Custom Addressbook
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July 01, 2010

Updated manual for Custom Addressbook 6.0. You can download it here, or view it online in your Web browser.


June 19, 2010

Release of Custom Addressbook version 6.0.
Free upgrade to all registered users.
New features:

* Added: an automatic uninstaller icon to the Custom Addressbook program group (only visible after using install.exe or addressbooksw_install.exe).
* Added: an entry inside the Windows control panel (category 'add remove programs') which can activate the automatic Custom Addressbook uninstaller. Please note that this control panel entry is only visible after previously having used install.exe or addressbooksw_install.exe to install the program.

* Improved: both the installer and the program itself are now compatible with all available DEP settings in Windows 7, XP and Vista. DEP = Data Execution Prevention and can be found in the Windows control panel.

* Added: a 'Quick start' dialog which gives you the opportunity to:
(1) Open a recent file (from a list of recently opened files)
(2) Open a file from disk (browse for the file)
(3) Create a new file
(4) Do none of the above.
This dialog also has an option 'Show this dialog the next time Custom Addressbook starts' which is available in the settings screen as well (see below).

* Added: the first time you start Custom Addressbook it asks you to read and officially accept the EULA or 'end user license agreement'.

Manual: compatibility and portability
* Improved: Custom Addressbook no longer needs the manual to reside inside the program directory (when it finds the manual there it will still use it though). This change is necessary because Windows 7 and Vista by default do not allow users to copy files manually into 'program files' and its subdirectories.
* Added: a new 'Install manual' dialog. When you try to open the manual from inside Custom Addressbook and it cannot find the manual, this dialog will be activated. It assists you in downloading the manual and copying it to its new location (by default this is in 'Application data').
* Moved: "Menu: Help/Manual" has been moved to Menu: Help/Manual/Open.
* Moved: "Menu: Help/Online manual" has been moved to "Menu: Help/Manual/Open online manual".
* Portability feature maintained: if you are able to copy the manual into the program directory, then Custom Addressbook will use it. The fact that Custom Addressbook still accesses the manual when it is found inside its program directory is especially useful for portability purposes. For instance, you can copy both the program and the manual into a directory on your USB stick.
* Added: "Menu: Help/Manual/Update". This menu item is only available when the manual is installed outside the program directory. When you click on this menu item, a dialog will appear which is very similar to the 'Install manual' dialog described above. The 'Update manual' dialog assists you in downloading and installing a new version of the manual.
* Visibility of "Menu: Help/Manual/Update". If the manual resides inside the Custom Addressbook program directory, then this menu item is not visible: Custom Addressbook expects you to manually copy the new version of the manual into its program directory.

* Moved: the settings screen no longer contains functions to define categories, define attributes and alter the database properties (name of the database and the number of attributes in an item title). These functions have moved to separate screens (as also mentioned below).
* Updated: the settings screen has been updated with a dual-pane view. The left-hand pane allows you to browse to one of the available groups: Clipboard, Display, New file, Phone, Settings, Startup, Shutdown. The right-hand pane contains options belonging to the selected group.
* Added: you can customize the "Menu: File/New" function in the group 'New file'. By default, when you create a new file in Custom Addressbook, it will contain some sample items. You can now also specify that a new file will be empty (except for the categories).
* Added: an option to show (or not show) the Custom Addressbook 'Quick start' dialog. Group: Startup.
* Added: options to ask whether or not to load the last accessed file upon startup, automatically load the last used file on startup, or 'do not load any file at startup'. Group: Startup.
* Added: Custom Addressbook can automatically save changes upon program exit, or ask whether or not to save the changes. Group 'Shutdown'.

* Added: a separate dialog for creating, editing and deleting attributes. It can be accessed through "Menu: Define/Attributes".

* Added: a separate dialog for creating, editing and deleting categories. It can be accessed through "Menu: Define/Categories".

* Improved: the 'File save' toolbar button and 'File save' menu are now only enabled when changes are not saved to harddisk (and disabled in any other case).
* Renamed: "Menu: File/File properties" has been renamed to "Menu: File/File statistics".

File properties
* Added: a separate dialog to alter the file properties (the file title and the number of attributes in an item title). "Menu: Define/File properties".


September 26, 2007

Release of version 5.1
Free upgrade to all registered users.
New features:

Portability and Registration
* Added: when running the program from a USB drive on a non-registered computer, the program still shows the registration screen, but now the registration screen is pre-loaded with your registration number (from the text file "cabreg.txt" which is created after entering your registration number once). In other words, when running the program from USB drive on an unregistered computer you will no longer have to (1) open a file containing the registration number in a separate program, (2) select it, and (3) copy/paste it into the registration screen. All that is now done automatically.

Portability and Settings
* Added: it is now possible to store settings in an .ini file (the file 'cab.ini' in the addressbook program directory) or in the Windows registry (default). See the tab 'General' in the settings screen.
* Added: when Custom Addressbook detects that an ini file is present it will ignore the registry and load/store settings exclusively from/to the ini file. And when no ini file is present, Addressbook will access the registry instead.

Main window
* Added: the full path to open file now shows in statusbar.
* Added: a button to the toolbar to check for updates.

