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Reviews of MessageSave and X1, Bates Stamps; Time Matters and WordPerfect X7; Paragraph Numbering; Apple Watch; Much More

Friday, February 27, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Robin Meadow, Review: MessageSave and X1 Together

John Dorst, Three Products We Use for Bates Stamp

Matthew Appleton, Time Matters and WordPerfect X7 Integration in the Works

Steven Schwaber, Why Paragraph Numbering in WordPerfect Makes Word Users Jealous

Roland Cole, Where the Rubber Meets the Road for Speech Recognition

Charles Stotter, Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as Laptop and Tablet

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

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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.

Synergy Tools 1.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire The feature article of today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a Windows utility that automates common law office document tasks. The Roundup section covers an online store for interactive legal forms, a virtual legal consultation and lawyer referral service, and a social news app. Also, if you missed last week's TL NewsWire feature article, you'll find an excerpt and link below.


Many small law firms suffer from a variety of document-related collaboration problems. For example, you email your colleague a Word document to review. Your colleague doesn't know where the original document resides on your firm's file server (or shared hard drive) so the final version ends up trapped in email instead of in its proper place.

Synergy Tools 1.0 … in One Sentence

Launched this month, Legal Matters Software's Synergy Tools 1.0 is a Windows Explorer companion utility that automates common law office document tasks.

The Killer Feature

Synergy Tools uses your existing file structure so it resembles Windows Explorer and even contains a button that takes you to the same location in Windows Explorer.

The Email Document Link button addresses the above email collaboration issue. Instead of attaching one or more documents to an email message, you email a link to the document. When your colleague clicks the link, the original document opens. Your colleague can work on the document without needing to know its location, and can reply to your email message when finished.

Other Notable Features

Lawyers of course also need to email documents to clients and others. This means leaving Windows Explorer to start an email message, and then returning to Windows Explorer to drag the document into the email message. In Synergy Tools, you select one or more documents, and then click the Email Document button. This automatically creates an email message with the documents appended as attachments.

The PDF format has become ubiquitous in law firms. Synergy Tools contains three PDF-related features. Convert to PDF converts any documents you select into PDF format using the same file name. Merge as PDF enables you to combine all selected documents into a single PDF file in the order you specify such as for deal books and ebriefs. Number PDF Pages enables you to apply a stamp to every page in a PDF file. You can use it for Bates stamping as it accommodates any combination of letters, numbers, and other symbols in sequential order.

Lawyers often need to efile PDF documents. Instead of navigating your firm's file structure, the Copy File Path button in Synergy Tools copies a document's file path to your clipboard that you can paste into your web browser's document upload window. The similar Copy Folder Path takes your web browser to the folder with documents you want to upload.

You'll also find two document management technologies in Synergy Tools. Document Date places the creation date at the beginning of the file name for all selected documents. This enables you bulk name documents created prior to adopting this best practice. New Version creates a new version of a document with a sequential number in its file name.

Finally, Synergy Tools includes Synergy Signature, which also exists as a standalone product. Synergy Signature enables you to apply your scanned signature in a Word or PDF document.

What Else Should You Know?

"After visiting with many law firms over the years, we found that most suffer from the same document-related inefficiencies," Legal Matters Software CEO John Ryan told us." Synergy Tools eliminates each of these, dramatically improving productivity at a pay-once price any law firm can afford. "Synergy Tools runs on Windows Vista and later. It costs $24.95. Learn more about Synergy Tools 1.0.

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How to Take Control of Email Plus 40 More Must-Reads

Wednesday, February 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.

Who Ought to Answer Your Phone?

Why So Many Lawyers Are Broke Part 2

50 Shades of Content Marketing for Law Firms

Seven Reasons Networking Is Dead or Should Be

Congratulations to Caitlin Moon of Law Technology Today on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Take Control of Email

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How to Get Started With OneNote Plus 44 More Must-Reads

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 45 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.

The Only Safe Place to Buy a Windows PC

Seven Time-Saving Tips for Office for iPad

The Illustrated LegalTech New York 2015

The Last of the Typewriter Men

Congratulations to Derek Walter of PCWorld on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Get Started With OneNote

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How I Won a Low-Budget Trial With Help From Five Apps and an iPad Plus a Judge's Brief Writing Tips

Monday, February 23, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Litigator Stephen Hayes had a problem — a client with no money and an opposing party with no assets whose legal fees were paid by his parents. In this issue of LitigationWorld, Stephen explains how he used five low cost apps and an old iPad to connect the dots in thousands of pages of documents, and prepare a focused presentation at trial during which he successfully undermined the opposing party's expert witness. Stephen managed to remain within his client's tiny budget thanks in part to these technologies. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a federal judge's 10 tips for effective brief 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.

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