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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Legal: Read Our Exclusive Report

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers speech recognition software for lawyers that works with nearly any microphone such as the one on your smartphone (see article below), a cloud word processor with new spreadsheet functionality, an iOS scanning app with OCR, and an online payroll processing service. Don't miss the next issue.


A meme exists to the effect that no one makes telephone calls anymore. Except that many people still make many telephone calls, including lawyers. Furthermore, voice recognition has become an area of intense research. Every smartphone now includes it. In short, your voice is still a thing. Maybe you should learn to use it more productively.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Legal … in One Sentence

Launched earlier this month, Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Legal is speech recognition software designed for legal work.

The Killer Feature

In Dragon's early days, the difference between success and failure depended on your diligence and your microphone. It required reading training materials and an optimized microphone. Nuance realizes that training software is like watching paint dry and thus a deal killer.

The microphones built into computers have become so good that Dragon 13 Legal works with most of them. Automatic microphone detection lists all available microphones, enabling you to switch among them. If you prefer dictating on your feet or perhaps while holding a yoga pose, you can use your Android smartphone or iPhone as a wireless microphone. Alternatively, you can dictate into the free Dragon Recorder app for the iPhone and then import the files into Dragon 13 Legal.

Nuance has also eliminated the need to train the software (though it remains an option for optimal accuracy). You can expect 99% accuracy out of the box with this percentage improving as the software adapts to your voice. A language model tuned for legal terms and a legal dictionary means that Dragon 13 Legal understands legalese. The software also knows how to format citations.

Other Notable Features

The Dragon 13 Legal Macro Recorder enables you to integrate with any other product you use. For example, you can create a voice macro to run a conflicts search in your practice management system. Meanwhile, Smart Format Rules enable you to teach Dragon 13 Legal how to handle abbreviations, paragraph numbers, etc. to obviate having to make the same corrections repeatedly.

Another automation feature of sorts enables you to proofread your documents by listening to them. You can play your original dictation, but you'll likely find the text-to-speech playback more helpful.

What Else Should You Know?

Dragon 13 Legal enables you to control the toolbar and other commands by voice in popular applications such as Microsoft Word 2010 and later, WordPerfect X6 and later, Gmail, and the major web browsers. Dragon 13 Legal requires Windows 7 or later. It costs $799. If you don't need the legal features, Dragon 13 Premium costs $199 and Dragon 13 Professional costs $599. Learn more about Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Legal.

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How to Get a Proper Email Address Using Google Apps for Work Plus 51 More Must-Reads

Monday, October 20, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: 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 BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

Review: OS X Yosemite

Why Lawyers Will Love the iPad Air 2

The Best App for Wireless iPad Presentations

2014 Legal Technology Surveys (Podcast)

Congratulations to Peggy Greunke of GPSolo on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Get a Proper Email Address Using Google Apps for Work

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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.

Drilling Deep for Discovery Plus Why Litigators Love Adverbs

Monday, October 20, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: An employee falls through a hole on the deck of an oil rig and sues. The defendant company digs deep into its email archives to find exculpatory photos of the deck. Another victory for ediscovery technology, right? Wrong. The defendant quickly found itself facing "death penalty" sanctions. In this issue of LitigationWorld, lawyer and ediscovery expert Joshua Gilliland explains the discovery lessons for litigators in this recent appellate opinion. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week to learn why litigators love adverbs in legal writing.

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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.

Hendrickson Law Firm Leans in With an Assist From Software Plus 10 Questions for a Web Designer

Friday, October 17, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Three women team up and find success. It sounds like a music act, but in this case it's a litigation boutique with offices in three cities that handles complex cases. In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and journalist Marin Feldman profiles Nancy Hendrickson, Julie Thrall Burrow, and Carolyn Guy, partners of Hendrickson Law Firm. You'll learn about the happy accident that gave birth to the firm as well as the software that enables the trio to offer its clients much lower rates than the large firms against which it competes. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for 10 questions to ask before hiring a law firm website designer.

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Defending Android; Reviews of Nuance Power PDF, Bartender; Home Office Client Meetings

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Mark Olberding, Defending Android

Leonard Benade, Review: Nuance Power PDF Advanced

Jeremy Clark, Review: Bartender (Mac Automation)

Bruce Brightwell, Meeting With Clients When You Work at Home

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

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