Best Free Free-Form Database (Cardfile)


For database applications there seems to be always a very high learning curve before you are able to use it for your purposes. With much less effort card file oriented database applications are often more than enough to fulfill your needs.

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AZZ CardfileazzCardfile is a wonderful free-form database with a myriad of uses. It's a direct (and much enhanced) replacement for Microsoft's Cardfile (which they abandoned many years ago).

Unfortunately this application has turned into shareware in newer versions, but the last free version is still available for download. Although the free version was designed for the 16-bit operating system, it still works well on the 32-bit system. The program saves data into azz format and it allows for import from Microsoft crd files as well as export to delimited text files.

Other features include card count and card sizes are limited only by system resources, customizable background colors, automatically sorts card list, time stamps, password protection, no database engines required, etc.

The site features a large number of pre-made card collections, but they do vary in the quality of information they present.


Other freeware to be reviewed:

  • Jot Cardfile, only available in a 16-bit version and it should still work under Win9x/2000/XP/NT.
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Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
free-form database, site features a large number of pre-made card collections
no professional database functions (like SQL statements etc.)
1.6 (last free version)
898 KB
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.

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