by asKSam Systems
askSam is used by researchers, students, investigators, and businesses around the world to organize and search all sorts of information.
|Take Control with askSam
from information overload? Don't worry, askSam will help
you turn your information into a valuable asset. askSam is
a different kind of database - a database designed for
users rather than programmers. Try askSam and see how easy
it is to organize your information.
Import Email into askSam. Create archives and turn them into knowledgebases.
Lightning Fast Searches
Once your information is in askSam, you're ready to search. Not
only can you search on the contents of fields, but you can
search on free-form text. askSam offers a wider variety of
searches than any other database program and some of the
fastest and most powerful searches you'll find anywhere.
askSam supports the following types of searches:
- Full-text searches for any word or phrase
- Wildcard searches with * and ?
- Boolean searches (AND, OR, and NOT)
- Proximity searches
- Numeric searches (>, <, >=, <=, <>)
- Date searches
- Fuzzy searches
- Search through multiple askSam databases
- Case sensitive searches
|"I've used a lot of different tools for searching, but I've yet
to find anything that approaches the depth, variety,
strength, and sophistication of the search tools that
- Rick Gates - Database Magazine
Easy to Design Databases Forms
Setting up structured database is a breeze with askSam. You simply
use the Entry Form Wizard to set up your form. askSam
Entry Forms are flexible and easy. Type in names for your
fields and you're ready to go.
When you add a document simply fill out the fields. askSam
fields can automatically expand making room for all your
information. It doesn't matter whether you enter an extra
word, sentence, paragraph, or 100 pages of text. askSam
can easily handle it. This makes askSam ideal for storing
notes, transcripts, and other textual information. Just
type (or import) the information, and you can search for
Using askSam's report writer you can easily create useful
reports from all types of information. By clicking on an
item in the report output you return to the appropriate
Organize Information with Hypertext
Use Hypertext Links to turn your information into a fully
searchable, easily navigable database. Hypertext lets you
link a word or phrase to information in another location.
By simply clicking on a Hypertext Link you can jump from
one Document to another; jump from one file to another,
run reports, execute any menu command, or go anywhere on
the Internet. It's a great way to publish information on a
network, a CD ROM (using the askSam Electronic Publisher),
or the Internet (using the askSam Web Publisher)
Publishing Databases on the Internet
The askSam Web Publisher makes it easy to publish your askSam
databases on the Web. The Web Publisher lets users view,
search, and navigate through your askSam databases using a
Web browser. No need to convert information to HTML, the
Web Publisher automatically makes your information
available on the Internet.
is the fastest and easiest way I know to make data
accessible on the Web."
- Wes Thomas - Web Developer Magazine
Using askSam it's easy to publish your information on the Web.
askSam website is powered by askSam databases.
your information is simple, structured, or random, askSam
provides an easy way to stash it and an easy way to find
it again. Best of all, since it behaves like a word
processor, you won't spend weeks learning to use it."
- PC Computing
Collect Information from Anywhere
You are now able to access more information than ever before -
on the Internet, via email, on CD-ROMS, or in files on
your hard drive. askSam lets you turn this information
into searchable databases.
You can type information directly into askSam, or you can
import information from a wide variety of sources
askSam can also import documents scanned using an OCR application.
- Adobe PDF Files
- Text files
- RTF files
- HTML files
- Word processing documents (Microsoft Word and WordPerfect)
- Email messages (Microsoft Outlook, Eudora, PocoMail, Netscape etc.)
- Databases (Microsoft Access, dBASE, Paradox, ODBC)
- Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel)
- Comma-delimited, Tab-delimited, and Fixed-position data
Turn Texts into Databases
askSam's Automatic Field Recognition enables you to turn
information into an instant database. askSam can
automatically identify words that provide structure in
your information and use these words as fields. For
example, email messages often contains words like
"To:", "From:", "Date:", and
"Subject:" askSam lets you automatically use
these words as fields. You can search, sort, and even
create reports using these words as fields.
Information is valuable only if you can find it when you need it.
askSam offers a wider variety of searches than any other
|"And the best part: If you're entering information later and
discover you didn't leave enough room in one part of the
screen, it only takes a touch of a key to change it. You
can completely change your database in midstream without
any ill effects on the rest of the information you've
- Heather Newman - The Tennessean
Creating Your Own Reports
No programming is necessary to create great looking reports.
Simply use askSam's built in Report Writer to drag and
drop field names to the desired position on the screen. An
askSam report can be as simple as a sorted list of names
and telephone numbers, or it can contain grouped fields,
field totals, and summaries. You can even include memo
fields in a report.
users will appreciate how easy it is to design reports
from askSam files. Laying out a report is as simple as
dragging and dropping different bits of information onto
the page... This action would take some serious scripting
in normal database programs, but it's a push of a button
in askSam. And every report is a live summary, which means
if you want more detail on an item, a double-click will
take you right to the document it came from."
- Heather Newman - The Tennessean
Sharing Databases on a Network
The network version of askSam allows multiple users to
simultaneously add, edit, and search in askSam databases.
With the network version you can make information
available to all users on a network - customer databases,
marketing information, policy manuals, phone messages, and
askSam Professional - The Fastest
askSam is available in two versions: the Standard version and the
Professional version. askSam Professional includes all the
features of the Standard version and adds full-text
indexing to give you lightning-fast searches. askSam
Professional is ideal for large databases - it lets you
instantly search through hundreds of megabytes and
thousands of documents.
|The askSam Difference
askSam is not a traditional database. It's a whole new way to manage
information. Traditional databases are designed to handle
structured data. They require you to pre-define a structure and
force you to shoe-horn your information into this structure.
Try askSam and see how easy it is to organize your information.
- askSam requires no predefined structure or field lengths.
- askSam is easy to use. You can search without learning a query language. You can create
reports without programming.
- askSam is flexible. You can combine both free-form and fielded information in the
|"A fluid and flexible software that frees you from the constraints of
- Writers Digest