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Capture.it Time Capture: Read Our Exclusive Report

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers software that automatically captures your billable time across desktop and mobile devices and integrates with popular billing systems (see article below), an add-on that enhances paragraph numbering in Microsoft Word, an app that enables you to add client intake forms to your website, and a combination case and stand for the iPad Air 2. Don't miss the next issue.

AUTOMATIC BILLABLE TIME CAPTURE ACROSS ALL YOUR DEVICES

Most lawyers spend most of their billable time using a computer of some sort — Windows PC, iPad, iPhone, etc. Yet most of these lawyers still use old school methods of tracking their time. This is highly disruptive to your workflow, especially the deep thinking required in law practice. Given that your devices can track time, you can bridge this gap with an app that works on all the platforms you use, and which ties into your billing software.

Capture.it Time Capture … in One Sentence

Launching this week, Capture.it Time Capture automatically captures your billable time on your smartphone, computer, and tablet, and integrates with popular billing systems.

The Killer Feature

Capture.it consists of two components — native apps that automatically (passively) track the time you spend on your devices, and a web application for configuration and reviewing all the time captured.

The creators of Capture.it recognize that lawyers now work in a multi-device world. Accordingly, out of the gate, Capture.it offers tracking apps for Windows, iPhone, and Android with an iPad app shipping later this month.

The company also recognizes that law firms increasingly prefer the cloud to maintaining their own servers. There's nothing to install other than the applicable tracking apps. Capture.it encrypts all the data it captures, and uses a 256-bit SSL connection between its data center and your devices.

"Capture.it is revolutionizing how lawyers capture their time," Capture.it President Michael Bluestein tells us. "We provide an automated approach so that a user doesn't have to manually enter their time. We also automatically create time entries to save time and reduce unnecessary tasks. Whether you charge by the hour or offer fixed fees, Capture.it can help you to determine the exact cost and profitability of each client."

Other Notable Features

On your PC, Capture.it tracks the time you spend in each email message in Outlook and in each document in Word. Listing each message subject and document title enables you to later identify the corresponding client and matter. Capture.it also tracks the amount of time you spend in other applications. Periodically, Capture.it prompts you via a dialog box to assign the time it collects to a client and matter. You can combine or delete time entries in this dialog box.

Capture.it works similarly on your iPhone or Android phone. It prompts you after each telephone call. Using the Capture.it email app enables you to automatically capture the time you spend in every email message.

Periodically, you'll log into your account in the Capture.it web app to edit and post your time entries. The manner in which you post entries depends on which product you use for billing. For example, cloud products like Clio integrate directly with Capture.it. Desktop products like PCLaw require the company's Capture.it Sync app.

What Else Should You Know?

Other features include activity and task code support, and mileage and print tracking. Capture.it starts at $20 per timekeeper per month. Those who don't bill their time such as an office manager who finalizes invoices and sends them to clients can use Capture.it for free. Learn more about Capture.it.

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LegalWorks: Read Our Exclusive Report

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud document management system that integrates with Microsoft Outlook for email capture (see article below), a utility for organizing your desktop, a SharePoint add-on for creating customized notifications, and an app to feed your need for more apps. Don't miss the next issue.

A NEW OUTLOOK ON DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT

Document management seems more like an aspiration in many law firms rather than a reality. In particular, email has become an important if not the most important document type. Some law firms just resign themselves to email being in a silo, whereas others engage in a lot of manual labor to save relevant email messages and attachments in client/matter folders on a file server alongside related documents. Law firms clearly need a better solution.

LegalWorks … in One Sentence

Uptime Legal's LegalWorks is a cloud document management system that includes email via integration with Outlook.

The Killer Feature

Regardless of whether you use Office locally or virtually, the LegalWorks Outlook add-on brings email into the document management fold. Once installed, the add-on displays your LegalWorks matters in a pane on the right side of Outlook. When you drag and drop email messages into a folder, they remain in Outlook but also become available in LegalWorks — including any attachments.

The Outlook add-on also synchronizes your Outlook calendars with the firm-wide calendar in LegalWorks. Later when using LegalWorks you'll find all the email and calendar events related to a client and matter alongside other related data such as documents, notes, and tasks.

