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Pathagoras proudly and confidently invites you to compare its approach to document assembly and document automation to those of its main competitors. The links immediately below will jump you to a particular topic of interest. Or just scroll down the page to read the entire discussion.
Other Document Assembly Products
Other Document Management Products
Word2007 Building Blocks
Window's "My Places"
Plain text 'automated' variables vs. any other kind
Web based document assembly
How we treat you as a customer
How we treat you as a potential customer
Pathagoras is a total document production program. It spans every aspect of the document creation process, from locating the text sources, to building the document, to filling in variable information, to saving the final product to the location of your choosing.
General Design features:
--You can assemble documents from the Clause Selection Screen, building the document from a 'zero base' and adding the proper selection of clauses to make the perfect final draft.
--You can assemble a document one clause at a time
using dropdown lists.
'one clause at a time' method is particularly useful when a lot of
notes or dictation accompanies the
of a particular clause, or when you want to add that 'one last clause.')
--You can pre-compose documents (i.e., 'templates') and using Optional text markers (also plain text) to pare away parts of the document that do not belong in the document being assembled for the particular client or customer.
--You can start with an essentially complete document
and augment it with additional text that is easily accessed using either
the Clause Selection Screen or the DropDown Lists.
--You can link to a database, or not. You can use Pathagoras' Instant Database feature, or not. You can even use both features. There is no preferable method. There is no wrong method.
A Pathagorized document with plain text variables is essentially neutral. HotDocs and other competitive programs change the essence of the form to meet that program's needs. The variables in their base forms are converted to fields. They become neither readily viewable or editable (and sometimes not even accessible) when the parent program is not active.
You need HotDocs, Exari, XpressDocs, etc., to read/use/edit a source form created by that program. You don't need Pathagoras to read/use/edit a Pathagorized form.
If someone buys a manual of forms marked "Pathagorized" but doesn't own Pathagoras, it's not a problem whatsoever for the customer to use the forms in their present state. The customer can manually 'search and replace' any text (including bracketed variables) to personalize the document. (Of course, owning Pathagoras would make the process much faster, but it is 'neutrality' issue that we are discussing here, not speed.)
Plain text variables are clearly defined and clearly visible at all times. Editing is more accurate and precise. Plain text variables are obvious and they are intuitive to the casual users.
Plain text variables are simply easier to create. Other than typing an opening and closing bracket, there are no steps to create them. All steps are performed right on the editing screen.
An author who wishes to market forms does not have to create a
set of forms to sell to the target audience, one for the 'automated'
market and the other for 'non-automated' users.
A 'Pathagorized' document containing regular and multiple choice variables such as:
"Please send to me [quantity] [dozen/gross] [red/blue/olive green/sunrise yellow] widgets"
is as discernable
and usable to a non-automated user as it is to the
fully conversant Pathagoras user.
Therefore, the market for an author who has created plain text forms is infinitely larger. (If someone buys a forms manual marked "HotDocs compatible," but doesn't own HotDocs, that user has nothing.)
For example, if you have stored all client work in a single folder, you may
have thousands of files. (Typically, that is not a good file management technique, but Pathagoras will work well with you nevertheless.) If you want to see all of the 'Thompson' files, just type in the first few characters of the name (e.g., "Thom'" and Pathagoras will immediately filter the display for you in a split second (not the four or five
or twenty seconds required by Word just to display the unsorted folder).
You then can scroll the available choices and select the appropriate document.
If you need to check other SmartPaths folders to locate the file, just click another of the 12 buttons on the screen. That way you can quickly rotate through all of your SmartPaths. The filter remains intact without additional intervention. You have got to see this to believe it.
Pathagoras has the speed of AutoText and AutoCorrect but Pathagoras provides much more versatility for document assembly purposes.
AutoCorrect and AutoText just were not designed for document assembly. For example, you cannot save all formatted text, or database fields, in an AutoCorrect library. By contrast, any text, with full formatting and database links, pictures, etc., can be saved for use with Pathagoras.
Pathagoras compares to Windows' "My Places" feature:
It is possible in Window's (XP and later) to assign folder's down the left edge of a document folder which greatly speeds up navigation from folder to folder. The idea is similar to what Pathagoras has done (but Pathagoras has done it since 1998). To set a MSWord 'My Places' folder, navigate to the desired folder (highlight the folder from the parent folder, but do not enter into it), click on the Tools drop down toolbar at the top of the folders display, and click "Add to 'My Places." The differences are these:
There is little question that more and more processes are
becoming 'web-based.' That is not in our immediate future. Pathagoras is
tied to Word in a very real sense and the 'program' must reside in Word's
'startup' folder. So long as your Word program is on your local computer
(or a file server), so must Pathagoras reside there.
However, we fully provide for using your forms wherever they are stored. So whether you store your forms locally (on your computer), on your server in a small office network, VPNs or WANs or in 'the cloud, if you can get to it in Word, you can get to them faster with Pathagoras.
On more issue. Check out the costs. A newcomer to the field of web-based document assembly charges $150 per user per month!! Ouch.
We like to think that nobody does it better. Our customers seem to support us in this. We won't repeat here what they have said, but we proudly invite you to our 'kudos' page to read what many have written about us.
We treat our potential customers the same as we treat our customers. See above comments.
But there is one more 'thing' we want to point out. We treat you, and your privacy, with respect and common courtesy. We treat your visit to our website as an honor, not an opportunity to mine information from you.