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Reviews of Tabs3, PracticeMaster, Copernic, X1, Olympus DS-7000, DR-2000, QuikScribe, iPhone Dictation Apps

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Harry Salavantis, Review: Tabs3 and PracticeMaster

Steve Long, Review: Copernic Versus X1 for Desktop Search

Lewis Page, Review: Olympus DS-7000, DR-2000, QuikScribe, iPhone

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

Reviews of Wacom Fineline Bluetooth Stylus, Worldox, Symphony, Easy Bates

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Stephen Hayes, Review: Wacom Bamboo Fineline Bluetooth Stylus

Geoff Ormrod, Review: Worldox and Symphony v. DIY Systems

Jason Rose, Review: Easy Bates

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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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Reviews of Directory Opus, Surface Pro 3, SherWeb; Android, PDF, and Other Mobile Musings

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, December 5, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Spencer Stromberg, Document Naming Policy; Review of Directory Opus

Christian Onsager, Review: Surface Pro 3 Weight and Keyboard

Brent Blanchard, Android, PDF, and Other Mobile Musings

Jerry Gonzalez, Review: SherWeb for Hosted Exchange

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PaperPort Paperless Workflow; More iPad Buying Advice; Why Dragon Prints Money; IMAP Versus Exchange; Timeslips

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, November 13, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Jay Willingham, My PaperPort Paperless Workflow

Neil Squillante, Betwixt and Between: iPad Buying Advice

David Rosenbaum, How Dragon NaturallySpeaking Prints Money

Robert Rice, IMAP Versus Exchange

Caren Schwartz, Timeslips on a Surface Pro

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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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iPad Buying Advice; Deposition Transcript Tip; Most Common Timeslips Problems; Reviews of Worldox, X1

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Buying Advice: iPad Air 2 Versus iPad mini 3

Yvonne Renfrew, How to Copy and Paste Deposition Testimony Into a Document

Aaron Craft, The Three Most Common Timeslips Problems; Surface Pro 3

Thomas F. McDow, Review: Worldox; Thoughts on File Naming

Charles Tievsky, Review: X1 and X1 Mobile

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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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MetaJure: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers document management software that automatically indexes your documents and email regardless of their source (see article below), a Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad Air 2, software for creating visual documentation such as software training guides, and a task manager for iOS. Don't miss the next issue.

CAPTURE, INDEX, AND SEARCH 100% OF YOUR FIRM'S DOCUMENTS AUTOMATICALLY

An arms race exists in law firms to keep pace with the growth of documents and email. Manual systems may work for a diligent solo but don't scale. Document management systems scale but are not completely automated (e.g., document profiles). And no search software exists specifically for the legal industry. Well, until now.

MetaJure … in One Sentence

MetaJure is automated document management and document search software designed by lawyers for the needs of law firms and legal departments.

The Killer Feature

MetaJure eschews manual document profiles and tags in favor of automation and search. It automatically captures and indexes all email and attachments, work product (documents you create in Word and other programs), and scans. MetaJure CEO Rob Arnold tells us that even law firms with a document management system tend to capture only half of their content versus MetaJure's ability to capture 100%.

Connecting to every program law firms use would be impossible. Instead, MetaJure connects at the hard drive level much like an operating system. This means you can point MetaJure at new data sources such as computers brought into your firm via a client, lateral hire, merger, etc.

MetaJure integrates with ScanSnap scanners. Thanks to the ISIS standard, it also integrates with virtually all other scanners. MetaJure uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to make scanned documents editable and searchable.

"The powerful automation used to store and retrieve the world's knowledge on the web is the gold standard for document management," says Arnold. "Why should lawyers accept anything less inside their law firms? MetaJure eliminates the need for lawyers to be administrative clerks. It also reduces the risk of noncompliance with record retention rules, a leading cause of malpractice claims according to the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Liability."

Other Notable Features

MetaJure offers a Google-like search experience. This means that you can enter natural language searches, and rely on MetaJure to interpret what you mean. If you want more control, you can take advantage of advanced features such as Boolean operators, fuzzy logic (similar spelling), proximity (exact phrases, words and phrases within a specified distance of one another, etc.), and wildcards (similar words). No matter how you search, you can filter your results by document location, file type, and the creation date.

MetaJure is agnostic regarding other document management software. It works with NetDocuments, Worldox, and other profile-based document management systems. You point MetaJure at these data stores just as you would a hard drive. Similarly, Active Directory integration enables MetaJure to index documents in homegrown SharePoint solutions as well as in Microsoft's forthcoming Matter Center. "There's no expensive conversion to pull in legacy data from various repositories," says Arnold.

What Else Should You Know?

It copies all the documents and email it captures onto this server for both redundancy and speed. This means you can also use MetaJure as part of your document retention policy. You and your colleagues access the server via the free MetaJure client software. You can try MetaJure free for 30 days. Learn more about MetaJure.

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WordPerfect Myths; Review of SoundLink Bluetooth Headphones; Non-Apple iPad Apps on My Dock; Windows Automation

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, October 24, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Karl M. Rowe, Dispelling Myths About Today's WordPerfect

Neil Squillante, Review: Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

Bertrand Paiement, Three Non-Apple Apps That Earned a Spot on My Dock

David O'Connell, Tip: Built-In Automation in Windows

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