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Legal Publish: Read Our Exclusive Report

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a content management system for law firms that integrates with other marketing applications (see article below), a cloud storage service with virtually no limits, an iPad app for filling out and signing PDF forms, and a free secure document sharing service. Don't miss the next issue.

CONTENT-DRIVEN REFERRAL MARKETING

Referral marketing remains king for law firms, but a new twist exists that you need to know about. Savvy law firms now publish articles online for their clients (some call these articles "blogs" or "posts" but there's no need for these new age words). Thanks to email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other such tools, clients share these articles with others. This sharing acts like a referral. This new twist on referral marketing requires a content management system (CMS).

Legal Publish … in One Sentence
Launched last week, Legal Publish is a cloud CMS specifically for law firms.

The Killer Feature

Without knowing any programming, you can create a responsive website with Legal Publish that will automatically adjust for all screen sizes from desktop to tablet to smartphone. Legal Publish includes pre-built content types such as lawyer bios and practice areas. You can extend your website anytime by adding elements such as blogs, landing pages with forms, etc.

As its name suggests, Legal Publish features a suite of publishing tools that the company claims offers more power than WordPress and its ilk. You can grant various levels of publishing rights to lawyers and others at your firm, view an audit trail for all published articles, and keep all versions of an article so that you can revert back to a prior version.

The articles you publish have integrated social sharing tools to make it easy for clients to refer others to what you publish. Readers can also print articles in PDF format, facilitating email and offline sharing. Legal Publish contains tools for search engine optimization such as the ability to cross link key words back to earlier articles.

Other Notable Features

Legal Publish integrates with a number of marketing tools for centralization purposes. Examples include Google Analytics for measuring the performance of your website, and Constant Contact and MailChimp for email newsletters.

Given Legal Publish's goal, it contains a Proposal Generator so that you can quickly send a proposal to prospects that contact you. Legal Publish can add these proposals to your customer relationship management (CRM) application if you use one for tracking purposes.

What Else Should You Know?

Legal Publish offers value-added services. For example, the company provides translation services if you need to publish articles in multiple languages. Learn more about Legal Publish.

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LAW PreDiscovery 6.6: Read Our Exclusive Report

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers new litigation software for processing electronically stored information (see article below), free local search marketing tools, an email app for iPhone, and a remote desktop app for Android, iPad, and iPhone. Don't miss the next issue.

Ediscovery Processing for the Speed Obsessed

Discovery is the most expensive component of litigation. And ediscovery is the most expensive component of discovery. Therefore, saving time during ediscovery can significantly reduce costs for your clients. This explains why ediscovery processing software exists with which relatively inexpensive litigation support staff or paralegals remove duplicates, group near duplicates, make scanned document searchable, etc. (culling) to minimize the number of documents that more expensive lawyers must review. The faster and more efficient your processing software, the more time and money you save clients on the portion of ediscovery they're least likely to appreciate.

LAW PreDiscovery 6.6 … in One Sentence

Launched recently, LexisNexis' LAW PreDiscovery 6.6 is ediscovery processing software.

The Killer Feature

After removing duplicates and making all the remaining documents you've collected searchable, you generate a so-called "load file." As its name suggests, a load file enables you to import all the documents that made the cut into an ediscovery review application so that lawyers can take a look at them. LAW PreDiscovery can create a load file not only for sibling product Concordance, but also for all the major products. Most of these products use a proprietary load file format.

Previously, if you needed to regenerate a load file or output to a different load file format, you would have to start from scratch at a speed of about 80,000 documents per hour. Think re-rendering a movie after making an edit. By contrast, the new version of LAW PreDiscovery can regenerate a load file in any supported format instantaneously.

Other Notable Features

LexisNexis has also sped up the process of making native documents in PDF or TIFF format searchable — a process known as optical character recognition or OCR. You encounter such documents when importing ediscovery. Previously, you had to designate each such document as an image before LAW PreDiscovery could perform OCR. In the new version, LAW PreDiscovery recognizes image files automatically, eliminating this step.

Some load files contain images and corresponding converted text, eliminating the need for OCR — assuming you can make use of the text. The new version of LAW PreDiscovery can associate images in a load file with its corresponding text. You can also use the software's deep set of tools on these load files — near duplicate grouping or email threading, etc.

