Qunatum Leap (18 years)
CPM/+ 8bit Amstrad
CPM/+ 8bit Amstrad
It's been 15 years since I used Cardbox. Back then, it
Rather than just 'use' Cardbox, I actually designed the
Any long-in-the-tooth forumites who have followed (and
First item is a couple of contacts databases. That said,
For you hard copy you can easy print from Cardbox in almost any wished format. Make a special format for it!
That is something different with Open/Libre etc Office because these programs are not so easy (as MS Office) to manipulate with vbscript=Cardbox macros.
Do you have enough wrinkles to remember Locofile and Locoscript?
My present idea - if possible - is to duplicate that combination,
As I dimly recall, the datafile was merged with the mailmerge word
The mailmerge document had lots of conditional instructions in it.
* There was some odd reason why a double negative worked better. Not
So if I dabble with Cardbox afresh, after all these years, will I be
Been doing some more reading and investigating, today. My initial
Today, I created a new d'base (Boy! Is it different from the ol'
I may have to re-enter the data manually. However, before making
Before you are going to do this the hard way, i.e. trying to use all kinds of external software to create printed copy, have a look at the built-in options of Cardbox. Perhaps they'll suit your needs very well.
If however you want to use complex conditional statements, consider the following option:
Create a custum "reports" database. Do you want to print 5 fields? Give it 5 fields as well. Write a macro that handles all your conditions, make it read the records that you want to print from the main database, add all the comment, headings or whatever and write the resulting report to the reports database. Print the hard copy from Reports.
An added bonus is that you will have digital copies of your printed output in your Reports database. Even when the main database changes, your Reports database will stay as it is. And of course you can have as many Reports databases as you wish.
Old databases often can export data as "comma delimited" or ASCII.
PS Good suggestion from Charles.
Thanks, Charles. I'm not seeking to do this the hard way. Not for a moment.
The conditional instructions need not be all that complex, for my needs.
I.e. I don't want this:
Home Tel: 1928374
Home Tel: 1928374
I did a few mail merges out of the Locofile d'base today. I suspect that
Sixty to start with. The output containing all the redundant records
Skip certain records: that depends on your selection. You can easily exclude records that do not meet certain conditions. But once you start printing, all records are used. None are skipped halfway the process.
Do not print empty fields: standard option in merge blocks. Merge blocks are used in your formats to combine fixed text with the content of fields. There are two options: "omit text if all fields are blank" and "display text only if all fields are blank".
Work Fax: Sorry, no fax available.
From what you're describing, the Printing options now available
I have the impression, correct me if I'm wrong, that you are eager to know everything about Cardbox 3.1 before you've even started using it. Just give it a go, and you'll see how absolutely simple it works. Even merge blocks are simplicity itself: draw a box on the screen, enter fixed texts, enter the fields you want to print at the appropriate places within the text and that's it really.
This is really basic knowledge of the programme which you can dig up from the help file.
I completely agree with Charles. Just give it a go to see how simple it is. I begun using it around 1980 and it is still as good and uncomplicated as ever for a simpleton like me; and one of the best things is right here. The support even after all this time.
Yes, Charles, a fair observation. I was very familiar with the CP/M+
"Even merge blocks are simplicity itself: draw a box on the screen,
My main reservation was that I might embark on the creation of the
I have started. One of the earlier differences I became aware of
Seems that's 'bad form' with the Windoze version. In the database
Live and learn! (By trying. And reading the manual)
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