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Subscriptions Inevitable Says Leading Maker of Legal iPad Apps; The Coming Cloud Shake Out; Dragon Microphone Bites the Dust

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Ian O'Flaherty, Like Winter, Software Subscriptions Are Coming (Including Maybe to Our Apps)

Donald Lowrey, The Coming Cloud Practice Management Shake Out

Patrick Lanius, Dragon Microphone Not Supported in iOS 11

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Review of ABBYY FineReader 14

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, October 6, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Every small law firm needs PDF software. And OCR software. And a way to compare documents. ABBYY FineReader 14 combines all three functions into one product. New Jersey lawyer Ed Zohn evaluates these features and others in this issue of SmallLaw. Ed also discusses the setup, user experience, and which of the three versions of FineReader is best suited to small firms. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn why former federal prosecutors are starting small firms instead of working in big law.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

Review of Dragon Anywhere for the Mobile Lawyer

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: On a Mac or PC, it's debatable whether dictation is faster than typing, but on your iPhone dictation wins hands down. However, the free dictation tools in iOS and Android are not professional grade. In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer, podcaster, and MacSparky publisher David Sparks reviews Dragon Anywhere. David discusses how well the various features work, and shares three ways he uses Dragon Anywhere in his business law practice. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for the best Microsoft Word alternatives.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | SmallLaw

Reviews of CoinBase, Telus Business Connect; Using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil in Law Practice; Using Scans as Model Documents

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, July 6, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review of CoinBase

Ken Laska, How I Use an iPad Pro in My Law Practice Plus Review of NoteTakerHD and Apple Pencil

Michael Osborne, Review of Telus Business Connect (RingCentral)

Douglas Thomas, Tip for Using Scans as Model Documents in Word Format

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Online/Cloud | TL Serendipity

The Gear I Use in My Law Practice and Why I Use It; PCLaw; Surface Pro v. iPad; Knowbrainer a No Brainer

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, May 12, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Sara Austin, The Gear I Use in My Law Practice and Why I Use It

Dean Surkin, Making PCLaw Bills More Presentable

Michael Schwartz, Why the Surface Pro 4 Beats the iPad

Davide Migliaccio, Knowbrainer a No Brainer for Dragon Users

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Serendipity

Reviews of Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic, DayLite, Dragon Professional Individual; Thoughts on Number Pads; The Case for PracticeMaster

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Steve Long, Review of Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic

Jeffrey Schoen, Why You'll Have to Pry My Number Pad From My Cold Dead Lawyer Hands

Harry Steinmetz, Review of DayLite Plus Why Mac Lawyers Don't Use It

Edie Owsley-Zimmerman, The Case for PracticeMaster

Douglas Thomas, Review of Dragon Professional Individual

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Computer Accessories | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Email/Messaging/Telephony | TL Serendipity

Review of Logitech MK550 Wave; Switching From Amicus Attorney to Needles; Dragon Professional Tips

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, April 28, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Maxine Aaronson, Review of Logitech MK550 Wave Keyboard and Mouse

Mary Bellusci, Switching From Amicus Attorney to Needles

Steven Polinsky, Review of Dragon Professional for Transcription of Recordings

Christian Onsager, Tip: Using Dragon With a Cheap Headset

Leon Dicker, Always Proofread and Other Dragon Professional Tips

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Computer Accessories | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Review of Unicomp Model M; Review of DAS Model S Ultimate; Review of Dragon Dictate Professional Individual 15; Inside PracticeMaster and Tabs3

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, April 27, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Pat Calta, Review of Unicomp Model M Keyboard

Joe Koplin, Review of DAS Model S Ultimate (Blank Keys)

Randolf Krbechek, Review of Dragon Dictate Professional Individual 15

Donald Coker, Inside PracticeMaster and Tabs3

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Using iPad in Litigation; The Gear I Use in My Law Practice and Why; Tips for Dragon, Dropbox, and Hard Drive Cloning

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, April 20, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Brett Burney, The Many Ways to Use Your iPad in Litigation

Steven Brower, The Gear I Use in My Law Practice and Why

Bill White, Tips on Moving a Dropbox Folder Plus Reviews of Macrium and Carbon Copy Cloner

Christian Onsager, Tips on Being Productive With Dragon

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ABBYY FineReader 14 Includes OCR, PDF, and Document Comparison Tools in One Product

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a Windows application designed to handle your OCR, PDF, and document comparison needs in one product (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of practice management software with a growing library of forms and templates, and built-in document assembly and e-filing, an Outlook add-in that addresses attachment headaches and reduces the risk of career-threatening errors, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Every field has "professional" tools designed to improve overall performance. Golfers use "pro" clubs, musicians "pro" instruments, doctors "pro" diagnostic equipment, etc. Because lawyers create and review documents, many of which exist on paper, they need "pro" OCR, PDF, and document comparison tools — ideally in one product.

ABBYY FineReader 14 … in One Sentence

Launched recently, ABBYY FineReader 14 is all-in-one software for OCR, PDF, and document comparison.

The Killer Feature

A longtime leader in OCR — software that makes scans editable and searchable — ABBYY identified several inefficiencies in law firms. For example, because accurate OCR is essential for redlines, many firms use FineReader for OCR and then switch to a different product for the comparison. Also, up to 30% of PDF documents are effectively invisible because they don't undergo OCR when scanned.

The new version of FineReader addresses these problems by adding PDF and comparison tools alongside its popular OCR tools. "With the latest version of ABBYY FineReader, we help legal professionals easily manage and accomplish all kinds of daily tasks — editing, converting, commenting, and comparing documents, as well as making them searchable for easier access to information — using one, intuitive application," says Kristin Wagener, Director Business Unit Application Software.

Other Notable Features

FineReader prevents documents from falling through the cracks. The Hot Folder technology monitors folders connected to your scanners, performing OCR and naming documents in accordance with your rules. Also, Background Recognition automatically makes image PDF documents you open searchable.

FineReader includes what used to be sold separately as PDF Transformer, which means the PDF tools are mature. You can combine PDF files, reorganize pages, straighten and rotate pages, add bookmarks, apply stamps, and add or edit text. Annotation and commenting tools include the ability to accept/reject changes or reply. Other tools include digital signatures, redaction, and document security settings.

When accuracy is essential such as a document you want to edit, FineReader's OCR environment displays the original image on the left and the recognized document on the right with text in green, tables in blue, and images in red. Thanks to text recognition support for 192 languages plus dictionary support for 48 of them, the Verification tool enables you to review words FineReader is uncertain about and make corrections. When finished, you can export to Microsoft Word and other popular formats.

Rounding out the trio of technologies, FineReader's Comparator technology compares documents in any format (e.g., PDF to Word). The documents appear side by side with their differences highlighted. A hyperlinked index along the right side lists each change and its location. You can share a redline by exporting it as a PDF with the changes displayed as comments.

"ABBYY FineReader has enabled our department to achieve greater efficiencies in our day to day work, and helps us to better support our lawyers and their clients," says Tim Connop, IT Manager, Eversheds. "We have been impressed with the accuracy and reliability of this forward thinking product."

What Else Should You Know?

FineReader requires Windows 7 or later. The Corporate Edition ($399.99) includes all functionality and Hot Folder processing of 5,000 scanned pages per month. The Enterprise Edition ($599.99) doubles Hot Folder processing to 10,000 pages per month. The Standard Edition ($199.99) doesn't include the Hot Folder or redlining tools. ABBYY offers volume discounts. Learn more about ABBYY FineReader 14.

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | TL NewsWire
 
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