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The Lawyer's Guide to a Well-Appointed iPad (Third Edition)

By Neil J. Squillante | Monday, October 3, 2016

Notwithstanding its immersive nature, ease of use, and large app library, the iPad suffers from a misperception that it's a toy not suitable for real legal work.

The Lawyer's Guide to a Well-Appointed iPad sets the record straight, and will help you better leverage your iPad. Co-authored by seven iPad experts — all lawyers — it offers a carefully curated collection of apps, accessories, and power user tips.

Don't have an iPad? Chapter 1 guides you to the best iPad model and configuration for your needs.

The ebook is in PDF format, and designed such that you can read it on your iPad without having to squint or pinch-to-zoom. It also looks great on desktop and laptop monitors.

Download your free PDF copy of this ebook now.

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Lawyer Jay Brinker's Favorite iPhone Apps Plus 74 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, August 13, 2018

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 75 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Lawyer iPhone stories: Jay Brinker

Compare Documents Faster and Gain Deeper Insights Without Leaving Microsoft Word

Strength in Numbering: How to Create Foolproof Section Numbers in Microsoft Word Documents

Review: MacSparky iPhone Field Guide

Remembering Ross Kodner

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Compare Documents Faster and Gain Deeper Insights Without Leaving Microsoft Word

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, August 9, 2018

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers document comparison software that adds legal-specific functionality to Microsoft Word's Track Changes and which integrates with popular document management systems (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a Mac document management system that combines the familiarity of the Finder with legal-specific tools such as automated email capture, a legal payments platform that enables your firm to accept payment by e-check or credit card without having to change your billing process, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Microsoft Word's Track Changes offers a barebones document comparison experience designed for the mass market, not legal professionals. But it's convenient because it resides where you work — in Word. Recognizing this, Evolution Software set out to enhance Track Changes rather than require you to change your workflow.

NOVO Compare … in One Sentence

Evolution Software's NOVO Compare is document comparison software that enhances Microsoft Word's Track Changes for generating legal-specific redlines.

The Killer Feature

NOVO Compare resides in its own toolbar on the Microsoft Word Ribbon. Once you configure NOVO Compare, the QuickCompare menu enables you to compare documents with a minimum of clicks. "Our clients asked us to develop a better way to quickly and efficiently compare documents," says CEO Chris Cangero. "QuickCompare is our solution, delivering a practical design and advanced automation."

With QuickCompare, you can compare the active document to another open document in the background, a local or network document via Windows Explorer, or a different document or version in your document management system (DMS). Without any extra clicks, you can decide to make the active or the target document the baseline.

NOVO Compare integrates with the following DMS — iManage, NetDocuments, OpenText, SharePoint, and Worldox. If you use one of these, QuickCompare gains additional options such as comparing he last two versions of a document in your DMS, two different documents in your DMS, or a document in your DMS to a local document.

"NOVO Compare and QuickCompare specifically is of great value to our firm's users," Cheyenne Harden, Director of Information Technology at O'Reilly Rancilio P.C. "QuickCompare allows our staff to reduce the time it takes to produce and correct legal documents. It is truly a timesaver!"

Other Notable Features

NOVO Compare offers a deep collection of settings. You can save sets of settings and switch among them from the toolbar. Most importantly, you can decide what to include and exclude when comparing documents. For example, you can exclude white space, comments, formatting and case changes, etc. You can also modify how changes are shown and in what color.

Other settings enable you to choose the format of the redline (DOCX, DOC, PDF, or XPS), the page layout, whether to show the reviewing pane, how to handle paragraph and footnote numbering, and whether to create a Comparison Summary report in a separate document or before or after the redline. One of the more interesting settings acknowledges today's widescreen monitors, enabling you to show the original and modified documents alongside the redline. In this view, scrolling through the redline automatically scrolls the other two documents.

A number of tools exist for reviewing a redline and accepting/rejecting changes. You can magnify changes to make them easier to see without changing the formatting of the underlying document. You can also switch between a traditional redline view and Word's inline track changes. If you prefer reviewing on paper, you can choose from two settings depending on how much detail you want.

What Else Should You Know?

NOVO Compare integrates with Outlook for sharing redlines. Select the format, and send only the redline or also the original and/or the modified document. NOVO Compare costs $99 per user per year. This includes new features, software updates, and technical support. Learn more about NOVO Compare.

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Viable Options for Paperless Note Taking Plus 40 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 41 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.

Viral Facebook Post on Mansplaining Female Litigator Attire at Vermont Bar Association Trial Academy

Is Wikipedia a Reliable Legal Authority?

