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I can't find a survey/questionaire/test app that will do what I need it to!!!

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    Hi guys,

    My work wants me to develop a survey/test that would be used for community education.

    The idea is the user is asked a multiple choice question and depending on what they choose, a text box should immediately pop up explaining why they are right/wrong with some background info on the topic. It would then progress to the next question.

    It should also be able to do this offline, but does not need to store any information about what the user entered.

    Most of the apps I find don't even give an answer let alone explain a correct one. The closest I got so far was one called MyCQs which does provide explanations for questions but does so at the end of the quiz. There can also only be one explanation per question and I would prefer one per answer.

    Please help if you can. I'm sure I could find an app that does what I need but I don't know how to word the concept in a google search.

    Cheers :)
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    If you don't need to do any scoring, just progress through the questions and answers, you could probably do this in Keynote. Keynote slides can contain links to other slides, so you'd create three slides per question. The Question with answers, the right answer, and the wrong answer. The main slide would have links to the right, wrong, and next question slide. The answer slides would only go back to the previous slide, or you could have them go to the next question.

    It would be a clumsy way of doing things, but possible.

    The only other app I have that might work be Codea; but you'd have to be willing to do some programming. It's not a difficult app to code in, but it's not exactly optimized for text style apps.

    Along those lines, a hypercard style app is probably more inline with what you want than a quiz app. Searching for hypercard in the App Store I see something called NovoCard. This looks to be a much better environment for what you want to create.

    If you're not familiar with the hypercard concept, it's basically a stack of cards that can contain information or action items. You put what you want on the card, like some text, pictures, buttons, and other stuff.; then you attache actions to them; like going to another card, popping up a text box, or incrementing a variable (for scoring).

    It's documentation says it can export and import stacks from DropBox, which means you'll be able to put the same project on multiple iPads.

    While the reviews are generally good, for a fledgling project, there are only a few of them; so don't expect a polished product.

    (I think I just talked myself into getting it)

    That's all I can think of at the moment. Hopefully someone else will come by with a better solutions; a ready made one.
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    Just spent about an hour playing with NovoCard. If you already know some Javescript and basic programing concepts, it should't be too hard to create a basic question and answer stack; otherwise it's going to involve a bit of a learning curve.

    I know almost nothing about Javascript, but do have a slight familiarity with Lua (from Codea), which is at least similar in structure.

    All I managed to create in that hour was one question, four answers, and a popup that said Right or Wrong depending on what answer I touched. Still, in a way that is encouraging. Especially when you consider the bulk of that time was spent browsing the Help and Reference stacks included with the app. I can see how to go forward from there. After figuring out the basics it should go quickly.

    A real javascript master could probably even create a stack that creates quiz stacks. It looks to have all the meta (card creation) functions needed to do that.
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    WOW, you're a legend. This looks like a lot for me to go on, I'd assumed it was mainly about figuring out the right thing to ask, of course it could be done in keynote, this would probably mean doing it comfortably on a computer too. Otherwise I will try the others you've mentioned. From memory keynote is $25 and we need it on at least 3 ipads so a cheaper option may be the way to go.

    Interestingly I see you're from WA. We are operating at Booragoon so maybe we can hire you for the job if we get too stuck and you're willing.

    Cheers, will get stuck into it...
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    Keynote is only $9.99 on the iPad. It's $19.99 on a Mac. As long as you don't use anything fancy it should be possible to build it on the iMac and use it on the iPads. Best to do a quick concept (just a couple questions) first and test it. Most of the stuff you can do in the Mac will work on the iPad, even several that you can't actually create on the iPad.

    Though I could certainly use a job, I'm not enough of a programmer to guarantee I could finish the project on NovoCard; and of course, you won't need any real help with Keynote.

    Good luck, and please let us know how it goes.

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