Yes, KaniManabu is free, but there are limitations. Developing an open source app, especially on Apple devices cost money. Therefore, there is a deck limit of three, which should be enough for an average user. If you need more or want additional premium features such as life-like TTS and other planned features, you can subscribe, pledge on Patreon or buy a Lifetime subscription. The proceeds will cover the development and infrastructure (server and cloud-services) cost.
What does WaniKani Integration Do?
By providing a WaniKani API key, you can view the breakdown of the Kanji used in vocabulary items. Note that if you have a free WaniKani subscription, you are limited to content covered in levels 1-3. This feature is accessible regardless you have a KaniManabu subscription or not.
Where are my decks stored?
KaniManabu stores decks on your iCloud account, which allows you to maintain control of your decks. By storing your decks on iCloud, you can sync your progress to all your Macs and iOS devices you own. Note that a iCloud account is required and you need to have iCloud Drive enabled for the app to function.
Do I Need to set up Japanese IME to use the app?
No, you do not need to enable Japanese IME for reviews since KaniManabu has a built in one. However, if you want ot create your own cards, you will need to set it up.
I am getting an error message about iCloud/iCloud Drive Not Enabled? Do I need an iCloud account?
While KaniManabu can work without an iCloud account or iCloud Drive disabled, it has limitations. You won’t be able to have new cards added to the queue automatically. You would need to do that manually. Additionally, Vacation Mode, when implemented won’t be available until an iCloud account is added or iCloud Drive is enabled. This is because this app heavily depends on iCloud to sync your decks and progress across your devices.
Is Family Sharing Available for Subscriptions?
Yes. If you are on a different account that is part of a person’s family sharing and the person shared their active subscription of KaniManabu, you will be able to use it. Just click restore purchases to access your subscription.
Would I lose my Decks or Progress if I Unsubscribe?
No, the content is yours. However, you might not be able to use certain features until you subscribe again or reduce the number of active decks in your list.
Is there an Android/Windows/Linux version?
No, KaniManabu only works on the Apple ecosystem (Macs, iPhones, and iPads) and there is no plans to create versions outside of the ecosystem.