azzCardfile Android reader: delay in Google Play, but apk available

azzCardfile viewer app for Android Early Testers group was submitted to Google Play before 2021-01-10, however, due to adjusted work schedules in Google at this time, it may experience longer than usual review times.
It should be available in https://play.google.com/apps/internaltest/4699920390300217439
If link doesn’t work, try later, your patience is appreciated.

Eager and undaunted azzCardfile lovers, (who understand what they are doing) can download an apk right now: https://www.azzcardfile.net/dl/azzCardfile_reader_beta01.apk

Ribbon, toolbars and menu

I added optional menu bar, so now you can change appearance to old fashion (just menu and toolbar, no ribbon) or even see all of them: ribbon, menu and toolbars at once, if you want to wear both belt and braces 🙂


Default appearance will be more modern, following Windows Ribbon Framework guidelines.

Now it remains to test and publish beta 3. After that I will concentrate on Android app.

Getting started task panel

I just made “getting started” task panel (some beta testers missed it in version 5). Besides recent files list I added a list of all azzdb files in default folder – one-click files navigator. If you open files from outside default folder (or it’s sub-folders) you will get all path in the list item (hover to see a hint with all line). That way I encourage to keep data files in default location – it is safest place.

I will decorate it later.

New beta will be ready for testing in a few days.

Open or export?

Recently I got note from some beta testers, that imported old .azz file cards are mixed with existing cards (e. g. samples).

It is intended to transfer old version program files by opening them, not importing.

There is a difference between file opening and importing – import will add cards to existing file – it is useful to merge files together or synchronize them (e. g. from Android after editing there).

Such behavior was in previous version, however I feel, that I need to add .azz and .azzx to default extensions in Open dialog and explain Import feature in tool-tips and hints.

azzCardfile 5 beta ready for testing

Dear azzCardfile users,

Finally version 5 is ready for testing. I highly appreciate beta testers for their efforts and invaluable feedback, which has been helping to keep azzCardfile as good as possible. Please be prepared for possible unexpected crashes; so please make sure to back up your files frequently.

If you have never used azzCardfile before, I recommend downloading and trying the stable release version 4.1.16

Get more news about azzCardfile in Facebook and author’s blog. There you can write your suggestions, read other user’s posts, participate in voting about most wanted features.

What is new in 5.0

Version 5 is totally rebuilt, actually created from scratch.

  • New data files format (.azzdb): no memory limits, saving cards during editing
  • Android azzCardfile reader app (will be ready for testing soon)
  • Toolbars evolved to Windows Ribbon Framework
  • Zooming cards
  • Cards linked to geographical locations
  • Bookmarks and history in task panel
  • Imports vCard .vcf files
  • Style templates

Notes:

  • Keep latest final version installed (latest is 4.1.16). Some features from version 4 are not implemented yet in version 5 (spell-checker, card icons, etc.).
  • Versions 5 and earlier can coexist in the same system, they have different data file formats and do not change each other. Therefore, use both new and old versions together as different programs. Keep your vital important data in version 4, experiment with version 5.
  • File format: cards in version 4 (.azz, .azzx) were saved in proprietary format. In new version 5 a standard database engine is adapted (SQLite, data files have extension .azzdb). This give more reliability, reduce size limits (no more out of memory error messages). However, now what you enter, is saved automatically, “save” action no need anymore. Use “File | Restore” if you want to undo changes you did after last saving. Anyway, make a copy of file before experimenting.
  • You can open old version files with version 5, they will be imported into new database, old files remain unchanged. If old file is protected, you need to enter password on import, however, new file will not be protected automatically, you need to perform “File | Encrypt” procedure.
  • So far protected files are not recognized in azzCardfile Android application, you have to unprotect them before transferring to Android.
  • Your data in Android device is secure, because by default this area is not accessible to other apps or the user.
  • New Windows Ribbon Framework is under construction. If something doesn’t work, use Toolbar. After finishing ribbon design, toolbar will be hidden by default.
  • Style templates are under construction. You can try Styling buttons and Styles task panel, but so far this feature does not guarantee styles preservation.

Features not implemented yet

If listed below features are essential for you, wait until next version be published.

  • Spell checking
  • Card icons
  • Dialing from Windows (it works in azzCardfile Android app)
  • Advanced search
  • Minimize to notification area

 

Ready? Go to https://www.azzcardfile.net/beta.