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July 22, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New Version of askSam Now Available

askSam Systems ( has announced that it is now shipping version 5 of askSam, its free-form database software. askSam 5 offers a new Email Import Wizard that helps users easily archive e-mail messages (with attachments) from Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Netscape, and PocoMail. For example, askSam can import information from e-mail discussion lists and newsletters into searchable databases.

askSam 5 can also import Adobe Acrobat files and permits searching across any number of Acrobat documents. Users can "attach" files to the askSam database to keep an original copy of the Acrobat files as part of the database. They can also link from askSam to view these attachments in their original form in the Acrobat Viewer.

Other improvements include sorting search results by relevance, linking to original files when importing, "Remembered Lists," and the ability to program enhancements. askSam 5 Standard costs $149.95. askSam 5 Professional offers all the features of version 5 and adds programming and full-text indexing. It is available for $395.

Source: askSam Systems

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