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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)

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A Lawyer Reflects on Meditation and Mindfulness Plus 45 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 46 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.

Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?

2015 Legal Rebels

Social Profile SEO

Dealing With Bad Online Reviews

Congratulations to Ernie Svenson of Ernie the Attorney on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: A Lawyer Reflects on Meditation and Mindfulness

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The Best Smartphone Car Mount Plus 48 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 31, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 49 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.

Smart Collaboration Tools for Law Firms

Cloud Software Checklist for Law Firms

Review: Black's Law Dictionary (10th Edition)

A Salute to Solo Programmers

Congratulations to Nick Guy of The Wirecutter on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best Smartphone Car Mount

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Review of Adobe Acrobat DC: Why It's Simultaneously Amazing and Annoying

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, August 31, 2015

Originally published on August 28 in our free TL Serendipity newsletter. Instead of reading TL Serendipity here, sign up now to receive future issues in realtime.

Adobe Acrobat DC is huge leap forward but annoying at the same time. It costs $14.99 per month unless you want it on just one computer in which case it costs a one-time $449 ($199 if upgrading).

Except perhaps for compatibility, there's no reason to buy the standalone license because Acrobat DC's best new feature is Mobile Link.

This technology (which you can turn off) saves every PDF document you open in your Adobe Document Cloud account after which you can then open that same document on other devices running Acrobat DC. It works even if you open the document for just a few seconds and then close it. On your other devices, Mobile Link presents a list of "Recent" documents with that document at the top. This brief video shows you how seamlessly it works. It's nice not having to use Dropbox, etc. as an intermediary.

I find Mobile Link invaluable because I often use my iPad as a second monitor of sorts to display a document. I open the document on my Mac, close it, and then open it via Mobile Link on my iPad. This all happens in just a few seconds. It's like magic.

Similarly, when I need access to a document on the go, I just open it quickly on my Mac knowing it'll be available on my iPhone later. Again, no time-consuming copying into a Dropbox folder and then digging it up on the iPhone later.

Now that I've sung the praises of Acrobat DC, let me explain what annoys me.

Every time you open a PDF document on a Mac or PC, the Mobile Link window also opens listing your Recent Files. There's no way to turn off this behavior except perhaps to turn off Mobile Link. I'm now trained to press Command-W twice every time I close a PDF document so that I also close this window. Here's an Adobe forum discussion about this feature.

By contrast, the iOS app is a thing of beauty. You're either viewing a document or viewing Mobile Link. One gets out of the way when you want the other. Perhaps Adobe wanted to make the desktop version work like the mobile app but these two computing paradigms require different approaches.

The other annoyance is the license you get for your very expensive $14.99 per month. You can install Acrobat DC on only two Mac/PC class computers (and an unlimited number of Android or iOS devices).

We live in a multi-device world thanks to reliable syncing services from Apple, Dropbox, Google, Microsoft, and others. Indeed, Adobe created Mobile Link for this reason only to tie an anchor around its neck with the two-computers restriction. If you have a work computer, home computer, and an ultrabook for traveling you can't use Acrobat DC on one of them. Ditto if you run Windows inside a Mac at work and have another computer at home. These are common scenarios.

Adobe should take a lesson from Microsoft — the new Microsoft. Office 365 Business and Business Premium cost $8.25 and $12.50 per month respectively. With these, you get to install Microsoft Office, arguably more important than Acrobat given the many Acrobat alternatives, on five Mac/PC class computers, five tablets, and five smartphones. Business Premium also includes business-class email, and contacts and calendar syncing.

I understand that Adobe doesn't want a small business of four or five people to buy one license and share the login. But in being so restrictive it hurts enterprise and prosumer users — pretty much the only people willing to spend money on software.

Neil J. Squillante created TechnoLawyer and serves as its publisher. His areas of expertise include advertising and publishing technologies, information architecture, persuasive writing techniques, and statistical analysis and research. Before founding TechnoLawyer, Neil practiced commercial, intellectual property, and securities litigation at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City. Neil received his JD from UCLA and served as a managing editor of the UCLA Law Review. He received his BA in Economics from Duke University.

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Review of Adobe Acrobat DC; Cloud Backup Blues; Typography for Lawyers; Legal Technology Enthusiasm Gap

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 28, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review of Adobe Acrobat DC: Why It's Simultaneously Amazing and Annoying

Roy Greenberg, Is Your Only Backup in the Cloud?

Thomas RuBane, Typography for Lawyers

Steven Brower, The Legal Technology Enthusiasm Gap Among Young Lawyers

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FRE 502(d) an Underused Safety Net Plus 41 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 42 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.

