Software

Quick PowerPoint Tip: Size Matters!

There is an old rule of thumb in the presentation world called the 8H Rule of Legibility. The rule was developed as a guideline when 35 mm slides were in use. The rule goes like this: If you can read an image from a distance of eight times its height, odds are that everyone will be able to read it when projected.

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I’m a Believer! Speech Recognition with Dragon

Over the years, attorneys have asked me what new technology they could use to improve their practices. The concept of speech recognition would come up frequently and be quickly dismissed. They would complain that they tried it a few years ago and it never really worked for them. It was expensive, they spent too long trying to train it to …

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A Day in the Life of a Document at Dine Law

Dine Law, P.L. is a small law firm providing Elder Law services in Manatee & Sarasota Counties, and in October 2012, the members of the firm embarked on quite a journey together as we moved our entire practice (server, telephones, time-keeping and document management systems) into the cloud. Bios for each member of the firm can be found here, but …

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To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

Most lawyers have struggled with whether or not to join the cloud. For many, it can seem like the pros and cons are equal and that the ethical risks that seem to be present in the cloud make it easier to avoid the decision. The “anytime, anywhere” accessibility of the cloud is intriguing, but the desktop tools lawyers are used …

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When to Consider Document Management

Many firms are overwhelmed with documents. From thousands of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, law firms use documents:  Lots of them. In these same firms, the subject of document management comes up frequently and many firms wonder when is the right time to consider a document management system. With so many documents to manage, most firms without a document management …

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Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

Dine Law, P.L. is a small law firm providing Elder Law services in Manatee & Sarasota Counties, and in October 2012, the members of the firm embarked on quite a journey together as we moved our entire practice (server, telephones, time-keeping and document management systems) into the cloud. Bios for each member of the firm can be found here, but …

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Lawyers and the Cloud: Three Myths Debunked

We have reached a point in today’s “post PC” environment where most lawyers accept that (a) cloud services and mobile apps exist, (b) they offer an enticing way to store and share data for a law practice, and (c) they are here to stay.  That said, there are still skeptics that believe that the public cloud is not ready for …

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Bridging The Tech Chasm

Some things never cease to amaze me. Like the fact that lawyers, who want to be the best at everything they do, don’t seem to care if they are incompetent at technology. Sound extreme? I don’t think so. If they cared, they would actually be upset, or at least concerned, about the fact that they and their staffs don’t know …

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iOS 7: Overview of New Features

Apple recently announced the features of the new iOS 7 operating system. As is true with most software updates, it aims to make the things you do every day “even easier, faster, and more enjoyable.” Here is an overview of some of the new features: Control Center: allowing for quick access to the controls and apps you need right away …

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Three Ways to Deliver Better Legal Services

In this guest post, Chad Burton, Founder of Burton Law, and Nitin Gupta, former co-founder of LawPivot and Legal Industry Lead at Box, describe how lawyers can embrace “post PC” technologies to more effectively deliver legal services. They look at three key areas: (1) internal law firm collaboration; (2) external collaboration; and (3) mobile lawyering.   The delivery of legal services …

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