CardBoard Help

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*** GENERAL FEATURES ***

CORK BOARD

The corkboard to which cards are pinned is the main part of the screen.
Swipe to move around on the board. To move a card, long tap, then move it.
Tap long on the cork board background to un-highlight or highlight all cards.

CARDS

Double tap on a card (title) to edit it.
Each card has a back, so you can turn cards by tapping on the upper right of it.
Highlight cards by short tapping on them.

LAYOUTS

Layouts contain a set of cards. You can arrange cards in multiple layouts.
Special layouts are:
[Types] Contains card types
[Deleted] Deleted cards

BUTTONS

The zoom (+/-) on the lower right side allow to zoom between 10% and 100%.
If you click on the lower portion of the screen, a row with buttons appears.
It contains contains the buttons for all functions. If your device does not show all button at once you can swipe the button row.
To hide the buttons again, tap just above the button row. Then only the “Quick New Card” button will be available.

ANDROID MENU

In the Android menu of you find the following functions:
Help – Show this help
About – Some info about CardBoard
Settings – Some options for appearance and behaviour of CardBoard
License/EULA – Conditions of use

OVERLAPPED LAYOUTS

You can allow layouts to have overlapped cards in the settings.
In overlapped layouts, tap on the title of a card to bring it to the front.
Tap on the text to sort it back into the stack.
Double tap for edit should be on the title or tag row in overlapped layouts.

*** BUTTON FUNCTIONS ***

QUICK NEW CARD

Create a new card with the same type as the last one highlighted.

NEW CARD

The types layout opens. Long tap to add one card. Short tapps and then back button to add more than one card.

DUPLICATE CARD

Create a new card as a copy of the last one highlighted.

INSERT CARD(S)

A layout with cards opens. Insert cards that have been dropped from the last layout. Long tap to insert one card. Short tapps and then back button to insert more than one card.

DROP CARD(S)

Drop all highlighted cards from the current layout. They are not deleted, so you can insert them back later.

COPY TITLE

Copies the title of the last highlighted card to all highlighted cards.

COPY TAGS

Copies the tags of the last highlighted card to all highlighted cards.
If the tags contain an icon file reference, the icon of will be set, too.

CHANGE CARD TYPE

Chose a new card type for all highlighted cards.

CHANGE COLOR

Chose a new color for all highlighted cards. If you change the color of a type, the color of cards of that type is not changed.

LOCK CARD(S)

Lock all highlighted cards. Locked cards cannot be edited or deleted.

UNLOCK CARD(S)

Unlock all highlighted cards. Cards can be edited or deleted after unlocking them.

DELETE CARD(S)

Delete all highlighted cards. From regular layouts cards are moved to the [Deleted] layout. To undelete use “Drop Card(s)” in [Deleted] layout. To delete finally, use “Delete Card(s)”. To reuse undeleted cards, use the “Insert cards” button to add them to the current layout. This is the button with the “+” on it.

OPEN LAYOUT

Chose between all layouts you have, including the layout of types and the help layout.

LAYOUT HOME

Move the current view to the upper left corner of the layout-

LAYOUT AUTO WIDTH

Arrange all cards on this layout so they fit into the number of columns possible with the current zoom level.

ASSISTED SORTING

This sorting assistent asks you to pairwise compare the order of cards. Bases on your answers, the cards are sorted.
This may require a lot of questions!

LAYOUT TITLE SORT

Alphabetically sort all cards on this layout by card title so they fit into the number of columns possible with the current zoom level.

LAYOUT TAG SORT

Alphabetically sort all cards on this layout by card tags and card type (second card row) so they fit into the number of columns possible with the current zoom level.

LAYOUT COLOR SORT

Sort all cards on this layout by card color so they fit into the number of columns possible with the current zoom level.

LAYOUT VERTICAL

Arrange all cards on this layout, one column per card type.

LAYOUT HORIZONTAL

Arrange all cards on this layout, one row per card type.

LAYOUT V-COLLAPSE

Collapes all rows to the minimum available space. Result depends on the “allow overlap setting”.

LAYOUT V-SPREAD

Spread all rows fitting into the grid. Result depends on the “allow overlap setting”.

LAYOUT H-COLLAPSE

Collapes all columns to the minimum available space. Result depends on the “allow overlap setting”.

LAYOUT H-SPREAD

Spread all columns fitting into the grid. Result depends on the “allow overlap setting”.