What Else Should You Know?

Other new features include the ability to filter documents by "duplicate values" (e.g., the name of a custodian) in search results, support for Office 2013 file formats, and integration with Avanstar's Quick View Plus 13. Quick View Plus is native file viewer that can open more than 300 file formats, enabling you to convert batch convert documents into TIFF format for load file creation. LAW PreDiscovery runs on Windows 7 and 8. Learn more about LAW PreDiscovery 6.6.

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LexisNexis Concordance Traditional 10.20: Read Our Exclusive Report

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers software for reviewing and producing scanned and native discovery documents in small to midsize lawsuits (see article below), and three competing cloud practice management applications with new billing features. Don't miss the next issue.

REVIEW PAPER AND ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS IN THE SAME SOFTWARE

Parties and other witnesses create electronic evidence long before litigation. By contrast, these people enter depositions coached and guarded. Clearly, the best evidence often exists in email, social media, etc. yet most litigators ignore this evidence, especially in small cases. Accordingly, a golden age currently exists to create an unfair advantage for your clients provided you have capable and cost-effective document review software.

LexisNexis Concordance Traditional 10.20 … in One Sentence

Launched this week, LexisNexis Concordance Traditional 10.20 (Concordance) is document review software for litigation.

The Killer Feature

Concordance got its start during the era in which paper documents were scanned and then converted into PDF or TIFF format. It still handles paper documents, including the ability to make them searchable via OCR. But Concordance also handles electronic documents, including email.

The new version's Find Attachments feature enables your searches to list both relevant email messages and attachments. You can search attachments separately if you prefer or automatically include attachments in your searches.

Regardless of how you choose to search, you'll find a significant speed boost. Also, you can batch tag email and attachments with one or more issue codes for later retrieval.

Other Notable Features

Concordance has a new Database Creation Wizard to help you get started. You choose from Load File, E-Documents, or Email. After that, the Wizard walks you through the rest of the process. You can use the Wizard as often as necessary to import all the data you've collected from your client or received from opposing counsel.

Concordance imports metadata along with the documents. You can add missing metadata and supplement the metadata. The new Edit Layout feature enables you to customize Concordance to display only the metadata fields you need.

Also new is Persistent Search. As its name implies, you can search for a term that you definitely need such as the name of a witness. The relevant documents persist after which you can search for other terms within your persistent search. You can have Concordance display your persistent search terms in one color and your other search terms in a different color.

Introduced in the previous version, Concordance Native Viewer is the area of the software in which you perform most of your work. You can view, annotate, and tag documents in virtually any format without having to convert them, and then export documents for depositions, productions, etc. in PDF or TIFF format.

LexisNexis has added two new features to Concordance Native Viewer — Sticky Rotate and Sticky Zoom. The former keeps documents rotated in the correct orientation while the latter maintains any zoom settings you apply. You can revert back to the original rotation and zoom anytime.

What Else Should You Know?

Concordance runs on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. LexisNexis sells it on a concurrent license model. This enables you to install it on everyone's computer so that anyone can use it when needed provided the total number of concurrent users remains at or below the license you purchased (you can boost the number of concurrent users if you underestimate your needs). Learn more about LexisNexis Concordance Traditional 10.20.

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.

PhraseExpander Professional 4.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

Friday, May 30, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a document assembly program for storing and using collections of frequently-used phrases (see article below), a Microsoft Word document assembly add-on for creating sets of documents, an iPhone email app with automated actions, and a WiFi electrical outlet for controlling devices with your smartphone. Don't miss the next issue.

TYPE LESS, WRITE MORE

You've got 168 hours per week. You can bill and/or free up more of these hours in several ways, delegation being the most obvious. Hoever, you need to spend some time in front of a computer no matter how much you delegate. Therefore, software can also make you more efficient. In fact, the more you delegate, the more likely you'll use your computer in the exact same way every time — for example sending a draft document to a client. Similarly, those to whom you delegate should deliver work product that looks like you created it.

PhraseExpander Professional 4.0 … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Nagarsoft's PhraseExpander Professional 4.0 (PhraseExpander) is a document assembly program that enables you to enter stored text into any Windows program using shortcuts.

