From time to time we make small changes to Cardbox, to correct
minor errors or to work round problems with Windows or other
software. Some new features are also added from time
Here is a list of all the changes that have been made since
the release of Version 2.0. We give you the date of
each change so that you can work out whether your copy of
Cardbox includes it or not.
How to update your copy of Cardbox
If you want to update your copy of Cardbox to include the
latest changes, you can download
it from this site.
your copy up to date?
Each of the changes listed here shows which Cardbox
files have changed, and the date. You can check
the dates of your Cardbox program files by running Cardbox
and entering the command Help, About, More.
NOTE: ANY PROBLEMS LISTED HERE NO
Whenever we describe a problem in this list, we are describing
it before it was corrected. As long as you have
a version of the program files dated on or after the date
shown, you will not encounter the problem.
error message in Windows XP
Changed: CBOXOBJ.DLL 21/4/04
Microsoft have just released an update to Windows XP
which installs a new bug. Microsoft's bug causes
Cardbox to report the following message:
You did not run the SHARE command before starting
Windows. Cardbox will not be able to access linked
or embedded objects. To correct this situation,
exit from Windows, return to DOS, type SHARE, and restart
We have changed CBOXOBJ.DLL so that this message is
records from a macro
Changed: CBOX.DLL 16/10/03
If you had a macro that modified fields that did not
exist in the current format, Cardbox would crash.
access to validation lists
Changed: CARDBOX.EXE 23/5/03
If you used an external file to specify a list of
values for a validator, Cardbox would open it for "exclusive
access", which meant that if two people simultaneously
used a validator at exactly the same moment, one of
them would fail. Cardbox now uses "shared
read access", so this problem no longer arises.
Transfer, Write problems
Changed: CARDBOX.EXE 20/9/02
If you used "File, Transfer, Write", and
you had previously defined an immense number of custom
output formats (typically, over 100), then Cardbox would
records cause errors in "Print to Disk" export
Changed: CBOX.DLL 20/8/02
If you used "File, Transfer, Write" to output
data in "Print to Disk" format, and some fields
were more than 32KB in size, Cardbox would crash or
produce incorrect output.
records wrongly marked as invalid by the Repair command
Changed: CBOX.DLL 22/6/02
If you used "File, Utilities, Repair" to
rebuild a database, and any records in the database
had more than 64KB in size, those records were being
marked as invalid, and discarded, even if they were
of status bar in Windows XP
Changed: CARDBOX.EXE 28/11/01
If you used the Windows XP desktop theme, then
the status bar at the bottom of the Cardbox window would
appear a little too tall, making the browse bar look
strange - although everything still worked perfectly.
This problem did not affect the Classic desktop theme.
It has now been corrected.
If you are using a release of Cardbox in which
is dated earlier than 29 February 2000, then
you must upgrade, because the crash
on starting Cardbox under Windows 2000 is also
present in Windows XP.
expansion after repeated custom sequences
Changed: CBOX.DLL 22/6/01
When a custom sequence is calculated, it is stored
in the database file, replacing any previously calculated
custom sequence. A bug meant that the space occupied
by the old custom sequence was not always completely
reused, so that the database grew a little each time
that you recalculated a custom sequence.
Changed: CBOXIMG.DLL 1/6/01
Following the change to
23/4/01, some Cardbox-compressed images did not display
properly, although they could still be saved or copied
to the Clipboard.
format definition stored in format file
Changed: CBOXPRT.DLL 23/4/01
When you define a specialised mailing label format,
this is now stored in the format file as well as in
CBOX.INI file. This means that
anyone else using the database will be able to access
the label format without having to copy the definition
CBOX.INI first. Note: if there
is a definition in
CBOX.INI, that takes
precedence. The format file definition is there
simply as a fallback.
pasting from Word
Changed: CBOX.DLL 23/4/01
When you type a Web or email address into Word 2000,
it underlines it and turns it into a hyperlink.
This also means that when you copy it to the Clipboard,
it is copied as a Word field rather than as text.
Previously, Cardbox couldn't see the text inside the
field, so the address wouldn't get pasted into Cardbox.
Now Cardbox looks inside the field and sees the text.
compatible image format
Changed: CBOXIMG.DLL 23/4/01
Most programs (including Word, Photoshop, Paint,
and Paint Shop Pro) could understand the format
in which Cardbox copied images to the Clipboard.
