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Review of Workshare Professional 9 Plus Referral Opportunities

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 14, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Microsoft Word lacks finesse when tracking changes or comparing documents. Workshare Compare, part of the Workshare Professional 9 suite, contains more precise change tracking and document comparison tools. In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and legal technology consultant Seth Rowland uses these tools to determine whether Workshare Professional represents a good value for small law firms. Seth also explores the other apps in the suite — Workshare Protect and Workshare Connect. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn how not to blow a referral opportunity.

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | SmallLaw

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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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

A Boston Law Firm's Favorite Cloud Services Plus 56 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, July 6, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 57 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.

9 Things Lawyers Need to Know About Slack

Four Ways to Boost Your Gmail Productivity

The Best Smartphones (July 2015)

Your Online Subscriptions Calculator

Congratulations to Nicole Black of Above the Law on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: A Boston Law Firm's Favorite Cloud Services

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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 | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud

A Law Firm System; Listen to Articles and Email; Acrobat v. Foxit; WordPerfect X7 Copy Protection; Pedometer Apps

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, May 15, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Aaron Zimmerman, Our Law Firm's Technology System and Core Programs

Neil Squillante, Tip: Listen to Articles and Email on Android and iOS

Silvio Nardoni, Acrobat Pro v. Foxit; Secure Cloud Storage for Lawyers

Bobby Abrams, WordPerfect X7's Copy Protection

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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.

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Adobe Document Cloud: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, March 19, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud PDF service with tools for paperless workflows (see article below), practice and project management software for midsize and large law firms, a portable Bluetooth keyboard that fits in your pocket, and Windows virtualization software. Don't miss the next issue.

RETHINKING PDF SOFTWARE FOR A MULTI-DEVICE WORLD

Unlike most technologies, the PDF format becomes more powerful and downright invaluable with each new leap forward. Digital signatures, scanners, mobile devices, and of course the cloud have all made the mighty PDF even mightier. The biggest player in the PDF software world (and inventor of the format) just took the wraps off its next-generation PDF platform.

Adobe Document Cloud … in One Sentence

Announced this week and launching soon, Adobe Document Cloud is a service for creating paperless workflows.

The Killer Feature

Adobe offers a cloud storage service called Acrobat.com, a digital signature service called EchoSign, and a mobile app called Adobe Reader. Adobe Document Cloud replaces all three with the mobile app renamed Acrobat DC. Acrobat XI and Microsoft Office 365 also integrate with Adobe Document Cloud.

Other Notable Features

A number of apps exist that can scan a document using the camera on your smartphone or tablet. However, these scans never look as good as the output from a dedicated scanner because of shadows and imperfect perspectives when snapping the photo. Adobe claims that Acrobat DC eliminates these imperfections so well that the resulting documents are suitable for archival purposes.

Acrobat DC supports editing of documents you scan thanks to automatic optical character recognition. If you scan a document with form fields, Acrobat DC can convert it into a form on the fly that you can fill out on your mobile device. You can also electronically sign both Word and PDF documents, the former thanks to the integration with Office 365.

Because your documents reside in the cloud, any changes you make become available everywhere, including on your Mac or PC via your web browser, Acrobat XI (PDF), and Word (DOCX). The document manager in Adobe Document Cloud supports nested folders for organization.

What Else Should You Know?

You can gain access to Adobe Document Cloud by subscribing to Acrobat XI for $14.99 per month. This also enables you to install Acrobat XI Professional on your Mac or PC. Alternatively, you can subscribe to Adobe Document Cloud alone at a lower but as of yet unannounced price. Learn more about Acrobat Document Cloud.

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FactBox: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud case analysis application (see article below), a Windows taskbar utility, cloud project and task management software, and an Outlook add-on for searching your email. Don't miss the next issue.

CASE ANALYSIS MEETS THE CLOUD

Pity the Sisyphean litigators of yesteryear who used word processing software to painstakingly create and maintain digests connecting facts and issues. And pity the clients who overpaid for this manual labor. Wait. Yesteryear? Many litigators still don't use case analysis software, which uses a database to crunch facts and issues. Perhaps the cloud and its user experience advantages can turn the tide.

FactBox … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Lynx Workflow's FactBox is a cloud application for case analysis.

The Killer Feature

Once you enter facts and connect them to issues and subissues, you can slice and dice the data in various reports.

For example, you can generate an old school chronology listing all the facts by date. This report can take the form of a memorandum or table. Similarly, you can create a digest listing all the facts associated with a given issue.

You can customize reports, choosing whether to include items such as Key Date, Title, Content, Sources, and Contributor (your colleagues). When finalized, you can export reports in Word format.

In addition to assigning one or more issues to a fact, you can also assign customizable tags. You could create a tag for a deponent after which you can generate a report for this tag with all the facts and issues to cover in the deposition.

