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Review of WordPerfect X7 (iPad and Windows); Legal Services Demand and Supply; Multiple Monitors; Spaces After Periods

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, April 18, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Karl M. Rowe, Review: WordPerfect X7 (iPad and Windows); WordPerfect Workflows

Lee D. Cumbie, Legal Fees: Beware the Race to the Bottom

Bill McFarlane, Forget Lawyers: Here's Who Really Needs Multiple Monitors

Harold Burstyn, One or Two Spaces After Periods: A History Lesson

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Review of Word for iPad by a Lawyer Plus 125 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 126 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.

A Guide to Speech Recognition Software

How Word for iPad Manages Your Documents

Review: Fantastical 2.0

Top 10 Takeaways From ABA TECHSHOW 2014

Congratulations to Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Lawyer and iPad Guru Jeff Richardson Reviews Word for iPad

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The Five Best New Large Law Firm Mobile Apps Plus More Doom and Gloom

By Matt Gross | Monday, April 14, 2014

Originally published on March 24, 2014 in our free BigLaw newsletter. Instead of reading BigLaw here after the fact, sign up now to receive future issues in realtime.

While large law firms have bought into mobile websites, most remain skeptical of mobile apps. However, some firms have launched apps. In this issue of BigLaw, LawFirmMobile Blog co-founder Matt Gross (with help from co-founder Neil Rosenbaum) shares his picks for the five best new large firm mobile apps based on criteria such as content, design, and innovation. All five apps are free so you can take a closer look without having to submit an expense report. Also, don't miss the BigLaw Pick of the Week (newsletter only) for yet another report on large firm revenue shrinkage.

THE FIVE BEST NEW LARGE LAW FIRM MOBILE APPS

At LawFirmMobile Blog, we see a lot of large law firms attempt to build mobile apps. Some of these apps provide useful content or services, while others fall fairly flat. In our recent report, we combed through the Am Law 200 and Global 100 to see which firms have apps.

Despite the fact that the majority of US consumers have a smartphone (and likely nearly all corporate counsel), few law firms have developed a mobile strategy. As you know from your own use, a native app provides a better and faster experience than a mobile website. For example, on your smartphone do you use the calendar app or its web counterpart, the email app or webmail, your bank's app or its website, an airline's app or its website? You get the idea.

Here are the statistics:

• 36 firms in the AmLaw 200 have built an app.
• 28 firms in the Global 100 have built an app.

By contrast, the mobile web has steadily made gains at large law firms. Large firms continue to implement mobile websites at a much faster rate than mobile apps. This is likely because mobile websites present an easier to understand value proposition to law firms than apps. A mobile website works on all smartphones.

The Five Best New Apps

Despite the fact that very few law firms have built mobile apps and that many of those apps suffer from poor design, there is a bright side. The total number of apps produced by large law firms is up 62% year over year. And some of them are very good.

In this issue of BigLaw we highlight the five best apps. Our criteria include design and innovation. We especially like those apps that fill a gap or experiment with a new approach to provide value to users. These law firms will benefit as existing and prospective clients discover use their apps. Keep in mind that while we focused on the iPhone versions of these apps here, many are available on Android and other platforms.

1. Bracewell & Giuliani: ShalePlay

Who would have guessed that a law firm with a famous New York mayor among its partners would build an app solely focused on fracking. My family lives in Marcellus Shale territory, so I actually follow this issue with some interest. Bracewell & Giuliani has combined a sharp graphical look with deep knowledge about the gas shale industry. By focusing on a niche area, they delivered a differentiated app that could prove very useful.

2. DLA Piper: Rapid Response

Having just finished watching the finale of Breaking Bad, I can understand that paranoid feeling that the federal authorities might be lined up across the street ready to break down my door. DLA Piper has designed an app for just this scenario and many others. In all seriousness, there is a wealth of information here on civil liberties and personal rights that could prove valuable for many people.

3. Latham & Watkins: Anti-Bribery & Corruption Laws

In this app, Latham & Watkins has produced a reference guide for anyone with business dealings overseas worried about over-stepping legal boundaries. By diving deep into the definitions of bribery and other forms of corruption, this app provides a lot of useful information about how to navigate in geographic regions with different cultural and legal norms.

4. Sutherland Asbill & Brennan: SALT Shaker

With a novel design, the Sutherland SALT Shaker app provides a resource on important state and local tax (SALT) developments. Features include tax developments searchable by state or topic, interactive US maps, and alerting of new SALT developments. The most interesting feature is the Pet of the Month award for firm members and their friends.

5. Fox Rothschild: Data Breach 411

I'll preface this one by saying that the design and implementation of this app are not perfect, but we included the app for the content. Data breaches occur more frequently yet the state by state patchwork of laws makes this area of law extremely difficult to understand. The app lists 46 states with data breach laws, HIPAA/HITECH statutes, and links to related information such as COPPA and credit monitoring services.

Matt Gross is co-founder of LawFirmMobile.com Blog and founder of Mobile Monday Boston.

Neil Rosenbaum (a.k.a The App Guy) is co-founder of LawFirmMobile.com Blog.

