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Two hundred (200) companies migrate to PreLien2Lien Online in first half of 2017

PreLien2Lien Online, which was first developed in 2015 and released in 2016, has seen a 435% surge in paid annual subscribers for the first half of 2017 by national U.S. construction General Contractors, Subcontractors and Suppliers. Two hundred (200) companies either transitioned from the software based version of PreLien2Lien or became new first year customers. The variety of companies includes national construction leaders such as 84 LUMBER, BEHR PROCESS CORPORATION, and FIELDTURF USA and smaller regional companies such as KING EQUIPMENT, PENSACOLA GLASS COMPANY and ROBERTS SAND COMPANY.

PreLien2Lien Online can be leased for $149-$749 in the first year and $110 – $330 each year thereafter.

For more information about PreLien2Lien Online, contact Sales at our Chicago based Headquarters at (800) 886-8770 from 8AM – 5PM CST Monday – Friday.

PreLien2Lien Online Is The Future

Thirty percent of current customers using software as a service (SaaS) solution.

Companies aggressively converting to cloud based version.
In early 2016 our first online version of PreLien2Lien (www.pl2l.com/demo) was released for early adopters. Version 2.0 was released in July 2016, with a single screen data entry design users have greatly enjoyed. Currently two (2) companies per day on average are switching to the new version, with thirty (30) percent now using PreLien2Lien Online.

Companies are asking their employees to multitask.
People across multiple departments are sharing in the workload for simple sales, customer service, accounting and legal tasks. “Bob Smith”, Sales Manager, can logon to PreLien2Lien to enter basic information for a 1st notice. “Mary Jones”, Accounts Receivable Manager can logon and print a Conditional Waiver And Release Upon Progress notice to attach to an invoice to incentivize payment. And “Brandon Johnson”, Chief Legal Officer, can logon to PreLien2Lien to print a Construction Lien to record. Companies of various sizes can share one or more user licenses instead of installing software on multiple PC’s in multiple departments.

People increasingly don’t want to install software every year.
People are increasingly using their large cell phones for traditional computer business tasks. At times they are alternating from reading a book on a tablet to surfing the web. Someone could use their cell phone or tablet to enter project information into PreLien2Lien Online or even print notices to a Bluetooth enabled printer.

All data entry on one screen.
It was not that long ago that screen sizes and resolution prevented a large amount of data entry to occur on one screen. Now, monitors for desktop PC’s are large, cell phones and tablets let you magnify portions of a screen, and graphical user interface (GUI) design promotes ease of use on one screen so that there are not tabs to click for secondary data entry.

Annual subscription pricing remains the same for PreLien2Lien Online.
Unlike competitors who raise the cost of their subscriptions every year, PreLien2Lien has had only one small price increase in twelve (12) years. Annual Subscription pricing for PreLien2Lien Online will remain frozen at $220 (One-State), $275 (Regional) and $330 (USA). Customers who will not make the change to the cloud based version will see a $70- $80 price increase in 2018.

Redesign of software based PreLien2Lien will have data entry on one screen.
April will be our twelfth anniversary of acquiring PreLien2Lien from SIERRA PHOENIX. The tabbed data entry process has not changed much since the program’s original inception in 1996. But like the online version, the software based PreLien2Lien version will have a major (GUI) redesign that will eliminate the tabs in lieu of a single data entry screen design.

PreLien2Lien Online now available at www.PL2LOnline.com

TRADITION SOFTWARE, INC., a California based corporation located in Roseville, CA, announces that PreLien2Lien is now available online as a web based lien management solution (www.PL2LOnline.com) for customers.

For almost twenty (20) years, PreLien2Lien has been a leading PC based software solution for U.S. contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and companies providing services for state-by-state construction lien management. Now customers can enter construction project information online and print a variety of notices – 1st Notices, Warnings, Waivers, Bond and Lien Claims, Stop Notices and Releases from any computer, smart phone or tablet using a simple login and password combination.

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With the new online version strictly being marketed initially to current PreLien2Lien customers who have Annual Subscriptions up for renewal in January 2016, companies in California, Texas and Washington have already signed up to use the new product. As users at those companies go to print a notice, they will see a state specific menu like the one for the state of Washington below.

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Annual Subscription pricing for current customers will be $200 per year for the One State unlimited version and $100 for the Lite ten (10) project version. New customers can save $50 off the PC based version of PreLien2Lien, paying $299 for the first year. Lite customers can save $20, paying $129 for PreLien2LienOnline compared to $149 for the PC based version. Additional pricing options are available for customers who license the Regional and USA editions of PreLien2Lien.

There will be a free data upload of current PC, Terminal Server, Citrix or Server based PreLien2Lien data within one business day. As with all our Annual Subscriptions, free user training and technical support is available by phone at our toll free number (800) 886-8770 Monday – Friday, 8AM – 4PM PST.