How to Use Collective Nouns Correctly

Chat Is the New Email in Ediscovery

Social Proof and Jurors

A New Type of Hotel for Lengthy Stays

Congratulations to Selina Billington and Daniel M. Braude of JD Supra on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: FRE 502(d) An Underused Safety Net

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Make PDF Page Numbers Match Reality; Judgment Calculations; Hard Cost Recovery Tip; Custom Screens in Amicus Attorney

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Kathleen Cully, How to Get PDF Page Numbers to Match Reality Using Acrobat; Soda PDF

Tom Trottier, Tip: Free Software for Calculating Judgments

John Ahern, Tip: Make Clients Pay Directly for Hard Costs

Caren Schwartz, Creating Custom Screens and Reports in Amicus Attorney

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Lexis for Microsoft Office 5.2: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an software that adds legal proofreading and research tools to Microsoft Outlook and Word (see article below), case analysis software that integrates with a legal research service, and two applications that enable you to run virtual OS X and Windows machines on a Mac. Don't miss the next issue.

ADD PROOFREADING TOOLS AND MORE TO MICROSOFT OFFICE

All legal documents inevitably contain errors. As a lawyer, you're responsible for getting the law right. But you should not have to shoulder the burden of finding inconsistencies, undefined terms, and other common issues — especially because they're easy to miss. These mundane but critically important tasks are best handled by software.

Lexis for Microsoft Office 5.2 … in One Sentence

Launching this week, Lexis for Microsoft Office 5.2 brings proofreading, legal research, and drafting tools to Microsoft Word and Outlook.

The Killer Feature

The new version of Lexis for Microsoft Office includes proofreading tools for drafting and review powered by Microsystems' well-regarded EagleEye technology.

From the Microsoft Word ribbon, you can use the Terms & Phrases tool to find undefined terms and inconsistent phrases in your document. The Definitions List ensures that you don't miss any defined terms or use inconsistent definitions for the same term.

Lexis for Microsoft Office also checks your document for accuracy and completeness. Regarding the former, it finds missing quotation marks and parenthesis, inconsistent numbering, and incorrect references. Regarding the latter, you can mark items as incomplete using your own custom term such as "Review." Later, you can locate all of these items for removal/replacement before you share the document.

"Effective and efficient document review is vital to the success of litigation and transactional practitioners alike," LexisNexis vice president, Lexis Advance Jeff Pfeifer tells us. "With the integration of EagleEye tools, we are giving Lexis for Microsoft Office users powerful means to automatically scan for consistency and errors, enabling them to deliver more precise, accurate, and complete agreements, briefs, pleadings and other documents."

Other Notable Features

In addition to the EagleEye integration, Lexis for Microsoft Office now integrates with document management systems through Lexis Search Advantage. From one search box, you can search Lexis Advance, your firm's documents, and/or the open web.

The integration with Lexis Advance has grown deeper too. Most notably, your Lexis Advance Work Folders now appear within Word and Outlook so that you can save, search, and download source materials without leaving these programs. Using drag and drop, you can insert quotations from cases, phrases from Matthew Bender forms, etc. into your Word documents and email messages.

The new version of Lexis for Microsoft Office also includes enhancements to the litigation tools. When creating a table of authorities with Lexis for Microsoft Office, you can now use "passim" in place of the page numbers cited. Settings enable you to adjust when it should appear. The page numbers remain intact below the surface so you can still click for a pinpoint preview of the source. Lexis for Microsoft Office supports the 20th edition of The Bluebook.

Also new, Get Cited Documents now exists in both Word and Outlook since email messages often include citations. As its name suggests, this tool retrieves from Lexis Advance source materials cited in a Word document or email message.

What Else Should You Know?

Lexis for Microsoft Office works with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. It requires Microsoft Office 2007 or later and a Lexis Advance subscription. Learn more about Lexis for Microsoft Office 5.2.

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Are Paralegals Necessary? Plus 40 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 41 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 Read "The Martian"

How to Hire the Best People to Grow Your Firm

Multiple Practice Areas and Your Website

How to Stay Connected With Referral Sources

Congratulations to Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Are Paralegals Necessary?

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Review of Lookeen Plus 78 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 24, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 79 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.

All Mac Law Office Part 1

All Mac Law Office Part 2

Choosing a Cheap Laptop to Fit Your Needs

2015 ABA Tech Survey on iOS Usage

Congratulations to M. David Stone of PCMag.com on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Lookeen (Desktop and Outlook Search)

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Reviews of MacBook Air, MacLocks, Duet Display; Apple Watch v. iPhone; Dragon v. Transcription; WordPerfect Loyalty

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 24, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

David Beck, Review: MacBook Air, MacLocks Lock, Duet Display

Neil Squillante, Why the Apple Watch Is Not Just a Small iPhone Plus Leather Loop Review

Thomas Sennett, Dragon Versus Dictation + Transcription

Tommy Lee, The One Reason I Use WordPerfect

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