TechnoLawyer NewsWire
So many products, so little time. TL NewsWire is a weekly newsletter that discusses and links to hot new products and services of interest to legal professionals.
Concise, informative, fun to read, and jargon-free, TL NewsWire enables you to stay on top of more than 225 new products and services every year. We structure each article so that you can quickly understand the function of each product, and zero in on its most important features.

Periodically, we publish special roundup issues of TL NewsWire that focus on a single product category (e.g., ergonomic desks, personalized iPad news apps, etc.). Every December, we publish a special issue listing the most popular new products of the year according to TL NewsWire subscribers.

TL NewsWire is free. Subscribe now to TL NewsWire and any of our other newsletters by using the form on this page.


Read a recent issue
Join TechnoLawyer Now
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP: 14,910
Your First Name: 
Your Last Name: 
Email Address: 
Create Password: 
Retype Password: 
Alternate Email 
(optional)
Recent Issues

Below you can see some recent issues of this newsletter.

Return to List of Recent Issues

Spark: Read Our Exclusive Report

Wednesday, July 01, 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.

SWING Porter for Outlook: Read Our Exclusive Report

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.

Pathagoras On Cloud: Read Our Exclusive Report

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud document assembly software with a built-in word processor designed for automating legal documents (see article below), an online marketing service for lawyers willing to review contracts for a flat fee, a secure portal for sharing documents with clients, and a legal dictionary app for iPad and iPhone. Don't miss the next issue.

CLOUD DOCUMENT ASSEMBLY WITHOUT PROGRAMMING

Like all technologies, document assembly has become accessible to law firms of all sizes thanks to advancements in computer power and software design. However, document assembly software has lagged behind other types of legal software in the migration to the cloud because of the complex setup typically required not to mention the need for a word processor.

Pathagoras On Cloud … in One Sentence

Launched this week, ISPV's Pathagoras On Cloud is a cloud document automation system.

The Killer Feature

Pathagoras On Cloud features a browser-based word processor designed for document automation. It runs in desktop and mobile web browsers, including Android, iPad, Mac, and Windows.

You can either create documents from scratch or upload templates in Word format. Either way, you can store an unlimited number of templates and documents in your account using a traditional folder system. You can sync your Pathagoras On Cloud folders with folders on your desktop computer (Windows available now, Mac soon).

"We listened, and have finally made our 'plain text' approach to document automation available to a larger audience," ISPV Founder and Chief Programmer Roy Lasris tells us. "With the launch of Pathagoras On Cloud, anyone anywhere from any device can create transactional and other documents for their clients. Like Pathagoras 'on Earth,' Pathagoras On Cloud doesn't require any programming skills."

Other Notable Features

The core tools of Pathagoras On Cloud consist of Variables and Conditional Text. Variables substitute client-specific data throughout a document (e.g., client name). Conditional Text ranges from words, phrases, and clauses to whole paragraphs that you choose to include or omit. You create Variables by enclosing your own descriptive text in brackets, while you create Conditional Text by enclosing text within curly braces. Hence, the billing of Pathagoras On Cloud as using plain keyboard characters with which legal professionals are already familiar.

The Instant Database in Pathagoras On Cloud stores all the data required by your documents. Customizable fields enable you to enter anything you'll need in a document.

Unique to Pathagoras On Cloud according to Lasris is live testing -- editing and reviewing occur in the same environment. This obviates having to process your document periodically to ensure the desired output. Instead, you can preview your document as you draft with changes instantly displayed.

When you complete a document, you can download, store, and email it in Word, PDF, or plain text formats.

What Else Should You Know?

If you use the desktop version of Pathagoras, you can transfer your templates and instant database records to Pathagoras On Cloud to minimize setup. Pathagoras On Cloud costs $30 per month for the first user and $10 per month for each additional user. Discounts exist for volume purchases and also for Pathagoras desktop users. You can try Pathagoras On Cloud free for 30 days. Learn more about Pathagoras On Cloud.

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.

Nitro Pro+ 10: Read Our Exclusive Report

Friday, June 12, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers PDF software with a cloud component for electronic signatures and collaboration (see article below), a daily journal for iOS and OS X, a contact management app for Gmail, and social media marketing software for law firms. Don't miss the next issue.

PDF SOFTWARE WITH CLOUD COLLABORATION

Getting documents signed by your clients and others seems archaic compared to technology advancements in other areas. Because most people have a computer connected the Internet, you can obtain signatures more efficiently than the print-scan-email technique that remains dominant by dint of (bad) habit. Ideally, such a service should integrate with your PDF software.

Nitro Pro+ 10 … in One Sentence

Launching this week, Nitro Pro+ 10 is PDF software with a cloud component for electronic signatures, collaboration, and storage.

