azzCardfile version 5.0 beta 12 released

Version 5.0 beta 12 is ready for testing.

Download link: https://www.azzcardfile.net/dl/azzCardfile_50_b12_Setup.exe

Most improvements are done by your feedback, thank you very much for support.

What is new:

  • Export to .docx (MS Word)
  • Cleanup tool added to “File | Tools”
  • Lots of small improvements and bug fixes.
  • Keyboard shortcuts improved – see sample file.

What next:

  • Finish documentation – web site, manuals, guides, etc.
  • Make registration part. I plan to set license price $39 USD, or annual subscription $12/year. Version 4 registered users will get free subscription for one year.
    Your ideas about pricing are appreciated.
  • I will fix phone dialing procedure, if I find a way how to test it – no dial-up modems anymore in my environment.
  • Get all necessary certificates from Microsoft to get rid of system warning messages

It is pre-release version, next will be final.

After publishing final version, I will concentrate on azzCardfile Android application.
Thank you for testing,

Antanas

azzCardfile version 5 beta 11 released

Version 5.0 beta 11 is ready for testing. Most improvements are done by your feedback, thank you very much for support.
What is new:
• Fixed importing azz version 4 files issues.
• Improved popup menus.
• Improved encryption:
azzdb files are encrypted by default using aes-256 cipher algorithm which provides top strong confidentiality and Integrity. However, this happens at the price of a certain performance reduction, especially for a large database.
If azzCardfile is running slowly after encryption, try to encrypt it using alternative encryption mode.
The aes-ecb cipher algorithm provides comparably weak confidentiality and no Integrity. However, it has the best performance across other encryption modes and is secure enough in most of cases.
• Created a choice of cards selection for printing and exporting (current, selected, all, titles only)
• Small improvements and bug fixes.

Now azzCardfile 5 has almost all functionality, next version will be final or pre-release.

Version beta-10 released for Windows

Dear azzCardfile beta testers,

Version beta-10 released for Windows.

Most improvements are done by your feedback, thank you very much for support.
What is new:
• Faster search, including Advanced search
• Task panel resizable now
• Tabs can be aligned to left, right, top, bottom (Tools | Options | View | Groups)
• Cards can be assigned to the groups by menu (right click on the list)
• Set color to multi selected cards
• Some bidirectional text in cards improvements (for Arabic and Hebrew script) – need to test (Options | General | Bidirectional mode)
• Some bugs fixed
• Some bugs added (hopefully not too much)
Now azzCardfile 5 has almost all functionality, next version will be final or pre-release.
Thank you for your interest in azzCardfile.

Visit https://www.azzcardfile.net/beta for more information and download.

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Best regards,
Antanas
www.azzcardfile.net

azzCardfile version 5 beta 9 released

Version beta-9 released for Windows.

Added:

  • Card icons (as in version 4). Show/hide/set in Tasks | Card icons
  • Card background colors (selected card color set in Tasks | Card properties, default color set in Options | View | Card)
  • Import vcf, txt, csv
  • Dial (using MS Dialer, I recommend to use azzCardfile Android viewer for dialing)
  • File mode: manual save, as in previous versions. Set in Options | General
    (I recommend to use Database mode for safety reasons)
  • File properties: some different settings for different files
  • Archive copies: create multiple backup files periodically: monthly, weekly, daily for specific file. Then you can manually restore older file of selected date. Set this in Tasks | File properties
  • Tasks ribbon: easier access Task Panel pages
  • Many bugs fixed
  • Some bugs added (hopefully not too much)

Now azzCardfile 5 has almost all functionality, next version will be final or pre-release.

Download: azzCardfile version 5 beta

azzCardfile version 5.0 beta 6 released. Compressing pictures.

Windows application version 5.0 beta 6 ready for testing.

Download it from azzCardfile beta site.

Besides some bug fixes (mostly related to grouping) and UI improvements, one important feature added – pictures compressing.

Out of memory (RAM) related azzCardfile problem was my headache for a long time. Cards in a file get so big in bytes not because of many cards or text in cards, but because of pictures and other objects inside the cards. Initially I didn’t think, that azzCardfile will be used as photo album, but many users do it and I get many complaints about that.

Earlier versions of the program were loading entire file for fast search and other operations with cards, therefore cardfiles with hundreds of pictures becomes gigabytes in size and didn’t load at all.

azzCardfile version 5 has advanced data base engine and can operate with huge amounts of data without “out of memory” issues. The problem seems to have been resolved, however, operations with large files began to be very slow.

I am working on reducing memory occupying by pictures (usually photos) in the cards. Most pictures made by camera are too big to fit in the screen, so, after inserting, it is necessary to shrink them manually by dragging picture’s corner. However, this do not change actual image size in bytes and file size remains huge.  

In newest version (azzCardfile 5 beta 6) I have made an option to shrink picture dimensions during insertion to the card (by “insert picture” menu, pasting, or dropping from Windows explorer). Find this option in a new Pictures tab in Options. Default value is 800 pixels width, which should be enough for viewing photo in the card, if you don’t want to enlarge it later. This works on jpg, gif, bmp, tiff files (so far png files are distorted by this operation, therefore png files are ignored, I will try to fix this later).

Default value is 800 pixels width, which should be enough for viewing photo in the card, if you don’t want to enlarge it later. This works on jpg, gif, bmp, tiff files (so far png files are distorted by this operation, therefore png files are ignored, I will try to fix this later). Besides picture dimensions shrinking, you can reduce photos even more by applying jpeg compression. It works only on jpg files and can distort colors, if compress too much (I don’t recommend to use less 50% rate).

Besides picture dimensions shrinking, you can reduce photos even more by applying jpeg compression. It works only on jpg files and can distort colors, if compress too much (I don’t recommend to use less 50% rate).

I suggest to try these options – insert a picture when both options unchecked, and again with checked. If applied shrinking and jpeg compression do not change picture quality, keep options checked and your file size will not grow so fast.

Picture above is inserted with options unchecked. It takes about 10 MB of file size. Picture below inserted with applying default options. It takes about 0.1 MB.

Typical picture made with modern camera inserted with options unchecked can take about 10 MB of file size. Applying default options it can shrink to about 0.1 MB.

You can compress all existing pictures in the file by selecting “File | Tools | Compress pictures”. Try this on a large file, see the differences, but keep a copy of original file, if compressed pictures quality is not enough good. Experiment with other options figures to find optional. It should be interesting for me to read your impressions and suggestions.

Tip for those who want to continue using older version 4, but are suffering from that “out of memory” problem:

  1. Make a backup copy of file you want a fix (for restoring in case on unsuccessful experiment).
  2. Download and install version 5 beta 6 (azzCardfile_50_b05_Setup.exe) from azzCardfile beta site. Don’t worry, it will not change your version 4 program, settings or files.
  3. Open this large problematic file with new version (File | Open)
  4. Select “File | Tools | Compress pictures”
  5. Select “File | Export| azzCardfile version 4 (.azzx)”
  6. Try to open this fixed .azzx file with verion 4 program.
  7. Done, you can uninstall azzCardfile 5 beta version.

It is temporary solution, because file will continue to grow fast after adding more pictures to it. Hopefully this can help before stable version of azzCardfile version 5 release.

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