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The Consumerization of Audiovisual Technologies Plus Negative Reviews of Your Firm

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, July 21, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: You can't swing a large law firm pay stub without hitting a fancy videoconferencing room that now collects dust. Consider yourself lucky that you work in small law firm which didn't have the capital to waste. In this issue of SmallLaw, law firm CIO Matt Berg explores the client-led shift to future-proof videoconferencing and other audiovisual applications using consumer-class technologies that cost virtually nothing. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn how some small law firms are fighting negative online reviews.

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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: Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | SmallLaw

Overcast: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, July 18, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an app for managing and listening to podcasts on the iPhone with playback technologies that shorten their duration (see article below), an iPhone app for contemporaneous time-tracking, an iPhone app for analyzing your website, and an Android, iOS, and Windows Phone app for referencing information published by Microsoft about its products. Don't miss the next issue.

LISTEN FASTER WITHOUT MISSING ANYTHING

Here you are now in the 20th year of the post-Cobain era. Do you really want to hear Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the thousandth time? Or a radio advertisement for a lawyer? Leave your overplayed playlists and radio stations behind for podcasts, which are free, contain few to no advertisements, and include both big media programming such as Bloomberg Law as well as notable indie phenoms such as Legal Talk Network. All you need is a podcast app.

Overcast … in One Sentence

Launched this week, Overcast is an iPhone app for finding, subscribing to, managing, and listening to podcasts.

The Killer Feature

Many podcast apps exist (including one by Apple called Podcasts), all of which enable you to play episodes at a faster speed to save time. This seems like a good idea, but in practice probably only works well for John Moschitta.

Taking a different approach, Overcast features a technology called Smart Speed, which eliminates silent gaps in podcasts. Also, you can ratchet up the speed in very small increments such as 1.1x to prevent podcasts from sounding like, well, John Moschitta. Overcast tracks and displays the time you save versus listening in realtime.

Other Notable Features

Overcast has a built-in podcasts directory that should eventually mirror iTunes given its high profile creator Marco Arment of Tumblr, Instapaper, and Accidental Tech Podcast fame. The app also provides editorial picks in various categories to help get you started. If you can't find a podcast, you can manually enter its RSS feed. Overcast can also import podcasts from other apps.

Once you subscribe to a podcast, you can choose how many unplayed episodes to keep, whether to receive notifications of new episodes, and whether to use Smart Speed (see above) and/or Voice Boost. The latter equalizes volume across podcasts.

The playback screen has play, skip back, and skip forward buttons (you can adjust the time interval for each in the app's system-wide settings), and also provides access to show notes with a swipe gesture on the podcast's cover art.

Overcast enables you to create customized playlists to organize the podcasts to which you subscribe. Various settings exist such as whether to play newest to oldest or vice versa.

What Else Should You Know?

Overcast offers a sync service that will become more useful when the iPad version ships. The app doesn't support video podcasts. Overcast is free but the marquee features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost and the ability to download episodes using cellular data sell as a $4.99 in-app purchase bundle. Learn more about Overcast.

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Document Management Tips; Law Firm Efficiency; Gear Needed to Slay the Dragon; Two Monitors and Two Orientations; Small Laser Printers

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Barron Henley, Document Management Tips for Law Firms Plus Date Modified Caveats

Philippe Doyle Gray, The First Step to Better Efficiency Via Technology Starts Here

Stephen Hayes, The Gear You Need for Success With Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Sid Hymes, My Two Monitors and Orientations

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

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Consultants/Services/Training | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Law Office Management | Monitors | TL Answers

A Small Firm That Beats Mega Firms Plus Media Coverage

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Stephen Babcock of Babcock Partners doesn't hew to stereotypes. His small litigation boutique competes against large law firms both for clients and in the courtroom. In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and journalist Marin Feldman profiles this Louisiana law firm and its founder. You'll learn how Babcock gained complex litigation experience directly out of law school, why his firm has invested more than $150,000 in technology (including the products purchased), and his secrets to success. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn how to obtain mainstream media coverage for yourself and your law firm.

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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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

How to Measure the Credit Worthiness of Clients Plus 65 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 66 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 You Should Rethink That Morning Meeting

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

SEO Is Dead but There's Hope

How Retargeting Works

Congratulations to Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Measure the Credit Worthiness of Clients

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

Five Ways to Beautify Your Legal Writing Plus Legal Brief Recycling

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: The clients and courts for which you prepare research memos and briefs respectively may require inline citations. But this doesn't mean your litigation documents need to look as ugly as a mud fence. In this issue of LitigationWorld, lawyer and writer-in-residence Ed Good offers five (actually six) tips for making your legal writing look spiffier notwithstanding all those citations. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week to learn how to safely recycle your legal briefs in Microsoft Word.

