CardBoard Index Cards

(C) 2011 Jens R. Woinowski

CardBoard is a powerful app for creating index cards.You can arrange your cards on multiple layouts. It is even possible to use every card in more than one layout.

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What users say about CardBoard Index Cards

  • Awesome, it is the best It’s very helpful and useful for school notes you should really try this app it is great…
  • Cardboard is very convenient Cardboard makes it easy to jot down story notes, ideas, and lists on the run. Love it!
  • Wonderful app A must have for all screenwriters.
  • Great app! This is the best planning app I’ve found! As a NaNo writer, this is helping me immensely.
  • Rhoada’s Review I love it!!! Helped me out a bunch for a presentation!
  • Great App for Roleplaying I’ve moved from hand index cards to this application to store and keep track of the different plots lines that are running in my roleplaying games. […] Great customer service.
  • Teaching Aid. A very novel idea for those of us that just like to lay things out on the floor and then study the flow of how our plan will unfold.
  • Exactly what I wanted. This app is a must for every screenwriter and novelist… it looks complex but easy to learn and manipulate… what more can I say but kudos to the developers. [CardBoard Novels Add-On]

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41 comments on “CardBoard Index Cards

  1. AnonymousAnonymous on said:


    I have downloaded you app and I can see some serious potential for additional uses. I write and make short films. I love the fact that you added the writers app. I was wondering if you could add a drawing app too. This would be used for story-boarding. It would give the user the ability to draw the camera shot on the cards and have a place to write the shot type and background info about it. Camera lenses dialog taking place in the scene etc.

    Alfred Hitchcock use to use index cards that he could rearrange on a cork board, he could add too take from and basically map out the entire story very easily. Then all they hand to do was shoot it. Your program would work wonderfully for this if I could draw on the cards and the drawing/pictures would show up in the organizing screen so we could see the story as it plays out.

    I really hope you do this . . . It would make your program a must have for film people. Thanks.

    • leanselfleanself on said:

      This certainly looks like a nice feature and I will consider it.

      For the time being, you might want to use the images feature. Read more about it in the online help. With this feature you can use pictures drawn or taken with another app.

  2. Tim on said:

    I love the concept of this app but it has a major bug on my phone. If I try and save as database then when I click in the name field to bring up the keyboard the edit card dialogue appears behind the file menu and the save and cancel buttons disappear. The only way to then come away from the dialogue is to close the app.

    This also happens with the new layout, new database, and export options. This basically makes it impossible to backup any info I add to the app.

    • leanselfleanself on said:

      This bug will be fixed quickly. Can you tell me a which phone you have/which screen spec? Than I can test more easily.

    • leanselfleanself on said:

      I fixed that bug yesterday evening. Bug fix update is available in Google Play now.

  3. Natalie on said:

    I have this app on my phone, but it’s too little to see. My tablet does not work with google play store. Is there another way for me to get cardboard index cards and novel on my tablet?
    Please help me!

    • leanselfleanself on said:

      Hello Natalie,

      there are some alternative App Markets for Android (like AppBrain) which offer copies of Cardboard and the Novels add-on. Maybe you can use one of them.

      Best Regards

  4. Jane on said:

    Hi,. the app looks great but the only layout I seem to be able to load for Cardboard Novel is the Four Act one, which loads twice! I’d love to be able to use the other layouts too. What am I doing wrong?

    • leanselfleanself on said:

      can help me understand your issue better? I assume you have used the “open layout” button after creating a new database with novel add-on. If you see no list of layout, you may have stumbled upon a bug. Can you send me a file were you have this issue?

  5. steven dvorsetz on said:

    How do you properly back up a database to sd card? Also are there any videos up with full app feature tutorials?

    • leanselfleanself on said:

      You can use the “Save As” button to store a copy of your database almost everywhere on your sd card. (This copy will then be default next time you start CardBoard. To open another database, there is a button, too.) In the preferences you can chose to show or hide the button names. To open the button row, tap on the bottom of the screen. If you don’t see the button, you can slide the button row.

