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TrialPad 4.0 Pricing Policy; PDF E-Filing Security Risks; Reviews of ActiveWords, Bose SoundLink Mini

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, July 11, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Ian O'Flaherty, Rebuttal: TrialPad 4.0 Pricing Straight From the Source

Philip Olenick, The PDF E-Filing Risk That No One Talks About

Meg Spencer Dixon, Review: ActiveWords (Triggering Multiple Actions)

Bruce Peabody, Review: Bose SoundLink Mini and Travel Bag

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Technology for a Small Law Firm; Reviews of DS-5000, AS-5000, AutoHotkey; Office 365

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Karl M. Rowe, Technology for a Small, Growing Law Firm

Neal Frishberg, Review: Olympus DS-5000 Recorder, AS-5000 Transcriber

Tom Trottier, Review: AutoHotkey, Automating Document Naming

Emmett Raitt, Review: Office 365 and Outlook Web App for Syncing Among Devices

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ActiveWords v. QuickJump; Home Law Office; Jaybird BlueBuds v. Jaybird Freedom; WordPerfect Discount for Lawyers

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 13, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Robin Meadow, Review: ActiveWords vs. QuickJump

Patrick Stiehm, A Home Law Office Depends on Your Practice Area

Harold Goldner, Review: Jaybird Bluebuds X v. Jaybird Freedom Sprint

Harold Burstyn, Tip: How to Obtain a Discount on WordPerfect

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PhraseExpander Professional 4.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, May 30, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a document assembly program for storing and using collections of frequently-used phrases (see article below), a Microsoft Word document assembly add-on for creating sets of documents, an iPhone email app with automated actions, and a WiFi electrical outlet for controlling devices with your smartphone. Don't miss the next issue.

TYPE LESS, WRITE MORE

You've got 168 hours per week. You can bill and/or free up more of these hours in several ways, delegation being the most obvious. Hoever, you need to spend some time in front of a computer no matter how much you delegate. Therefore, software can also make you more efficient. In fact, the more you delegate, the more likely you'll use your computer in the exact same way every time — for example sending a draft document to a client. Similarly, those to whom you delegate should deliver work product that looks like you created it.

PhraseExpander Professional 4.0 … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Nagarsoft's PhraseExpander Professional 4.0 (PhraseExpander) is a document assembly program that enables you to enter stored text into any Windows program using shortcuts.

The Killer Feature

Unlike traditional document assembly programs, PhraseExpander requires no programming. Instead, you copy and paste or type your phrases and corresponding mnemonic shortcuts.

As your collection of shortcuts grows, you and your staff will likely forget how to invoke some of them or forget if a specific phrase exists in PhraseExpander.

To address this issue, PhraseExpander's new Quick Find enables you to search for phrases and shortcuts. It displays results as you start typing. You can select the phrase you want to insert as soon as it appears. A keyboard command of your choosing opens Quick Find in any program.

Other Notable Features

PhraseExpander addresses another obvious issue — organization. The new version enables you to organize phrases in multilevel groups. For example, you might create a group for each type of legal document you often create. Another new organizational tool displays phrases that have changed, the phrases you use the most, and duplicate phrases.

Phrases can contain macros such as equations and variables as well as forms if you want more power. For example, you can string together several phrases within a phrase. Similarly, you can create document templates to ensure consistency throughout your firm.

Other features include a spellchecker to prevent errors when creating phrases, a calendar tool for entering dates, and the ability to modify phrases on the fly when you need to make some tweaks.

What Else Should You Know?

You can share phrases and templates with everyone in your firm. Your colleagues can customize PhraseExpander to suit their preferences. Integrations with Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive enable you to both backup and use your collection of phrases on multiple computers. The company provides a free video training course to help you get started. Pricing starts at $149 with volume discounts available. A more limited Standard version starts at $59. Learn more about PhraseExpander Professional 4.0.

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Running Windows on a Mac; Why I Still Use WordPerfect DOS; Review of ActiveWords 2.0; Dropbox Tip

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, May 30, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Felicity Hardee, My Experience Running Windows on a Mac

Philip Olenick, Why WordPerfect DOS 6 Beats the Current Version of Microsoft Word

Dave Culbertson, Review: ActiveWords 2.0

Sara Austin, How I Use Dropbox on My iPad

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The Case for Two iPhones; Reviews of Active Words 2.0, Voyager Legend, Snapnumbers; Let's Not Rewrite The Constitution

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, May 16, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Your Telephone Problem and How to Solve It With Two iPhones

