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Dropbox Project Infinite Controversy Plus 58 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 59 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.

Six Software Platforms Worth Investing In

Cloud-Based Subscription Software or Desktop Version?

Review: iAnnotate (Video)

A Cure for Digital Addicts' "Text Neck"?

Dinner is Shipped

Congratulations to Mariella Moon of Engadget on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Dropbox Project Infinite Controversy

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Entertainment/Hobbies/Recreation | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Review of TrialWorks; Tables of Contents Tips; Filing Client Email in Active and Closed Matters

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, May 13, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

David Rapoport, Review Of TrialWorks

Tom Trottier, Tips For Creating A Table Of Contents In Word

Fredric Gruder, How I File Client Email For Active And Closed Matters

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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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 | Document Management | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

BlueStylus Seeks to Offer the Best Value in Cloud Billing Software

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, May 6, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud billing software that might have the lowest price in its category (see article below), a service that enables you to connect cloud apps to create automated workflows, a social media scheduling app, and an iOS calendar app. Don't miss the next issue.

When law firms look at their credit card statements, they see an increasing number of software subscriptions, one of which never comes under scrutiny — their Exchange email service. For this reason, when law firms consider adding another app to their workflow, they ask, "How much will it cost, and will it integrate with my email?"

BlueStylus … in One Sentence

Launched recently, BlueStylus is cloud billing software that also offers document sharing and email integration at a comparatively low price of $7 per user per month without an annual contract commitment.

The Killer Feature

BlueStylus connects directly to your inbox or any other folder in your Exchange email account. Once connected, it can automatically file your incoming and outgoing email and attachments in the corresponding matter.

This works by placing the matter number in the subject line or anywhere else in an email message. BlueStylus recognizes this matter number and files your message and any attachments. It then captures all future replies related to this initial message. You can also manually file email messages that don't have an embedded matter number.

Other Notable Features

Upon logging into your account, the main Dashboard lists key performance indicators such as revenue, matter distribution, a summary of billings per timekeeper, etc. You can drill down into any of these items.

The intake process for new matters automatically checks for conflicts and saves a report if needed someday. Along with your email, BlueStylus stores documents. You can see who uploaded a document and when. Other practice management features include automated workflows for sequential tasks that notify the next person in line, a calendar for matter-related events, and a client portal for securely sharing documents with clients.

Matters and timekeepers can have default billing rates. You enter time by using the timer or the quick entry form at the top of the Time dashboard. Either way, you can add a note to your time entries in addition to a billing code. The Time dashboard also lists your unbilled time such as events on the calendar, completed tasks, etc.

In accordance with your internal controls, invoices can require several approvals before they're printed or emailed. An interactive Aging Report enables you to email delinquent clients. When you get paid, you apply the payment so that BlueStylus matches your accounting system.

What Else Should You Know?

BlueStylus has an on-boarding process that walks you through all the key settings such as your firm name and logo, users and their billing rates, the invoice template you want to use, billing codes (UTBMS is an option), email credentials for sending invoices (works with any email address), active matters, etc. BlueStylus works in all desktop browsers. A mobile app for iOS and Android enables you to use BlueStylus on the go. Learn more about BlueStylus.

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So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Document Management | TL NewsWire

Review of Box Business Plus Battle of the Tablets

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, April 8, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: New Jersey lawyer Edward J. Zohn believes that all solos and small law firms need a cloud storage solution so he's on a quest to find the best one for you. Today in SmallLaw, Ed reviews Box Business, including setup and administration, folder and file sharing, security, Microsoft Office integration on Windows and iPad, user experience, and more. No spendthrift, Ed also assesses Box Business' value. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for Laptop Magazine's shootout among the Surface Pro 4, 12.9-Inch iPad Pro, and 9.7-Inch iPad Pro.

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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: Coming Attractions | Document Management | SmallLaw

Review of Amicus Cloud (Including Email and Dropbox Integration); Review of Zola Suite; Offsite Backup Options

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 25, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

David Scott Heier, Review Of Amicus Cloud (Including Email And Dropbox Integration)

Stephen Silverberg, Review Of Zola Suite (Practice Management)

Tom Trottier, Offsite Backup Options; Fireproof Safes Not Really Fireproof

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Serendipity
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: Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Review of Dropbox Business Plus Inside Loevy & Loevy

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 11, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Ready to ditch your file server? New Jersey lawyer Edward J. Zohn can help you answer this question. In this issue of SmallLaw, Ed reviews Dropbox Business, including setup and administration, folder and file sharing, security, Microsoft Office integration, user experience, and more. Always looking out for your wallet, Ed also assesses Dropbox Business' value proposition. This is the first of our redesigned product reviews — more comprehensive than ever. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for a behind the scenes look at Chicago law firm Loevy & Loevy.

