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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
Word's Quick Parts
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. When you are ready to save the final product, it assists you in doing so with its document management aspects. It provides tools to easily rename documents and to disassembly large documents into component parts. You can create interviews to make clause and document selection easier and more accurate. You can recall documents and display the folders in which your documents reside with more ease and speed than is available in any competitive program. And customer support is second to none. When you call us, you either reach us live or we call you back in just a few minutes.
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 our incredibly handy 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.
Compare to Word's 'Quick Parts':
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 because
Microsoft has not released it macro language VBA to run 'in the cloud.'
When and if it does, we'll be there. But for not, 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. (This is not a bad
thing. The power needed to run complex functions is not in the cloud. It
is on your computer.)
However, the forms, documents and clauses you want to use for document assembly can be stored anywhere. Whether you keep them locally (on your computer), on your server in a small office network, VPNs or WANs or in 'the cloud (DropBox, OneDrive, SharePoint, etc.) if you can get to it in Word, you can get to them faster with Pathagoras.
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.