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Abacus Private Cloud: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a virtual desktop and network service that eliminates the need for you to buy and maintain server hardware (see article below), active noise canceling headphones, an Outlook add-on that analyzes your email messages for grammar and style and makes suggestions, and a legal research service. Don't miss the next issue.

TAKE A PERMANENT VACATION FROM MANAGING TECHNOLOGY

Some people who claim to take a vacation cook their own meals. This isn't a vacation. It's called camping (even when it occurs in a city). Most vacationers are not among the world's most talented cooks. Indeed, many people plan their restaurant itinerary as carefully as their other vacation activities. Nowadays, technology shares similarities with vacations. Some law firms still want to manage everything onsite, but most would prefer to let experts handle the "cooking" via the cloud — if only they could find the right "restaurant."

Abacus Private Cloud … in One Sentence

Launched this week, Abacus Data Systems' Abacus Private Cloud (APC) is a secure virtual desktop and network service on which you can run any software you want.

The Killer Feature

Law firms love the idea of outsourcing their IT infrastructure, but have concerns about security and functionality. Abacus Data Systems CEO Alessandra Lezama spent most of her career managing datacenters. She tells us that most online applications use the so-called public cloud. Your firm's confidential client data might reside on the same server as a videogame in a country with an unstable government.

APC resides in datacenters owned and operated by Abacus Data Systems in the United States. Furthermore, although the company offers a practice management system called AbacusLaw, APC is software agnostic. This means you can use whatever products you want while still reaping the benefits of the cloud.

Here's the deal. APC works on any Internet-connected device — Mac, PC, iPad, and smartphone. After logging in, a virtual desktop takes over your screen. From here you run the software you've asked Abacus Data Systems to install — QuickBooks, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, etc. You can also use any web browser to run cloud applications such as Clio and WestlawNext. APC offers deep integration for AbacusLaw and Office 365.

"Piecemeal technology is no longer sufficient to remain competitive in today's legal landscape," says Lezama. "APC can take any local IT infrastructure and desktop software environment and weave it into a fully integrated, virtual workplace accessible remotely from any device anywhere, anytime."

Other Notable Features

In addition to a virtual desktop, APC provides you with a virtual network comprised of SSD drives. You won't need a file server anymore. You share documents with colleagues using the Corporate Drive (a User Drive exists for your personal documents). You can scan to and print from these virtual drives, which save every version of your documents.

APC requires no capital investment. Abacus Data Systems takes care of the entire deployment, including 24/7 monitoring and technical support, antivirus protection, backups, maintenance, security updates, software upgrades, etc.

The datacenters that house APC have five tiers of physical, network, and data security. This has earned APC the SOC2/SSAE16 certification. Abacus Data Systems guarantees 99.999% uptime — the highest possible. Your data, which you can retrieve anytime, has its own dedicated IP address.

What Else Should You Know?

You can tailor APC to meet your firm's specific requirements. You can scale your use of computing resources up or down quickly to adjust to the needs of your law firm. Pricing starts at $165 per month with no long-term contract required. Learn more about Abacus Private Cloud.

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Law Firms and QuickBooks; Quit Whining About Word; Windows Updates Settings; OCR Tip; Bates Stamp History Lesson

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, September 5, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Caren Schwartz, When QuickBooks Makes Sense for Law Firms

Richard Perkins, Quit Your Whining About Microsoft Word: Here's an Alternative

Robert Rice, How to Adjust Windows Updates Settings

Philip Franckel, Don't Waste Time or Money on OCR Software

Ruth Curcuru, Why Lawyers Capitalize the Word "Bates"

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

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Our most serendipitous offering, Fat Friday consists of unsolicited contributions by TechnoLawyer members. 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 Fat Friday newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Fat Friday | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Networking/Operating Systems

Document Naming; Reviews of QuickBooks Professional Services, Lanlogic, RingCentral; Bates Stamping; Acrobat Alternatives

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, September 4, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Jeffrey Chard, My Law Firm's Document Naming Rules

Jerry Gonzalez, Review: QuickBooks Pro Professional Services

Burton Bruggeman, Review: Lanlogic for Desktop as a Service

Ay Uaxe, Why and How You Should Bates Stamp Plus Acrobat Alternatives

Wallace Berry, Review: RingCentral

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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Networking/Operating Systems | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Review of Ting (With Optimus S); Control Windows Updates; Using Excel in Estate Planning

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 29, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Kurt Walberg, Review: Ting MVNO (Sprint Network) and LG Optimus S

Andrew Willinger, How to Control When Windows Installs Updates

Jay Altman, Tip: Using Excel in Estate Planning

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

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Secret Microsoft Word Shortcuts; Instant Save and Windows; Writing in Peace Plus iPad Text Input

