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Reviews of Slack, ActiveWords; A Dual Cell Phone Lawyer; WordPerfect DOS Ethical Issue

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, September 26, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review: Slack

Andrew Shear, Why I Use a Feature Phone and an iPhone

Mark Olberding, WordPerfect DOS, Windows XP, and Legal Ethics

Robin Meadow, Review: ActiveWords 2.1

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

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Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Fat Friday | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets

iPad v. Surface Pro for Lawyers; Reviews of Barron Henley, Metadata Assistant; Automated Document Naming

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, September 25, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

David Moon, iPad v. Surface Pro for the Mobile Lawyer

Thomas F. McDow, Review: Legal Technology Consultant Barron K. Henley

Amelia Porges, Review: Metadata Assistant 4.1

Philippe Doyle Gray, My Automated Document Naming Method

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Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Consultants/Services/Training | Document Management | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Privacy/Security | TL Answers

Chrometa for Android: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an Android app that automatically tracks your telephone calls and text messages (see article below), a Bluetooth keyboard that works with any device, a portable USB charger that consumes virtually no space, and an iPhone app that digs up the dirt on your contacts. Don't miss the next issue.

AN ANDROID APP THAT CAPTURES CALLS AND TEXT MESSAGES

The best tool for tracking billable time is the one that does so automatically. The second best tool is the one you have with you. Because software cannot (yet) read your mind, you need both tools. This means a smart app for your smartphone.

Chrometa for Android … in One Sentence

Launched this week, Chrometa for Android tracks your billable time, including telephone calls and text messages, and securely sends it to your Chrometa or Chrometa Teams account.

The Killer Feature

Chrometa is a popular web application that uses locally installed apps to automatically track the time you spend working on your Mac or Windows PC (Chrometa Teams is the multi-user version). Lawyers who use Chrometa told CEO and Co-Founder Brett Owens that they like the convenience of communicating with clients via text messages but find it difficult to bill for them.

Chrometa for Android addresses this problem by automatically capturing the time you spend on text messages as well as telephone calls. You finalize your captured time, and either generate bills or export the data to your firm's billing software using Chrometa. You control when to sync your smartphone with Chrometa. This enables you to prevent sending your personal communications over a weekend or while in vacation to Chrometa.

If you use Google Contacts, Chrometa can match each telephone number when you sync so that it can organize your time entries by client. Keyword-based rules in the web application categorize all your time entries in an even more granular manner, including assigning the corresponding matter (project) and grouping those that are not billable.

"By popular request, we added text message capture to the latest version of our Android app," says Owens. "Thanks to all the billable time Chrometa for Android can capture, lawyers can get paid for all the time they spend communicating with and producing work for clients."

Other Notable Features

In addition to automatically capturing telephone calls and text messages, Chrometa for Android also enables you to manually enter time for other activities. The time entry screen lists your billable time, a field for a description, and a list of clients and matters from which you can choose.

Manual time entry takes two forms. You can quickly enter billable time after the fact. Alternatively, you can start a stopwatch within Chrometa for Android when you start a billable task such as a meeting. When the billable event ends, you stop the timer and create a time entry based on the stopwatch. You can pause and resume the stopwatch as often as needed during a billable task.

What Else Should You Know?

Chrometa for Android is free for Chrometa and Chrometa Teams users. The app works on smartphones running Android 2.3 and later. Chrometa ranges in price from $12 to $19 to $29 per month depending primarily on how many devices you want to track. Chrometa Teams costs the same per user. Learn more about Chrometa for Android.

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL NewsWire

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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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus First Impressions; Reviews of OneNote, Acronis, ShadowProtect; Manual Review Versus Predictive Coding

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, September 19, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, First Impressions Of The IPhone 6 And IPhone 6 Plus

Gary Chodorow, Review: OneNote

Keith Collins, Review: Acronis And ShadowProtect

Michael Duffy, Manual Document Review Versus Predictive Coding

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

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Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Fat Friday | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Networking/Operating Systems

Rocket Matter iPad Edition: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers the new iPad app for a popular practice management system (see article below), a portable scanner that works with Android and iOS devices, a communications automation iPhone app, and device for improving and tracking your sleep. Don't miss the next issue.

LEGAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT ON THE IPAD TAKES ORBIT

Law firms like the benefits of infrastructure but not its baggage. For example, back in the 1990s, law firms welcomed server-based practice management systems because of the collaboration they made possible. But they stuck the servers out of sight. Nowadays, cloud practice management systems have completely eliminated the need for local servers. However, web browsers have become a pain point given the resurgence of native software thanks largely to iOS.

Rocket Matter iPad Edition … in One Sentence

Announced today and launching soon, Rocket Matter iPad Edition is a free app for users of Rocket Matter, a cloud practice management system.

The Killer Feature

Rocket Matter iPad Edition features a customizable dashboard so that you can instantly see what's happening with your matters as well as across your entire law firm if you have the access rights. In addition to choosing what to display and the color palette, you can further customize the dashboard with a personal avatar and photos.

From the dashboard, you can access documents, add notes to a matter, create calendar events, delegate tasks, enter time, generate bills, review trust account balances, etc. Rocket Matter iPad Edition offers the same functionality of the web version of Rocket Matter.

"The Rocket Matter iPad Edition is not just a mere app," Rocket Matter CEO and Co-Founder Larry Port told us. "It's an entire tablet-based solution that ties into Rocket Matter's cloud data storage. We've carefully watched how lawyers, law firms, and bar associations have all eagerly embraced the practical advantages that tablets provide. We took these observations and combined them with direct suggestions from our lawyer partners to build unmatched legal practice management software."

Other Notable Features

Complementing the dashboards, Rocket Matter iPad Edition can generate a number of reports that provide a detailed snapshot of your firm's financials, including accounting, billing, and trust accounting. Customizable parameters and date ranges enable you to generate a report with the data you want. If you have an AirPrint or other compatible printer, you can print reports directly from your iPad.

Good design makes products easier to use. Legal cloud software companies have the most talented designers and user experience engineers in the industry. Rocket Matter has such an abundance of so-called "front-end" talent that it also designs websites for law firms. This team created a new user interface specifically for the iPad. Port describes the screens in Rocket Matter iPad Edition as "sleek, intuitive, and seamless."

Within a web browser, cloud applications function only when you have an Internet connection. This is a limitation of web browsers. By contrast, Rocket Matter iPad Edition works with or without an Internet connection. Any changes you make while offline synchronize when you reconnect to the Internet.

What Else Should You Know?

While Rocket Matter iPad Edition is free, it requires a Rocket Matter subscription. Prices range from $52 per month per user for the two-year plan to $65 per month per user without a long-term commitment. The company also offers annual and quarterly plans. You can try Rocket Matter for free for 30 days, including Rocket Matter iPad Edition. Learn more about Rocket Matter iPad Edition.

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

An Expert's Impressions of Apple Watch Plus 67 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 15, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 68 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.

Create a Digital Signature Stamp in Acrobat

A Warning for Lawyers About Office 365 Home

Cutouts to Help Decide Which iPhone 6 to Get

Fastcase Is the Most Popular Legal App

Congratulations to Benjamin Clymer of Hodinkee on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: A Watch Expert's Hands-On Impression of Apple Watch

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Review of iPhone Dictation; Olympus Dictation System, eFax, MyFax; How and Why of Document Naming

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Braden Sparks, Review: Dictating Litigation Documents With an iPhone

Paige Anderson, Review: Olympus Dictation System

Philip Olenick, The How and Why of Naming Documents With Dates

Keith Collins, Review: eFax v. MyFax

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

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Answers

The New iPhone Plus 68 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 8, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 68 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.

You're Reacting to Celebgate Wrong

iPhone and iPad Apps for Lawyers (Podcast)

In Defense of Ridiculously Large Smartwatches

Cloud Computing for Lawyers

Congratulations to Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The New iPhone (Maybe)

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The Best New Laptops of the Year Plus 58 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 1, 2014

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.

The Best Options for Cloud Storage

Nine iPhone Typing Shortcuts

Your Personalized Apple Customer-Support Site

In Defense of Tablets

Congratulations to Ian Paul of PCWorld on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best New Laptops of the Year (So Far)

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