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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, April 30, 2015

TechnoLawyer Library houses our growing collection of free research reports in PDF format. Reports of this caliber usually cost a fortune, but TechnoLawyer members can download all of them for free. TechnoLawyer membership is also free. Below you'll find links to selected research reports and also to the TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. Click any link to get started and join TechnoLawyer today.

The Egg Theory: What Clients Really Want From Their Lawyers

Why Lawyers Need Not Fear Disruption

Three Common Productivity Tasks That an iPad Performs Better Than a PC

Chill, Grill, and Bill: Summertime Gadgets for Summer-Loving Legal Professionals

TechnoLawyer Demographics 2014

LitigationWorld Quick Start Guide to Mastering Ediscovery

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Legal Billing Software

Can Microsoft Win the Legal Industry's Mobile Race?

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Outlook Add-Ons for Law Firms

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Document Management Systems for Law Firms (Second Edition)

Enter the TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. There's no limit on how many times you can win.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Library | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Research

Review of Worldox; Consultants Versus Technical Support; Calculating Judgment Balances

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 2, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Cynthia Zook, Review of Worldox: Document Types, Customization, and More

Colleen Heine, Certified Consultants Versus Technical Support

Robert Price, Tip: Calculating Judgement Balances

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

How to Receive TL Answers
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 | Coming Attractions | Consultants/Services/Training | Document Management | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Young Lawyers and Technology; Memorable Business Cards; Safe Cloud Storage; WordPerfect Add-Ons; Review of Plantronics Voyager Legend

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 2, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Chet Lustgarten, Why Young Lawyers Lack an Interest in Technology

Neil Squillante, A "Business Card" That People Will Use Every Day

Tom Trottier, How to Safely Store Documents in the Cloud

Philip Olenick, Why WordPerfect Doesn't Have an Add-Ons Ecosystem

Gerald McNally, Review: Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth

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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Privacy/Security | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity

Spark: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an email app for the iPhone with automation features and desktop-class attachment handling (see article below), a cloud practice management application for litigators, a combination battery charger and solid state drive for iPads and iPhones, and a Microsoft Word add-on for repairing documents. Don't miss the next issue.

DESKTOP-CLASS EMAIL ON YOUR IPHONE

The smartphone has become an efficient tool for reviewing email when not at your desk. This common activity prevents your inbox from getting out of control. However, Apple Mail on iOS lacks advanced features such as switching among multiple email signatures. Its attachment handling abilities also fall short. A more advanced app would enable you to clear through even more email than currently possible.

Spark … in One Sentence

Launched last month, Readdle's Spark is an email app for the iPhone with a focus on automation and attachment handling.

The Killer Feature

Spark offers desktop-class attachment handling. It can open just about any document you receive. You can search for attachments (and links) using natural language (e.g., Word documents from Joe Smith this year). Spark enables you save frequently-used searches.

Spark supports Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, and other cloud services. This means you can save attachments to these services, and also tap into them for emailing one or more documents. You can also attach any locally stored documents and photos. You need not start from the document as is the case with Apple Mail.

Thanks to Readdle's PDF pedigree, you can convert email messages into PDF format. Once converted, you can save these messages in any supported cloud service or send them to a local app such as Adobe Acrobat or Readdle's PDF Expert.

Other Notable Features

Spark's unified inbox works across all your email accounts. It groups related messages into three groups — Personal, Newsletters, and Notifications. Spark uses an algorithm to figure out which messages qualify as notifications. It should alert you to questions from clients for example.

Speaking of notifications, Spark can let you know when a recipient reads your message. You can "pin" important messages that you don't want to forget about. Pinned messages appear in their own section. Similarly, you can "snooze" messages to make them disappear now and reappear later.

Quick Replies enable you to respond to email without having to spend time writing. With one tap, you can send customizable canned responses such as "Thanks" or an emoji. Another timesaver, Spark supports multiple signatures. You swipe through them, and then tap on the signature you want to use.

Spark offers a number of widgets that you can toggle on or off. For example the calendar widget enables you to accept or reject meeting invitations. Another widget lists only attachments. Also on the customization front, you can change the function of swipe gestures much like with mouse buttons on your PC.

What Else Should You Know?

Spark supports Exchange, Gmail, iCloud, Outlook, Yahoo, and IMAP. If you have an Apple Watch, you can install the Spark extension. Once installed, you can reply to email via dictation or Quick Replies. The Spark Glance shows you how many unread messages you have and lists your most recent email message. Spark is free for now. Learn more about Spark.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
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: Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL NewsWire

Rethinking the Lawyer Business Card Plus 39 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 40 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.

Keeping the Scorecard of Your Practice

The Key to Getting Paid

Why Law Firms Need Marketing Automation

The Basics of Researching Your Target

Congratulations to Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Rethinking the Lawyer Business Card

How to Receive SmallLaw
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 Business Laptop Plus 56 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, June 29, 2015

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.