Craig Altman, Founder and President of TRADITION SOFTWARE and Miriam Liskin, Software Development Manager, are the co-designers for PreLien2LienOnline (www.PL2LOnline.com).

10 years of TRADITION SOFTWARE

According to BLOOMBERG, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. On April 1st of this year, TRADITION SOFTWARE, INC. celebrated a critical business milestone with its 10th year anniversary.

Eric T. Wagner of FORBES MAGAZINE wrote in 2013 five (5) reasons that businesses fail. Here are my thoughts as to why TRADITION SOFTWARE and its great team of employees bucked the trend and succeeded for ten (10) years.

Reason #1: Not really in touch with customers through deep dialogue.

Within the first thirty (30) days of purchasing SIERRA PHOENIX, I traveled to Phoenix, AZ (no joke) to meet with customers. Subsequent customer trips occured in the Midwest, Texas, Florida, and much of both Southern and Northern California. I heard loud and clear the previous owner provided poor technical support, a buggy software product, and notices that rarely were legal. With the help of several current and past employees, huge strides were taken at a great expense to greatly improve all three of these areas.

Reason #2: No real differentiation in the market (read: lack of unique value propositions)

PreLien2Lien’s main competitor is Lien Writer, formerly of PASE SOFTWARE and now owned by GOLDENOMEGA.NET. Since Lien Writer and PreLien2Lien were part of the same company in late 90’s, their GUI (Graphical User Interface) looked remarkably similar. Miriam Liskin, Software Development Manager and I went about clearing a lot of clutter off the main data entry screen. We made the print menu state specific by document titles. We religiously made sure technical support at our 800 number was available first thing at 8AM PST when we opened, and was available until 4PM. I personally re-wrote sixteen hundred (1600) legal notices in the software. And we licensed German software technology that made it easy for notice customization. Finally, we decided the total cost of ownership for PreLien2Lien should be at least 50 percent less than our competitors.

Reason #3: Failure to communicate value propositions in clear, concise and compelling fashion.

The first day TRADITION SOFTWARE, INC., a California S-corporation was open for business was April 1, 2005 (no joke again). I wanted our verbal communication, website messages, and marketing collateral to communicate three (3) things:

1) PreLien2Lien is easy to use.
2) PreLien2Lien is legally compiant.
3) PreLien2Lien is reliable, with overall uptime across all customers at 99.99%.

Since we continue to acquire new customers nationally while keeping each year an overwhelming majority of our customers, we feel we have succeeded with our unique value propositions.

Reason #4: Leadership breakdown at the top (yes — founder dysfunction).

TRADITION SOFTWARE has been led by myself since our inception. The technical backbone of the company is headed up by a nine (9) year employee, Miriam Liskin. Together we have made several good hires. We priced our products and services correctly from the start, with only one (1) price increase in 10 years. The company has never been taken to court, never bounced a paycheck and navigated through both the difficult housing downturn in 2007 and my personal divorce in 2013.

Reason #5: Inability to nail a profitable business model with proven revenue streams.

Within two months of purchasing PreLien2Lien, we added a time-bomb lease feature to the software, requring an Annual Subscription to be current. This represents 60% of the company’s annual revenue, with new software sales representing 20% of the of the company revenue. In 2009, our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division was started. Five years later three hundred and thirty (330) companies are under contract. This represents the remaining 20% of the revenue.

Along the way, not every decision has been perfect or easy. TRADITIONINK.COM was launched in 2005 as a national ink and toner online retailer division. Consolidation in buying behavior with behemoths like AMAZON.COM have severely impacted that business unit. Marketing initiative with trade show participation at NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association), World Of Concrete and CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association) and youth sports sponsorships produced poor marketing returns. And the software world is moving towards “Software as a Service” (SaaS). I shudder to think what my day will be like when a website for PreLien2Lien goes down on a business day.

As we go forward, our commitment to improving our easy to use software solution that is legally compliant and reliable will continue. As Andy Dufresne says in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION “….hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” That quote, along with one I gave to my Batavia High School (Batavia, IL) 1982 graduating class as Farewell Address Speaker on June 3, 1982 “… “then give to the world the best that you have, and the best will come back to you” sums up my focus going forward. Hope, and giving my best will enable TRADITION SOFTWARE as a market leader to keep helping its highly valued customers with products, services and solutions for construction lien management.

Multiple electronic signatures now an option on notices

With the new to PreLien2Lien August 18.08.01 upgrade co-authored by Craig Altman and Miriam Liskin, company sites can now have multiple electronic signatures to print from on all notices in PreLien2Lien.