Other Notable Features

You start using FactBox by creating a case. Facts can consist of your notes, deposition testimony, discovery documents, photographs, etc. You enter notes and testimony using FactBox's rich text editor. The text editor has tools for character formatting, highlighting, and paragraph indenting.

You link source documents to facts. FactBox handles all popular document formats such as Word and PDF. As you enter facts and documents, you apply issues and tags as well as a Key Date if applicable.

Other features include the ability to view data by any parameter, second-level sorting (e.g., sort by issue and then by date), unlimited cases, and multiple accounts (for contract lawyers).

FactBox is hosted on redundant servers in physically secure datacenters in the United States. The company routinely hires audit firms to evaluate its security with penetration tests.

What Else Should You Know?

FactBox runs in all major desktop and mobile web browsers. You can also use it via the desktop Mac and Windows apps. FactBox costs $49 per month for one user and 1 TB of data, $179 per month for up to 5 users and 3 TB of data, $329 per month for up to 15 users and 5 TB of data, and $499 per month for unlimited users and unlimited data. The company discounts annual plans. You can try FactBox for free. Learn more about FactBox.

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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

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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

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MetaJure, contentCrawler, Symphony; Review of Surface Pro 3; Cost Recovery; Android Tablets and Iowa E-Filing

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, January 29, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Mark Chernoff, Software for Searching Lots of Documents

Charles Stotter, Review: Surface Pro 3 (Plus Where to Buy One)

Bryan Sims, How I Charge for Scanning, Printing, Faxing, Copying

Mark Olberding, Android Tablets Now Compatible With Iowa's E-Filing System

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TL NewsWire Top 10 and Top 25 Products of 2014 Awards

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

You and your fellow TL NewsWire subscribers have done it again. You've chosen the winners of the TL NewsWire Top 10 and Top 25 Products of 2014 Awards.

Here's how you did it. We reported on nearly 200 new products in TL NewsWire this year. When you clicked to visit a product's website and learn more you also voted for that product. These clicks are more meaningful than if we subjectively chose the winners. Besides, who better to judge what's hot and what's not than lawyers and law firm administrators like you?

You'll notice several themes as you read through the winning products — document automation, document management, integrations (especially with Microsoft Office), and litigation management.

Without further ado …

WINNERS OF THE TL NEWSWIRE TOP 10 PRODUCTS OF 2014 AWARD

1. pdfDocs 4.1

The PDF format paved the way for the paperless law office, electronic filing, and the iPad as briefcase. So it's fitting that DocsCorp's pdfDocs 4.1 finds itself in first place. Designed specifically for law firms, pdfDocs 4.1 handles all the basics while also providing advanced tools such as Organizer Project and Binder Project for assembling closing books, deal books, and ebriefs.

2. MetaJure

It's not every year that new software for document management hits the scene, which explains the high level of interest in MetaJure. Unlike traditional document management systems, MetaJure eschews manually-created document profiles in favor of automatic indexing and Google-like search technology.

3. Primafact

In theory, clients pay you to focus on the facts and legal issues, not to organize their case file. Designed for litigation, Primafact keeps all case-related documents and email in a virtual binder. Integration with scanners and built-in optical character recognition (OCR) enables you to add everything that arrives on paper and make it searchable.

4. Lexis for Microsoft Office 4.2

Microsoft Word remains a fixture for legal writing, but Outlook has made inroads as clients often prefer an email message to a formal memo. Lexis for Microsoft Office works within both, enabling you to download all cited cases and other materials. It also checks your quotations and citations.

5. Digital WarRoom Express

Most lawsuits don't have a big budget. At a cost of just $99 per year, Digital WarRoom Express enables you to cull, review, and produce up to 50 GB of email and other electronic data across your cases (it handles up to 500 document formats). The Defensibility Log watches your back while you work.

6. Drafting Assistant - Transactional 2.0

Lawyers have long relied on the Deal Proof technology within Drafting Assistant - Transactional for proofreading their Word and WordPerfect documents. The new version integrates with Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clause Library to help you jump-start your drafting.

7. Timestream

Ntrepid's Timestream builds a timeline for your case as you add events and associated details (documents, issues, location, people, etc.). When it's time to discuss settlement or go to trial, you can use Timestream to give your presentation.

8. Transporter Genesis

The cloud is here to stay, but the jury has yet to return a verdict on private versus public cloud. Last year, Connected Data ranked first in the TL NewsWire Top Products Awards with Transporter, its initial private cloud product. Transporter Genesis is like Transporter on steroids, providing Dropbox-like functionality for up to 150 people.

9. MyCase Websites

Every law firm needs a mobile-friendly website so it's no surprise that MyCase Websites is in the top 10. Now just $500, marquee features include a content management system, and responsive design so that your website automatically adjusts to all screen sizes.

10. NetDocuments ndOffice

"Integration" has truly come of age this year. NetDocuments ndOffice essentially places the NetDocuments cloud document management system within Microsoft Office. This means you can open documents from and save documents to NetDocuments without leaving Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

WINNERS OF THE TL NEWSWIRE TOP 25 PRODUCTS OF 2014 AWARD

Congratulations to the next 15 hottest products of 2014 ranked in order by most clicks!

11. Synergy Matters

Synergy Matters combines practice management with document management and automatic time capture. Accordingly, it automatically tracks the time you spend working on your PC. Its cost recovery technology tracks copies, faxes, prints, and scans so you can cover your costs or at least bill for the time you spend at these devices.

12. Actionstep 14.7

Actionstep helped pioneer automated workflows within practice management software. The new Activity Log complements these workflows via a Facebook-style feed that keeps everyone apprised of what's happening across your firm. The new Scratch Pad captures your strokes of brilliance.

13. PhraseExpander Professional 4.0

Why let programming stand between you and document assembly? Nagarsoft's PhraseExpander Professional stores text such as clauses in groups. Using Quick Find, you then insert the material you need to build a document. PhraseExpander Professional integrates with Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.

14. Pathagoras 2014

Like the contestants on Iron Chef, lawyers can create any number of documents from the same core ingredients. Pathagoras keeps your text snippets organized in Collections. Environments further increase your speed by hiding irrelevant Collections. Pathagoras works inside Microsoft Word. It doesn't require any programming.

15. imageFORMULA DR-M160II

Most desktop scanners top out at 30 pages per minute. Canon's imageFORMULA DR-M160II doubles that speed without doubling the footprint (it measures 9.09 x 11.02 x 9.76 inches). The Kofax VRS Elite software included with the scanner removes hole punches, crops and straightens documents, notifies you about hardware problems, and even handles blueprints and other documents with a colored background.

16. TrialPad 4.0

Thanks to TrialPad 4.0 (and TranscriptPad 2.0), Lit Software cemented its reputation as the leading pure play developer of legal iPad apps. The new version of TrialPad has a search box on every screen for quickly pulling up any exhibit. The search results contain thumbnail document previews.

17. Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 has a higher resolution screen than the MacBook Air, which Microsoft has targeted in its advertising campaign. You can add a detachable keyboard and powered stylus. A touch-friendly version of Office remains MIA, but it runs any existing software compatible with Windows 8.

18. Legal Publish

Blogs have gone from curiosity to mainstream to underpowered relic. Legal Publish offers a suite of tools such as role-based privileges, customizable workflows, and a media library for creating more sophisticated online publications. Legal Publish also contains tools for creating proposals, and integrates with email services, social media platforms, customer relationship management apps, and Google Analytics.

19. Worldox for Mac Version 1.15

Too many lawyers use Macs nowadays for providers of document management systems to ignore. Worldox for Mac is a client for the popular Worldox GX3 document management system. Worldox for Mac integrates with Apple Mail and Microsoft Outlook so that you can save client-related email and attachments to Worldox GX3.

20. WordPerfect Office X7 Legal Edition

The legal industry remains a stronghold for WordPerfect. Corel responded this year by including Perfect Authority with the Legal Edition for the creation of tables of authorities. Perfect Authority supports Bluebook, California Style Manual, Florida Rule 9.800, and Louisiana Public Domain formats.

21. PeopleMap on WestlawNext

Lawyers often forget their role as gumshoe. PeopleMap on WestlawNext enables you to unearth gems from blogs, chat rooms, and social networks, as well as photos and business data. Unlike other public records services, PeopleMap shows you non-obvious connections that may lead you to hidden assets. Google Maps integration literally puts these assets on the map.

22. Equil Smartpen 2

Atlantis. El Dorado. Smartpens. When a legend has such appeal, it's hard to give up on it. Ludia's Equil Smartpen 2 works on paper, stores what you write without the need for any other device, transfers your notes to your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, or Android device, and converts your handwriting to editable text.

23. Varidesk Pro Plus

You'd like to stand up for telephone calls, but you can't bear to part with your mahogany desk. Varidesk Pro Plus transforms any desk into a standup desk by adding up to 17.625 vertical inches. The two levels house your monitor and/or a laptop, and your mouse and keyboard respectively.

24. CosmoLex

CosmoLex takes a finance-centric approach to practice management. Its conflicts checking and trust accounting tools enable you to efficiently intake new clients. A cloud application that stores data only in domestic datacenters, CosmoLex also offers billing, calendars, cost recovery, task management, and time tracking.

25. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Legal

The latest version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking tears down some of the remaining barriers to speech recognition. You no longer need to train the software or buy a pricy microphone. In a reversal of roles, Dragon NaturallySpeaking can read what you write back to you.

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