Cardbox as a Portable App?
Cardbox as a Portable App?
I've been playing with PortableApps (www.portableapps.com). My attention was drawn to this site because I use LibreOffice, which also comes as a portable app. The PortableApp programme and its associated software can be run from any USB stick or disk on any Windows PC without installation. I've tried LibreOffice and Irfanview (which by the way is great for integration with Cardbox) and they both work very fast and very well.
Wouldn't it be an idea to have a Cardbox portable? Cardbox did work perfectly after a manual copy of an existing installation to the PortableApp disk. According to the site existing programmes can be easily adapted to be installed and to be used as a portable without recompiling. It would be consistent with the strategy to widely disseminate Cardbox. PortableApps.com advertises its associated software and offers automatic downloads.
I for certain would be very interested because all my current users become less and less attached to a fixed office and work all over town, often in other people's offices.
Cardbox used to do a useful tool: EPV (Electronic Publishing Version) which allowed you and others to look at your database, but did not allow you to edit. Not seen it recently
It is now for free possible to add a default r/o profile to your database. So you do not need an EPV anymore.
A portable Cardbox client I added now on my (Cardbox based) website.
Hello Bert. What is the purpose of the file?.
Very simple: if you run it, it will ask in which folder you want to unpack the files. If done, you can run Cardbox by clicking on cardbox3.exe.
Juan, a "real" PortableApp does a bit more than just that. For instance, PortableApps have a common taskbar menu which can be used to launch your applications (activated when you insert the USB device), and the folder structure for the applications is strictly organised. Unless you explicitly save your documents/databases elsewhere, they will be saved (by default) in specific folders on the USB device you started your application from. This guarantees that when you take the device with you, you will also take your work with you.
Of course you can run Cardbox from a USB device, there's nothing special about that. But it's just the little extras!
Have a look at portableapps.com. Many applications (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Irfanview, LibreOffice, Wise registry cleaner) come as PortableApps.
Thank you all. Slightly off topic but, I have been looking at a way of carrying my Cardbox database with me and have been trying ways of imputting it into my Android device.
Make a special format for printing. Use in it merge blocks with automatic height/width.
I use Sailforms+ database on my Android phone. I have exported the Cardbox databases I want to look up on the go as CSV files. Sailforms+ can import these CSV files and automatically set up the fields. Searching is pretty basic, but I would think it is definitely better than using a PDF file. It has some nice other handy features too. Hope this helps. Mary
Thank you for the suggestion about using Sailforms+ on Android phones. I would like to do the same on a Samsung Android Tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich.
I forgot to say re: "it was simple to make a new 'Form' in Sailforms and press 'import file' "
Thank you Mary. I had tried various options and discovered that it was as easy as you describe.
Sailforms+ is definitely not a substitute for Cardbox! However it does have a search function, albeit limited. If you open a Sailforms GROUP you will see a magnifying glass in the top left. Clicking on this will give you a search box. You can enter one or several terms here and it will search for the term in all databases in the group. Likewise, if you open a database the search will be limited to that database. If you have designed your data entry form yourself you can lay it out in such a way that you can see the full record in non-table form when you click on it. Alternatively, if you don't want to design the form first, you could edit the form that Sailforms+ generates when it imports the CSV file. I have several hundred records downloaded from various CBOX databases and have been able to search them adequately enough for the convenience of having them to hand. Try it! Hope it works for you.
Mary, thank you so much for this. Somehow I missed these responses to this thread. I will take a look at Sailforms.
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