Sesame Database Manager is compatible with Symantec Q&A. Q & A users will find that Sesame uses many of the same keystrokes, the same search syntax, and almost the same programming syntax as used in a Q&A database. Sesame can also translate Q&A databases. Find out more.
If you're planning to migrate from Symantec's Q&A to Sesame, you'll be happy to know that the most often used Q&A keyboard commands work the same way in Sesame. Need to start a new search? Just press F7. Want to delete the current record or clear a spec? Hit F3. The F10 and F9 keys move you to the next record and back, just like Q&A. F6 opens the Field Editor and Shift-F5 dittos the previous record. Sesame supports more than a dozen of the most popular Q&A keyboard shortcuts. [READ MORE...]
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Add, edit, and search for information like Q&A
If you're coming to Sesame from Q&A, you'll find Sesame's data entry a breeze right from the start. Sesame uses the familiar Add Data and Search Update modes just like Q&A. To search your database, you choose Search/Update and Sesame displays the Retrieve Spec. You fill it out just as you would in Q&A. If you want the "Jones" records, you simply type Jones in the Last Name field and press F10. If you want all the records where the ZIP Code begins with "92", you type 92.. in the Zip field. To find the records where the email address field isn't empty, just type /= in it and hit F10. Sesame not only supports the same begins with, ends with, contains, greater than and lesser than search syntax as Q&A, it even supports Q&A-style programmed retrieves! But Sesame does much more. Sesame's powerful universal search lets you search all the fields in all the records. Other conveniently accessible search options let you do things like drill down, add to results, remove from results, and more! [READ MORE...]
Translate databases quickly and accurately
You can use your Q&A database in Sesame within minutes. Sesame's exclusive Q&A Translator intelligently translates your Q&A form design, all of your records (data), field format settings, form programming, lookup table, saved Retrieve, Sort and Mass Update specs, field restrictions, the basic format and structure of your columnar reports and your color palette settings. Sesame's Q&A Translator doesn't alter the original Q&A database at all — it uses a copy of it. [READ MORE...]
Learn more about Sesame Database ManagerWe are now fully transferred onto the Sesame software. Our transition was virtually flawless, which was due, in great part, to your efforts in keeping the Sesame application similar in appearance to our old Q&A files. Even our least "computer savvy" employees were easily able to work their way through the Sesame menu system with only a few minutes training.
Paul N. Chevalier Director of Quality and Product Engineering - Dia-Com Corporation