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Smart Writing Set Lavishes Attention on the Paper, Not Just the Smart Pen

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a smart pen and accompanying app that captures the notes you take in a tablet-shaped paper notebook (see article below), a case management app for litigators, a folding Bluetooth portable keyboard, and a task management app. Don't miss the next issue.

Digital note-taking takes three forms — writing on paper and then scanning what you write, writing on a tablet using a stylus, and writing on paper using a smart pen that captures what you write. Technology companies have dominated all three types, but the latter seems ripe for participation by companies renowned for their paper notebooks.

Smart Writing Set … in One Sentence

Launched earlier this month, Moleskine's Smart Writing Set consists of a smart pen, special Moleskine notebook, and a mobile app.

The Killer Feature

Moleskine calls its paper notebook the Paper Tablet not because it's a tablet, but because it's about the same size and shape as a tablet, including rounded corners. The Paper Tablet consists of 176 pages of thick paper. You can write on both sides. An email symbol at the top of each page enables you to email that page to someone with a tap of the smart pen (you then need to use your Android or iOS device to finish sending the message).

Other Notable Features

Called the Moleskine Pen+, the smart pen is made by Neo, the company behind the N2 smart pen. A camera on the Pen+ captures what you write. This eliminates the need for a transmitter that competing products use. The paper in the Paper Tablet contains small dots that enable the Pen+ to identify its location on the page.

The Pen+ stores up to 1,000 pages of notes for offline use. Whether live or after the fact, your notes eventually end up in the free Moleskine Notes app for iOS (Android version coming soon). The app's built-in OCR makes your notes searchable.

The app automatically tags notes by date, location, and page. You can apply custom tags such as a client/matter name, and then view a list of all notes with that tag. An optional recording feature enables you to playback your notes along with the audio.

What Else Should You Know?

Moleskine Notes syncs with Evernote and Google Drive. You can export notes in PDF, JPG, PNG, or SVG formats. The Smart Writing Set costs $199, including one Paper Tablet and one Pen+. Additional Paper Tablets cost $29.95 each. Learn more about Smart Writing Set.

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Topics: Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | TL NewsWire

BiglawWorld: Existential Threats to Law Firms Plus Last Week's Inside Baseball

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Former NHTSA Chief Counsel Jacqueline Glassman Joins King & Spalding's Automotive Practice in Washington, D.C.

Former Department of Justice Attorney and IRS Counselor, Joseph A. Rillotta, Joins Drinker Biddle

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom Joins Polsinelli, Strengthens National White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Practice

Cooley: #1 Law Firm for VC Financings in Q1 2016

Holland & Knight's Litigation Practice Expands in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., With Addition of Mark Churchill

Congratulations to Ward Bower of Altman Weil on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Existential Threats to Law Firms.

How to Receive BiglawWorld
BiglawWorld keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's largest law firms. Because we organize this self-reported news by practice area and law firm, BiglawWorld takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need. Each issue of BiglawWorld also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, rankings, podcasts, and videos about large law firms. The BiglawWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BiglawWorld | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Your First Employee Won't Solve the Problem Plus 51 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 52 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 SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Making Payroll Is Tough. Here's How to Do It.

Surge in CoWorking Options for Lawyers

How Branded Legal Networks Help Smaller Firms Land Big Work

Why Attorneys Need Responsive Websites

Congratulations to Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Your First Employee Won't Solve the Problem

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Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

The Best Mobile Email App for Lawyers Plus 54 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 18, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 55 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 Use Outlook for Your Gmail Emails

The Best Apps for Handwriting With the Apple Pencil

Why I'm Switching to Airmail for Email

100 Innovations in Law

Congratulations to Tison H. Rhine of Wisconsin Lawyer on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best Mobile Email App for Lawyers

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Eight Time Matters Alternatives Plus Reflections on One Year With the Apple Watch

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 18, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Jim Zadeh, Why We're "Sticking" With Time Matters

Mary Bellusci, Moving From Time Matters to Needles

Colleen Heine, Six Time Matters Alternatives

Neil Squillante, Reflections on My First Year With the Apple Watch

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: Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

LawToolBox Retools With New Outlook Add-In Plus 42 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 14, 2016

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 43 articles from the past two weeks worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week.

