Wednesday, August 10, 2005

'Free form' database for stamp collectors

In the Seattle Times the other day, there was a story about a 'free-form' database program called AskSam.

Although it's not designed specifically for collectors, the article talks about organizing a stamp collection with it and how you "... could ask it to find all of your stamps that you purchased within a date range, that are blue and that cost you more than $100."

Apparently what makes AskSam different from other database programs on the market is that it allows you to dump just about any kind of information into it and not have to worry about any kind of structure. In other words, it's definitely not modeled along the lines of Microsoft's Access.

The article says, "it's as close to a virtual shoebox as you're going to find."

If this sounds like something you might want to play around with, you can get a free 30-day trial at AskSam ( After that, it's $149

I think I'll to stick with my regular, 'non-virtual' shoe box.

To see the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM