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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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Review of Canon ImageFormula DR-C225 Plus 36 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 37 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.

How Lawyers Use Evernote

How to Manually Back Up Your iPhone or iPad

The 2014 Productivityist Holiday Gift Guide

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers

Congratulations to M. David Stone of PCMag.com on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Canon ImageFormula DR-C225 Scanner

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Review of ScanSnap iX100 Mobile Scanner Plus Taming Email

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Originally published in the November 26, 2014 issue of SmallLaw: Business travel involves significant downtime so you may as well lighten your load by scanning documents as you encounter them. In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and legal technology consultant Seth Rowland reviews Fujitsu's ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner. Seth tested the scanner with a Surface Pro, iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphone. He also threw a variety of documents at the ScanSnap iX100 to see what it can handle. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for six apps that can tame your email inbox.

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Pros and Cons of QuickBooks; Review of Copernic, Brother Printers; Foolproof File Naming; Two iPad Questions

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, November 6, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Caren Schwartz, The Pros and Cons of QuickBooks for Law Firms; Time Matters Integration

Barron Henley, Review: Copernic Desktop Search (Full Version)

Tom Trottier, My Foolproof File Naming Syntax

Brooks Miller, Review: Brother Printers

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How Tuesley Hall Konopa Earned Its Three-Word Slogan Plus a Solo's Story

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: South Bend, Indiana law firm Tuesley Hall Konopa is the proverbial big fish in a small pond. With 12 lawyers and 15 staff, it's fairly large for a small city. For this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and journalist Marin Feldman interviewed managing partner Eric Seigel. You'll learn about the firm's marketing plan, its billing, document assembly, document management, and practice management software, and how it minimizes costs for clients without sacrificing quality. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for the story of a solo who took down his shingle.

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Review of Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Plus 87 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 22, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 88 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.

Review: Corel WordPerfect Office X7

Review: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Pants Test for Men

Apple Watch Prices May Shock You

Congratulations to Ernie Svenson of Paperless Chase on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

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imageFORMULA DR-M160II: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a small but powerful scanner with free software worth as much as the scanner (see article below), a database for iPad and iPhone (and Mac) that syncs among your devices, a new version of the cloud DVR for popular WiFi security cameras, and a service for saving and organizing your web bookmarks. Don't miss the next issue.

UNATTENDED SCANNING ARRIVES

Once a luxury, scanners have become required equipment in law firms of all sizes. Now that reliable scanning exists, the next frontier lies in so-called "unattended scanning." Simply put, this means virtually no human interaction required other than inserting the paper. A new scanner aims to provide this experience.

imageFORMULA DR-M160II … in One Sentence

Launched last month, Canon's imageFORMULA DR-M160II (DR-M160II) is a USB desktop-sized scanner with production-class specifications.

The Killer Feature

Canon offers a free upgrade to Kofax VRS Elite when you purchase the DR-M160II. Typically costing more than $1,000, this Windows software plays a key role in unattended scanning by automating tasks that scanner operators typically perform. The result is higher quality scans as well as more accurate optical character recognition (OCR) if you need to edit or search what you scan.

For example, Kofax VRS Elite cleans up hard to scan documents such as blueprints and wrinkled paper, removes hole punches and blank pages, automatically orients documents, normalizes the background of colored documents or replaces the background with the color white, intelligently crops and straightens documents, and alerts you about hardware problems such as parts that need replacement.

Just as importantly, Kofax VRS Elite performs all these tasks without slowing down the DR-M160II, which scans at up to 60 pages per minute (120 images per minute in duplex). Kofax VRS Elite can also store profiles for specific scan jobs so that you need only configure the settings once.

Other Notable Features

Measuring 9.09 x 11.02 x 9.76 inches and weighing 7.2 pounds, the DR-M160II scans at up to 600 dpi. Its automatic document feeder holds up to 60 pages that can differ in size. The scanner handles 7 to 68 pound paper with a width of 2 to 8.5 inches and a length of 2.1 to 14 inches. You can scan up to 7,000 pages per day. New roller technology minimizes jams better than older technologies — another example of Canon's goal of unattended scanning.

The DR-M160II scans into any ISIS- or TWAIN-compatible Windows application and into any TWAIN-compatible Mac applications thanks to included drivers.

The other bundled software for Windows consists of Canon CaptureOnTouch, CapturePerfect, and Nuance eCopyPDF Pro Office. Mac users receive Canon CaptureOnTouch. Both Windows and Mac users can perform OCR as they scan documents, eliminating the need to perform this task in a separate step.

What Else Should You Know?

The DR-M160II connects to your computer via USB. The MSRP is $1,195. Learn more about imageFORMULA DR-M160II.

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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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Lawyer Reviews New Powered iPad Stylus Plus 83 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 84 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 Scanner Factor in Document Management

The Best iPad Apps for Writing

Seven Tasks You Didn't Know Siri Could Handle

The Great Smartphone War

Congratulations to Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Adonit Jot Script (Powered iPad Stylus)

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Replacing Your Outdated Technology; Review of Tablemike; Partial OCR Tip; Blog Backup; Best Fax Service

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Donald Coker, Nine Secrets of a Successful Law Firm Technology Implementation

Mark R. Ensign, Review: Speechware Tablemike Plus Thoughts on NaturallySpeaking

Tom Trottier, How to OCR a Portion of a Page; NSA and Open Source Software

Pamela Coleman, Creating a Local Backup of Your Blog/Website

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