join now
newsletters
topics
topics
advertise with us ABA Journal Blawg 100 Award 2009 ABA Journal Blawg 100 Award 2008
Subscribe (RSS Feed)TechnoLawyer Feed

Review of Calendly and the Necessity of Scheduling Apps; WordPerfect and Tables of Authorities; iPad v. Laptop; Making Scans Editable

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review Of Calendly And The Necessity Of Scheduling Apps For Busy People

Philip Olenick, How To Create Tables Of Authorities And Contents With WordPerfect

Mike Brem, iPad V. Laptop

Fredric Gruder, Review: OmniPage Pro For Making Scans Editable

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

How to Receive TL Serendipity
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 | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity

WordPerfect Office X8 Aims to Help Law Firms Streamline Their Software Portfolios

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, May 20, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a word processing suite with legal and PDF tools (see article below), an iPad Pro case that may reduce the risk of theft, a gadget to help you sleep better by reducing external noise, and an email app designed to save you time. Don't miss the next issue.

It's fun to learn about new software products, but implementation? Not so much fun. Accordingly, the more each application can do, the fewer applications you need, the less money you spend, and the less training is required. Call it Suite's Law since such multifunction products often reside in a suite.

WordPerfect Office X8 … in One Sentence

Launched earlier this month, WordPerfect Office X8 (X8) is the latest edition of the most popular legal-specific word processing suite.

The Killer Feature

Corel relied heavily on feedback from legal users during the development of X8. The end result is a word processor with legal-specific features that obviates additional products.

For example, X8 contains advanced PDF tools. In addition to creating PDF documents, you can convert PDF scans to editable WPD documents thanks to built-in OCR. Reveal Codes enable you to clean up any odd formatting. You can also create PDF forms with X8, including drop-down menus, tool tips, and electronic signatures. Other PDF features include support for PDF/A and document security.

X8 also includes a number of built-in legal tools such as Bates Numbers and Pleading Paper (you can design your own). AfterShot 2 is a nondestructive photo organizer and editor with a $40 value that Corel now includes at no charge. The only extra that costs extra is Perfect Authority for automating the creation of tables authorities in briefs ($164.99).

"There may be more productivity apps around than ever, but lawyers quickly find that most simply aren't powerful enough to rely on," Senior Product Manager Cindy Howard tells us. "We asked our power users to tell us the most important improvements we could make in X8 for their workflows — and then we delivered."

Other Notable Features

Corel also set out to deliver some crowd pleasers for longtime fans. For example, you can now display Reveal Codes on the left or ride side of your monitor as there tends to be more unused space there than below your document. Additionally, you can adjust the color and other Reveal Codes settings, and save the Reveal Codes of a particular document in a separate document for review. X8 now includes a Reveal Codes glossary for any shorthand you don't understand.

The many law firms that use their own templates will welcome the new Template Viewer. You can create as many custom templates as needed and store them in a nested hierarchy. X8 automatically creates thumbnails of each template to make it easier for your staff to find the one they need.

Back in the early days of computing, lawyers and staff would often place an official WordPerfect Keyboard Template over their function keys for one stroke access to key features such as macros. With the ability to customize function keys, this one-size-fits all overlay became a relic. But now it's back — you can print a customized Keyboard Template that maps to your function keys.

Other features include an improved Macro Manager, the ability to hide any menu item and lock toolbars to reduce helpdesk calls, the option to include spaces in word and character counts, increased levels of Undo, short form citations in Perfect Authority, and support for high resolution monitors.

What Else Should You Know?

WordPerfect Office X8 Standard Edition sells for $249.99 (Full) or $159.99 (Upgrade). However, Bar Association members can purchase the full suite for $124.99. WordPerfect Office X8 runs on Windows 7 and later. Learn more about WordPerfect Office X8.

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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | TL NewsWire

Review of TrialWorks; Tables of Contents Tips; Filing Client Email in Active and Closed Matters

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, May 13, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

David Rapoport, Review Of TrialWorks

Tom Trottier, Tips For Creating A Table Of Contents In Word

Fredric Gruder, How I File Client Email For Active And Closed Matters

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

How to Receive TL Serendipity
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 | Document Management | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Ulysses Combines Word Processing With Document Managament

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an integrated app for writing and storing all your documents (see article below), a task management add-in for Outlook, a clipping and annotation utility, and a black and white laser printer with a small footprint. Don't miss the next issue.

Email is so important (or at least voluminous) that email apps offer both a writing environment and document management tools such as folders and search. Given how much time lawyers spend writing documents — most of it alone in their office — a similar unified system makes sense for word processing.

Ulysses 2.5 … in One Sentence

Launched last month, The Soulmen GbR's Ulysses 2.5 is an integrated writing environment for Macs and iOS devices.

