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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Sunday, August 31, 2014

TechnoLawyer Library houses our growing collection of free research reports in PDF format. Reports of this caliber usually cost a fortune, but TechnoLawyer members can download all of them for free. TechnoLawyer membership is also free. Below you'll find links to selected research reports and also to the TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. Click any link to get started and join TechnoLawyer today.

Why Lawyers Need Not Fear Disruption

Three Common Productivity Tasks That an iPad Performs Better Than a PC

Chill, Grill, and Bill: Summertime Gadgets for Summer-Loving Legal Professionals

TechnoLawyer Demographics 2014

LitigationWorld Quick Start Guide to Mastering Ediscovery

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Legal Billing Software

Can Microsoft Win the Legal Industry's Mobile Race?

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Outlook Add-Ons for Law Firms

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Document Management Systems for Law Firms (Second Edition)

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Reviews of MessageSave and X1, Bates Stamps; Time Matters and WordPerfect X7; Paragraph Numbering; Apple Watch; Much More

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, February 27, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Robin Meadow, Review: MessageSave and X1 Together

John Dorst, Three Products We Use for Bates Stamp

Matthew Appleton, Time Matters and WordPerfect X7 Integration in the Works

Steven Schwaber, Why Paragraph Numbering in WordPerfect Makes Word Users Jealous

Roland Cole, Where the Rubber Meets the Road for Speech Recognition

Charles Stotter, Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as Laptop and Tablet

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Answers
Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Answers

Synergy Tools 1.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire The feature article of today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a Windows utility that automates common law office document tasks. The Roundup section covers an online store for interactive legal forms, a virtual legal consultation and lawyer referral service, and a social news app. Also, if you missed last week's TL NewsWire feature article, you'll find an excerpt and link below.

NINE TIMESAVERS FOR COMMON LAW OFFICE DOCUMENT TASKS

Many small law firms suffer from a variety of document-related collaboration problems. For example, you email your colleague a Word document to review. Your colleague doesn't know where the original document resides on your firm's file server (or shared hard drive) so the final version ends up trapped in email instead of in its proper place.

Synergy Tools 1.0 … in One Sentence

Launched this month, Legal Matters Software's Synergy Tools 1.0 is a Windows Explorer companion utility that automates common law office document tasks.

The Killer Feature

Synergy Tools uses your existing file structure so it resembles Windows Explorer and even contains a button that takes you to the same location in Windows Explorer.

The Email Document Link button addresses the above email collaboration issue. Instead of attaching one or more documents to an email message, you email a link to the document. When your colleague clicks the link, the original document opens. Your colleague can work on the document without needing to know its location, and can reply to your email message when finished.

Other Notable Features

Lawyers of course also need to email documents to clients and others. This means leaving Windows Explorer to start an email message, and then returning to Windows Explorer to drag the document into the email message. In Synergy Tools, you select one or more documents, and then click the Email Document button. This automatically creates an email message with the documents appended as attachments.

The PDF format has become ubiquitous in law firms. Synergy Tools contains three PDF-related features. Convert to PDF converts any documents you select into PDF format using the same file name. Merge as PDF enables you to combine all selected documents into a single PDF file in the order you specify such as for deal books and ebriefs. Number PDF Pages enables you to apply a stamp to every page in a PDF file. You can use it for Bates stamping as it accommodates any combination of letters, numbers, and other symbols in sequential order.

Lawyers often need to efile PDF documents. Instead of navigating your firm's file structure, the Copy File Path button in Synergy Tools copies a document's file path to your clipboard that you can paste into your web browser's document upload window. The similar Copy Folder Path takes your web browser to the folder with documents you want to upload.

You'll also find two document management technologies in Synergy Tools. Document Date places the creation date at the beginning of the file name for all selected documents. This enables you bulk name documents created prior to adopting this best practice. New Version creates a new version of a document with a sequential number in its file name.

Finally, Synergy Tools includes Synergy Signature, which also exists as a standalone product. Synergy Signature enables you to apply your scanned signature in a Word or PDF document.

What Else Should You Know?

"After visiting with many law firms over the years, we found that most suffer from the same document-related inefficiencies," Legal Matters Software CEO John Ryan told us." Synergy Tools eliminates each of these, dramatically improving productivity at a pay-once price any law firm can afford. "Synergy Tools runs on Windows Vista and later. It costs $24.95. Learn more about Synergy Tools 1.0.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Document Management | Networking/Operating Systems | TL NewsWire | Utilities

How to Take Control of Email Plus 40 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 41 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Who Ought to Answer Your Phone?

