I love the Anki flashcard app. I use Anki for iOS daily. What could be more fun than programming one’s mind?
Now that copy/paste between Mac and iOS works so well (Copy and paste between devices from your Mac - Apple Support), that’s almost the only way in which I now add content to, and retrieve content from, Anki for iOS. (I don’t use its sync service, but I occasionally sync via iTunes.) E.g., I copy content from a PDF on my Mac and paste it into Anki for iOS; I create questions/answers in nvUltra and copy them (on Mac), and then paste them into Anki iOS. So, I hardly launch Anki for macOS anymore. (But there are some times when I find the macOS version useful).
(Not that I do much editing on iOS. Almost all my content creation happens on macOS. I use iOS for less interactive activities, like practicing; and for dictating notes while I’m away from my Mac.)
I also use Hook’s copy URL function (or
Copy Markdown Link) and then paste links into Anki for iOS cards (references to source material). Sometimes the URLs are to the web sometimes to other places (even PDF files on my Mac).
If I want to reference an Anki note from a file on my Mac, I generate unique IDs, and I paste them into the Mac file and into the Anki for iOS note. When I need the info, I copy the ID and use Anki’s search function to find the Anki note (on Anki for Mac or more likely Anki for iOS).
(I do something similar with 1password. 1password does not have a “copy URL” function that I know of. So, to identify a 1password entry, I generate a unique ID on my Mac and paste it into the 1password entry. I paste the same ID (as a reference) in my Mac notes. In my notes, I might write “See 1p/#Q69Y7” which I know means “search for
Q69Y7 in 1password”, or just 1p/#Q69Y7 which I know [in my system] means the same thing. When I need to get to the 1password entry, I can copy/paste (or type) the “unique” ID into 1password search field. And of course, I sometimes paste links garnered from Hook directly into 1password items. That’s not as fast as using Hook links would be, but it gets the job done for an app like 1p that does not have the required automation. )
Of course, you don’t need Hook to generate unique IDs. An AppleScript or other tool will do. It just needs to be fast and automatic.
Hook and Anki future?