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What it isn’t.


   Pathagoras On Cloud is not a portal into marketing legal forms to your clients. You cannot point a client or other consumer to it, have them answer questions, get a final product and pay you for the service. Pathagoras On Earth and Pathagoras On Cloud are oriented toward use by the professional who subscribes to the program. It is designed to help you create documents for your clients, customers and patients. It is not a replacement for you. (There are other programs out there that do that. That's just not us.)


   It is also not like those products that require extraordinary programming skills to get them to work. (Hey, those are good programs, but at what cost, either monetary or time?) Rather, Pathagoras On Cloud is the same easy to use, easy to setup, program that you appreciated on earth, just repackaged for use 'On Cloud'.


What it can do.


Pathagoras on Cloud can do most of what its earth-bound counterpart can.


   It can assemble multiple building blocks into a single document, preserving formatting and automatic paragraph numberings and other styles as it does so.


   It can 'assemble' from a template. Even if a template is the bespoke document, it is easy to add additional text from your keyboard, from your boilerplate text folder and from any other source.


   It can process AskOptions/Optional blocks (interviews).


   It can process robust <<*Options/Optional*. . . blocks>> as well as {simple Options/Optional} blocks.


   It can handle variables, options and optional text blocks tied together with !groupnames!


   It allows you to quickly insert ‘boilerplate text’ (think DropDown Lists in the POE version.) Right now, there is only one 'boilerplate' folder, but not to worry. Sub-folders are allowed, and when you do a search for boilerplate text, those sub-folders are searched. THIS IS SOOOOOO COOL!!


   Consistent with the above, it can call in remote documents using a simple <<docname>> reference. If 'docname' is in either the current folder or in the 'boilerplate' folder, it will be found and inserted. (Here is a practical example: You have multiple letters in your letters folder. Instead of inserting the letterhead and signature block into each letter, you reference them by simple <<docname>> calls. So your letter might look like this:



                                                       [Date of Letter]


Dear [Salutation]:


    Thank you for your purchase of [quantity] widgets.


    They will be shipped via [UPS/Parcel Post/FedEx] within 10 days.




The angle brackets used are plain text 'greater than' and 'lesser than' markers easily found on your keyboard, not hard to insert 'chevrons.'


   In addition to putting simple '<<calls>>' into your bespoke documents, and being able to insert boilerplate text from the DropDown List equivalent, you will be able to call in a block of text simply by typing its name and pressing Alt-G. There is no faster way on the planet or in the cloud to insert desired text on the fly than that!


   Pathagoras On Cloud can sync your Pathagoras On Earth source files.


   All of the above will work on ALL documents, even those that don't have a single Pathagoras markup inside. That's because there is no such thing as a Pathagoras document. That's what plain text underpinnings allow. So, if you want, you can upload your current bespoke documents to the site without a single Pathagoras revision. You can manipulate them, add additional 'boilerplate' content (or make the documents you uploaded the boilerplate content!). Just like on earth, Pathagoras On Cloud works with whatever you give it.


   (Of course, we do recommend that you add bracketed variables and conditional text to make your documents more automated. Our comment here is intended to point out that our cloud platform works with your current content because nothing is ever converted. Pathagoras On Cloud is true plain text and WYSIWYG. It's just like we have always been with Pathagoras On Earth.)


Want it cannot (yet) do:


   It cannot yet process <<*Repeat*>> blocks and nested <<*Options* and *Optional*>> text blocks. The work around currently is to have individual clauses that reflect the repeat result called in using options or a <<docname>> call. (We anticipate introducing Repeat blocks and nested Options and Optional text blocks by late summer, 2015)


   The sophisticated source-text authoring tools such as 'Structure Checker' and 'Paint Markers' have been left to the earthly side of the program.  We are anticipating that you will create and test your source text locally and transfer only fully tested documents to the cloud. (If a 'bad' document is posted, error messages will display reporting that fact. Most corrections can be made directly to the cloud based document. But more elaborate and repetitive debugging would best be done on earth.)


