Type of Program: Database
Supported Platforms: Win95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP
Company Name: askSam Systems
Installed Size: 30+ Mb
There a number of options under the install. There are a number
of different languages dictionaries, plus Medical and Legal dictionaries. Other
stuff too. You probably should take a good look. When the install finishes and
you start the program you get a 30 day nag screen. You will get this nag screen
every time you open askSam until you purchase it. Not a heavy price to pay for
getting the full featured program to try for 30 days.
The first option you get is the Tutorial. Do it. It won't take long and it will
give you a feel for the program quickly.
Here is a hint. If you have downloaded your copy of askSam and are doing the
tutorial from inside askSam when you get to the part where you are actually
having to create sample files you might want to print that part out.
askSam comes with a number of Templates that can really make your life easier.
Plus they are always adding new ones on their web site. These are the ones that
come with it. Address, Bibliography, Calendar, Clippings, Document Archive,
Email, Fax and Memo, Helpdesk, Internet, Mail-Log, Meeting Minutes, Notes, Phone
Directory, Phone Messages, Product Directory, Questionnaire, Todo and Web Sites.
Let me answer the big question right now. Why use askSam and not Access or the
other databases that are out there? The answer is ease of use, the great search
abilities and the ability to make custom databases easily. Thats it. Oh and
there is another reason, the support of the askSam people is legendary. They are
the best no doubt about it.
They even have real manuals. It comes with a 92 page Getting Started manual.
Plus it comes with a 420 page User's Guide. These are people that care about
This review is based on version 5. New in this version is the ability to import
Adobe PDF files, import email attachments, attach original files, new hypertext
features, email merge and much more.
In conclusion. If you need a database program, look no further askSam is the 800
pound gorilla of databases. It features ease of use, plus it is flexible enough
to be customized for specialized uses.
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Reviewed by Patrik Dulin