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Reviews of Doxsera, ActiveWords for Worldox Users; Hardware Versus Services Flexibility

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 1, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

David O'Connell, Review: Doxsera (TheFormTool Enterprise?)

Fred Kruck, Review: ActiveWords for Worldox Users

Scott Bassett, Using Multiple Platforms: Hardware Flexibility Versus Services Flexibility

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Actionstep 14.7: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud accounting, billing, and practice management application with a new technology for the fast pace and unpredictable nature of law firm work (see article below), a website that creates a printer version of web articles, a cloud application to ensure consistent use of your firm's templates, and an application that mirrors your iOS device onto your computer or Android device. Don't miss the next issue.

LEGAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT THAT REFLECTS LAW FIRM REALITY

Lawyers have an unpredictable job. For example, clients — some of them from the distant past — will contact you out of the blue with questions. This makes it challenging to enter time and other information into the structured fields of practice management systems. You just don't have the time in the heat of the moment so instead you use a scrap of paper that you inevitably forget about or lose. A new technology promises to break this vicious cycle.

Actionstep 14.7 … in One Sentence

Launched today, Actionstep 14.7 is a cloud accounting, billing, and practice management application that automates tasks via workflows.

The Killer Feature

Like other practice management applications, Actionstep stores structured data. This is a necessity so that for example an email address resides in a designated place and acts the way it should when clicked.

However, the new version of Actionstep has a "Scratch Pad" for quickly entering unstructured information when you're in a rush. Later when your day calms down, you can convert these notes into structured data such as calendar events, contacts, tasks, time entries, etc.

Actionstep can remind you to revisit your notes so that you don't fall behind. Each user's Scratch Pad is private, enabling you to brain dump without worrying about anyone else reading your unpolished notes.

The company spent a lot of time testing Scratch Pad with volunteer lawyers to optimize the user experience. "Scratch Pad is a great example of how we are shaping the software to match the way lawyers instinctively think and work," Actionstep CEO Ted Jordan told us.

Other Notable Features

Also new, the Activity Log provides a Facebook-style news feed of what you and your colleagues have done recently — new matters, updates on existing matters, task assignments, etc.

The Activity Log complements Actionstep's signature Workflows technology, which guides users through each step of complex yet routine tasks such as client intake, court-specific litigation deadlines, checklists for specific types of documents, etc. Workflows essentially tell everyone "what's next" (and who should handle it) while the Activity Log tells everyone "what happened" (including new steps added to Workflows). Together, these two technologies aim to provide quality control throughout your firm.

A step in a Workflow may involve creating a document. Thanks to Actionstep's built-in document assembly engine and integration with Microsoft Office, you can store Word templates within Actionstep, fill in merge fields with data from a client's record, and store the final document in a specific matter. The document assembly technology also enables you to create web templates for clients to fill out, and send personalized bulk email messages such as for billing. Actionstep integrates with HotDocs for more advanced document assembly.

Other features include Outlook and Gmail plugins for saving email and attachments within a matter, and general ledger and trust accounting so that you need not pay for a separate accounting solution or deal with integration and duplicate data hassles.

What Else Should You Know?

Actionstep costs $60 per user per month. It works in all desktop and mobile web browsers. You can try it for free. The company offers a growing library of preconfigured and customizable Workflows in its online store such as its popular U.S. Litigation Pack. Learn more about Actionstep 14.7.

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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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Coming Attractions | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

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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Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Fat Friday | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Presentations/Projectors | Privacy/Security | Utilities

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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Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | Privacy/Security | TL Answers | Utilities

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.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
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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

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

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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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Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL Answers

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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