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If I choose the “Standard” option, no electronic signature will appear – just a blank line with whomever’s signer name is entered.
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If I select “Altman, the electronic signature for Craig Altman will appear on the document.
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And finally, if I select “Walker”, the electronic signature for Michael Walker, not Craig Altman will appear on the document.
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Cost to add a signature is $50 per notice, per signature. Turn around time is one business day, prepayment required.

PreLien2Lien adds USPS address verification

A major new feature was added to PreLien2Lien with the November 2013 upgrade release available from the DOWNLOADS section at www.TraditionSoftware.com.

An easy to use USPS address verification button was added to the PROJECT, CUSTOMER, OWNER, GENERAL, SURETY/LENDER and OTHER LEGAL PARTY tabs.
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Users can now confirm that an address is registered with the U.S. Postal Service for delivery of mail. If an address is correct, you can choose to use an ALL CAPS version from the USPS website, convert the result to Proper Case, or leave the address as it was originally entered.
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Address verification is extremely important in the lien process. The number 3 that looks like an 8 in a salesperson’s order for building materials could make a last minute 1st notice in advance of a lien invalid as the non existent property address is used. Having mail returned that was orginally sent to a project’s Customer, Owner, General Contractor or Surety/Lender not only is a waste of money, but also could invalidate a future lien claim depending on a state’s laws.

This new feature was the result of some great work by Miriam Liskin, Software Development Manager, and an ongoing business relationship with the U.S. Postal Service. Previously TRADITION SOFTWARE worked with the USPS for the creation of our 11″ x 14″ certfied mail Tradition Forms along with certified mail tracking through use of the TRACK CERTIFIED MAIL button.

Ability To Print A Conditional/Unconditional Waiver And Release Upon Final/Progress Payment Added To MyLienCenter.com

PreLien2Lien:Lien Service-USA annual subscribers will get a powerful new feature starting in April 2012 to benefit their business. The ability to print an Conditional/Unconditional Waiver And Release Upon Final/Progress Payment has been added to MyLienCenter.com, the online customer website that is integrated with PreLien2Lien. Co-developed by Craig Altman and Miriam Liskin, users will be able to select their project information within MyLienCenter.com and print by state legally compliant waivers and releases for the followng four commmon notices:

-Conditional Waiver and Release Upon Final Payment
-Conditional Waiver And Release Upon Progress Payment
-Unconditional Waiver and Release Upon Final Payment
-Unconditional Waiver And Release Upon Progress Payment

Cost for PreLien2Lien:Lien Service – USA subscribers will be $400 per year. This cost will be in addition to the $600 per year cost to license the PreLien2Lien:Lien Service – USA edition and the $12 per year fee for a lien service’s customer to see their notices online in Adobe PDF format.

Our lien service customers have been asking for this feature for quite some time. This new feature is the first step as part of a long range software development plan to offer a full featured online version of PreLien2Lien.

New Facebook Marketing Initiative

TRADITION SOFTWARE is now on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/TraditionSoftware). After our annual year end all company meeting, Software Development Manager Miriam Liskin and our new Inside Sales Manager, Amanda St. Germain, took joint ownership of this project.

I have to admit, I had resisted going on Facebook since it was talked about seriously in our 2010 all company meeting. The current reality is that most successful companies are now employing extensive new media marketing. Using Facebook as a way to communicate with a new base of PreLien2Lien customers and sales prospects only makes us more effective in being both reachable and accountable to anyone who has an interest in TRADITION SOFTWARE.

Duplex Printing Now Available For Tradition Forms

At the suggestion of a new customer who used to use Lien Writer, Software Development Manager Miriam Liskin developed in one (1) hour of coding time the ability to print the front and back sides of Tradition Forms with any duplex printer.

PreLien2Lien customers spend less money for their PreLien2Lien Annual Subscription and save even more with our lower price Tradition Forms as compared to using Lien Writer and Pettit Forms. Now factor in the labor/time savings of printing duplex for either a single print project a large mass print run. Our commitment to save you time and money related to construction lien management continues.

PreLien2Lien Adds One-Click USPS Certified Mail Tracking

Miriam Liskin, Software Development Manager, has just completed work on adding one-click USPS certified mail tracking to PreLien2Lien.

By pressing the “Track Certified Mail” button on the right side of PreLien2Lien, a connection is made with the USPS website. Any certified numbers entered on the legal party tabs (CUSTOMER, OWNER, GENERAL, LENDER, Other Legal Parties) will be check for delivery tracking information.

If there was a sucessful result when checking a number, the word “Verified” will appear on the legal party tab next to the certified number. Also, a note entry will be created on the NOTES tab showing the details for delivery as follows:

Your item was delivered at 2:11 pm on June 20, 2011 in LENEXA, KS 66219.

Processed through Sort Facility, June 18, 2011, 10:22 pm, KANSAS CITY, MO 64121
Acceptance, June 16, 2011, 10:16 am, SACRAMENTO, CA 95821

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