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Tablet-Induced Insomnia and Eye Strain; Organizing Documents With Tags; Personal Injury Software; Dictation; Acrobat DC Security

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, September 3, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Anita Roessmann, Tablet-Induced Insomnia and Eye Strain; Review of f.lux

Neil Squillante, How to Organize Your Documents by Practice Areas and Document Types

Donald Coker, PracticeMaster and Tabs3 in a Personal Injury Practice

Chet Lustgarten, Tip: Use Dictation to "Copy and Paste"; BigHand Review

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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 | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Make PDF Page Numbers Match Reality; Judgment Calculations; Hard Cost Recovery Tip; Custom Screens in Amicus Attorney

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Kathleen Cully, How to Get PDF Page Numbers to Match Reality Using Acrobat; Soda PDF

Tom Trottier, Tip: Free Software for Calculating Judgments

John Ahern, Tip: Make Clients Pay Directly for Hard Costs

Caren Schwartz, Creating Custom Screens and Reports in Amicus Attorney

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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 | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Reviews of PCLaw, Time Matters, Surface Pen; Time Card; TOA and TOC in WordPerfect; PDF Page Number Matching

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

David Hudgens, Review: PCLaw and Time Matters Separate and Together

Thomas Sennett, Review: Surface Pro 3 With Surface Pen for Note-Taking

Virginia McMichael, Review: Time Card for Android

Karl M. Rowe, How to Create Table of Authorities and Contents in WordPerfect

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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 | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

How to Automate Your Email Follow-Up Plus 61 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 10, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 62 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.

Cloud Practice Management Software Roundup

The 29 New Apps Included With Windows 10

The Best iPad Keyboard

Artificial Intelligence in Law Practice

Congratulations to Ernie Svenson of PaperlessChase.com on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Automate Your Email Follow-Up

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Monitors | Networking/Operating Systems | Practice Management/Calendars | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Reviews of CaseManager, Scannable; Future of Portable Scanners; Windows 10 in Law Firms; WordPerfect DOS

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 7, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Patrick Stiehm, Review: CaseManager

Neil Squillante, Review of Scannable and the Future of Portable Hardware Scanners

Thomas Stirewalt, Why Law Firms Should Avoid Windows 10

Danny McDonald, Why WordPerfect on DOS Ruled (And How I Still Kind of Use It)

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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 | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Smokeball: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a practice management system that integrates with Microsoft Word for document assembly and Microsoft Outlook for email (see article below), an iPhone app that enables you to chat using email, a budget Android smartphone, and a dashboard for iPhone and Apple Watch. Don't miss the next issue.

WHAT SMALL LAW FIRMS REALLY WANT FROM PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Even small law firms have many moving parts. This explains the word "system" in the term "practice management system." When shopping for these products, lawyers don't just want features. They want integrations and help setting up and using the integrations. In short, they want a "system," not just an app.

Smokeball … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Smokeball is a practice management system with integrated document assembly, document management, and email, as well as accompanying setup and training.

The Killer Feature

Smokeball integrates with Microsoft Outlook and Word via add-ins. For example, using client and matter data in Smokeball, you can auto-populate a Word template. Smokeball saves the draft and final document in the applicable matter after which you can email it to your client via Outlook. Smokeball likewise stores this email message and all future related email and attachments automatically.

"Smokeball integrates case management with sophisticated document automation," Smokeball president Jane Oxley tells us. "This means that while we help small law firms get more organized, we also genuinely empower them to get more done every day.

Other Notable Features

Every matter in Smokeball has an associated Matter Screen, a dashboard listing a snapshot, recent documents and email, upcoming appointments and tasks, and notes. Each Matter screen displays different information specific to the type of case. Smokeball offers a variety of matter layouts that get added to your account at the time of setup. For example, the snapshot for a real estate matter can list the buyer, seller, and property details. Meanwhile, a criminal DUI matter can list key information such as arresting officer, blood alcohol level, ticket numbers, and prior convinctions. You can drill down from a Matter Screen to whatever you need.

The document assembly templates in Smokeball can generate any type of document — agreements, briefs, court forms, deeds, letters, trusts, etc. The company helps you set up your first 15 templates. During this process, you learn how to create your own so that you can continue to build your library.

In addition to storing all documents it helps you create, Smokeball can store all your firm's other documents too. You can import entire folders or one document at a time. You can also scan directly into Smokeball through its integration with ScanSnap scanners.

Similarly, Smokeball can save email that originated in Outlook. You tag the email thread with the appropriate matter after which these messages and attachments appear in Smokeball along with threads that you began in Smokeball. As with email, Smokeball's calendars and tasks also integrate with Outlook via the add-in. This enables you to enter appointments and tasks just once in either application.

Other features include contact management, full-text search, and document versioning so you can revert to earlier versions.

What Else Should You Know?

Smokeball runs as a Windows desktop application with your data synced to Smokeball's cloud, enabling you to access your account from any PC as well as from your iPhone and iPad via the free iOS app. With Smokeball's cloud serving as your back end, you don't need a server in your office. Smokeball costs $69 per user per month. The cost of setup and training depends on the size of your firm. Learn more about Smokeball.

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Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Translating Dragon's Accuracy; Cost Recovery; Large File Transfers; PCLaw-Time Matters Integration; Timekeeping on the Go

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 9, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Steven Schwaber, Translating Nuance's Accuracy Claims for Dragon

Mark Chernoff, Cost Recovery, Hard v. Soft Costs, Large File Transfers

Pat Cunningham, Integrating PCLaw 14 and Time Matters 14

Caren Schwartz, Three Apps for Timekeeping on the Go

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Review of Worldox; Consultants Versus Technical Support; Calculating Judgment Balances

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 2, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Cynthia Zook, Review of Worldox: Document Types, Customization, and More

Colleen Heine, Certified Consultants Versus Technical Support

Robert Price, Tip: Calculating Judgement Balances

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Newly Essential Legal Technology; Apple Watch Musings; Apple Watch Step Tracking and Heart Rate Monitoring Myths Busted

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Michael Schwartz, Technology That Has Recently Become Essential for Law Practice

Kalani Patterson, Apple Watch Musings From a Techie and Watch Fan

Neil Squillante, A Deeper Dive Into the Apple Watch's Step Tracking and Heart Rate Monitoring

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Battle Tested Backup Plan for Law Firms; Integrating PCLaw and Time Matters; Paragraph Numbering in Word; Review of Everything

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Karen McCormick, A Battle Tested Backup Plan for Law Firms

Caren Schwartz, Tips for Integrating PCLaw and Time Matters

Terese Driscoll, Simple Paragraph Numbering in Word (Yes It's Possible)

Tom Trottier, Review: Everything for Filename Searches

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