Lexis DiscoveryIQ Helps Lawyers Assess Cases

Don't Forget About SITE: Search on Google

Concordance Desktop Seeks to Make Ediscovery More Accessible

Introduction to Discovery in US Civil Litigation

Congratulations to Robert Ambrogi of LawSites on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: LawToolBox Retools With New Outlook Add-In

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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You'll Miss Your File Server When the Internet Collapses; How to Make Your Dragon Roar; Solo But Not Alone; Much More

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 14, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Donald Coker, You'll Miss Your File Server When The Internet Collapses

Steven Polinsky, Review: Dragon Professional Individual 14

Paul Tredoux, How To Make Your Dragon Roar: A Deep Dive Into Accuracy And Proper Setup

Harold Burstyn, I'm A Solo But None Of These Categories Fit Me

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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | TL Serendipity

Ulysses Combines Word Processing With Document Managament

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an integrated app for writing and storing all your documents (see article below), a task management add-in for Outlook, a clipping and annotation utility, and a black and white laser printer with a small footprint. Don't miss the next issue.

Email is so important (or at least voluminous) that email apps offer both a writing environment and document management tools such as folders and search. Given how much time lawyers spend writing documents — most of it alone in their office — a similar unified system makes sense for word processing.

Ulysses 2.5 … in One Sentence

Launched last month, The Soulmen GbR's Ulysses 2.5 is an integrated writing environment for Macs and iOS devices.

The Killer Feature

Ulysses looks like an email app with customizable folders (called Lists) along the left that contain your documents. Smart Lists also exist such as "All," "Last 7 Days," and "Trash." You can create your own Smart Lists using Smart Tags. Filters and full-text searching also help you find documents.

Ulysses automatically saves your work in your iCloud account, enabling you to access the same documents on a Mac, iPad, and iPhone without having to worry about file management. A conflict resolution tool exists if a sync error occurs or you work on the same document on two devices without an Internet connection.

You write in plain text using an easy-to-learn markup syntax for headings, bullets, numbering, etc. Customizable paragraph styles map to this syntax for previews and when you export. Speaking of which, you can export documents in Word and PDF formats, including the styles. Ulysses also outputs to plain text, ePub, and HTML, and integrates with the blogging platform Medium.

Other Notable Features

Ulysses seeks to offer distraction-free writing. The optional Typewriter Scrolling feature always keeps the line you're typing at the center of the screen. Every function in Ulysses has a keyboard equivalent to keep your hands in place, including adding footnotes, hyperlinks, and images. Other features designed to get you in the zone include full-screen, dark (light text on a black background), and minimal (tools disappear) modes.

You can set goals for a document such as word count. Even without a goal, Ulysses offers live statistics. In complex documents, you can group different sections and collapse the groups you're not working on, attach notes, add bookmarks, annotate and comment, search and replace, and create a glossary of keywords. Ulysses keeps all versions of a document, enabling you to revert back anytime.

Ulysses takes advantage of services built into Apple's operating system such as dictation, text-to-speech, special characters, spell check, grammar check, auto-correction, dictionary, and thesaurus.

What Else Should You Know?

You can import Word and other documents into Ulysses using several methods, including Dropbox. You can also export documents to Dropbox. The Ulysses Mac app costs $44.99. The iOS app costs $24.99. Learn more about Ulysses.

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | TL NewsWire

Inside Scott Barshay's Move From Cravath to Paul Weiss Plus Last Week's Inside Baseball

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Florida-Based Greenspoon Marder Announces Major Expansion With Opening of New York Office

McGuireWoods Opens San Francisco Office, Adds Partners From Coast to Coast

Scott Barshay Joins Paul, Weiss as Global Head of M&A

Leading Private Equity Partner David Blittner Joins Ropes & Gray in New York

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Battle Joins Barnes & Thornburg's Litigation Department in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to David Lat of Above the Law on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Inside Scott Barshay's Move From Cravath to Paul Weiss.

How to Receive BiglawWorld
BiglawWorld keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's largest law firms. Because we organize this self-reported news by practice area and law firm, BiglawWorld takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need. Each issue of BiglawWorld also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, rankings, podcasts, and videos about large law firms. The BiglawWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BiglawWorld | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

The Right Way to Write an Email Message Plus 38 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 39 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 SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Why Your High Conversion Rate Is Killing You

Effectively Using Legal Secretaries in 2016

What They Don't Tell You About SEO

Three Things Lawyers Must Fix on Their LinkedIn Profiles

Congratulations to David Sparks of MacSparky on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: The Right Way to Write an Email Message

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Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession
 
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