You will find Pathagoras to be a broad, functional and flexible program. However, in order to allow the flexibility if offers, Pathagoras provides dozens of possible settings and switches which can be changed at the desire of the end user.
Any time that choices are presented, anxiety occurs. "Is this the best setting?" "What does this setting really mean?" "Am I doing this right?"
Rest assured, the default settings are more than adequate and appropriate for the beginner. We recommend making no changes to any of the default setting. When you begin asking the question "I wonder if Pathagoras can do this?", then begin exploring the options.
What are some settings?
▪Can Pathagoras automatically scan assembled documents for variables without a user request? Yes
▪If I use variables with long names, can I change the width of the Instant Database screen to accommodate them?
▪If I use lots of variables, can I change the height of the Instant Database screen to show more of them with scrolling?
▪Can I move my IDB records to my server so that everyone in my office can use them?
▪If I use the prefix/suffix naming convention, can I show the names or subjects by default.
▪Can I set the List to show the names instead of the subjects, or the subjects instead of the names?
Other setting involve pointing a book to a folder. These are more 'substantive' settings because they control what Pathagoras will display (as opposed to how it displays it).
▪How do I create a new library?
▪How do I add a book?
Settings can be accessed in a variety of fashions. Regardless of the access point, a change made to a setting from one of the available screens will be disseminated to all sections of the program. That's because the settings are actually stored in your computers registry, not in the individual screens from which your settings may be modified.
As is appropriate for a Main Menu, you can access and select many of Pathagoras settings. The settings visible here are displayed in what we intend to be an 'educational' fashion. We really don't expect you to make any changes via this screen (although you certainly may), but rather we just want to expose you to some important settings and features of the program that you should know about and may wish to invoke as you become a more experienced user. Each setting contains a brief explanation of the purpose of the setting and the 'result' associated with selecting one of the alternative values.
As you invoke a program module (Document Assembly, Instant Database, PathSmart, etc.), a screen will appear to take you through the desired operation. The screen, or screens that can be invoked from that screen, will contain or lead you to settings that are integrally related to that module. Make settings as are appropriate.
The "Utilities" side of this screen allow you to run certain administrative tasks that cannot be conveniently placed elsewhere, but many 'settings' that have been made (or that are in place by default) are also displayed. You can see these in the section titled "Settings at a Glance."
All Settings Screen
this is the most comprehensive listing of the settings available in the program. By its nature, it is the most complex as well.