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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. LitigationWorld also features in-depth litigation product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings, as well as links to the most noteworthy litigation articles in other 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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Why Small Firms Sell to Large Firms Plus All the Inside Baseball From the Past Week

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coming today to BigLaw: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the inside baseball 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.

This week's inside baseball sections link to:

71 press releases about lateral hires, mergers, internal promotions, and all other significant business news.

57 press releases about notable law firm and practice group accolades.

77 press releases about notable individual lawyer accolades.

Congratulations to Andrew E. Jillson of Managing Law Firms in Transition on winning our BigLaw Pick of the Week award: Why Small Law Firms Sell to Large Law Firms. Here's a sampling of of some other industry analysis from this issue:

The Latest Survey of Managing Partners

A Disruption Primer for Large Law Firms

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BigLaw keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's 300+ largest law firms by linking directly to their press releases. Thanks to a clever design, BigLaw takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need to stay on top of this self-reported news. Each issue of BigLaw also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, podcasts, and videos about large law firms published elsewhere as well as to our detailed product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. The BigLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BigLaw | Coming Attractions | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Neil Squillante Among the Fastcase 50 Winners Plus 68 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, July 14, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 69 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: CosmoLex

13 Microsoft Word Tips You Need to Learn Now

Apps for My Poolside Law Firm

The Smartphone Is the Computer

Congratulations to Fastcase on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: TL Publisher Neil Squillante Among the Fastcase 50 Winners

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TrialPad 4.0 Pricing Policy; PDF E-Filing Security Risks; Reviews of ActiveWords, Bose SoundLink Mini

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, July 11, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Ian O'Flaherty, Rebuttal: TrialPad 4.0 Pricing Straight From the Source

Philip Olenick, The PDF E-Filing Risk That No One Talks About

Meg Spencer Dixon, Review: ActiveWords (Triggering Multiple Actions)

Bruce Peabody, Review: Bose SoundLink Mini and Travel Bag

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imageFORMULA DR-M160II: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a small but powerful scanner with free software worth as much as the scanner (see article below), a database for iPad and iPhone (and Mac) that syncs among your devices, a new version of the cloud DVR for popular WiFi security cameras, and a service for saving and organizing your web bookmarks. Don't miss the next issue.

UNATTENDED SCANNING ARRIVES

Once a luxury, scanners have become required equipment in law firms of all sizes. Now that reliable scanning exists, the next frontier lies in so-called "unattended scanning." Simply put, this means virtually no human interaction required other than inserting the paper. A new scanner aims to provide this experience.

imageFORMULA DR-M160II … in One Sentence

Launched last month, Canon's imageFORMULA DR-M160II (DR-M160II) is a USB desktop-sized scanner with production-class specifications.

The Killer Feature

Canon offers a free upgrade to Kofax VRS Elite when you purchase the DR-M160II. Typically costing more than $1,000, this Windows software plays a key role in unattended scanning by automating tasks that scanner operators typically perform. The result is higher quality scans as well as more accurate optical character recognition (OCR) if you need to edit or search what you scan.

For example, Kofax VRS Elite cleans up hard to scan documents such as blueprints and wrinkled paper, removes hole punches and blank pages, automatically orients documents, normalizes the background of colored documents or replaces the background with the color white, intelligently crops and straightens documents, and alerts you about hardware problems such as parts that need replacement.

Just as importantly, Kofax VRS Elite performs all these tasks without slowing down the DR-M160II, which scans at up to 60 pages per minute (120 images per minute in duplex). Kofax VRS Elite can also store profiles for specific scan jobs so that you need only configure the settings once.

Other Notable Features

Measuring 9.09 x 11.02 x 9.76 inches and weighing 7.2 pounds, the DR-M160II scans at up to 600 dpi. Its automatic document feeder holds up to 60 pages that can differ in size. The scanner handles 7 to 68 pound paper with a width of 2 to 8.5 inches and a length of 2.1 to 14 inches. You can scan up to 7,000 pages per day. New roller technology minimizes jams better than older technologies — another example of Canon's goal of unattended scanning.

The DR-M160II scans into any ISIS- or TWAIN-compatible Windows application and into any TWAIN-compatible Mac applications thanks to included drivers.

The other bundled software for Windows consists of Canon CaptureOnTouch, CapturePerfect, and Nuance eCopyPDF Pro Office. Mac users receive Canon CaptureOnTouch. Both Windows and Mac users can perform OCR as they scan documents, eliminating the need to perform this task in a separate step.

What Else Should You Know?

The DR-M160II connects to your computer via USB. The MSRP is $1,195. Learn more about imageFORMULA DR-M160II.

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