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Review of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Plus 61 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 4, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 62 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.

Out of Office Autoresponder Best Practices

Keynote and PowerPoint Cheat Sheet

Productivity Tasks That an iPad Performs Best

New Features in Office for iPad

iPad Girl by Legal Bytes (Music Video)

Congratulations to Christopher Null of PCWorld on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Presentations/Projectors | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

BlawgWorld: Lawyer David Sparks' Presentations Plus 56 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 1, 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.

USB Hub Buyer's Guide

The Best iPhone Calendar Apps

Please Share Your Memories of Ross Kodner

The Fascinating History of Autocorrect

Congratulations to Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Lawyer David Sparks' Presentations

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Computer Accessories | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | Presentations/Projectors | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Review of TrialDirector 6.5 Plus Nine Tips for Video Depositions

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, July 28, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: "We hold these truths to be self-evident" may have sufficed for the Declaration of Independence but trials require more proof. Because showing while telling is more persuasive, trial presentation software has gone from luxury to requirement. In this issue of LitigationWorld, litigation consultant Brett Burney reviews TrialDirector 6.5, especially its focus on user experience and its integration with TrialDirector for iPad and TDNoteBook. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for nine tips on how to ace video depositions.

How to Receive LitigationWorld
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.

Topics: Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld | Presentations/Projectors

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

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

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Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Fat Friday | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Presentations/Projectors | Privacy/Security | Utilities

The TrialPad 4.0 Upgrade; Google Apps Telephone Service Versus Two Smartphones; Why We Need WordPerfect and Obamacare

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 27, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Daniel Fennick, The TrialPad 4.0 Upgrade Path

Chet Lustgarten, Tip: Using Google Apps to Make Telephone Calls (Plus More on Two Smartphones)

Karl M. Rowe, Why We Need a Word v. WordPerfect Debate (And Obamacare)

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

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Give More Powerful PowerPoint Presentations Plus to Grow or Not to Grow

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 13, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Because lawyers don't use PowerPoint as often as Outlook and Word, it doesn't get the attention it deserves. In this issue of SmallLaw, legal technology consultant Ben Schorr ends this information drought by discussing several best practices for creating and giving PowerPoint presentations — from what to place on each slide to using animations and much more. Ben groups his tips into five succinct categories. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for caveats to consider before growing the size of 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: Coming Attractions | Presentations/Projectors | SmallLaw

Laptops for Trial Presentations Plus 79 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 80 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.

Bidding Against Yourself for Fun and Profit

The Importance of Polish and Attention to Detail

Presenting Numbers and Calculations at Trial

You Need Not Always Use Your Software

Congratulations to Ted Brooks of Court Technology and Trial Presentation on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Laptop Recommendations for Trial Presentations

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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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Free Your Legal Writing From the Powdered Wig Plus 10 Opening and Closing Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, May 19, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Most legal writing stinks. Overly verbose (yes, that's a joke), it gets in the way of what you're trying to say. For this issue of LitigationWorld, legal writing expert Ed Good has written a manifesto on legal writing that every litigator should take to heart. Writing concisely and clearly will give you a tremendous hidden advantage. Opposing counsel will not appreciate the power of this potent weapon. Ed provides several hilarious examples past and present in support of his manifesto. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for 10 tips on crafting your opening and closing arguments.

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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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Ntrepid Timestream: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers timeline creation and presentation software for litigation (see article below), a Bluetooth smartpen that transfers what you write on paper to your tablet, a Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad Air, and a scanning app for Android and iPhone. Don't miss the next issue.

SHOW YOUR CLIENT'S STORY INSTEAD OF JUST TELLING IT

Rod Stewart famously crooned that every picture tells a story. So does every litigation. However, litigation isn't scripted so it lacks a tidy story arc. Instead, the story may take place in minutes, hours, days, weeks, years, or even decades. The material events may transpire all at once or at different times. The timeline of events is often dispositive. Therefore, creating a visual timeline can help you craft a coherent story that ties everything together for depositions, briefs, and trial.

Ntrepid Timestream … in One Sentence

Ntrepid Timestream (Timestream) enables you to create an interactive timeline and attach to supporting evidence to help present your case.