Mobile Device Discovery

How to Increase Cause Strikes and Save Your Best Jurors During Voir Dire

Congratulations to Jeff Schoenberger of Solo in Colo on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: A Noteworthy Item

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Manage Your Time Better With a Block Schedule Plus 43 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 44 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Candace Wells of Solo Practice University on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Build the Life You Want to Build with a Block Schedule Part 1

Talented but Overlooked: Introverted Lawyers

Succession and Selling Your Law Practice

The Ten Essential Directories Where You Need to Be Found

How to Stop Saying "Um," "Ah," and "You Know"

The Top 10 Rules for Client Testimonials

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How Lawyer David Sparks Uses Dual Monitors Plus 59 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, August 6, 2018

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 60 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to David Sparks of MacSparky on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Two Screens

Meet LEA: Practice Management Software Tailor Made for Criminal Law

How to Convert a PDF to a Microsoft Word Document

Review of Microsoft Surface Go

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Monitors

Think Niches for Your Path to Riches Plus 55 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 56 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Dan X. Nguyen of GP Solo on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Be Profitable in Several Niches

Banking, Startup Costs, and Financing Your Law Practice

Outsource Your Office Tasks and Unleash Your Earning Potential

Let's Get Moving: Updating Your Online Profiles

Today's Example of Marketing Malpractice

Industrialized Social Media

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Arent Fox's New Manhattan Office Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Jul 23 to Jul 29)

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves 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.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Dentons Canada Welcomes a Well-Respected 10-Member Team to the Firm’s Real Estate and Litigation Practice

Labor & Employment Litigator John Yslas Joins Seyfarth in Los Angeles

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Commercial Litigator Miguel Alexander Pozo to Its Minneapolis Office

Mayer Brown Welcomes Fund Formation Partner Aubry Smith in New York

Congratulations to Joe Patrice of Above the Law on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Biglaw Firm Designs New Office Around the Reality of Telecommuting.

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Topics: BiglawWorld | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Legal Apps for Mobile Lawyers Plus 65 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, July 30, 2018

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 66 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Seth G. Rowland and Samuel Rowland of GP Solo on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Legal Apps for the Lawyer on the Go

That's Not the Finder, That's DocMoto v4

Lawyers Should Be Concerned About a New Gmail Security Issue: Here's How to Fix It

Cool Court Tools for the Mobile Litigator

Review of 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance

Review of PDF Viewer for iOS

Review of Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (Video)

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That's Not the Finder, That's DocMoto v4

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, July 26, 2018

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a Mac document management system that combines the familiarity of the Finder with legal-specific tools such as automated email capture (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a legal payments platform that enables your firm to accept payment by e-check or credit card without having to change your billing process, document assembly software that you can use within other applications such as your document or practice management system, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Given that tens of millions of people use Macs, Apple does not focus on the needs of law firms when it creates new versions of macOS. As a result, law firms grow increasingly frustrated with the rudimentary document management tools in the Finder as they amass more documents and client-related email.

DocMoto v4 … in One Sentence

CHL Software's DocMoto v4 is a Mac document management system with a new Finder-like interface that offers organizational and sharing tools for documents and email.

The Killer Feature

"DocMoto version 4 merges the latest thinking from Apple along with our own designs and customer feedback to produce a DMS that better serves the way lawyers really work," says Director of CHL Software Neil Cameron.

DocMoto looks like a Finder window. You'll immediately notice a side panel with three sections — DocMoto, Favorites, and Recent Documents. The DocMoto section gives you access to all documents via the nested folders your firm uses, your own private documents, and documents you've trashed. You can save frequently-used folders as Favorites for faster access, and open documents you're working on with one-click in the Recent Documents section.

You can open any folder in a new tab. "This tabs layout allows attorneys to keep multiple matters open simultaneously all in the one interface," says Cameron. Searches also open in a new tab so that you won't lose your place. Save any search as a Shared View, which updates in realtime as new documents are created that match your search criteria. Rounding out the new interface, a customizable toolbar enables you check documents in/out, list all versions of document, and much more.

Other Notable Features

Document management without email is incomplete so DocMoto now connects to email accounts such as Exchange, Office 365, and Gmail, and offers several tools to automate the capture of client-related email. One tool — Mailbox Rules — consists of customizable filters. For example, a rule could capture all email to or from a client. An administrator can maintain a set of standard rules for all users. Advanced users can create their own rules, including exclusionary rules to ignore personal email.

Mailbox Patterns give users more control of what email to store in DocMoto but still offer automation. Once created, Mailbox Patterns watch folders in connected email accounts, and copy messages and attachments that match to the correct location in DocMoto. Like the previous version, DocMoto also offers manual import of email via drag and drop.

When you open a document or email message in DocMoto, a three-pane display shows you the document's location, metadata such as who last edited it, and a thumbnail. From here you can view or edit the document, the latter of which checks it out and creates a new version.

"When we moved our documents to DocMoto, it was great to have access to all documents without syncing to a computer and eating up hard drive space," says Kelley McFarland, Lead Litigation Paralegal at Brown Law LLP. "Our colleagues quickly realized how easy it was to share documents with people inside and outside the firm by creating shared links to folders rather than putting documents on a USB drive."

What Else Should You Know?

The new version of DocMoto also features beefed up security, including a setting to throttle the number of documents users can download to prevent internal sabotage or theft. Learn more about DocMoto v4.

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Review of Nozbe for Task Management and Delegation; Three Law Firms Share Their Scan Plan

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, July 20, 2018

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Tom Stubbs, Review of Nozbe for Task Management and Delegation

Harry Steinmetz, Our Law Firm's Scan Plan Using Fujitsu ScanSnap and Brother MFC Equipment

David Mooney, Our Law Firm's Scan Plan Using Fujitsu ScanSnap

Douglas Evans, Our Law Firm's Five Scanner Scan Plan

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

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | TL Serendipity
 
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