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Lawyers Go Zen Plus 43 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 44 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.

Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession

Your Law Firm's Revenue Capacity

Three Magic Words for Corporate Clients

Using Email in Your Marketing

Congratulations to Jacob Gershman of The Wall Street Journal on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Lawyers Go Zen: Wise or Wimpy?

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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

A Review of the Apple Watch Gets Personal Watch Plus 64 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, June 22, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 65 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 Password Managers

Tech Tips for Lawyers to Get Organized

Lawyer Newt Gingrich Reviews Apple Watch

The Best Apps for Reading This Article Later

The Best Coffee Maker

Congratulations to Jim Dalrymple of The Loop on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best Coffee Maker

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Privacy/Security | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

The Best Content Management System for Your Law Firm Website Plus Local Google Search Optimization

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 19, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: All modern websites use a content management system or CMS. This cloud software makes it easy to add new articles to your website and make changes to existing web pages. Many CMS products and add-on services exist. Even if you decide to use WordPress, the dominant CMS, you'll need to sort through thousands of themes and "built-on" services. In this issue of SmallLaw, online legal marketing expert Gyi Tsakalakis discusses the best products for most solos and small law firms — and common red flags to avoid. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn how to optimize your local search listing on Google.

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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: Coming Attractions | Graphic Design/Photography/Video | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | SmallLaw

Customizing File Fields and More in Amicus Attorney; Reviews of Genie9, SpeakWrite, Brother Laser Printers

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 18, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Thom Miranda, Customizing File Fields and More in Amicus Attorney Premium

Philip Franckel, Review: Genie9

Paul Bannon, Review: SpeakWrite for Transcription of Handwritten Documents

Scott Bassett, Longevity of Brother Printers

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 | Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Pathagoras On Cloud: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud document assembly software with a built-in word processor designed for automating legal documents (see article below), an online marketing service for lawyers willing to review contracts for a flat fee, a secure portal for sharing documents with clients, and a legal dictionary app for iPad and iPhone. Don't miss the next issue.

CLOUD DOCUMENT ASSEMBLY WITHOUT PROGRAMMING

Like all technologies, document assembly has become accessible to law firms of all sizes thanks to advancements in computer power and software design. However, document assembly software has lagged behind other types of legal software in the migration to the cloud because of the complex setup typically required not to mention the need for a word processor.

Pathagoras On Cloud … in One Sentence

Launched this week, ISPV's Pathagoras On Cloud is a cloud document automation system.

The Killer Feature

Pathagoras On Cloud features a browser-based word processor designed for document automation. It runs in desktop and mobile web browsers, including Android, iPad, Mac, and Windows.

You can either create documents from scratch or upload templates in Word format. Either way, you can store an unlimited number of templates and documents in your account using a traditional folder system. You can sync your Pathagoras On Cloud folders with folders on your desktop computer (Windows available now, Mac soon).

"We listened, and have finally made our 'plain text' approach to document automation available to a larger audience," ISPV Founder and Chief Programmer Roy Lasris tells us. "With the launch of Pathagoras On Cloud, anyone anywhere from any device can create transactional and other documents for their clients. Like Pathagoras 'on Earth,' Pathagoras On Cloud doesn't require any programming skills."

Other Notable Features

The core tools of Pathagoras On Cloud consist of Variables and Conditional Text. Variables substitute client-specific data throughout a document (e.g., client name). Conditional Text ranges from words, phrases, and clauses to whole paragraphs that you choose to include or omit. You create Variables by enclosing your own descriptive text in brackets, while you create Conditional Text by enclosing text within curly braces. Hence, the billing of Pathagoras On Cloud as using plain keyboard characters with which legal professionals are already familiar.

The Instant Database in Pathagoras On Cloud stores all the data required by your documents. Customizable fields enable you to enter anything you'll need in a document.

Unique to Pathagoras On Cloud according to Lasris is live testing -- editing and reviewing occur in the same environment. This obviates having to process your document periodically to ensure the desired output. Instead, you can preview your document as you draft with changes instantly displayed.

When you complete a document, you can download, store, and email it in Word, PDF, or plain text formats.

What Else Should You Know?

If you use the desktop version of Pathagoras, you can transfer your templates and instant database records to Pathagoras On Cloud to minimize setup. Pathagoras On Cloud costs $30 per month for the first user and $10 per month for each additional user. Discounts exist for volume purchases and also for Pathagoras desktop users. You can try Pathagoras On Cloud free for 30 days. Learn more about Pathagoras On Cloud.

