Morse Mania

Developer: Black Cat Systems

Current Version: 4.1.0

Last Updated: 2 years ago

Download Size: 1.4 MB - Download

Description:

Morse Mania is a morse code tutor. It provides the following modules to help you learn morse code:

Learn Characters - Each morse code character is displayed on the screen as it is being played. This is useful when you're first learning the morse code alphabet, as it helps you link each sound to the corresponding character.
Guess a Character - Morse code characters are played, and you must type the key of the character sent. At the end of the exercise, your score is displayed.
Copy Groups - Random five letter morse code character groups are sent (and displayed on the screen). You select how many morse code groups you would like to have sent, and practice by copying the groups down. At the end of the exercise, compare what you copied to what was actually sent.
Copy Groups - Random words are sent (and displayed on the screen). You select how many words you would like to have sent, and practice by copying them down. At the end of the exercise, compare what you copied to what was actually sent.
Simulated QSO - Random simulated QSOs are sent, so you get real world copying practice.
Keying - You can send more code by clicking your mouse button, and Morse Mania will decode it.
Typing - Type characters on your keyboard, and Morse Mania will play them.
Send File - Any text file of your choice can be sent.
It also supports Farnsworth mode. Farnsworth is useful when first learning morse code, so you don't reach the "plateau" around 7 wpm, where you can't copy any faster, because you learned the individual dots and dashes that make up each character, rather than the overall sound. In Farnsworth mode, each morse code character is sent at a high speed, but with a long pause between characters. Hence, you hear the character as it sounds, and don't try to learn the individual dots and dashes that make it up. The long pause gives you time to think about what you just heard, and identify the character, before the next one comes along.

Finally, the Koch method is also available. Using this method, you learn morse code at full speed, one letter at a time. It's considered by many to be the best way to learn morse code quickly and effectively.

Morse Mania can also produce morse code from a text file, which is then also played out of your computer's speaker. So you can create your own practice sessions, or grab text from other sources such as newspapers/etc, to have a never ending supply of practice material.

There is also a Typing Window, where you can type any valid character at the keyboard, and it is immediately translated into the morse code character, and played.

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 4.1.0
Review by KO6JW

Excellent app - I've always wanted to get my code speed up to a reasonable level - say 20 WPM. This app seems to meet my needs. It lacks good documentation on some specifics, but is generally easy to use. I have had (and written) programs that allow for more fine tuning of character weights and spacing, but that is really not necessary. I was initially confused by some of the settings. WPM is self explanatory, but "seconds spacing" threw me for a minute. Then I realized that the spacing refers to the button to the left. In other words, the "Learn Characters" button will space characters X seconds apart based on the setting you choose. A comment was made in another review about the sending speed being off. I tested the app with a text file that contained the word "Paris" ten times. This is the classic method for testing speed. With the program set at 10 WPM the file was sent in just a bit more than 60 seconds. Thus, the speed is very close - maybe a tiny bit slow, but not enough to matter. I'm using OS X 10.7.5. Remember not to click the "Farnsworth" button if you are testing the speed. Morse is an acquired skill. I'm happy to have a good learning tool available whenever I have a few minutes to practice.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people
1/5
Version 4.1.0
Review by Arcticradio

Speed is wrong - I don't think this app runs well on Lion or Mountain Lion. On Lion the character speed is all wrong. 10 WPM sounds like about 18 WPM or 20 WPM. Would not recommend this app until it's been verified to run OK on new OSX.

Found helpful by 10 out of 12 people

More Reviews for Current Version

1/5
Version 4.1.0
Review by Jacob Jingleheimer

Farnsworth functionality does not work - Avoid this app. In the Farnsworth method one should be able to set the character WPM and the overall tranmsission WPM. I could find no way to do this. There is only one WPM control. Turning on Farnsworth just resulted in garbled code being sent. Farnsworth is the most important sending method when learning code or increasing speed and this app does not support it properly.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
5/5
Version 4.1.0
Review by KO6JW

Excellent app - I've always wanted to get my code speed up to a reasonable level - say 20 WPM. This app seems to meet my needs. It lacks good documentation on some specifics, but is generally easy to use. I have had (and written) programs that allow for more fine tuning of character weights and spacing, but that is really not necessary. I was initially confused by some of the settings. WPM is self explanatory, but "seconds spacing" threw me for a minute. Then I realized that the spacing refers to the button to the left. In other words, the "Learn Characters" button will space characters X seconds apart based on the setting you choose. A comment was made in another review about the sending speed being off. I tested the app with a text file that contained the word "Paris" ten times. This is the classic method for testing speed. With the program set at 10 WPM the file was sent in just a bit more than 60 seconds. Thus, the speed is very close - maybe a tiny bit slow, but not enough to matter. I'm using OS X 10.7.5. Remember not to click the "Farnsworth" button if you are testing the speed. Morse is an acquired skill. I'm happy to have a good learning tool available whenever I have a few minutes to practice.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people
4/5
Version 4.1.0
Review by Dan727252

Fun for an old dit bug - I have enjoyed playing with this. I haven't copied in years, so it was cool to see that I still remember it. I forgot some of the punctuation. It was a little unintuitive the way it is set up. It would be better if it let you take quizzes and then checked your results. It seems you have to pull up another word processor app to type the characters into, hide the window, then check the results yourself when it completed. Wouldn't it be fun to have a multiplayer app that allowed you to communicate with others using it, if you don't have the ham equipment that is. The speed seems okay to me, if anything it seems a little slow. I was copying at 22s no problem in a few minutes. It seems easier at higher speeds to me. :) It would also be nice if there were a "clear screen" button. Also the key interpreter doesn't seem that good, but maybe I don't have the keying down the way it likes yet.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
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