* Improved: the 'Aqua' theme now shows more clearly which category is selected (the selected category has been made to appear darker).


March 30, 2007

Release of version 5.0
Free upgrade to all registered users.
New features:

Printing & Preview
* Added: a new tab "Page Setup" to the printing screen
* Changed: the tab "Print layout" has been renamed to 'Layout'
* Improved: a new and more reliable print (and print-preview engine), re-designed from the ground up.
* Added: the possibility to print attributes on same line (including a variety of attribute-separators) - see also 'Settings' below.

Custom Addressbook on the Web
* New domain:
* New support pages:
* New downloads page:

* Added: Menu: help/manual
* Added: Menu: help/online manual

* Added: the screen for entering the registration number can now load the registration number directly from a text file. Just right-click on the empty "registration number area" and choose 'load from file'.
* Added: the screen containing the registration number can now also save the registration number to a text file. Just right-click on the area containing the registration number, and choose 'save to file'.

* Added: skinning with a choice of 10 skins: Blue, Purple, Olive, Classic, Chocolate, Arctic, Silverfox, Desert Beach, Vanilla and Whidbey.
* Added: a combobox for selecting skins.
* Improved: nicer looking toolbar
* Improved: nicer looking main menus including menu icons

Shortcut keys
* Added: new shortcut key "Ctrl ins" for inserting an item
* Added: new shortcut key "Ctrl del" for deleting an item
* Removed: the old shortcuts 'ins' and 'del' for inserting and deleting items no longer work.
* Added: new shortcut "Ctrl F2", which opens the item properties screen.

* Added: changing the font size in settings screen (tab 'Display options') now adjusts the field "attribute box height" automatically.
* Added: the tab 'Misc' with the following two new options:
    - Include attribute names when copy to clipboard
    - Use the Windows telephony device or use a VOIP program (such as Skype).
This last option is effective for fields of type 'phone'.
* Added: for attributes one can now define a print separator. The options are: line break (default), comma, dash, semi-colon, slash or space. Please note that this is only effective when printing in 'rows and colums'.

* Bugfix: "search" now also returns items which do not belong to any category (i.e. only the categories 'all data' and/or 'search results').


New features in version 4.5
November 04, 2005
Free upgrade for registered users

* Added: print to multiple colums and rows (optional, useful when printing address labels).
* Added: one can now specify how many rows rows and columns will be printed on each page (optional).
* Added: one can now specify the distance between rows and colums (optional, in inches or mm).
* Moved: the 'units' combobox is moved to the tab 'misc' in the print screen.
* Moved: the 'print attribute names' and 'print empty attributes' checkboxes are moved to the 'page layout' tab in the print screen.


New features in version 4.4
October 22, 2005
Free upgrade for registered users

* Added: new print and print-preview screen, which can be opened using menu/file/print. This new print screen has a large number of features, including:
  - full print-preview capabilities. Any change you make to the print screen can be viewed without printing (just click on the 'preview' button).
  - one can specify a multitute of paper sizes (also: postcards and envelopes) for printing as well as for print-preview.
  - an option to select all address items in the current category, or some address items for printing
  - an option to print or omit empty attributes (e.g. you can choose not to print 'company' for an item which has that field empty)
  - an option to print or not to print the attribute names
  - one can specify the top margin of the printed text, the left margin, the bottom margin and the width of the attribute-names column
  - units can be shown in Inches and millimeters.
  - one can print each item on a separate page, which can be useful when printing envelopes or postcards.
* Changed: the previous print options can no longer be found in the settings screen, but have moved the new print screen


New features in version 4.3
May 25, 2004
Free upgrade for registered users

* Added: new display tab in options screen to change display characteristics of the main screen
* Added: one can now change the font size, color and name of the attributes in the main screen through the display tab in the options screen.
* Added: one can now change the height of the attribute boxes in the main screen through the display tab in the options screen.
* Improved: the options screen now remembers the last-selected tab, the next time it is opened through menu/view/options or the options toolbutton.


New features in version 4.2
March 06, 2004
Free upgrade for registered users

* Added: statusbar now displays 'protected' when a file is password protected
* Added: statusbar now displays 'registered' or 'unregistered'
* Improved: the speed of saving information to disk has been improved greatly. Addressbook now can save (and load) thousands of items in just a few seconds.
* Added: menu/file/properties, showing the statistics of the currently opened file, such as: the number of items in the current category, the number of items in the current database, the size of the current database, the name of the current file, etc.
* Added: uninstall icon to the Windows Custom Addressbook program group.
* Improved: the selected address item (in the left-pane), will stay selected after saving


New features in version 4.1
February 22, 2004
Free upgrade for registered users

* Added: menu/upgrade/check for new versions, which automatically checks whether a new version has been released (registered mode only).
* Added: print options tab to the options screen, where one can set the printer font (size, name, color), and print column width.
* Added: menu/file/print/printer setup (printer setup dialog to select the printer, paper size, paper orientation, etc.)
* Added: menu/file/print/print options, direct shortcut to the printer options tab in the options screen.
* Bugfix: export of atrributes with attribute-names containing uppercase characters is now fixed


