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Overcast: Read Our Exclusive Report

Friday, July 18, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an app for managing and listening to podcasts on the iPhone with playback technologies that shorten their duration (see article below), an iPhone app for contemporaneous time-tracking, an iPhone app for analyzing your website, and an Android, iOS, and Windows Phone app for referencing information published by Microsoft about its products. Don't miss the next issue.

LISTEN FASTER WITHOUT MISSING ANYTHING

Here you are now in the 20th year of the post-Cobain era. Do you really want to hear Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the thousandth time? Or a radio advertisement for a lawyer? Leave your overplayed playlists and radio stations behind for podcasts, which are free, contain few to no advertisements, and include both big media programming such as Bloomberg Law as well as notable indie phenoms such as Legal Talk Network. All you need is a podcast app.

Overcast … in One Sentence

Launched this week, Overcast is an iPhone app for finding, subscribing to, managing, and listening to podcasts.

The Killer Feature

Many podcast apps exist (including one by Apple called Podcasts), all of which enable you to play episodes at a faster speed to save time. This seems like a good idea, but in practice probably only works well for John Moschitta.

Taking a different approach, Overcast features a technology called Smart Speed, which eliminates silent gaps in podcasts. Also, you can ratchet up the speed in very small increments such as 1.1x to prevent podcasts from sounding like, well, John Moschitta. Overcast tracks and displays the time you save versus listening in realtime.

Other Notable Features

Overcast has a built-in podcasts directory that should eventually mirror iTunes given its high profile creator Marco Arment of Tumblr, Instapaper, and Accidental Tech Podcast fame. The app also provides editorial picks in various categories to help get you started. If you can't find a podcast, you can manually enter its RSS feed. Overcast can also import podcasts from other apps.

Once you subscribe to a podcast, you can choose how many unplayed episodes to keep, whether to receive notifications of new episodes, and whether to use Smart Speed (see above) and/or Voice Boost. The latter equalizes volume across podcasts.

The playback screen has play, skip back, and skip forward buttons (you can adjust the time interval for each in the app's system-wide settings), and also provides access to show notes with a swipe gesture on the podcast's cover art.

Overcast enables you to create customized playlists to organize the podcasts to which you subscribe. Various settings exist such as whether to play newest to oldest or vice versa.

What Else Should You Know?

Overcast offers a sync service that will become more useful when the iPad version ships. The app doesn't support video podcasts. Overcast is free but the marquee features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost and the ability to download episodes using cellular data sell as a $4.99 in-app purchase bundle. Learn more about Overcast.

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imageFORMULA DR-M160II: Read Our Exclusive Report

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a small but powerful scanner with free software worth as much as the scanner (see article below), a database for iPad and iPhone (and Mac) that syncs among your devices, a new version of the cloud DVR for popular WiFi security cameras, and a service for saving and organizing your web bookmarks. Don't miss the next issue.

UNATTENDED SCANNING ARRIVES

Once a luxury, scanners have become required equipment in law firms of all sizes. Now that reliable scanning exists, the next frontier lies in so-called "unattended scanning." Simply put, this means virtually no human interaction required other than inserting the paper. A new scanner aims to provide this experience.

imageFORMULA DR-M160II … in One Sentence

Launched last month, Canon's imageFORMULA DR-M160II (DR-M160II) is a USB desktop-sized scanner with production-class specifications.

The Killer Feature

Canon offers a free upgrade to Kofax VRS Elite when you purchase the DR-M160II. Typically costing more than $1,000, this Windows software plays a key role in unattended scanning by automating tasks that scanner operators typically perform. The result is higher quality scans as well as more accurate optical character recognition (OCR) if you need to edit or search what you scan.

For example, Kofax VRS Elite cleans up hard to scan documents such as blueprints and wrinkled paper, removes hole punches and blank pages, automatically orients documents, normalizes the background of colored documents or replaces the background with the color white, intelligently crops and straightens documents, and alerts you about hardware problems such as parts that need replacement.

Just as importantly, Kofax VRS Elite performs all these tasks without slowing down the DR-M160II, which scans at up to 60 pages per minute (120 images per minute in duplex). Kofax VRS Elite can also store profiles for specific scan jobs so that you need only configure the settings once.

Other Notable Features

Measuring 9.09 x 11.02 x 9.76 inches and weighing 7.2 pounds, the DR-M160II scans at up to 600 dpi. Its automatic document feeder holds up to 60 pages that can differ in size. The scanner handles 7 to 68 pound paper with a width of 2 to 8.5 inches and a length of 2.1 to 14 inches. You can scan up to 7,000 pages per day. New roller technology minimizes jams better than older technologies — another example of Canon's goal of unattended scanning.

The DR-M160II scans into any ISIS- or TWAIN-compatible Windows application and into any TWAIN-compatible Mac applications thanks to included drivers.

The other bundled software for Windows consists of Canon CaptureOnTouch, CapturePerfect, and Nuance eCopyPDF Pro Office. Mac users receive Canon CaptureOnTouch. Both Windows and Mac users can perform OCR as they scan documents, eliminating the need to perform this task in a separate step.

What Else Should You Know?

The DR-M160II connects to your computer via USB. The MSRP is $1,195. Learn more about imageFORMULA DR-M160II.

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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.

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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