What We're About
We know how overwhelming it can be to try to juggle school, work,
and home. We’ve done it ourselves. Students who use our software have the best chance
of success in school, and we like knowing that.
Being There for You
We make it easy for students to contact us. From 8am until
10pm, 7 days a week, our Customer Support Team is standing by to help you. Some
companies talk about support and it’s all talk, but we’re kind of fanatical about
Having Fun While Doing Both
We take our work seriously, but we also
take our fun seriously, too. No, seriously. Do you know another company that has
created a fictitious revolutionary character, has a unicorn for a mascot, and has
even made a sock puppet musical? We promise to give you not only the best student
software around, but to also try and put a smile on your face while doing it.
And So Gary Begat PERRLA
During the personal computer revolution in the early 80’s, Gary McGuire learned
to program computers. An English teacher by profession, Gary had been teaching English
for about 16 years by the mid-90’s when his wife, Jennifer, returned to school
to become a nurse (and later a family nurse practitioner). It was a scary time for
her because of the challenges and demands of school and family.
It became even scarier when Gary decided to give nursing a try himself and entered
a nursing program. Even though he already had a master's degree it didn't
prepare him for writing using the APA style. Gary saw how much time and stress he
and his wife were giving to formatting papers, so he used his software development
skills to write a computer program to automate the creation of references and citations.
He wanted a program that allowed him to concentrate on the content of his papers,
not the formatting.
A couple of Gary's nursing instructors told him he should put his APA formatting
tool on the Internet to help other students. Which created a business AND a problem;
it needed a name A lot of people wonder about the name; PERRLA. Gary remembered
an acronym used in healthcare -PERRLA, which stands for Pupils
are Equal, Round, and Reactive
to Light and Accommodation. It's a good thing.
It means "normal."
Considering how crazy school can be, it had a restful and calming feel. PERRLA -
normal. Something every student wants.
That was 1998 -- countless version upgrades and 400,000+ customers ago.
Here We Are!
Just as Gary recognized the need to make paper formatting easier, we’ve since
recognized the value of making the other parts of being a student easier. Such
as organizing, time and detail management, tracking assignments, note-taking,
and so on. That’s why we introduced PERRLA Complete, which combines
our tried-and-true paper formatting desktop software with an online student organizer
and paper planner, plus a mobile app. This SIGNIFICANTLY increases the paper-writing
and formatting functionality we offer combined with an everything-in-one-place student
organizer that is accessible from any internet-connected device.
EVERYTHING about being a student just got easier.
Finally, we hope you will recognize that this is more than a business for us. We
are working hard on new (and existing) products but our goal - after all these years
- is still the same... to help people achieve their dreams through success in school.
Welcome to the PERRLA family!
Did We Mention Approachable?
We love hearing from you
From inside our software, we've built-in the ability for you to provide us with feedback.
In addition to that, you can get in touch with anyone at PERRLA by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support: 8am - 10pm, 7 days/week
We’re here when you need us and have a special mission to offer you the best support imaginable.
If you have questions about our software, are having a problem, or need a little extra guidance,
we’d love to help! You can contact our Support gurus using the button below, from within our software,
or you can email us at email@example.com.
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