Others (including WordPad and PhotoImpression
2000) couldn't. This was because of an ambiguity
in Microsoft's definition of the standard Windows
image format. We have now changed the format
that Cardbox uses so that all programs will be
able to understand its images.
recognition in search requests
Changed: CBOX.DLL 16/2/01
If you have defined a non-standard collating sequence
for your database, and this contains special indexing
rules about what is considered to be a number or date
and what is considered to be a word, these rules are
also now followed when you are making a search command
(including relational search).
become very wide after new fonts or upgrade to IE 5.0
Changed: CBOX.DLL 16/2/01
Some new Windows fonts, including those installed in
Internet Explorer 5.0, report themselves as being
unnaturally wide when Cardbox asks them for their maximum
character width. Cardbox is now sceptical
about what it is told by Windows, and makes its own
appearance: converting underlines to spaces
Changed: CBOX.DLL 30/5/00
If you used per-item appearances in your format, and
you specified "Translate underlines to spaces"
in your printer settings, then this setting was ignored
for any fields that had a per-item appearance, and any
underlines within those fields were printed as underlines
and not as spaces.
appearance: crash on "File Transfer Write / Formatted
Changed: CBOX.DLL 30/5/00
If you used per-item appearances in your format, and
you used File, Transfer, Write to output some records,
and you used the "Write formatted records
to a file (*.PRN)" option, then Cardbox might
crash. This problem was intermittent and depended
on particular kinds of per-item appearance being used
in particular places.
rearranging sequence of images
Changed: CARDBOX.EXE 10/5/00
If you were using the image list control to rearrange
the sequence of images attached to a single record,
and you had so many images that the list control had
scroll bars, then moving images would sometimes move
them to incorrect places in the sequence.
filename changed to "start"
Changed: CARDBOX.EXE 5/5/00
If you had Cardbox open when Windows shut down (so
that Cardbox would restart automatically), then on restart,
the macro filename would be changed to "start",
making your macros invisible until you used the Macro
Manager to switch back to the original macro file.
bar update after playing macros
Changed: CARDBOX.EXE and CBOXMAC.DLL 5/5/00
The status bar would sometimes show incorrect information
after running a macro. This would happen, for
instance, when the macro switched from a window that
was browsing to one that was editing.
Changed: CBOX.DLL 7/4/00
The Open File dialog box has a check box that you can
turn on if you want to open a file for read-only access
only. If you did not turn on this check box, and
tried to open a database that was marked as read-only
by Windows (but this problem does not always affect
a database on a CDROM), and the file had a filename
or directory name that did not conform to the old "8.3"
DOS convention, then Cardbox would report "Access
Denied" instead of silently opening the file as
read-only, which is the correct behaviour.
Changed: CARDBOX.EXE and CBOXIMG.DLL 9/3/00
The number of images that you could display per record
was limited to about 10 or so, depending on the image
size (the number quoted is for A4 documents).
This limit has been substantially increased, to between
50 and 70 A4 pages.
At the same time we have removed a few small bugs that
had crept in to the display of image icons. Image
icons are now equally visible on both VGA and SVGA displays,
and the facility for moving the icons (in order to reshuffle
the order of images in the document) is fully operational.
2000: Cardbox crashes on startup
Corrected: CARDBOX.EXE 29/2/00
As a result of what we will politely call an "unscheduled
feature" in Windows 2000, Cardbox crashes on startup.
The error reported is "CARDBOX caused a General
Protection Fault in module CARDBOX.EXE at 000E:0922". We
have altered Cardbox to make it immune to this problem.
function fails in some versions of Windows
Corrected: CBOX.DLL 7/10/99
The Repair function (File, Utilities, Repair)
creates a repaired database but does not
replace the damaged database with a repaired one, despite
saying that it has done so. This is another consequence
of faulty long-filename support in Windows.
Also, database lock files (filetype
are not always erased automatically when the last copy
of the database is closed: this has no harmful effects
but may be puzzling if you look at the contents of a
name problems in some versions of Windows
Corrected: CBOX.DLL 1/10/99
| When you open a file (let's call it MYFILE.FIL),
Cardbox doesn't always expand the name into its full form
(such as C:\MYFILES\MYFILE.FIL), which leads
to problems when you close Cardbox and re-start it -
Cardbox cannot always find the file again.
||This occurred in versions of Windows
where long-filename support was not present but Windows
was incorrectly reporting that it was. If you were
previously advised to add the entry
[Cardbox] section in WIN.INI,
you can now safely remove that entry.
file transfer formats lost when rebuilding format file
Corrected: CBOX.DLL 20/9/99
|If you rebuild a format file (by the method of renaming
it to .FRM and then letting Cardbox create a new .FMT
from it), then reference information is lost, including
file transfer formats.
||Rebuilding a format file in this way
is an undocumented feature. It is something you
only need to do if the file is damaged, or if you have
deleted a great many formats and want to reclaim the space.
after closing a database window within a macro
Corrected: CARDBOX.EXE 14/9/99
|If you are editing a record, and start running a macro,
and that macro both stops editing the record and closes
the database, then Cardbox may crash.
images not properly copied to the Clipboard
Corrected: CBOXIMG.DLL 13/9/99
|If you store an image into Cardbox using JPEG compression,
then copy it to the Clipboard and paste it into another
program, the image will be the right size but mostly black
or very dark.
run Cardbox from within Cardbox
Corrected: CARDBOX.EXE 7/9/99
|If you use the Run command within Cardbox to run Cardbox
(eg. to open another database) then nothing happens.
||The Run command is part of Cardbox's
System menu You are only likely to be using it this
way as part of a macro.