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Type of Program: Database
Supported Platforms: Windows 9x/NT/ME/2Kx/XP
Company Name: askSam Systems
Version: 6
Price: $149.95
Installed Size: 33 Mb


The installation of this venerable free form database program is easy and intuitive. You can place the program files where you want them.

When the installation process is finished you are give two options, start askSam and start the Readme. I checked both and lo and behold the Readme opens not in a text or html file in Internet Explorer but right in askSam. If you are a first time user you really must go through the Getting Started. It has a wealth of information.

So you will want to know what is so special about askSam. Well lots of things. First the versatility, not only can you import into a askSam database about any kind of data that you can come up with, but the askSam people have 40 templates that you can use.

Here is a sample of them:
Calendar 2005
Important Stuff
Home Inventory
Wish List
Daily Journal
Library Catalog
On-line Purchases
Software Library
Call Log
Lecture Notes
Music Collection
Genealogy Template

One of the most important features of askSam is it's Search abilities. You really won't believe how fast askSam can search thousands of documents to find just what you are looking for.

Of course one thing that you are probably looking for in a good database is it's ability to create reports. Well askSam shines there too.

One of the best things about askSam is it's ease of use.  It is really easy to use, plus you really won't believe the documentation.  It is incredible! Another thing that you are going to like is it's ability to import data from other sources, including other databases, Word Documents, PDF files, and Webpages.

Here are some of the things that are new in this version:
Dynamic Folder View: Organize Your Information in Folders
Save Web Pages Directly Into askSam
New Browser View Displays Saved Web Pages in askSam
The Tools Folders Make Using askSam Easier than Ever
Automatically Build Pick Lists from the Contents of a Field
Search Enhancements
Report Enhancements
Import Enhancements

Other Enhancements
Added over a dozen new templates including templates for Research, Web Research, PubMed/MEDLINE, FAQs, Real Estate, Wine Lists, a Daily Journal, and much more.

In conclusion Get Organized! Get askSam! You will thank me for it.

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Reviewed by Joe Tex

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