      There are no video tutorials. I take the hint, but my time may not allow to produce one in the near future…

  6. Marcy Waughtal on said:

    I love this app! It took some getting used to, but I’ve used it on my phone and it’s been indispensable when creating stories. Have you considered developing it for Windows 8? I’ve been searching and searching for a touch screen corkboard for my laptop and there really is nothing out there.

    • leanselfleanself on said:

      Marcy, thank you for your kind words. Regarding your request: no, a Windows 8 version is not planned. I have a “pure Android” policy for Apps (it’s only a hobby, after all).

      • Dhon on said:

        You can download bluestacks for free (an android emulator) to get the app on your Windows computer. It seems to work great for me. Thanks so much for the amazing app!

  7. Stefano Delens on said:

    thanks for creating this app. I just downloaded it on my new google nexus4. It is goint to be of a great help to me as I have tons of index cards to write and read for my class. While I can not give you a full feedback at this time, but I can tell you that it is working perfectly so far for what I need, I do have a question for you: how do you delete a card that you created by mistake? Anything I tried takes me to delete a row of cards.

    Thanks and keep up the good work

    • leanselfleanself on said:


      I assume you have marked more than one card when tapping the delete button. (Marked cards have a colored border). Long tap on the background/cork board marks/unmarks all cards. After unmarking all cards, you can tap single cards before deletion.

      BTW: Deleted cards are not lost. You can re-add them to the current layout with the “Insert Card(s)” button.


  8. How about a you tube video demo? Or maybe a tutorial that gives sample layouts? Frankly, I cannot figure out how to use the app from just the help section.

    • leanselfleanself on said:


      a video/tutorial surely would be nice, but my resources are limited. So I do not see this in the near future.

      For the time beeing, three steps to kick-start your CardBoard experience:

      1. Tap on the bottom of the screen. A row of buttons appears.
      2. Tap on the “Quick New Card” button. A card appears.
      3. Double tap on the card to edit it.

      If you want some sample layouts, you can

      1. Download the CardBoard Novel Add-on from Google Play
      2. Use the menu button of CardBoard, go to “Settings” and activate the Add-On
      3. Create a new database from the CardBoard Button row (depending on your device, you will need to slide the button row to get to the “New Database” button).

      I hope this helps.


  9. Zach Sleppy on said:

    Ive been using this app to store notecards for my research paper, and its worked great. However, I hit the bottom of the screen, and I accidentially hit one of the buttons, i cant remeber which one, but it spread my notecards everywhere and deleted half my notecards. Do you know how to retrieve the deleted cards?

    • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:


      if your original layout had less then 125 cards in width/height, it should be done with one button push:

      1. If the cards are spread out horizontally (large gaps from left to right), you can use the button “Layout H-Collapes”
      2. If they are spread out vertically (large gaps between rows), it is the button “Layout V-Collapse”

      If after that, cards are still missing, you can use the button “Insert Card(s)” with a big “+” on it. Then you see all cards that are not used in the current layout. You can choose which ones to add (works like creating new cards with the “New Card(s)” button, but each card is only added once.

      I hope this helps.


  10. admin (on behalf of Lamar Brackeen)admin (on behalf of Lamar Brackeen) on said:

    The Cardboard Index Cards app is heavily icon driven. Please consider adding an action bar and contextual action bar. It would make the app look more professional and organized and would really work better for those of us who don’t remember which icons do what. Thanks.

    [Moved from another page]

    • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

      Dear Lamar,

      I am painfully aware that the GUI could need a lot of improvement.

      Regarding your request about the icons: In the settings you can activate that below each icon a short text description is shown what it does. This should already help a lot.


  11. Eric on said:

    This seems like a great concept but I can’t figure how to get it to work. I’ve tried it both on a galaxy s3 and a Chinese a10 tablet. I can’t create any new cards. When I try to create a new database I get an error: “error while loading card set . Error in line: 5.” Any advice?

    • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:


      thank you for contacting me. That was as a stupid bug and I fixed it. As soon as Version 3.0.1 is available in Google Play (there is always some delay) the problem will be fixed.


