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NetDocuments ndOffice: Read Our Exclusive Report

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud document management system that works from within Microsoft Office (see article below), a video hosting service, deposition transcript management and video editing software, and an iPad note-taking app. Don't miss the next issue.


Lawyers feel conflicted about document management systems. On the one hand, they recognize the advantages such as client/matter organization, document profiles, versioning, and the elimination of lost documents. Furthermore, cloud document management systems facilitate access to documents from anywhere. On the other hand, lawyers dislike having to check documents in and out.

NetDocuments ndOffice … in One Sentence

Launched this week, NetDocuments ndOffice (ndOffice) is a free add-on that integrates the NetDocuments cloud document management system into Microsoft Office.

The Killer Feature

The company refers to ndOffice as an "invisible" document management system because it eliminates the need to check Microsoft Office documents in and out of NetDocuments.

Instead, ndOffice embeds all of NetDocuments' core functionality into Microsoft Office. This means you start and finish your work within Office, not in NetDocuments. However, all Microsoft Office documents reside in NetDocuments rather than on your local hard drive, making them available on all your devices and to all your colleagues.

For example, when you save a new document, Word's regular Save function saves your document into NetDocuments. The Save As function automatically creates a new version of a document in NetDocuments so that you can preserve prior versions. Behind the scenes, ndOffice automatically checks documents into and out of NetDocuments with an audit trail as you open and close them respectively.

Other Notable Features

ndOffice adds a number of functions to Microsoft Office's Ribbon. These enable you to create document templates, fill in document profiles, search for documents, access matter folders and client workspaces, save email messages and attachments from Outlook, and more.

"ndOffice brings document management inside Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to offer end users an integrated and seamless experience," NetDocuments VP of Marketing and Product Management Leonard Johnson told us. "With no more switching back and forth between these applications and a web browser, users can now manage versions, apply profile and security templates, open recent documents, and perform global searches from within Microsoft Office. ndOffice's ability to invisibly save documents to our multi-user, multi-tenant, secure cloud service is an unprecedented convenience."

What Else Should You Know?

ndOffice works with Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 regardless of whether you licensed it the old fashioned way or subscribe via Office 365. ndOffice is available free of charge to all NetDocuments customers. NetDocuments costs $20, $30, or $38 per user per month for the Basic, Professional, and Professional+ plans respectively. Learn more about NetDocuments ndOffice.

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Thomson Reuters Solutions: Read Our Exclusive Report

Friday, April 11, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers four suites of popular legal software and services accessible from a single login (see article below), a word processor with an iPad counterpart, a cloud legal billing application, and a utility for the iPhone's Mail app. Don't miss the next issue.


Integration gave rise to today's multinational law firms. Lawyers with complementary legal and other skills teamed up beginning about a century ago and continue to team up practically every day. Each of these firms consists of a multidisciplinary group of lawyers under one global roof. If you're going to integrate lawyers on this scale, you should also integrate the tools of their trade.

Thomson Reuters Solutions … in One Sentence

Launched last month, Thomson Reuters Solutions consists of four integrated suites of software and services designed to expedite legal workflows in midsize and large law firms.

The Killer Feature

Thomson Reuters Solutions' four product suites consist of Current Awareness Solutions (services for staying on top of your practice areas, Corporate Practice Solutions (information and software for creating deal documents), Investigative Solutions (public records research), and Litigation Solutions (information and software for the entire litigation cycle). You can access one or more suites with a single login.

"The market has been demanding more product integration," Thomson Reuters Vice President of Large Law Firms Brian D. Knudsen J.D. told us. With Thomson Reuters Solutions we're providing a more holistic approach to streamlining legal workflows."

Other Notable Features

Current Awareness Solutions' Practitioner Insights "turns your inbox into a sophisticated, up-to-the minute news resource" according to Knudsen. Once you fine-tune your selections, your entire practice group and even your clients can receive these customized email newsletters with your firm's branding. Other services in this suite include several tracking tools on WestlawNext to remain apprised of active litigation and newly filed lawsuits.

Corporate Practice Solutions includes Practical Law's checklists, forms, and model documents. You'll also find "one of the largest collections of private placement offering memoranda" in addition to public deal documents and other SEC filings. The proofreading software included in Corporate Practice Solutions helps you find and correct inconsistent use of abbreviations and other common errors in your documents.

PeopleMap on WestlawNext resides at the heart of Investigative Solutions. As reported in TL NewsWire earlier this year, this public records service now includes advanced search templates you can save, Google Maps integration, relevancy ranking, filtering tools, and a graphical display of records to help identify non-obvious connections. Investigative Solutions also provides access to Company Investigator for researching organizations.

Finally, Litigation Solutions puts WestlawNext's collection of briefs, motions, pleadings, and supporting memoranda at your fingertips. It also includes Case Notebook for creating case chronologies, and software that works within your word processor for creating tables of authorities, formatting citations, and more.

What Else Should You Know?

Pricing depends on factors such as firm size, number of users, etc. Learn more about Thomson Reuters Solutions.

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Drafting Assistant - Transactional 2.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers software for drafting and proofreading transactional documents that works within Microsoft Word and WordPerfect (see article below), PDF software designed for the legal profession, a checklist creation application for your workflow processes, and a smart height adjustable desk. Don't miss the next issue.