How to Receive SmallLaw
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: Coming Attractions | Document Management | SmallLaw

Review of Citrix ShareFile Plus 53 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 54 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 Cloud Loophole

Say Yes to a Practice Management System

Review: Razer Blade Stealth

Technology Competence: New Wine in an Old Ethical Bottle

Congratulations to Robert J. Ambrogi of Law Practice Magazine on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Citrix ShareFile

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Beware of Genius Rescue; How TL NewsWire Works; Reviews of Actionstep; Review of NetDocuments; FBI v. Apple

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 4, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Wells Anderson, Beware Genius Rescue; TL NewsWire Due Diligence?

Charles Drayson, Review of ActionStep and NetDocuments

Ted Jordan, Actionstep as a Cloud Replacement for Time Matters

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Serendipity
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: Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Amicus Premium 2016 Offers a Desktop Experience From Any Device

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, February 26, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a practice management system that offers a desktop experience in your web browser (see article below), an online backup service with Dropbox-like functionality, a NetDocuments add-on for electronic signatures, and an iOS app for tracking packages. Don't miss the next issue.

Practice management software resides at the center of your practice. However, your practice is not always centered at your office. Therefore, it has become essential for practice management software to travel with you — but without you giving up any functionality.

Amicus Attorney Premium 2016 … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Gavel & Gown Software's Amicus Attorney Premium 2016 is a popular practice management system with a new focus on remote access.

The Killer Feature

The new version of Amicus Premium offers full access from any web browser, including on Windows, Mac, and iPad. Your firm's data remains on-premise at your firm.

Amicus Premium in the browser offers the same features as the core Windows program with an optimized user experience. For example, on an iPad interaction elements are sized for fingers rather than a mouse pointer. When you login, the main dashboard displays appointments, telephone messages, unbilled activity and unposted time entries, tasks and deadlines, and a tip.

Other Notable Features

During a demo, Gavel & Gown president Ron Collins said that law firms want to reduce the number of products they need to buy and manage. To this end, Amicus Premium offers significantly enhanced document management. New features include versioning so that you never lose any work, preview and zoom for viewing documents in hundreds of formats, and check-in/out for preventing changes while you work on a document.

Searches list the current version of documents by default, but you can also search prior versions. With Amicus Premium's famous "Do" button, you can now launch Word, time your work, and save the document to the appropriate matter. Integrations with Microsoft Office further enable you to capture all email and documents in Amicus Premium.

Gavel & Gown also lavished a lot of attention on communications. Amicus Premium now groups calls, email, and internal messages. Related features include rules-based auto-filing, and a filter for finding messages by date, matter, to/from, etc. Integration with Office 365 and Exchange powers the email functionality.

A new Client Portal with your firm's logo and letterhead enables you to exchange secure messages with clients, have clients complete forms for documents, and share documents.

Other new features include improved mass billing, support for LEDES billing formats, client receipts, an Apple-like installer, and automatic updates. In all, you'll find more than 35 new features plus of course the core practice management functions — contacts, calendars, matters, billing, notes, research, etc.

"Amicus Premium 2016 is packed with features and enhancements to help legal professionals stay ahead of the ever evolving demands being placed on them," says Collins. "We focused on simplifying workflows, saving our users valuable time while equipping them with the necessary tools to beat the competition."

What Else Should You Know?

Amicus Premium supports Office 2016 and Windows 10 as well as earlier versions. Pricing starts at $849 with upgrades at $649. Learn more about Amicus Attorney Premium 2016.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Document Management | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Review of Repstor; Setting the Record Straight on Worldox and Dragon; PDF-to-Word Conversion

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, December 17, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

David Roper, Review of Repstor for Archiving Outlook Email in PDF Format

Paul Mansfield, Setting the Record Straight on Worldox Document Types

Kurt Walberg, How I Use Dragon NaturallySpeaking in My Practice

Sara Austin, PDF-to-Word Conversion Using Acrobat Pro

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | TL Answers
 
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