Pathagoras easily connects to network servers, and even in its stand-alone version, can use any and all files stored on the network server.
However, you are not always connected to the network server. So it would be 'nice,' would it not, if you could 'default' to using local copies of the files downloaded and 'synched' to the network?
Further, even if you are always connected to the server, document assembly proceeds at a much faster pace when files are stored on and are assembled from the local computer. Wouldn't it be nice if you could 'default' to using the local file copies of the network files?
Pathagoras offers this in its "Use Local" feature. It is one of those 'best of both worlds' features that Pathagoras offers where possible. 'Use Local" allows you to set up your libraries & book as if you are running completely off the network, yet, if the files are also stored locally, the actually call on source text is made to those local file. So, point all of your books in your Libraries and Settings screen to the network server (that way it is easier to 'share' libraries since they will be pointing to 'universally recognized' locations) and populate all of your DropDown Lists with files compiled from the server. But turn on the "Use Local" switch (after making sure that you have 'Synched' your local data to the Network data.
If you want to use this feature, you must have purchased at least the 3-pack of Pathagoras, and enabled the Pathagoras Network features. This is found in the Network Settings tab in the Utilities/Settings screen, shown below.
Then, on the same screen, point Pathagoras to both the Local (1) and Network (2) file folders. Lastly, check the switch "Assemble using files on Local Path, if Synched" (3) to create the default assembly action.
Synchronizing (previous section) and "Use Local" are similar but not identical concepts. When you synchronize folders/books, you are copying clauses, forms and templates from the network server to the local computer. This is identical. But with 'plain' synchronizing, the books always point to the local hard drive. With "Use Local," the books point to the network drive, but when a document assembly call is made, Pathagoras checks to see if the identically named file resides on the local drive. If it does, it is used instead of the copy on the network. This allows for continuous connection to the network, but faster speed in assembly by using whatever local files may exist. It also points up the need for synchronized books. If "Use Local" is on, but the local document is not the latest version, the assembled document will be 'out-of-date' (and perhaps dead wrong).