The Killer Feature

Ulysses looks like an email app with customizable folders (called Lists) along the left that contain your documents. Smart Lists also exist such as "All," "Last 7 Days," and "Trash." You can create your own Smart Lists using Smart Tags. Filters and full-text searching also help you find documents.

Ulysses automatically saves your work in your iCloud account, enabling you to access the same documents on a Mac, iPad, and iPhone without having to worry about file management. A conflict resolution tool exists if a sync error occurs or you work on the same document on two devices without an Internet connection.

You write in plain text using an easy-to-learn markup syntax for headings, bullets, numbering, etc. Customizable paragraph styles map to this syntax for previews and when you export. Speaking of which, you can export documents in Word and PDF formats, including the styles. Ulysses also outputs to plain text, ePub, and HTML, and integrates with the blogging platform Medium.

Other Notable Features

Ulysses seeks to offer distraction-free writing. The optional Typewriter Scrolling feature always keeps the line you're typing at the center of the screen. Every function in Ulysses has a keyboard equivalent to keep your hands in place, including adding footnotes, hyperlinks, and images. Other features designed to get you in the zone include full-screen, dark (light text on a black background), and minimal (tools disappear) modes.

You can set goals for a document such as word count. Even without a goal, Ulysses offers live statistics. In complex documents, you can group different sections and collapse the groups you're not working on, attach notes, add bookmarks, annotate and comment, search and replace, and create a glossary of keywords. Ulysses keeps all versions of a document, enabling you to revert back anytime.

Ulysses takes advantage of services built into Apple's operating system such as dictation, text-to-speech, special characters, spell check, grammar check, auto-correction, dictionary, and thesaurus.

What Else Should You Know?

You can import Word and other documents into Ulysses using several methods, including Dropbox. You can also export documents to Dropbox. The Ulysses Mac app costs $44.99. The iOS app costs $24.99. Learn more about Ulysses.

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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | TL NewsWire

Tech Tips for New Law Firms; Roundup of Advice on Converting Paper to Word Format

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, March 17, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Mary Brooksby, Technology Tips for the New Law Firm

John Hightower, Two Options for Converting Paper to Word Format

Mark Peneguy, How to Convert PDF to Word Using Acrobat Pro

Ben Ballard, Converting Paper to Word Format Easier Than Ever but Try This First

Cynthia Zook, Tip: Word and WordPerfect Can Convert a PDF Document

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

How to Receive TL Serendipity
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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Law Office Management | TL Serendipity

Review of SmartAdvocate; Keeping Documents in Sync Without the Cloud; Microsoft Word Training Options

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 4, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Philip Franckel, Review of SmartAdvocate (Practice Management for Personal Injury)

Peter Conway, How I Keep Documents in Sync Without Cloud Storage Services

Paul Purdue, Review of Barron Henley for Microsoft Word Training

Paul Mansfield, Online Training for Microsoft Word

Jason Pink, Review of Legal Office Guru

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

How to Receive TL Serendipity
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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

The Evils of the Comma Splice; CRM v. Practice Management; Acrobat Pro v. Power PDF for PDF-Word Conversions

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, February 26, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

John Hightower, The Evils of the Comma Splice

Donald Coker, The Difference Between CRM and Practice Management

Pam Rolph, Review: Acrobat Pro v. Power PDF for PDF-Word Conversions

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

How to Receive TL Serendipity
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 | CLE/News/References | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

How to Use Word Templates Effectively Plus 40 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, February 22, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: 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 BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

Firm Central Offers Exclusive Integrations and New Billing Features

CosmoLex and Casemaker Integrate

Our iPad Pro Case Picks

Texting While Walking Isn't Funny Anymore

Congratulations to Susan Harkins of TechRepublic on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Use Word Templates Effectively

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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | BlawgWorld Newsletter | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Legal Research | Practice Management/Calendars | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

TL Serendipity: How I Use Two Monitors; Reviews of Power PDF, Varidesk, Affinity Consulting; Sitting v. Standing; Clio v. Time Matters

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, February 19, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Annie Williams, How I Use Two Monitors; Reviews Of Power PDF, Varidesk; Sitting V. Standing

Richard Marx, Clio V. Time Matters From A Consultant For Both

Mary Kay Cassidy, Review: Affinity Consulting For Microsoft Word Training

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

How to Receive TL Serendipity
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 | Monitors | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Why Solos Shouldn't Practice Solo; Mac Desktop Search; Reviews of BigHand, Path Finder, Perfect Authority; Old ScanSnaps on Windows 7, 8, 10

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, February 11, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Chet Lustgarten, Why Solos Should Not Practice Solo Plus Review of BigHand

Joe Bahgat, Desktop Search Options on Mac; Review: Path Finder

Blair Clark, Review: Perfect Authority

Nathan Davis, Old ScanSnap Models With Windows 7, 8, and 10

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

How to Receive TL Serendipity
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 | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Law Office Management | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Networking/Operating Systems | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity | Utilities
 
home my technolawyer search archives place classified blog login