New Apps for Time Matters and Firm Manager for Solos
LexisNexis has released two new applications designed to work on a broad range of mobile platforms: Time Matters Mobility and Firm Manager. Time Matters Mobility is a secure, Webbased, mobile service that is offered as part of Time Matters Version 11. The mobile app provides lawyers access to critical Time Matters features—matter information, time and expense tracking and contacts—using their Internet-connected smartphones or other mobile devices. Time Matters v11 software is locally installed at the customer’s site; data is not stored on the mobile device. The Firm Manager app is a mobile-optimized version of LexisNexis Firm Manager, the Web-based practice management application designed specifically for solo practitioners and firms of one to five attorneys. Firm Manager is a secure SaaS application that provides users a single “dashboard” view of cases, upcoming appointments, meetings and tasks, deadlines and e-mail messages. Neither app requires software installation on the user’s smartphone, nor do they require synchronization with the user’s computer. Users gain access to the apps by simply logging into the Time Matters or Firm Manager secure mobility site from their smartphones or tablets.
Next Generation of Digital Dictation Technology
BigHand 4 is a major new edition of the legal digital dictation software. In addition to a slew of enhanced features, BigHand 4 supports the Android operating system for dictation on a variety of devices, including the HTC Desire, the Motorola Milestone 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S. Features include enhanced Mobile E-mail Integration, allowing users to attach an e-mail to a voice file, or insert an existing attachment, and forward to admin support for faster document turnaround; Advanced Multistep Workflow; and Practice Builder, which enables users to build client and matter lists with pre-profiled voice files, ready for authors to record against during a deposition. In addition, Send Anywhere allows authors to dynamically choose the recipient of their voice file without the need for admin to create a new workflow. Security is improved with the Confidential Dictations feature—authors can mark a dictation as confidential by checking a tick box, without the need to create confidential workflows. Plus, users can use Bookmarking to bookmark points for reference within a voice file and add additional notes.
Tabs3 and PracticeMaster Release Version 16
Software Technology, Inc. has announced the latest release of its popular billing and practice management software. Tabs3 and Practice Master Version 16 enhances contact management, credit card processing and Microsoft Outlook integration. New features include automated e-mailing of statements and customizable practice management workflows to make sure that your office procedures are always followed. Tabs3 financial software is enhanced in the areas of check writing and retainer tracking. The enhanced Platinum version of the software brings extra speed and reliability for offices with heavy network traffic, along with added administrative tools and superior integration with Microsoft Exchange. Version 16 is compatible with all supported versions of Microsoft Windows (32-and 64-bit) and is fully compatible with Microsoft Office 2010 and Outlook 2010.
New Practice Management and Marketing iPhone and iPad App
RealPractice, Inc. has announced the release of its free My RealPractice iPhone and iPad mobile app, a major new addition to its My RealPractice marketing and practice management application suite. Legal professionals can now receive instant notifications, quickly manage and respond to incoming client leads, and track the effectiveness of their online and offline marketing campaigns from anywhere at any time. The My RealPractice app is native to the iPhone and iPad; therefore it can be used offline to view alerts, contacts, matters, billing and other information. “Mobile-optimized” versions of online applications cannot be accessed while offline and are often slower to respond for key functions. The new app is also “universal” and designed for both the iPhone and iPad screen formats. Out-of-the-box capabilities of the My RealPractice iPhone and iPad app provide legal professionals with benefits in key areas of their practice: real-time, integrated lead management; mobile billing; and contact management. In addition, users can perform key functions at the My RealPractice Web site.