The Killer Feature

Nitro Pro+ 10 integrates with the company's Nitro Cloud service, which includes electronic signatures. Starting on your desktop, you use Nitro Pro+ to convert the document into PDF format. Then you "send" it to the signatory by entering their email address. Nitro Pro+ uploads it to Nitro Cloud, and emails a secure link to the signatory. The signatory clicks the link, logs in, and electronically signs the document. Nitro Cloud provides an audit trail, and notifies you of signed documents ready for download.

Nitro Cloud also offers storage for your documents as well as annotation tools that work within a web browser so that you can collaborate on PDF documents with anyone. Nitro Pro+ also integrates with Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. You can save documents directly to these services from the File menu.

Other Notable Features

The new version of Nitro Pro+ runs 40% faster than the previous version, and features improved optical character recognition. New tools enable you to clean up and straighten low-quality scans for the best possible output.

Batch processing now exists for virtually every function in Nitro Pro+. For example, you can convert, password protect, print, etc. multiple files simultaneously, including entire folders.

Nitro Pro+ now supports the creation of PDF portfolios, which enable you to combine documents of any file type into a single PDF file. The documents in the portfolio remain in their native format. You can use this tool to archive email from a case in native Outlook format, provide a client with all the documents from their matter, etc.

You'll find all the "Pro" level features you would expect in PDF software, including the ability to convert more 300 file types into PDF format, integration with the toolbar in Microsoft Office, and tools for merging, splitting, stamping, editing, annotating, commenting, and adding your own secure signature. The company guarantees that Nitro Pro+ creates 100% industry-standard PDF and PDF/A documents that anyone can view on virtually any device.

What Else Should You Know?

Nitro Pro+ costs $7.99 per month, significantly less than Acrobat DC. If you don't need Nitro Cloud (electronic signatures, online collaboration, and online storage) and/or you don't want a subscription, you can buy a traditional license of Nitro Pro for $159.99. Nitro Pro+ runs on Windows Vista and later. Learn more about Nitro Pro+ 10.

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.

Inbox by Gmail: Read Our Exclusive Report

Monday, June 01, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an app that uses machine learning to help you manage your email (see article below), an iPhone app that tracks your time at different locations, metadata removal software, and a stand for the Apple Watch. Don't miss the next issue.

RETURN OF THE EMAIL DISRUPTOR

You may not use Gmail, but Gmail explains why you have virtually unlimited storage, can search your email on the web, and rarely receive spam. Email before Gmail was like mobile phones before the iPhone. Never a company to rest on its laurels, Google now seeks to reinvent email again.

Inbox by Gmail … in One Sentence

Launched last week, Google's Inbox by Gmail is an email client that uses machine learning to automate routine tasks.

The Killer Feature

Transactional email messages often contain just a few key informational tidbits of interest that you have to hunt for because of a poor design or unwanted upselling. Inbox by Gmail enables you to obtain key information from these messages without opening them.

For example, when an order ships and a retailer sends you an email message, Inbox by Gmail displays the retailer, order description, and a tracking link rather than just the subject line. Just click the tracking link to find out when you can expect delivery. Similarly, Inbox by Gmail unearths key information from travel-related messages such as your flight number and check-in link.

Other Notable Features

Email nerds like to group similar messages together in folders or with labels. Inbox by Gmail automatically groups transactional messages into three "Bundles" — Promos, Purchases, and Trips — that obviate the need to open these messages. You can also create your own custom Bundles that follow rules you set up.

Inbox by Gmail contains a built-in task manager. You can convert an email message into a task and append a note. You can also create one-time or recurring reminders unrelated to email messages. Reminders appear at the top of your inbox. The Assists feature offers to help you with reminders if it can use data from your account or the web. You can also list your Google Keep and Google Now reminders in Inbox by Gmail.

This being a Google product, you can search your messages. You can snooze messages so that they reappear in your inbox later when you're ready to handle them or when you're at a certain location. You can view these messages anytime in the Snoozed list. If you choose "Someday," the app moves them to the Someday list.

What Else Should You Know?

Inbox by Gmail has a feature that all email clients should "borrow" — it delays sending messages for a few seconds and offers you an Undo button in case you forgot something, misaddressed the message, or have second thoughts. Inbox by Gmail is free. You can use it on the web as well as in the native Android and iPhone apps. Currently limited to consumer Gmail accounts, support for Google Apps for Work is en route. Learn more about Inbox by Gmail.

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.

As a fairly unsophisticated technophile, I find the TechnoLawyer Newswire helps explain new software, gadgets, and other products in language I can understand. Plus, it always provides links to a fuller explanation of the product or service. All in all, a very helpful read for an old lawyer trying to keep up.
- Jack P. Doran, Esq., Law Office of Jack Doran
Advertise With Us


Powered by PeerViews About Us | Advertise With Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
TechnoLawyer • PeerViews Inc., 100 Church Street, Eighth Floor, New York, NY 10007
Copyright © 2015 PeerViews Inc. All rights reserved.