For more than two decades, transactional document drafting has entailed a collaboration between lawyer and technology. Initially, this just meant using a word processor. But in recent years, legal proofreading software has emerged that can find inconsistencies, omissions and other errors in your documents. The next step in this evolution consists of having software help you with the substantive law in your documents.

Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0 … in One Sentence

Launched in March, Thomson Reuters' Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0 is legal proofreading software that works within Microsoft Word and WordPerfect.

The Killer Feature

Drafting Assistant – Transactional now integrates with Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clause library, if you have a Practical Law subscription. That means without leaving your document you can obtain help both drafting and proofreading your document.

Practical Law is a human-powered service that helps lawyers tap into expertise unlikely to exist within their firm. Free from the demands of working in a law firm environment, the attorney editors at Practical Law spend all their time performing research and creating continually updated checklists, model documents, clause libraries, and more for transactional practice areas.

While drafting, you click on the Practical Law icon in your word processor's ribbon. This opens up the "Viewer" in which you can search and open Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clauses. You can use Practical Law's model documents both as a base and as a benchmark for comparing your own work. And because each Standard Document includes embedded Drafting Notes, you also get clause by clause drafting guidance.

"The ability to access Practical Law from within Drafting Assistant – Transactional expedites the drafting process and mirrors the way that lawyers actually draft," General Manager of Business Law Solutions Steve Obenski told us. "You have your master document and a benchmark document side by side within your drafting screen, so you can easily crib language and compare your documents to make sure they reflect current best practices. This combination provides the only end-to-end drafting solution on the market. You get the best substance and proofreading in one place."

Other Notable Features

In addition to the Practical Law integration, Drafting Assistant – Transactional includes 300 model documents across different transactional practice areas. You can also search Westlaw or WestlawNext directly from the software via a button on the toolbar.

The heart of Drafting Assistant – Transactional remains its "Deal Proof" proofreading analyzer engine. The software reviews documents of any size for errors in definitions, cross references, inconsistencies, missing information, and more. The software then flags each potential error and enables you jump to it by creating a hyperlinked index. You can also generate a report listing all possible errors.

After more than 10 years of refining the proofreading engine to find the tiniest of errors while minimizing false positives, Thomson Reuters commissioned a study to evaluate Deal Proof. The study found that lawyers who use Drafting Assistant – Transactional reduce their review time by 60% on average and find errors that go unnoticed with other proofreading methods.

What Else Should You Know?

The new version of Drafting Assistant – Transactional works with Microsoft Word 2013 and WordPerfect X6 as well as with earlier versions (it runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8). You can use the Deal Proof component online or offline. Learn more about Drafting Assistant – Transactional 2.0.

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A Microsoft God Reviews Office for iPad Plus 79 More Must-Reads

Monday, March 31, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 80 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.

How to Use Word's Collaboration Tools

First Look at Word for iPad by a Lawyer

Review: Microsoft Office for iPad

Clio (Themis Solutions) Raises $20 Million

Congratulations to Paul Thurrott of Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Microsoft God Paul Thurrott Reviews Office for iPad

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SenditCertified for Microsoft Outlook: Read Our Exclusive Report

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Originally published in our free TL NewsWire newsletter. Instead of reading TL NewsWire here, sign up now to receive future issues via email.


Would you use regular email if you want to communicate with Edward Snowden? Unlikely. You wouldn't only have to worry about our spy agencies, but also Russia's so you'd need to use encrypted email. However, because encrypted email requires you to jump through so many hoops, you'd probably decide against emailing Snowden your Chicken Kiev recipe. But what about your clients? You need to email them. They don't want you calling. Encrypted email that works like regular email would solve this conundrum.

SenditCertified for Microsoft Outlook … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Privacy Data Systems' SenditCertified for Microsoft Outlook enables you to send secure email messages and attachments from Microsoft Outlook.

The Killer Feature

SenditCertified for Microsoft Outlook is an add-on that requires just one behavioral modification — clicking the "SendItCertified" button that the software adds to Outlook instead of the default Send button.

SenditCertified for Microsoft Outlook encrypts both your email message and any attachments. Outlook's Sent Items folder keeps a record of every message you send. Through your web account, you can access the Proof of Delivery Log that provides a complete chain-of-custody, including all actions taken by each recipient.

"With SenditCertified for Microsoft Outlook, sending secure email is easier than ever," Privacy Data Systems President and CEO Jeff Holt told us. "Simply type a message in Outlook and then send it securely with just a click. SenditCertified for Microsoft Outlook provides unprecedented convenience without sacrificing security."

Other Notable Features

SenditCertified for Microsoft Outlook solves another problem. You can send attachments of any size. It bypasses not only any attachment size limitations of the email systems your recipients use, but also those imposed by Outlook. That's because recipients download your attachment from SenditCertified's secure AES 256-bit servers — the strongest encryption available for commercial use. Thanks to end-to-end encryption, your messages remain secure in transit and at rest.

If you need to securely send a document from a device not running Outlook such as a Mac, iPad, or iPhone, you can obtain the same functionality using the SenditCertified website once you login with your credentials.

Recipients don't need any software to receive your messages and attachments — not even Outlook. However, for added security, you can require them to enter a password or fingerprint verification depending on the sensitivity of your communication. If recipients need to securely send you messages and documents, they can use the SecureInbox included with your subscription at no charge to them.

What Else Should You Know?

Other features include message recall, secure audio and video messages, and electronic signatures. SenditCertified offers several monthly and annual subscription plans depending on your needs. Learn more about SenditCertified for Microsoft Outlook.

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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.

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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