New features in version 4.0
March, 2003
Free upgrade for registered users

* added: support for Windows XP skinning/themes
* added: toolbar with the most important functions (open, save, import, export, add, delete, options, etc.)
* added: menu/file/open, and corresponding toolbar open button
* added: menu/file/reopen
* added: menu/file/save as
* added: menu/file/new
* improved: the search screen has been improved to include the options:
- search selected category only
- search selected attribute/field only
- case sensitive
- search in start of field
- show/hide options
* improved: export of items to XML, CSV, HTML or TXT is now in the same order as shown in the user-interface
* bugfix: minimized window visible
* bugfix: access violation at startup
* added: deleting items from 'search results' category and 'all data' category now completele deletes items from database
* added: item properties screen with information on item-data and item-categories


New features in version 3.0.2
October, 2002
Free upgrade for registered users

* changed: a new registration number. The old version 2.x registration number is not valid anymore. Registered 2.x users can request a free upgrade to Addressbook 3.x at
* added: improved search: the search results are now shown in a separate search tab.
* added: function to duplicate one or more items. Using this function you can use an existing item as a template for new items.


New features in version 2.0
* added: auto-dial. Double clicking on a phone or fax field will start the autodialing process if a modem is connected.
* added: active hyperlinks. Double clicking on a field containing WWW, FTP, News or email data, will open the associated program.
* added: direct menu items to the 'define attributes' and 'define categories' screens (menu/options).


New features in version 2.1
* added: export to CSV and XML files. Please see Menu/file/export.


New features in version 2.2:
* added: export to text files (menu/file/export)
* added: support for printing address labels (please see the paragraph above on printing address labels)


New features in version 1.8:
* You can change the amount of attributes which make up an item caption. E.g. if you choose '2 attributes', only the first two attributes will be part of the caption. The caption of an item, by default is the value of the first attribute in the right pane, usually the name of the person. In the settings screen, tab 'general' you can specify how many attributes are part of the caption of an item. The default value is '1', leading to a caption of e.g. 'Bill Gates' (only the name attribute). However, if you choose '2', then the caption of the item will comprise of the first two attributes, e.g. 'Bill Gates, Microsoft' (the name of the person, and the name of the company). The maximum amount of attributes being part of an item caption is 4, the minimum amount is 1. Custom Addressbook will adjust the caption automatically if you leave one or more attribute fields blank.
* Changed: the keyboard shortcut for 'copy selected items to clipboard' is now ctrl-shift-c (instead of ctrl-c) because of interference with the standard ctrl-c shortcut (see the next point).
* Added: ctrl-c copies the selected text inside an attribute box to the clipboard
* Added: range select. When you select an item in the list (in the left part of the window) with the mouse, and after that select another item while holding down the ctrl and shift keys, all the items positioned between those two will be selected as well.


New features in version 1.7
* Added: "menu/file/import", to import data from comma separated text-files. See the section on importing data.
* Added: viewer/readonly feature, see the section on the viewer/readonly mode.


New features in version 1.6
* Added: possibility to open alternative data files (other than address.dat) by specifying a command-line parameter during program startup
* Added: "menu/file/backup to...", to backup addressbook files.
* Added: "menu/help/short help", a window displaying information on shortcut keys and other less well known features.
* Added: "menu/help/readme.txt", to easily access the readme.txt file (this file) from within the program itself.
* Changed: non-empty categories can no longer be deleted. First remove all the address items from that category.
* Changed: the limit on the maximum amount of lines DISPLAYED in data fields (e.g. name, address, phone) has been raised from 6 to 30 lines.
* Bugfix: some pre-defined address-items could not be removed; this has now been fixed.


New features in version 1.5
* Added: data encryption. If you enable the password option, the address.dat file is automatically encrypted. If you disable the password option, the data file is plain non-encrypted ascii text. The password is encrypted within the already encrypted data file. This makes the password itself encrypted twice.
* Added: program registration. The 1.1 version (available for download) is freeware. The 1.5 version (or later) is shareware.


New features in version 1.4
* Added: password protection. See menu/options/password. Password protection can be switched on or off.


New features in version 1.3
* Changed: Print menu items have been moved from the 'items' menu to the 'file' menu.
* Added: menu/items/select all
* Added: menu/items/copy to clipboard. This command copies the (visible and non-empty) attributes of the selected items to the clipboard.
* Added: menu/items/add to clipboard. This command adds the (visible attributes of the selected items to the clipboard.


New features in version 1.2
* Added: menu/items/find to search all the items for a certain string
* Added: menu/items/copy: address items can be copied into more then one category
* Changed: deleting an address item will delete it from the selected category. Only if an item is deleted from its last category the user is warned that this will completely remove the address item from the database.


New features in version 1.1
* Added: menu/file/minimize to tray: minimizes Addressbook to the system-tray.


New features in version 1.0.2
* Added: menu/options/font: to set the font displayed in the edit boxes and the listbox.
* Added: menu/options/language mode: to set the IME mode (for Asian and non-European language use).


New features in version 1.0.1
* Added: menu/file/minimize to tray: minimizes Addressbook to the system-tray.


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