Database management applications have come a long way since Symantec introduced Q&A. Lantica's Sesame Database Manager is perhaps the best-known Q&A follow-on, and latest versions still provide an exclusive Q&A translator. Sesame is a cross-platform-capable, client-server database application development and management suite with built-in word processing and publishing capabilities that businesses, organizations, and even individuals can use to manage large amounts of data and create useful applications. These applications include invoices and receipts, reports, e-commerce, inventories, and virtually any kind of form or record.
Sesame's latest versions boast an upgraded form-based interface that builds on the software's well-established functionality and ease of use. A new feature, customizable Menu Button Navigation, gives you quick access to your programs and data. A left-hand tree view makes it easy to access each database and create custom applications from it. Sesame saves developers a lot of time because they can use programming code instead of recording macros or using other out-of-date methods. Version 2 upgraded so many of Sesame's features and added so many new ones that it's not possible to adequately summarize them, but there's an excellent Help file and online assistance, including documentation, and even printed material with the retail box version.
Sesame Database Manager is free to try for 30 days and costs $79. It works in most versions of Windows, from 95 to Vista, as well as in Linux. It installs desktop icons without asking and has a rather elaborate uninstall process. It's the best at what it does, and it does a lot.
Sesame Database Manager gives you the tools you need to easily create database applications and organize and present the information in them. Features such as centralized application design facilities, a consistent form-based interface, intuitive query-by-example searching, and HTML reports will have you creating attractive and smoothly functioning applications. If you are new to databases, Sesame Database Manager makes getting started with simple applications easy, fast, and fun. For those with more experience, Sesame Database Manager provides a variety of options within easy reach for customizing and programming your applications. Sesame Database Manager also provides Symantec Q&A users with an exclusive translator for Q&A databases. Sesame Database Manager is available in single or multi-user versions.
What's new in this version:
Includes significant improvements to application and client/server performance. The Symantec Q&A Translator is now enabled in the free Trial version. Ability to use with the new Sesame API.
Im new using this product, know about sesame in a BDJ promo. Support its EXCELLENT and im proud to be a customer of lantica (sesame database). The software is stable, well documented and does the job. The more you "play" with it, the more you will love it.
NO Pros. Developer Lantica took my payment and failed to deliver the fully functional software.
Developer Lantica takes your money and does not provide any software in return
I ordered Sesame Database Manager. My credit card was charged. But I received no software from the vendor. No receipt. No invoice. No customer number (as required by Lantica's unusual method of delivering their software). No email confirming the order. No serial or license number. Nothing!
After completion of my order, I was given an Order Confirmation with the Order Number. But that Order Confirmation provides no means to acquire the software.
I have bought many software through Bits. No order ever turned out badly except for this one. I feel burnt by this vendor!
Updated on Oct 10, 2011
***** REVIEW REVISION -- 5 STAR UPGRADE DESERVED
The extraordinary issues associated with my Sesame order were real. But Lantica, the Sesame developer, did not deserve the blame placed on their doorstep.
Apparently, my Sesame order was unintentionally sabotaged by server errors attributable to the company that processed orders for Lantica. Thus, I was misled to believe that Lantica was at fault. And thus I inadvertently criticized the wrong entity.
Today, Lantica went to extraordinary pains to discover what went wrong and to set everything right. If Lantica's Sesame software is even half as exceptional as Lantica's customer service, then Sesame should be outstanding software.
The company that botched my Sesame order is no longer processing orders for Lantica. So, future buyers should not worry about hassles with their own orders.
In light of new facts, I apologize for my criticism of Lantica. Also, I thank Lantica for their honesty and exceptional customer support.
Had you let us know you were having a problem, Preston, we would have given you your Customer Number again, walked you through logging into the download area, and helped you click on the right download link. If all else failed, we would have sent you your copy of the software directly. We still will, if you talk to us.
The above reviewer bought this product only yesterday and is complaining he did not get the download or a serial although he confirms he got an order number and confirmation. I too bought this software yesterday through Bits and can confirm that the order confirmation was all I got too. The difference is that I read that confirmation which gave full download instructions and I had no problem following it and getting the download. I too asked about a serial and the developer promptly responded that no serial was required because the area we were given access to take the download from was secure and therefore what was downloaded was fully functioning and registered. Clearly the above reviewer did not follow these simple instructions and instead chose to malign a good product and developer needlessly.. CNET's editors and 24 users have rated it highly and this one irresponsible review says more about the quality of the reviewer than it does about the software and supplier it is abusing.