Dave Culbertson, Review: ActiveWords 2.0

Andrew Weltchek, Review: Plantronics Voyager Legend

Dee Crocker, Review: Snapnumbers (Word Add-On)

Neal Rogers, Let's Not Rewrite The Constitution (Written on June 11, 2010)

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Reviews of Bates Blaster, Faxaway; WordPerfect Usage; Enforce Use of Word Templates; Help a Solo

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, May 15, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Annie Williams, Review: Bates Blaster; When to Use Bates Stamps

Mark Olberding, Why I Use WordPerfect (And Get Away With It)

Neil Quateman, Review: Faxaway

Ted Palmer, Tip: How to Enforce Use of Templates in Word

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Top 10 Ways to Use an iPad in Law Practice; Reviews of PhraseExpress, Dragon 12.5, Avvo, LegalWebPro

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Wesley Y. S. Chang, The Top 10 Ways I Use My IPad In Law Practice

John Drisdale, Review: PhraseExpress

Christian Onsager, Review: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5 Plus Headset Advice

Ben Ballard, Review: Avvo And LegalWebPro For Law Firm Website Creation

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A Better Way to Create Pleadings in Microsoft Word Plus 10 Trial Presentation Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 7, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Don't create another pleading until you read this issue of LitigationWorld. Microsoft Word trainer Deborah Savadra has written a step-by-step guide on how to create your own custom templates for pleadings. Your templates will save you time, ensure compliance with court rules, and prevent embarrassing mistakes from reusing existing documents. Once you have a library of pleadings templates, you'll want to create templates for all your litigation documents. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for 10 trial presentation tips from professional newscasters.

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Drafting Assistant - Transactional 2.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers software for drafting and proofreading transactional documents that works within Microsoft Word and WordPerfect (see article below), PDF software designed for the legal profession, a checklist creation application for your workflow processes, and a smart height adjustable desk. Don't miss the next issue.

TRANSACTIONAL DOCUMENT DRAFTING ENTERS A NEW ERA

For more than two decades, transactional document drafting has entailed a collaboration between lawyer and technology. Initially, this just meant using a word processor. But in recent years, legal proofreading software has emerged that can find inconsistencies, omissions and other errors in your documents. The next step in this evolution consists of having software help you with the substantive law in your documents.

Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0 … in One Sentence

Launched in March, Thomson Reuters' Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0 is legal proofreading software that works within Microsoft Word and WordPerfect.

The Killer Feature

Drafting Assistant – Transactional now integrates with Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clause library, if you have a Practical Law subscription. That means without leaving your document you can obtain help both drafting and proofreading your document.

Practical Law is a human-powered service that helps lawyers tap into expertise unlikely to exist within their firm. Free from the demands of working in a law firm environment, the attorney editors at Practical Law spend all their time performing research and creating continually updated checklists, model documents, clause libraries, and more for transactional practice areas.

While drafting, you click on the Practical Law icon in your word processor's ribbon. This opens up the "Viewer" in which you can search and open Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clauses. You can use Practical Law's model documents both as a base and as a benchmark for comparing your own work. And because each Standard Document includes embedded Drafting Notes, you also get clause by clause drafting guidance.

"The ability to access Practical Law from within Drafting Assistant – Transactional expedites the drafting process and mirrors the way that lawyers actually draft," General Manager of Business Law Solutions Steve Obenski told us. "You have your master document and a benchmark document side by side within your drafting screen, so you can easily crib language and compare your documents to make sure they reflect current best practices. This combination provides the only end-to-end drafting solution on the market. You get the best substance and proofreading in one place."

Other Notable Features

In addition to the Practical Law integration, Drafting Assistant – Transactional includes 300 model documents across different transactional practice areas. You can also search Westlaw or WestlawNext directly from the software via a button on the toolbar.

The heart of Drafting Assistant – Transactional remains its "Deal Proof" proofreading analyzer engine. The software reviews documents of any size for errors in definitions, cross references, inconsistencies, missing information, and more. The software then flags each potential error and enables you jump to it by creating a hyperlinked index. You can also generate a report listing all possible errors.

After more than 10 years of refining the proofreading engine to find the tiniest of errors while minimizing false positives, Thomson Reuters commissioned a study to evaluate Deal Proof. The study found that lawyers who use Drafting Assistant – Transactional reduce their review time by 60% on average and find errors that go unnoticed with other proofreading methods.

What Else Should You Know?

The new version of Drafting Assistant – Transactional works with Microsoft Word 2013 and WordPerfect X6 as well as with earlier versions (it runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8). You can use the Deal Proof component online or offline. Learn more about Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0.

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