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 22, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Pamela Coleman, Secret Microsoft Word Shortcuts for Moving Around Your Documents

Tim Callins, Autosave, Instant Save, and Windows

Theo Rand, Writing in Peace Plus Entering Text on an iPad

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

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Review of Pertino Plus Five Google+ Local Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Once upon a time, even solo practices had a file server. Then the cloud arrived. Law firms eschewed buying a "headless" computer given the much lower cost of Dropbox. But law firms eventually realized that Dropbox is essentially a glorified floppy drive. In this issue of Smalllaw, New Jersey lawyer Ed Zohn reviews Pertino. This hosted virtual private network service aims to combine the low cost of Dropbox with the advantages of a file server. Ed lays down the law on whether Pertino succeeds at this balancing act. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for five overlooked ranking factors for Google+ Local.

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Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | Privacy/Security | SmallLaw

How to Sync Any Folder to the Cloud Plus 56 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 18, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 57 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.

Google Apps v. Office 365

Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

The Best Podcast App (Video)

Humans Need Not Apply (Video)

Congratulations to Chris Hoffman of How-To Geek on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Sync Any Folder to the Cloud

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Reviews of Netmemo+, ThinkPad Tablet 2; Back to One Monitor; Keeping Email in Sync Across Devices

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 7, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

John Runte, Review: Netmemo+

Mitchell Leitman, Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 With Windows 8.1

Thomas RuBane, Why I Switched From Multiple Monitors To Just One

Sara Austin, How I Keep My Email In Sync Across Four Devices

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

Worldox for Mac Version 1.15: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, August 7, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a popular document management system that now supports Macs via a new application (see article below), an online court rules service that integrates with Outlook, speech recognition software that works within web applications, and a sleep-tracking gadget that works with your iPhone. Don't miss the next issue.

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT FOR MAC FANS

It once took a lot of fortitude to use the Mac in a law firm because virtually all legal software ran on Windows. Initially, this meant that Mac users had to use remote control software to run Windows applications. Later, Mac users could run a virtualized version of Windows. Next, Mac users could access some software using their web browser. Nowadays, actual Mac applications exist.

Worldox for Mac Version 1.15 … in One Sentence

Launched this week, World Software's Worldox for Mac Version 1.15 is a client for accessing the popular document management system Worldox GX3.

The Killer Feature

Worldox for Mac gives Mac users in your law firm access to the core features of Worldox GX3 or Worldox GX3 Cloud. The former runs on a Windows server in your firm. The latter is hosted by World Software, eliminating the need for your own server.

Most notably, Worldox for Mac integrates with Apple Mail and Microsoft Outlook, the most popular Mac email programs. This integration enables you to store email messages and attachments within Worldox GX3 organized by client/matter and whatever other metadata you apply. Also, you can initiate an email message from within Worldox for Mac to send someone a document and instantly store your message within Worldox GX3.

"The new version of Worldox for Mac is a huge breakthrough since it brings the core features of our award-winning document management system to Mac users," World Software Corporation president Ray Zwiefelhofer told us. "Our initial inspiration was the remarkable popularity of the Worldox iPad app released in 2012 and more recently the universal iOS app that brought Worldox to the iPhone. We realized our customers needed support for the Mac too."

Other Notable Features

As alluded to above, when you save email or documents to Worldox GX3 using Worldox for Mac, you create a profile — the essence of a true document management system.

Accordingly, you can search for documents using metadata from these profiles such as author, client, matter, document type, date range, and more. You can also navigate through Worldox GX3's folder system if you know where a document resides. Worldox for Mac also supports full-text searching. To verify that you have found the right document or if you just need a bit of information, you can quickly preview a document rather than open it.

Worldox for Mac supports Check-Out to prevent changes to a document while you work on it, and Check-In to ensure the creation of a new version when you finish. Additionally, you can use Check-Out to create a personal version of a document without preventing others from accessing or changing it.

Favorite Files displays a list of recently-access documents. Other features in Worldox for Mac include copying and moving documents, the ability to revert to a previous version of a document, and Send To integration shortcuts for sending copies of documents outside of Worldox such as Dropbox, USB drives, printers, etc.

What Else Should You Know?

You can also access Worldox GX3 and Worldox GX3 Cloud using the Windows client, the iOS app, and/or Worldox Web Mobile (a module that facilitate access from a web browser). Learn more about Worldox for Mac.

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Attention Corel and Microsoft; Prevent Windows Shutdown Woes; Download a Dropbox Folder to Your iPad

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, July 25, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Donald Lowrey, Are Corel and Microsoft Listening to Lawyers?

Steven Levy, How to Prevent Losing Work From a Windows Shutdown

Jerry Gonzalez, How to Download an Entire Dropbox Folder to Your iPad

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

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