This means your input form does NOT have to be broken into fields like "street", "town" etc. (although it CAN be if you want the traditional fixed format style of entry.) Instead, you provide a single input textbox (may be multiline, or single line). Here's an example...
Note that the Free-Format option has used abbreviations and there is NO postal code. This means the number of key strokes to enter the Free-Format data was 53 while the same data entered in Fixed-Format was 86, a saving of 46%. This can be important where large amounts of address data have to be entered to a system manually.(More recent (new) streets and subdivisions may not be reflected on the test database. If you were unable to validate what you believe is a valid NZ address, please paste the address into a mail and send it to us.)
AVS can be delivered to you as a web service running on our server which you can subscribe to
($1 per week, with automatic updates),OR, as a COM component, along with a local database, that you can embed into your
own software (one time charge of $250, including the database, or $100 without the database), OR, you can have a desktop
application (.EXE) that can be configured to accept existing address lists and validate/update them to ensure NZPO
compliance and correct Postal Code (ZIP). ($275)
If you decide to embed the code into your own application, we provide the database as MS Access by default, but we can accommodate any of the major RDBMS if you want something else. (There is a $100 conversion fee for this.)
We will talk to you about providing the source code of the validation engine (in Fujitsu NetCOBOL) or the Web Service (C# for .Net 3.5) if you require the source code.
Please be aware that the NZPO PAF file costs $3000 and has to be relicensed every year; AVS costs less than 10% of that, and is a one-time charge...