    Similarly, Pathagoras' very handy 'Name & Subject Editor' will not be available in the cloud. If you want to rename your documents en masse, just bring them down home, rename them and shoot them back up to the cloud. Document 'disassembly' will also be an earth-bound process. The processing load in the cloud for this type of action is just too great.


   There are other features in Pathagoras On Earth that you have come to love that may not yet be present On Cloud. We are working on sending upstairs what we can. If you subscribe to our On Cloud platform and see a 'missing piece', write to us. That will at least give us an excuse to elevate the subject of your request to a higher priority. We always respond favorably to customer requests!)


What’s it going to cost?


   $30 per month base charge, and depending upon how many users, a per additional monthly user fee between $5 (if you buy lots of licenses) and $10 (if fewer).  If you are a current Pathagoras On Earth owner with an up-to-date Support Agreement, or subscriber, there will be a 33.3% discount from the above. Each user license allows a single (simultaneous if more than 1 user) connection, but each user can connect from any device.  (These prices are subject to change as we actually experience costs of providing SaaS. We are attempting to hold them down as much as possible. We also recognize that current POE subscribers should receive a benefit for their current investments.)


   Large site and world-wide subscriptions will be available.


  You will be allowed access to POC via all of your devices (desktop, laptop and handheld) for the single price. While you can connect from multiple devices, you can have only one connection per user open at a time. (If your office has a 5 user subscription, and the 'boss' has Pathagoras open on 5 devices, then there are no more connections available. The boss would have to close one or more connections for another member of the office to connect -- or buy more licenses!)


What will the system requirements be?


Nothing other than a computer (including desktop or laptop), a pad or a smart phone* and an Internet connection.

*(The screens on some smaller smart phones are a bit small to perform effective document assembly. So we do encourage devises that offer you comfortable typing space.)


Will it be as user friendly as on-earth Pathagoras?


   Yes, and that is why it has taken so long for us to get to this point. We modeled everything after POE, and tried to keep the steps and the look as similar as reasonable possible. Now, some things will be actually easier to accomplish 'On Cloud' than 'On Earth.' For example, you can display all of your variables in a single scrollable screen. No need to change pages. Similarly, the Interview screens (AskTables) will be of unlimited length, interrupted only by an <<*If* . . . >> equation.


Will it be as robust as Pathagoras (on earth)?


   Here we’ll have to say no. No cloud based (SaaS) system is as robust as its earth based counterpart. Pathagoras will be no different.


   First of all, as indicated above, the source document creation and testing features will not be as numerous. The document management tools (PathSmart and SaveSmart) will not be duplicated (although pieces of it that improve your navigation experience will be present.)



SaaS vs. Hosted Services:


 Software as a Service (SaaS):  SaaS is cloud computing. The program quite literally is subscribed to directly from the programmer. Pathagoras On Cloud is a 'SaaS' ('an' SaaS?).  There are real costs for document and data storage and backup, but they are rather nominal compared to those of running the same 'type' program locally. (See list of costs of Hosted service, below.) You are paying (more or less) only for the costs of the programming to needed to provide the software. Very little hardware costs are involved since the costs of the storage hardware (we use Amazon for storage, but only a small slice of a huge computer bank) are spread across so many people.


 Hosted service: This is not the same as SaaS although in many cases it is indistinguishable (until you get the bill).  With Hosted services, you actually buy or rent a real computer that is situated on a 'computer farm' somewhere else. It is no different from when you are at your home and you log onto the computer at your office. The computer (or other device) at which you are physically sitting is a mere portal into the office system. You are 'virtually' sitting in your office. The payback is speed, power, and the comfort that what you have is yours. You know what it is and where it is. If you want (or already have) a hosted service, and want to implement Pathagoras, you should install 'regular' Pathagoras on the host systems.  Pathagoras On Earth comprises a half-million lines of code. Moving all of that coding into the cloud will not promote a better experience. It would just slow things down. (The speed of running in the cloud is simply nothing like the speed of running locally. It’s like opening up a web page. Sometimes its very fast. Other times it drags. And its dependency on a good, fast, consistent, static free Internet connections will always affect performance.) On a hosted service, only screen information is being transferred, and just like the speed by which your television screen can change to show smooth action, your 'virtual experience' on a hosted platform is likewise smooth.