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So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Online/Cloud | TL NewsWire

Coffee in the Law Office Plus 51 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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.

How to Handle the Death of One of Your People

Four Rookie Mistakes for Young Solos

How to Test Your SEO "Expert"

Here's How to Become a Better Networker

Congratulations to Tison H. Rhine of Wisconsin Lawyer on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Coffee in the Law Office

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Furniture/Office Supplies | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Review of Neo Smartpen N2 Plus 52 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, June 15, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 53 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.

First Look: Five Office 2016 Preview Apps

Why Lawyers Will Love iOS 9

Three Lawyers Discuss Apple Watch (Podcast)

U.S. Justice Department Selects Box

Congratulations to Jacob Long of Android Police on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Neo Smartpen N2 (Android and iOS)

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Nitro Pro+ 10: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, June 12, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers PDF software with a cloud component for electronic signatures and collaboration (see article below), a daily journal for iOS and OS X, a contact management app for Gmail, and social media marketing software for law firms. Don't miss the next issue.

PDF SOFTWARE WITH CLOUD COLLABORATION

Getting documents signed by your clients and others seems archaic compared to technology advancements in other areas. Because most people have a computer connected the Internet, you can obtain signatures more efficiently than the print-scan-email technique that remains dominant by dint of (bad) habit. Ideally, such a service should integrate with your PDF software.

Nitro Pro+ 10 … in One Sentence

Launching this week, Nitro Pro+ 10 is PDF software with a cloud component for electronic signatures, collaboration, and storage.

The Killer Feature

Nitro Pro+ 10 integrates with the company's Nitro Cloud service, which includes electronic signatures. Starting on your desktop, you use Nitro Pro+ to convert the document into PDF format. Then you "send" it to the signatory by entering their email address. Nitro Pro+ uploads it to Nitro Cloud, and emails a secure link to the signatory. The signatory clicks the link, logs in, and electronically signs the document. Nitro Cloud provides an audit trail, and notifies you of signed documents ready for download.

Nitro Cloud also offers storage for your documents as well as annotation tools that work within a web browser so that you can collaborate on PDF documents with anyone. Nitro Pro+ also integrates with Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. You can save documents directly to these services from the File menu.

Other Notable Features

The new version of Nitro Pro+ runs 40% faster than the previous version, and features improved optical character recognition. New tools enable you to clean up and straighten low-quality scans for the best possible output.

Batch processing now exists for virtually every function in Nitro Pro+. For example, you can convert, password protect, print, etc. multiple files simultaneously, including entire folders.

Nitro Pro+ now supports the creation of PDF portfolios, which enable you to combine documents of any file type into a single PDF file. The documents in the portfolio remain in their native format. You can use this tool to archive email from a case in native Outlook format, provide a client with all the documents from their matter, etc.

You'll find all the "Pro" level features you would expect in PDF software, including the ability to convert more 300 file types into PDF format, integration with the toolbar in Microsoft Office, and tools for merging, splitting, stamping, editing, annotating, commenting, and adding your own secure signature. The company guarantees that Nitro Pro+ creates 100% industry-standard PDF and PDF/A documents that anyone can view on virtually any device.

What Else Should You Know?

Nitro Pro+ costs $7.99 per month, significantly less than Acrobat DC. If you don't need Nitro Cloud (electronic signatures, online collaboration, and online storage) and/or you don't want a subscription, you can buy a traditional license of Nitro Pro for $159.99. Nitro Pro+ runs on Windows Vista and later. Learn more about Nitro Pro+ 10.

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Online/Cloud | TL NewsWire

Apple Watch Step Tracking; Online Banking Security Tips; ActiveWords v. Stock Windows, Word, and Internet Explorer

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 12, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Apple Watch: Step Tracking

Tom Trottier, Online Banking Security Tips

Nicholas Bettinger, ActiveWords v. Stock Windows, Word, and Internet Explorer

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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Coming Attractions | Entertainment/Hobbies/Recreation | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Law Office Management | Privacy/Security | TL Serendipity

Page Formatting in Word and WordPerfect Plus the Five Minute Law Firm Website

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Word processing guru Deborah Savadra noticed that most legal professionals open up a word processor and just start typing. The default settings for margins, page orientation, etc. work fine most of the time. But what if you want one page in landscape orientation or need a three-inch header for a court stamp or have to change page numbering schemes in the middle of a brief? In this issue of SmallLaw, Deborah continues her "best of Both Words" series by tackling challenging page formatting tasks in both Word and WordPerfect. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn how to create a law firm website in five minutes.

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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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | SmallLaw
 
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