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Spring Cleaning

We made a big update to the site! Here's everything you need to know.

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Earlier this year, we started working on a series of updates to Knoword, many of which were inspired by feedback from teachers who use the website regularly. In this post, I'll take you through each of the changes and provide some additional context.

Changing the game

The main attraction of our latest round of updates is a new game UI. ✨

The old game had about 1/3 of its screen real estate dedicated to the points, streak, and list of answers. However, a player's main focus was always on the current definition and the input that they would be typing in. The problem with this is that those elements were located on the right 2/3 of the screen.

Before

old game interface

Now, the entire game is focused around the definition, timer, and word input. Everything is center aligned, and the definition is displayed more prominently than before. Instead of scrolling to read longer definitions, the definition text now grows and shrinks to fit the amount of available space.

After

new game UI

Not only that, but the order of the two most important elements is reversed. Before, the word input came first and the definition second. That didn't make much sense since players would typically read the definition first, and then make their guess second based on the letter that the word begins with. Now, it's definition first, and word input second. 🤝

Lastly, the timer was moved to the middle of the screen so that it's really easy to keep track of the amount of time remaining in the game without shifting your focus to the top of the screen where the timer used to live. The ring around the clock changes from green to red as the seconds start to wind down, so players have a clear visual indicator for when they're about to run out of time.

Oh, and we added some gold confetti when you answer a word correctly. 🎉

Worksheets and flash cards

We recieved a lot of feedback about our printable worksheets feature, and I'm excited to announce that you can now configure worksheet PDFs before you download them. Now you can:

  • Adjust the paper size between US Letter and A4
  • Optionally hide the first letter hint in each answer box
  • Optionally show the word bank—a box with all of the words used in the worksheet, with their order scrambled

And that's not all. You can now download a set of printable flash cards from any custom pack. Here's what they look like:

hand holding a flash card with other cards laid out on a table

To create your own set of flash cards, open the context menu () on any word pack and select "Download PDF...". Then take the following steps:

  1. Select "Flash cards" from the "type" dropdown menu
  2. Print your cards using double-sided mode
  3. Cut along the gray lines
  4. Enjoy 😊

You can even configure the size of your flash cards! They come in small, medium, and large; perfect for learning activites in the classroom or at home.

Other details

The font used in the "Starts with X" placeholder text used to make it impossible to distinguish between an uppercase "i" and a lowercase "L", so we updated the font to one that made it easier to make those distinctions.

Individual assignment stats and edit/delete options now get their own dedicated pages, rather than appearing within a popup on the assignments overview page. This allows us to give single assignments more prominence and room for charts, details, and sharing workflows.

We added pack search and create tools to the main site header. Now you can find your favourite pack from anywhere on the site, or create a new pack or assignment using the "Create" menu in the header.

We used to use external image hosting services for things like user avatars, pack cover images, and image clues. However, those services would sometimes be slow to load images, or be blocked by school networks so the images wouldn't load at all. To remedy these issues, we built our own custom image hosting solution. Now images load blazing fast. 🔥

A note about deleting assignments ⚠️

Starting August 1st, 2022, Knoword users without an active Pro membership will not be able to delete assigments. This change is meant to help enforce our limit of two assignments per free account. Since free users were allowed to delete assignments before this update, we decided to push back the implementation of this limit until after the school year concludes in North America. We hope you understand this decision.