"LegalWorks was developed to fill the void expressed by our law firm clients, Uptime Legal CEO Dennis Dimka tells us. "The Outlook add-in helps legal professionals keep all of their documents, including email, in organized client and matter folders."

Other Notable Features

Because of its modern HTML5 underpinnings, LegalWorks runs within any desktop or mobile browser. Also, it functions like desktop software. For example you need not download Microsoft Word and other documents before working on them. Instead, just locate a document in LegalWorks, open it, work on it, save your changes, and close it when finished (you can create new versions too).

Other features include firm-wide contact and task management, and hosted Microsoft Exchange. LegalWorks resides in data centers in the United States that have earned SAS 70 and the newer SSAE 16 certifications for availability, redundancy, and security.

What Else Should You Know?

LegalWorks costs $59 per user per month. Uptime Legal sets up and migrates your documents, contacts, and matters to LegalWorks for a fixed fee. You can mirror your existing folder system or start fresh. Learn more about LegalWorks.

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Uptime Practice: Read Our Exclusive Report

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a private cloud service designed for law firms on which you can run any desktop software (see article below), a gadget of sorts for voir dire, a Bluetooth iPad stylus, and a hybrid Windows tablet. Don't miss the next issue.

TAKE YOUR DESKTOP SOFTWARE TO THE CLOUD

Servers are selling like hotcakes — but not to law firms. With the growth of the cloud, data centers can't get enough of them. Meanwhile, law firms don't want to manage servers anymore. There's no joy in it, just headaches and heartache. Fortunately, you can run your favorite desktop applications in the cloud nowadays. Because of ethical considerations, you need to choose your provider carefully.

Uptime Practice … in One Sentence

Uptime Legal's Uptime Practice is a private cloud designed specifically for law firms on which you can run any Windows or Mac client/server and desktop software.

The Killer Feature

Uptime Legal coined the term "Law Practice as a Service" or LPaaS to refer to its service. This terms underscores two differentiators vis-a-vis other hosting options.

First, Uptime Legal uses multiple data centers, all of which reside in the United States. Second, while Uptime Practice accommodates any software, the company has expertise with popular legal-specific products such as Amicus Attorney, Needles, PCLaw, PracticeMaster, ProLaw, Tabs3, Time Matters, and WorldDox.

"Uptime Practice is designed exclusively for law firms to ensure business continuity, practice efficiency, and reduce out-of-pocket costs," Uptime Legal CEO Dennis Dimka tells us. "Eliminating the burden of acquiring, maintaining, monitoring, and replacing hardware while retaining the software needed to run their law firm helps legal professionals provide better service to their clients."

Other Notable Features

Uptime Practice works on any desktop or mobile computer, including Mac, Windows PC, iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and smartphones. After you login, your virtual desktop becomes indistinguishable from your local desktop.

Uptime Practice integrates with your existing printers and scanners. Both attached and network devices appear within your virtual desktop as if your software were running locally. This means you can scan to a local or virtual folder, local or virtual desktop, and email.

You won't need to bring everything with you. Uptime Practice includes the current version of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Exchange for your email with unlimited calendars, storage, and technical support. Uptime Practice also includes Uptime Lync, a secure instant messaging system based on Skype for Business. This trio of Microsoft products eliminates the hassle of buying a license or navigating Microsoft's Office 365 offerings.

What Else Should You Know?

Uptime Practice costs $189 per user per month for 3-5 users, $149 per user per month for 6-14 users, and $129 per user per month for 15 or more users. Learn more about Uptime Practice.

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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.

EstateExec: Read Our Exclusive Report

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud application for estate settlements that all concerned can access (see article below), an iOS email app that intelligently processes your messages, another iOS email app that transforms email messages into tasks, and an enterprise-grade replacement for Dropbox with mobile apps. Don't miss the next issue.

FACILITATING ESTATE SETTLEMENTS VIA THE CLOUD

While death causes grief, it can also provide a financial cushion. Accordingly, anything that gets between beneficiaries and their inheritance becomes a problem — including probate lawyers like you. The key to contentment (and referrals) lies in keeping all concerned informed about the estate.

EstateExec … in One Sentence

Launched recently, EstateExec is a cloud application for tracking, calculating, and sharing information about trust and estate settlements, including assets, debts, expenses, and distributions.

