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Last updated: February 18, 2011








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1. Indemnity


MacHouse does not guarantee in any way that AskKey properly runs on any terminal that meets system requirements.  MacHouse will not take responsibility for any damage that its software may cause.  MacHouse does not guarantee that its software program is bug-free and has no obligation in offering a good copy in a timely manner


2. Distribution


MacHouse is the sole distributor of AskKey. No other party is allowed to distribute or redistribute this software program without written consent from the software company.  The latest version of AskKey may be available at our website or MacUpdate ( and Apple Downloads (, which are both official trackers of MacHouse software products.  But VersionTracker is not.  And no MacHouse software product should be listed at versiontracker.


3. Installing AskKey

In order to use AskKey, it'll be better for you to create a folder with any name at first.  Then put a copy of AskKey in it.  And that's it.



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4. Uninstalling AskKey


When you launch AskKey, the application will create a folder named AskKey.  The path is Users/User/Documents/ inside the volume of the operating system that is currently running.  The easiest way of finding it is to open Preferences and switch tabs to System.  Then click on the button below Preferences.


5. Updating AskKey


None of our software products supports an automatic update feature for security reason.  AskKey is not an exception.  In the meantime, find Check Update under the AskKey menu to see if there are newer versions available.  If a message says there are, then choose Download to go to our website to download the latest version.



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6. Using AskKey


When you first launch AskKey, you will see seven Toolbar buttons at the top of the application window.  The first one to the left is labeled Preferences.  By clicking on it, you can open the Preferences window.

Let's switch the tab to Settings.  The first box labeled Window position lets you decide where the application window opens on your desktop.  The default location is at the width of 480 and the height of 360.  Without this setting, the application would open at the top left corner, which will be harder to reach.



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There's another setting below.  Enter any string to name the ASCII wrapper, which we will talk about in 6. B. Using AskKey - Chr.


6. A. Using AskKey - ASC


Going back to the main window, click on the button that is labeled ASC to find ASCII values.  You can enter any consecutive number of characters.  Check the box below, if you want, so that you can tell which ASCII value is for which character.



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The Output Window below is just a text edit box capable of handling multiple lines.  And it supports several contextual menu commands with the right-button click.



6. B. Using AskKey - Chr


The Chr function is exactly the opposite of what ASC does.  Enter an ASCII value or a series of ACCII values, each of which must be separated by a comma.  If you don't separate each ASCII value with a comma, AskKey won't be able to tell if, for example, 36 is one ASCII value or two separate ones.

If Show original values is enabled, AskKey will wrap each ASCII value based on the string you have provided under the Settings tab of the Preferences window.  For example, enter Chr as ASCII wrapper under the Settings tab.  Then each ASCII value will be wrapped with parentheses, preceded by your string.  Software programmers should find it convenient to use the ASCII wrapper because they are likely to enclose ASCII values with some notation like Chr and parentheses.



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