  12. Lisa Rutledge on said:

    I use the Cardboard App with Novel Add-on on my android phone. It’s exactly the sort of app I was looking for so that I could plan my novel on-the-go.

    Please make this app available for the Kindle Fire through the Amazon App Store. Would you be willing to allow Kindle users to download the app directly from your website, as we cannot download apps from Google Play? I have not been able to download the AppBrain app on my Kindle Fire so that I could get Cardboard from that store. I would pay to have CardBoard on my Kindle Fire HDX.

    Thanks for considering my request.

    • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

      HI, I’ll have a look at it. If it is possible without significant migration effort you should find it soon in amazon’s market.

      • rob on said:

        Hit a color button but lost my do I undo?
        I didnt save it yet…

        • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

          I’m not sure what happened. If you used one of the more advanced option for sorting and the effect is not what you expected, I fear you need to arrange your cards manually.

  13. Marcel on said:

    Nice app. Thanks for sharing your work with the world.

    I use it for developing story lines for screenplays. For that task it would be quite useful if I could add a new card next to another. (Horizontally that is.)

    Now a new card is placed right under a selected card, so I have to move it manually and also manually move the underlying cards up again.

    I hope there is some sort of function like that, which I missed.

    Thanks for your answer!

    • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

      Marcel, thank you for the feedback. I definitely will consider it for the next version – do you have suggestions how exactly you want to choose between vertical and horizontal insertion?

      BTW: I like your e-mail address. Am I going to see you with comments on my Lean Self topics, too?

      • Marcel on said:

        Thanks for the very fast reply.

        Maybe a specific button on the bottom menu, a choice where to place a new card in the ‘edit card’ dialog box after you insert a card (or copy a card) or a choice for the whole board set where you’re working in will do the trick.

        I have my own domain, so everything goes as an e-mail address. I was triggered by some of the article names. I opened them in a new tab, but didn’t read them yet. (My eight month old son woke up…)


    • Armin Bayer on said:

      Another one who would like to have the new card added horizontally, inserted next to the selected card.
      Btw: is it possible to undo the last action. It is sort of a horror trip to reorder the cards accidentally an can’t go back.
      The app is a wonderful tool for “storyboarding”.
      Thank you very much!

      • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

        Hello Armin,

        thanks for the feedback. Option for horzontal insert is in the queue and should be available soon.

        Regarding the undo, especially for the complicated arrangement functions: That’s quite complicated and I still have no good solution for that. So I cannot promise anything. I think in the next update I will at least provide a dialog that asks for confirmation before such operations. Until then, you can switch off the auto-arrangement features in the settings (Uncheck “All Features Available”). I hope that workaround reduces the risk of “catastrophes.”


  14. Teman Cooke on said:

    Great app for planning and organizing thoughts! Is there any way to move multiple cards at once?

    Thank you for your hard work!

    • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

      Thank you for the appreciation.

      There is currently no way to move multiple cards.

  15. steve on said:

    Congratulations and thank you for developing a fantastic app! I use it for screenwriting and is a great way to organise my outline and capture ideas on the move. If I could make 2 suggestions to make it perfect (and well worth paying for) these would be:

    1) a Windows version plus
    2) an ability to save a board into dropbox or similar so that you can seamlessly move between the 2 platforms.

    Carry on the great work!


    • Ben on said:

      There needs to be a way to save to Dropbox. I lost my tablet and lost two months of work on a screenplay!

      • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

        Sorry to hear that. You are right. I tried and so far failed to get a Google Drive sync running.

        You can save files on different places, so it should be able to somehow sync with Dropbox.

  16. Cailey on said:

    When saving new cards I’ve added it saves as an .atw file and then I can’t open it. It saved the first time but when trying to save again after changes this happened.

    • Jens R. WoinowskiJens R. Woinowski on said:

      Can you tell me some more details? Actually, changes to the last opened file should be automatically saved after every change. “Save as” and “Open” are only needed if you want to change the file you use. Are there any error messages?

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