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Essential Computer Hardware for Law Firms on a Tight, Moderate, or Large Budget Plus Cheap Lawyer Horror Story

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: In this issue of SmallLaw, legal technology consultant Jack Schaller wraps up his two-part series on the technology required for a new law firm or an established firm that needs a fresh start. Jack covered software in the first installment. Today he covers the computer hardware to run that software. Desktop or or notebook? Which smartphone? Chromebook or iPad or Surface? Jack is back with all the answers for three budgets — tight, moderate, or large. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for a horror story about a small law firm that charged too little.

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Intractable Microsoft Word Problems; Home Sweet Home Office; Listen Up Software Companies; Arkon Stand and iPad mini

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, April 4, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Aaron Craft, Some Microsoft Word Problems Only Have Workarounds (Especially Old Versions)

Philip Franckel, My Home Sweet Home Office

Kurt Walberg, Two Modest Proposals for Software Developers

Jeremy Clark, Arkon Stand and the iPad mini

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Review of Microsoft Office for iPad Plus 89 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 28, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 90 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 A to Z Guide to Going Paperless

Review of Microsoft Office for iPad

Review of Microsoft Office for iPad

The Dearth of Legal Apps for Android

Congratulations to Lance Ulanoff of Mashable on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Microsoft Office for iPad

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iPad as Laptop Replacement; Don't OCR Pleadings; Document Naming; Defending ScanSnap; Word Paragraph Numbering Tip

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

William Anderson, The iPad as a Laptop Replacement for Lawyers

E. M. Osborne, Tip: Don't OCR Pleadings; Use This Method Instead

Keith Allen, A Battle Test Method for Document Naming

Jim Cronin, In Defense of Fujitsu Scanners and Software

Tim Callins, Tip: Resume Paragraph Numbering in Word After a Block Quote

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TrialPad 4.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Originally published in our free TL NewsWire newsletter. Instead of reading TL NewsWire here, sign up now to receive future issues via email.

DESKTOP-CLASS TRIAL PRESENTATIONS FROM YOUR IPAD

The iPad Air receives a lot of well-deserved attention for its dramatic weight loss vis-a-vis its predecessors. However, its 64-bit A7 processor is just as significant because it enables software companies to create more powerful apps, especially for demanding tasks like trial presentations.

TrialPad 4.0 … in One Sentence

Launched today, Lit Software's TrialPad 4.0 is a trial presentation app optimized for the iPad Air (it also works on earlier iPad models running iOS 7).

The Killer Feature

You don't get second chances in trial. Every mistake can and will be held against you by jurors, most of whom would rather be somewhere else. A common mistake is a delay because of your inability to quickly find an exhibit, testimony, etc. you suddenly need for impeachment or other purposes.

TrialPad has a new search engine that searches everything in a case file — document names and their content as well as transcripts (scanned documents first require OCR to make their text searchable). The search box remains fixed on the screen for quick access. Search results display the number of times the word you searched exists in the document or folder searched. TrialPad highlights each instance of your search term within documents. You can access a document, and then navigate back to the search results to review another document that contains your search term.

"Law firms to which we've given a sneak peek of TrialPad 4.0 plan to buy multiple copies to replace their desktop presentation software," Lit Software Founder and CEO Ian O'Flaherty told us. "These firms are excited about the TrialPad's desktop-class features combined with the iPad's battery life and form factor."

Other Notable Features

Lit Software has added a number of other features too. For the uninitiated, TrialPad supports popular document, image, and video formats. You can create callouts of important sections, highlight and annotate certain words or paragraphs, and redact sensitive information. Other tools include video editing, video snapshots, a whiteboard, and organizational tools for issues and witnesses within each case.

The enhanced navigation system enables you to go directly to the Case Selection screen from anywhere. The company claims that you can also move move though nested folders faster.

New in TrialPad 4.0, thumbnail previews of documents enable you to find the one you want visually as well as by name. Exhibit stickers, which you can customize, automatically add letters or numbers in sequence, and now support headers and footers. You can also mark exhibits as admitted for tracking purposes during trial.

Import options include local (iTunes and WiFi) and cloud (Box, DropBox, and WebDAV). You can display TrialPad from your iPad wirelessly using an Apple TV or in a more traditional manner using one of the many adapters Apple sells.

What Else Should You Know?

TrialPad 4.0 contains an in-app quick tutorial to help you get started. The app costs $89.99. Learn more about TrialPad 4.0.

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Android Rant; Best Email Archiving Method; WinZip Pro Discount; Prime iPad Real Estate

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 21, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Timothy Morgan, An Android Rant (for A Change)

Charles Zimmerman, The Best Email Archiving Method

Manning Huske, WinZip Pro Discount Tip

John Ellis, Caselinq Launches

Question Of The Week: Which Non-Apple IPad Apps Have Earned Prime Real Estate?

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The Best Smartphone Bluetooth Headset Plus 95 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 96 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 to Properly Backup Your Computer

Microsoft Office for iPad Launches Next Week

The iPad Law Firm

Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview

Congratulations to Aoife M. McEvoy of TechHive on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best Bluetooth Headset for Your Smartphone

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