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The new NASPA Zyzzyva Mobile app is an updated version of Michael Thelen’s pre–iOS 7 Zyzzyva app for today’s iOS and Android handheld devices, both smartphones and tablets. A lot of kind people crowdfunded that app and were disappointed when it went “out of print” in 2014, so NASPA is pleased to be able to bring it back and thank them for their support.
While the user interface is almost the same as the old iOS app’s, under the hood it’s completely new code, fitted onto a common NASPA Zyzzyva multi-platform code-base. This means that the mobile app and desktop app will be updated in sync from now on, and later desktop releases will benefit from improvements introduced in this mobile release.
NASPA Zyzzyva Mobile (NZM) is a scaled-down version of the familiar NASPA Zyzzyva (NZ) desktop application, and it’s optimized for small screens so that you can study on the go. (It also works on larger tablet devices, though the print can seem a bit small!)
The app itself occupies 100 MB or less of space, but, like the desktop version, it manages databases that can consume significant amounts of space, especially if you turn on the option to create lexicon databases or synchronize its data with another desktop or mobile installation that maintains lexicon databases.
NASPA Zyzzyva Mobile has three main functions, Quiz, Search, and Judge. There are lots of “word tools” for iOS and Android (some also licensed by NASPA) that can do one or more of those things with specific focus, and some of them include a timer, which NZM does not. Its primary audience is people who are committed to word study and are familiar with the NASPA Zyzzyva desktop application; the main advantage of NZM for you as a NZ user is that you can trust it to work just like NZ and share data with it through cloud data synchronization as you move back and forth between devices.
NZM is especially well suited for cardbox study. For more information on the Leitner Cardbox System and how cardboxing can boost your gameplay abilities, please read our Cardboxing 101 article. (By the way, in case you were wondering, CARDBOX is not a valid word in any lexicon!)
NASPA Zyzzyva Mobile is produced by NASPA for the benefit of its members and all who are interested in competitive game play. It is offered free of charge on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store.
For now, it’s a near-exact replica of the pre-2014 app and looks more functional than whizzy, but the NASPA Zyzzyva Committee welcomes your suggestions for improvement, and we especially want to know what features of the NZ desktop application are worth adding to NZM’s streamlined interface, given that the underlying engine is common between the two and those capabilities are “just hiding” beneath the surface.