NUMBER CARDS

Number cards according to their position in current layout from left to right and top to bottom. Number will appear in all other layouts, too.

NUMBER BY TYPE

Number cards according to their position in current layout. For each card type, start with 1. Number will appear in all other layouts, too.

REMOVE NUMBERS

Remove the numbering from all cards.

EXPORT VERTICAL

Export to a text file, from first column to last colum.

EXPORT HORIZONTAL

Export to a text file, from first row to last row.

NEW LAYOUT

Create a fresh and empty corkboard layout.

RENAME LAYOUT

Chose a new name for the current layout.

DELETE LAYOUT

Permanently delete the current layout. The cards of this layout will remain available for other layouts.

OPEN DATABASE

Open another card and layout database.

INSERT ADD-ON

Insert an Add-on with preset types and layouts. Add-ons can be downloaded from Google Play.

SAVE AS DATABASE

Create a copy of your current card and layout database with a new name.

NEW DATABASE

Create a completely new card and layout database.

CLEAR DATABASE

Clear all cards (including types) and layouts from the current database. Attention: This is permanent!

*** SPECIAL FEATURES ***

CARD SETS

In the [Types] layout you can define special types to automatically create card sets. Put {SET} into the type tag and list names of other types below, each type a row. When tapping on such a type after “New Card(s)”, a complete set is generated.

RANDOM CARDS

In the [Types] layout you can define special types to automatically create random cards. Put {RANDOM} into the type tag and list names of other types below, each type a row. When tapping on such a type after “New Card(s)”, a random card is generated from the rows of the referenced types.

LINKS TO FILES AND WEB PAGES

Cards can contain links to files or web pages. Just put them in square brackets.
The card edit dialog allows to search for local files.
Links to external pages must start with “http”.
When you have added a link to a page, you will be asked if you want to open it when double clicking the card.

IMAGES AND ICONS

Images and icons are inserted by links to local files in square brackets. If you put a local image file name in the tag line, it is used as icon. Some icons can be found in “CardBoard internal” folder. If you put a local image file name in the front or back text, it is shown as card content.

SPECIAL ICON FEATURES

Icons are taken from the card type, if you define no icon image in the tags of a card.
Suppress this with “[noicon]” in the tags.
To get a single letter as a simple icon, put that letter in square brackets in the tags, e.g. “[?]”.

12 comments on “CardBoard Help

  1. dimitry on said:

    When i press undelete cards in delete layout all selected cards were deleted It is funny but I have lost three days work

    • dimitry on said:

      Please tell me where i can find undeleted cards ?

      • leanselfleanself on said:

        Your cards are not lost. Use the “Insert cards” button to add them to the current layout. This is the button with the “+” on it.

  2. Alan Yen on said:

    Can CardBoard creat the database on PC and import to Andorid Phone

  3. Scott on said:

    Is it possible to share a database on multiple devices, maybe by exporting and importing?

    • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

      You can use the “Save as” button (a “pot” with down arrow) to save in any location on a device. You can use that to save in a Dropbox folder, allowing to sync with any Android device for use with CradBoard (which is only available for Android.) If you want to use CradBoard on a PC or Mac, give Bluestacks a try (http://www.bluestacks.com/)

      If you want to use the data in another app, there are two export buttons to save as text file (no import).

      I hope that helps.
      Jens

  4. Lee Scaggs on said:

    I just found this app and I like it. I am using it to keep track of a number of projects I am working on. The only suggestion I have it an easier way to move cards from board to board. I can do it using drop and incert, but a “move to” button would make it easier.

  5. Darlene on said:

    This is a great app. But because I didn’t know what the add-ons would do, I created a new board and loaded “Kanban” to see what it was. Now I can’t get back to the original board where I spent hours compiling information. Is it gone forever or is there a way to retrieve it?

    • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

      It depends. If you used a new name for the Kanban Card Set, then you can use the “Open Card Set” button to get the old set. On the other hand, if you answeree “Yes” to the “Overwrite Card Set?” question and used the old name, then it is gone. (Like on a desktop computer.) In that case, I’m sorry. Maybe my future plan for the app are at least good news to you:

      I am currently planning to add Google Drive sync, including some kind of backup option, to reduce such risks.

  6. lant on said:

    Would it be difficult to get it working on W7 OS?

    • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

      You can use Bluestacks to run Android apps on Windows. A Windows version ist not planned.

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