The Killer Feature

Unlike traditional document assembly programs, PhraseExpander requires no programming. Instead, you copy and paste or type your phrases and corresponding mnemonic shortcuts.

As your collection of shortcuts grows, you and your staff will likely forget how to invoke some of them or forget if a specific phrase exists in PhraseExpander.

To address this issue, PhraseExpander's new Quick Find enables you to search for phrases and shortcuts. It displays results as you start typing. You can select the phrase you want to insert as soon as it appears. A keyboard command of your choosing opens Quick Find in any program.

Other Notable Features

PhraseExpander addresses another obvious issue — organization. The new version enables you to organize phrases in multilevel groups. For example, you might create a group for each type of legal document you often create. Another new organizational tool displays phrases that have changed, the phrases you use the most, and duplicate phrases.

Phrases can contain macros such as equations and variables as well as forms if you want more power. For example, you can string together several phrases within a phrase. Similarly, you can create document templates to ensure consistency throughout your firm.

Other features include a spellchecker to prevent errors when creating phrases, a calendar tool for entering dates, and the ability to modify phrases on the fly when you need to make some tweaks.

What Else Should You Know?

You can share phrases and templates with everyone in your firm. Your colleagues can customize PhraseExpander to suit their preferences. Integrations with Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive enable you to both backup and use your collection of phrases on multiple computers. The company provides a free video training course to help you get started. Pricing starts at $149 with volume discounts available. A more limited Standard version starts at $59. Learn more about PhraseExpander Professional 4.0.

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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.

Surface Pro 3: Read Our Exclusive Report

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers Microsoft's new hybrid laptop/tablet (see article below), a Word add-on that analyzes your documents for grammar and style and makes suggestions, a gadget that converts a traditional desk into a height-adjustable desk, and a Mac note-taking app. Don't miss the next issue.

MORE SURFACE AREA

Not many people realize that Microsoft shipped Windows 1 and 2. Windows 3 achieved success. Microsoft has a long history of hitting a home run on a 0-2 count. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled its the third attempt at a hybrid laptop/tablet. With iPad growth slowing, Microsoft still has an opportunity to woo lawyers. Let's take a look under the hood to discern Microsoft's strategy.

Surface Pro 3 … in One Sentence

Announced yesterday and shipping on June 20, Surface Pro 3 is an Intel-based laptop and tablet running Windows 8.1.

The Killer Feature

Microsoft has given up on the concept of a consumer tablet for the time being. The company seems focused on business users only. It didn't announce a new Surface running on an ARM chip (the Surface Pro uses Intel chips) nor did it announce a 7- or 8-inch Surface.

In fact, the Surface Pro 3 has a 38% larger screen than its predecessor at 12 inches with a 2160 x 1440 pixels resolution (that's 50% more pixels). It also has a redesigned continuous kickstand — use it at a high angle to create a laptop-like experience or at a low angle to use as a notepad with the accompanying Surface Pen stylus. You can even buy an Ethernet adapter.

Perhaps most telling is the fact that Microsoft still hasn't shipped a touch-optimized version of Office for Windows like it has for the iPad. Surface Pro 3 runs the standard Office 2013.

Other Notable Features

Surface Pro 3 weighs 28.3 ounces, measures 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.3 inches, and has 9 hours of battery life. You can choose from an i3, i5, or i7 processor, 64, 128, 256, or 512 GB of storage, and 4 or 8 GB of memory. Other features include a full-size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort, and a microSD card reader.

The optional Surface Pro Type Cover ($129.99) transforms Surface Pro 3 into a keyboard. It comes in five colors.

Also optional is the above-noted Surface Pen ($49.99). Thanks to Bluetooth, clicking the pen opens OneNote for taking handwritten notes. Bluetooth also powers a digital eraser, more than 250 levels of pressure sensitivity, and Palm Block technology.

What Else Should You Know?

Pricing for Surface Pro 3 starts at $799 for the base version with an i3 processor and 64 GB of storage. Pricing tops out at $1,949 for the version with an i7 processor and 512 GB of storage. Learn more about Surface Pro 3.

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
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