AskSam Gets Boost to Web

By eweek  |  Posted 2001-04-09

AskSam Web Publisher 4.0 is a useful companion to the AskSam 4.0 database, letting you make the database searchable in any browser.

The well-respected free-form database software has for more than 15 years helped those who need to store and organize data that does not bend easily to a rigid structure. These users often are not IT managers but researchers, journalists and librarians who need to manage a lot of information.

Among institutional users are Westinghouse, The New York Times and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Due later this month, AskSam Web Publisher 4.0 runs on any CGI-compliant server and requires a onetime licensing fee of $1,495. New features enable users to define multiple views of search results, to save Web-based form entries back into the AskSam database and to configure HTML tools that ensure a served page closely resembles the original database entry.

In answer to my query, AskSam officials told me that tables are a work in progress, and PDFs, while indicated, are not displayed.

You can seek more info from AskSam Systems at

To see what fellow eWeek Labs Senior Analyst Cameron Sturdevant thought of Version 4.0 of the AskSam database when he looked at it in February, go to

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