How to Enable the New Undo Send in Gmail

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015)

Seven Smartphone Myths That Just Won't Die

My Smartphone Gave Me a Painful Condition

Congratulations to Jarred Walton of The Wirecutter on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best Business Laptop

How to Receive BlawgWorld
Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession (e.g., monitors, smartphones, scanners, the iPad, and more). But not the only coverage. BlawgWorld enables you to stay on top of all the noteworthy legal and mainstream technology articles (and podcasts and videos) published elsewhere without having to hire a research assistant. Even when you're busy, you won't want to miss each issue's Pick of the Week. Please subscribe now.

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

Newly Essential Legal Technology; Apple Watch Musings; Apple Watch Step Tracking and Heart Rate Monitoring Myths Busted

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Michael Schwartz, Technology That Has Recently Become Essential for Law Practice

Kalani Patterson, Apple Watch Musings From a Techie and Watch Fan

Neil Squillante, A Deeper Dive Into the Apple Watch's Step Tracking and Heart Rate Monitoring

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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Entertainment/Hobbies/Recreation | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Battle Tested Backup Plan for Law Firms; Integrating PCLaw and Time Matters; Paragraph Numbering in Word; Review of Everything

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Karen McCormick, A Battle Tested Backup Plan for Law Firms

Caren Schwartz, Tips for Integrating PCLaw and Time Matters

Terese Driscoll, Simple Paragraph Numbering in Word (Yes It's Possible)

Tom Trottier, Review: Everything for Filename Searches

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

How to Receive TL Answers
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 | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Excerpt From "Glass Half Full" Plus How to Sell Your Law Firm

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 25, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Last week, Oxford University Press published Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession by lawyer and law professor Benjamin Barton. Of particular interest, the book analyzes the decline in solo and small firm earnings over the past 30 years. It also explores how courts and legislatures have made litigation less lucrative, and the impact of consumer services such as Legal Zoom. This issue of SmallLaw contains the entire Introduction from the book. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for your escape hatch — how to appraise and sell your law firm.

How to Receive SmallLaw
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 | Law Office Management | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Review of FactBox Plus Sensory Demonstrative Evidence

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 25, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Many litigators use practice management software, Outlook, or even a spreadsheet to manage their cases. These are all fine tools for storing information but not for analyzing it. In this issue of LitigationWorld, appellate lawyer Joshua Auriemma reviews case analysis software FactBox. Josh reports on FactBox's learning curve, supported data types, timeline generator, collaboration tools, reports, price, and more. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week to learn about the growing use of sensory demonstrative evidence.

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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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SWING Porter for Outlook: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an Outlook add-on that exports messages and attachments into PDF format for document management and other purposes (see article below), a legal research service with a new online publishing tool for showcasing your legal expertise, an e-ink reader with a high-resolution display, and a WiFi security camera. Don't miss the next issue.

AN ADD-ON FOR OUTLOOK'S MISSING PDF EXPORT

Many of email's pain points no longer exist thanks to accounts accessible from multiple devices, push notifications, robust searching, and effective spam filters. However, one pain point remains for lawyers in particular -- getting email messages and attachments out of Outlook and into PDF format for archiving purposes, ediscovery, and sharing with clients.

SWING Porter for Outlook … in One Sentence

Launched recently, SWING Porter for Outlook is an add-on that automates exporting email from Outlook and converting it into PDF format.

The Killer Feature

SWING Porter for Outlook resides on the Outlook Ribbon after installation. If you have many users, you can also perform a network installation of the software. Once installed, you can export one or more messages, folders, etc. In addition to exporting email messages and their attachments to multiple PDF files, you can also export to PDF Binders or PDF Packages.

When you create a PDF Binder, SWING Porter for Outlook converts all the email messages or folders you select into a single PDF file. Inside, a table of contents mimics your organizational structure in Outlook's Navigation Pane. "In this way, you can conveniently create an electronic closing binder with just one click on the SWING Porter for Outlook export button," SWING CEO David Jakelic tells us.

A PDF Package provides an alternative method of saving multiple email messages and attachments in a single PDF file. Each message exists as an attachment within a PDF Package. A built-in navigation pane enables you to browse, search, and sort these messages by date, sender, etc. "Coupled with the ability to import Office and other types of documents, a PDF Package provides an ideal way to save your client matter data all in one place," says Jakelic.

Other Notable Features

Dynamic Conversion Profiles enable you to apply different conversion settings to each PDF export. The default profiles should cover "90% of use cases" according to Jakelic, but you can customize these defaults or create entirely new profiles. Settings include the context in which a profile should appear (e.g., single message selected, folder selected, etc.), the format of the export (multiple PDF files, Binder, or Package), the file naming convention, and the destination for the file.

File names can match whatever system your firm uses thanks to the ability to create a formula from all the data fields available in Outlook. For example, you can use date and time sent or received, the sender and/or recipient's name, the name of the folder in which the message resides, etc.

Instead of manually invoking SWING Porter for Outlook, you can automate exports by setting up a rule on a timed schedule.

What Else Should You Know?

SWING Porter for Outlook starts at $99 per user. Volume discounts exist. For example a 5-user pack costs $420. A license includes all updates for the current version and email support. You can try the software for free. Learn more about SWING Porter for Outlook.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
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.

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