-5) has been renamed Jalup Master, as it is a direct continuation off of Jalup Expert/Hero, and has confused people with its name. The content remains the same.
6. Jalup Maximum still remains exactly the same, and includes everything at the same price.

Jalup App

Jalup Expert is currently in development for the Jalup App. This will take longer than Intermediate and Advanced took, but it is coming. This will be followed by Jalup Hero, Jalup Master, etc.

Jalup Next

1. As Expert is being developed for Jalup App, it will also be developed for Jalup NEXT. So both will be released at the same time.
2. Jalup Next prices have been increased. This is to account for the rising costs of maintaining Jalup NEXT, and it being the most expensive of the 3 platforms to continue with.

As always, thanks for the continued support!

7/21/2018

Jalup Intermediate, Jalup Advanced and the Maximum package will be included in the Jalup App on the next update (v1.0.4). It’s coming much sooner than you expect!

7/13/2018

Jalup 1.0.3 released!

See a detailed post explaining speaking missions and what’s coming soon.

– Test your speaking ability with Speaking Missions!
– Level icon picture now changes every 2 or 3 levels (and “evolves” as you get higher level)
– Increase experience points per card based on how many times that card was marked correct
– Increase experience points earned for new card learns
– Removed “Level Rank,” because it doesn’t accurately represent the user’s real level.
– Total icon overhaul
– Hide back button to prevent confusion on returning from card links

7/9/2018

Speaking Missions is taking a little bit longer than expected, but 1.0.3 is coming soon. In addition to this giant new feature, a lot of other small really cool things will be coming with it.

7/2/2018

Jalup app 1.0.3 is going to introduce a really cool new feature called Speaking Missions. It’s going to be a way to interactively practice your speaking ability from what you’ve learned from the decks.

This is a big update that I’ve been working on, and I think will be very exciting when released :)

6/26/2018

Jalup app 1.0.2 released:

New features:
– Kanji Kingdom – the 2300 cards that will help you master the kanji – has now been released.
Fixes:
– Combined Decks Reviews – Kana Conqueror now shows images
– Kana Conqueror images have been shrunken a bit to make better use of screen space

6/19/2018

Jalup app 1.0.1 released:

New Features:
– Vacation Mode
– Card Accuracy Check
– Card Stats & Rankings
– Explanations added to confusing areas
– Gain experience points for listening
– Experience points restored with import

6/14/2018

Jalup mobile app released for iOS! What is the Jalup App?

5/28/2018

Jalup mobile announced – beta testing started