The Killer Feature

As you learn about critical events from your client, fact witnesses, and documents, you enter them into Timestream. This not only enables you to build your trial presentation from the beginning of the case, but it also helps you identify themes and develop a narrative.

Each event has a title and description. You can attach related evidence and other documents to an event. By tagging events with keywords, you can view all events and documents related to an entity, issue, location, person, etc. You can further categorize events using colors and shapes. You navigate through a timeline with your mouse, zooming out to see years and zooming in to see days, hours, and minutes. You can also conduct full-text searches and bookmark events.

"Building a compelling narrative for a case is labor intensive and challenging," Ntrepid Vice President of Research and Development Teddy Lindsey told us. "Our goal is to revolutionize the storytelling process through intuitive, streamlined tools. Timelines are a natural way to tell that story but Timestream isn't just a timeline. It's your whole case. The chronology, supporting documents, pertinent people, organizations, and topics — it's all at your fingertips."

Other Notable Features

The File Library contains all the supporting evidence you've connected to events. The event count bubble next to each file displays the number of events to which it's connected. You can jump to any connected event from an associated document.

Most lawsuits involve collaboration. Timestream Connect Server enables you to collaborate with colleagues in real time, and work offline and sync your changes when you reconnect. If a conflict occurs, a conflict dialogue enables you to choose which change to accept.

In addition to presenting a timeline, Timestream also features a more traditional presentation mode. The slide shows you create from the underlying information in Timestream run in any web browser, enabling you to share them and run them on computers without Timestream installed. Similarly, you can generate reports in RTF format. You choose which events to list in a report. Making changes to slide shows and reports doesn't change any of the underlying data in Timestream.

A free companion iPhone app called Timestream Capture enables you to capture audio, documents, photos, and videos in the field, and then securely transfer them to Timestream. Designed for investigations, the material you capture is geotagged and timestamped.

What Else Should You Know?

Timestream runs on both OS X and Windows. It encrypts and forensically hashes all data, establishing authenticity and chain of custody. You can try Timestream for free. Learn more about Timestream.

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LexisNexis Sanction 3.5: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, May 9, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers trial presentation software built for speed (see article below), a cloud legal project management application, a PDF management and note-taking app for iPad and iPhone, and a do-it-yourself motion detection device for door and windows. Don't miss the next issue.

TRIAL PRESENTATION SOFTWARE THAT'S FAST ON ITS FEET

It's unlikely that a smoking gun exists if a lawsuit makes it to trial. But bringing the evidence to life in a visually rich trial presentation can itself become your smoking gun. An effective trial presentation requires that both you and your trial presentation software perform without a hitch. You must rehearse to minimize unforced errors such as disfluencies that distract jurors. And your trial presentation software must perform like a well-tuned sports car — fast and stable.

LexisNexis Sanction 3.5 … in One Sentence

Launched last week, LexisNexis Sanction 3.5 is trial presentation software.

The Killer Feature

Recognizing that trial presentation software must move at the speed of litigators, LexisNexis focused on optimizing Sanction's performance. The company redesigned Sanction to load and display evidence instantly with just a few clicks.

"We've made some fundamental changes to the product design with Sanction 3.5 to significantly improve its speed and performance," LexisNexis Vice President Steve Ashbacher told us. "This unmatched speed and stability gives litigators the confidence to take full control of their presentations. Users can get up and running on Sanction in as little as 10 minutes, and can now load and display large exhibits such as PDF files instantly during their litigation presentations."

Other Notable Features

You'll also find a new user interface designed to make Sanction's controls more readily accessible. According to Ashbacher, the interface further increases speed, eliminating "awkward pauses" that can distract a jury.

Because deposition videos and demonstrative videos have become more common, the new version of Sanction features improved video support. You can manage, present, and export video files for use in a presentation and for sharing with other members of your team. Sanction also handles audio files.

Other features include annotation tools, text tear-outs and zooms, side-by-side comparisons, Bates stamps, image peel back, and the ability to pull up any piece of evidence on the fly.

What Else Should You Know?

Over the years, LexisNexis has created a portfolio of software for all phases of litigation that increasingly integrate with one another. In keeping with this philosophy, Sanction now integrates with LexisNexis CaseMap, the company's case analysis software. For example, you can move exhibits from CaseMap into Sanction for an improved litigation workflow. Learn more about Sanction 3.5.

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