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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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by Alejandro (not verified) on 27. November 2012 - 23:43  (102994)

I used it for years. Ever since Windows 95...
I cannot count all the times the zip file that holds the xml file has been corrupted, and I needed to resort to the backup... the one thing that keeps me on it is that it doesn't have a decent export file for all the data I have on it. Talk about an un-feature!

by TE5LA (not verified) on 1. January 2012 - 17:44  (86344)

The first immediate issue I have is there doesn't seem to be any spelling dictionary. Every single word you enter must be added to the dictionary, so the spell check basically is useless.

by Private (not verified) on 4. November 2010 - 20:03  (60773)

Tried cardfile released for NT 32 bit and it seems to work under windows 7-64. Have had issues sinking and updating files that appear in cardfile but do not appear under Windows Explorer. Think this is related in someone to the location I have it under, program files (x86), that triggers a Windows & security feature that places a lock on the file [why it does this when I am administrator on the machine still puzzles me]. Recently understand you can right click on file and set share with to Homegroup and correct this recognizing this shares it with everyone that accesses your computer. At least this is what I have learned to date, still untested but sounds reasonable except for the administrator issue that remains a mystery to me.

by Anonymous on 27. June 2010 - 20:45  (53312)

There's also Jot Cardfile, now freeware by the people who make payware Jot+ Notes, here:
But only available in Windows 16-bit.

by anony (not verified) on 27. June 2010 - 16:31  (53287)

Last REALLY free version of AZZ Cardfile, v.1.6, available here: (bottom of page). Only accepts stacks that fit in memory (I think).

by Anonymous on 3. May 2010 - 17:13  (49031)

AZZ CardFile is NOT a freeware.

by Computerdoc (not verified) on 11. October 2012 - 2:01  (100621)

Yes. They said V1.6 WAS the last freeware. It is near bottom of download page. However I cannot make it work with Win 7 64 bit.

by appreciation on 29. July 2009 - 16:42  (25967)

AZZ Cardfile (Small footprint, portable, does the job)= a must have.

by Anonymous on 4. June 2009 - 11:00  (23043)

I love this site as it contains good materials.

by Anonymous on 12. May 2009 - 9:10  (21417)

Good program.. I will definitely give it a try. :)

by Anonymous on 6. March 2009 - 17:01  (17339)

Can one run a search by particular fields in this program ?

by Anonymous on 1. April 2009 - 17:35  (19053)

This articles is actually very good it will be usefull thanks.

by peter on 6. March 2009 - 17:35  (17340)

It doesn't really have "fields" in the sense that I think you mean. It does have full text search.

by Anonymous on 23. February 2009 - 21:34  (16687)

Thanks so much for this! This is exactly what I was looking for

by Anonymous on 10. December 2008 - 12:46  (11717)

TreeLine is worth a look as an address book and general notes organiser. It's outlining tree is useful for grouping family members and free form or templated notes.

by Anonymous on 5. March 2010 - 18:24  (45057)

I learned of TreeLine from this suggestion. It is a fantastic little program to create flexible little databases using a "tree structure" interface. Great for storing notes using easily designed templates.

by MidnightCowboy on 5. March 2010 - 21:42  (45069)

I'm glad you like it. I use it to keep track of the 70+ odd editors here and it works like a charm without the need to digest the innards of some grotesque industrial type solution which no doubt fits some people's needs, but not mine! I have a simple template into which I enter the details and then copy/paste into treeline once I've created a new child folder.

by Anonymous on 24. November 2008 - 19:46  (10942)

Treepad lite is also another great program.

by peter on 30. December 2008 - 10:12  (12750)

I found it very easy to crash: whereas Cardfile is rock-solid.