The Killer Feature

Once you set up an estate, you can grant online access to clients, executors, beneficiaries, other lawyers, etc. You can choose limited read-only access or full administrator access. This empowers clients to obtain status updates when they want without needing to reach out to your office. Those with full access can update information such as assets they sell.

"EstateExec applies the latest cloud-based technology to the estate settlement process," EstateExec Board Member Dan Stickel tells us. "This results in an easy and affordable way to simplify the estate and trust settlement process while providing enhanced client services at the same time."

Other Notable Features

The developers of EstateExec set out to make estate and trust settlement "easier by simplifying the process even for old hands with battle-tested spreadsheet templates," says Stickel. EstateExec's central repository tracks all estate assets, debts, expenses, etc. This not only documents each transaction for record-keeping purposes, but also tracks what's left for distribution in the estate — including funds of sold assets.

Thus, if you sell Uncle Jimmy's Apple Watch Edition because that jokester left it equally to two beneficiaries, EstateExec will track the sale and the eventual distribution of the funds from the sale. Distribution planning tools can mark assets for future distribution, and then mark them complete when finalized.

You'll spend most of your time in the Assets table, which functions like a spreadsheet. It lists all assets by type, value, distribution status, and more. "It's like Quicken, but geared towards estate settlement rather than household finance," says Stickel.

On-the-fly reports via sorting and filtering enable you to answer any question you might have or receive about the estate. You can sort the Assets, Debts, and other tables by column, including secondary sorting (e.g., sort by asset type and then value). Each table column contains a search field for filtering. For example, you can find remaining assets of a certain type, at a certain location, or with a certain keyword such as "watch," the value of assets received per beneficiary, all assets worth more than a certain value, and much more.

Regardless of whether you choose to give others access, you may also want to send them saved reports. You can export reports in PDF format for a professional look, as well as in CSV format for analyzing in Excel or importing into products such as QuickBooks.

What Else Should You Know?

EstateExec runs in all major desktop and mobile browsers. It costs $79 per estate regardless of size. You can try EstateExec for free. Learn more about EstateExec.

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.

Adobe Document Cloud: Read Our Exclusive Report

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud PDF service with tools for paperless workflows (see article below), practice and project management software for midsize and large law firms, a portable Bluetooth keyboard that fits in your pocket, and Windows virtualization software. Don't miss the next issue.

RETHINKING PDF SOFTWARE FOR A MULTI-DEVICE WORLD

Unlike most technologies, the PDF format becomes more powerful and downright invaluable with each new leap forward. Digital signatures, scanners, mobile devices, and of course the cloud have all made the mighty PDF even mightier. The biggest player in the PDF software world (and inventor of the format) just took the wraps off its next-generation PDF platform.

Adobe Document Cloud … in One Sentence

Announced this week and launching soon, Adobe Document Cloud is a service for creating paperless workflows.

The Killer Feature

Adobe offers a cloud storage service called Acrobat.com, a digital signature service called EchoSign, and a mobile app called Adobe Reader. Adobe Document Cloud replaces all three with the mobile app renamed Acrobat DC. Acrobat XI and Microsoft Office 365 also integrate with Adobe Document Cloud.

Other Notable Features

A number of apps exist that can scan a document using the camera on your smartphone or tablet. However, these scans never look as good as the output from a dedicated scanner because of shadows and imperfect perspectives when snapping the photo. Adobe claims that Acrobat DC eliminates these imperfections so well that the resulting documents are suitable for archival purposes.

Acrobat DC supports editing of documents you scan thanks to automatic optical character recognition. If you scan a document with form fields, Acrobat DC can convert it into a form on the fly that you can fill out on your mobile device. You can also electronically sign both Word and PDF documents, the former thanks to the integration with Office 365.

Because your documents reside in the cloud, any changes you make become available everywhere, including on your Mac or PC via your web browser, Acrobat XI (PDF), and Word (DOCX). The document manager in Adobe Document Cloud supports nested folders for organization.

What Else Should You Know?

You can gain access to Adobe Document Cloud by subscribing to Acrobat XI for $14.99 per month. This also enables you to install Acrobat XI Professional on your Mac or PC. Alternatively, you can subscribe to Adobe Document Cloud alone at a lower but as of yet unannounced price. Learn more about Acrobat Document 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.

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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