Why So Many Lawyers Are Broke Part 2

50 Shades of Content Marketing for Law Firms

Seven Reasons Networking Is Dead or Should Be

Congratulations to Caitlin Moon of Law Technology Today on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Take Control of Email

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

How to Get Started With OneNote Plus 44 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 45 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

The Only Safe Place to Buy a Windows PC

Seven Time-Saving Tips for Office for iPad

The Illustrated LegalTech New York 2015

The Last of the Typewriter Men

Congratulations to Derek Walter of PCWorld on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Get Started With OneNote

How to Receive BlawgWorld
Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession (e.g., monitors, smartphones, scanners, the iPad, and more). But not the only coverage. BlawgWorld enables you to stay on top of all the noteworthy legal and mainstream technology articles (and podcasts and videos) published elsewhere without having to hire a research assistant. Even when you're busy, you won't want to miss each issue's Pick of the Week. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

How I Won a Low-Budget Trial With Help From Five Apps and an iPad Plus a Judge's Brief Writing Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, February 23, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Litigator Stephen Hayes had a problem — a client with no money and an opposing party with no assets whose legal fees were paid by his parents. In this issue of LitigationWorld, Stephen explains how he used five low cost apps and an old iPad to connect the dots in thousands of pages of documents, and prepare a focused presentation at trial during which he successfully undermined the opposing party's expert witness. Stephen managed to remain within his client's tiny budget thanks in part to these technologies. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a federal judge's 10 tips for effective brief writing.

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. LitigationWorld also features in-depth litigation product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings, as well as links to the most noteworthy litigation articles in other publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld | Presentations/Projectors

Top Five Law Firm Inefficiencies Plus Online Reviews of Your Firm

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, February 20, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Law Practice Advisor Heidi Alexander has helped so many small law firms that she has noticed certain inefficiencies cropping up again and again. In this issue of SmallLaw, she sets forth her top five inefficiencies, and explains how to eliminate them. From too much paper to disjointed systems to lost billable time and much more, you're bound to pick up some valuable tips and discover new technologies. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn how to obtain good online reviews and why they're important.

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

Word for iOS Subscription Features; iMessage Security; Review of Chromebooks, Chrome Remote Desktop, Threema

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, February 20, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Karl M. Rowe, Word for iOS: What an Office 365 Subscription Gets You

Tom Trottier, Google Maps Security; Apple's iMessage Lies; Review of Threema

Scott Bassett, Review: Chromebooks and Chrome Remote Desktop

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Privacy/Security | TL Serendipity

Reviews of Dictate + Connect and SpeakWrite, Lookeen, X1; Cost Recovery; Paperless Depositions; Time Matters Question

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, February 19, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Bob Leonard, Review: Dictate + Connect and SpeakWrite

Matthew Appleton, Review: Lookeen

Steve Loewy, Review: X1

Brad Pearce, Charging for Overhead; Replacing Paper With iPads at Depositions

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Answers
Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Answers

10 Golden Rules to Make New Clients Happy Plus 50 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 51 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Three Insurance Pitfalls for Lawyers

10 Ways to Avoid a Legal Fees Dispute

Eight Steps to Build Your Image

Five Tips for Online Advertising Success

Congratulations to John Remsen of Wisconsin Lawyer on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: 10 Golden Rules to Make New Clients Happy

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

Soda PDF 7: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers PDF software available in four different versions depending on the needs of each individual in your law firm (see article below), a private cloud service for law firms, a contacts manager that integrates with the major email services and social networks, and a cost recovery add-on that prevents printer security mishaps and waste. Don't miss the next issue.

MODULAR PDF SOFTWARE FOR YOUR LAW FIRM'S SPECIFIC NEEDS

PDF software has become as essential as word processing software in law firms with one key difference. A much larger choice of PDF software exists, which makes it more likely you can find a product that suits your firm's needs. Even better, you can find a product that suits the needs of each person in your firm. That's the goal of a company taking a modular approach to PDF software.

Soda PDF 7 … in One Sentence

LULU Software's Soda PDF 7 is a PDF application for Windows available in a variety of configurations at lower price points than Adobe Acrobat.

The Killer Feature

Soda PDF comes in four versions — Standard Package ($59), Professional Package ($99), PRO + OCR Package ($129), and Business Edition ($139). You can purchase any combination of licenses online or over the phone depending on the various needs of the lawyers and staff at your firm. Prices drop at 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200+ licenses. The Business Edition includes all possible features. Each version includes technical support. LULU Software ships a new version of Soda PDF each year. An optional maintenance plan enables you to upgrade to new versions at a lower cost.

Other Notable Features

All four versions of Soda PDF enable you to create, view, and edit PDF and PDF/A documents, apply Bates stamps, and convert PDF documents into Microsoft Office, plain text, and HTML formats. Soda PDF integrates with scanners and can also take screenshots.

The Professional Package adds review tools for commenting, highlighting, and document comparison. Other features include tools for creating forms and importing data (including invoice creation from your billing system), securing documents with encryption and a 256-bit password, and digitally and securely signing documents.

As its name suggests, the PRO + OCR Package enables you to make scanned and other image PDF documents editable and searchable via optical character recognition technology powered by industry leader I.R.I.S. You can automatically apply OCR when scanning documents. The Batch Recognition feature can convert a large number of documents unattended.

The Business Edition adds an Outlook plugin for email archiving, redaction, PDF to PDF/A conversion, enhanced digital signatures, online PDF creation from any device, and premium support. LULU Software offers a datasheet comparing the Business Edition to Adobe Acrobat Professional.

What Else Should You Know?

The company's complimentary Enterprise Management Console helps you centrally deploy Soda PDF throughout your firm and manage your licenses. If an employee leaves, you can use it to reassign a license to someone else. You can try Soda PDF for free. Learn more about Soda PDF 7.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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