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Product Watch

FROM: January/February 2004, PAGE 20 Edited By: Storm Evans

Timeline Visualization

A major new version of TimeMap, the popular timeline graphing software, is now available from CaseSoft. TimeMap 3 opens up new possibilities in timeline presentation, including the ability to insert pictures into timeline visuals. Users can enter facts directly or import them from Casesoft’s CaseMap case analysis product. TimeMap 3 also offers an import utility for creating charts based on data from Excel, Summation, Concordance, Access and any other spreadsheet or database tool. New Chart Styles make it easy to create timeline graphs with dramatic new looks. Icons can be used as part of a fact flag or in lieu of the text and date portions of the flag. Also, users can link fact flags to images and other external files, such as a PDF file containing the image of a document being referenced by the flag. Plus a new Full Screen Mode makes it one-click easy to present timelines electronically during meetings, hearings and at trial.

CONTACT: www.casesoft.com.



The Spectel Web Portal application provides one-stop access to conference scheduling, management and administration capabilities. Designed to simplify voice and data conferencing for any desktop user, the Spectel Web Portal offers a wide range of features, from automated e-mail notification, to configurable conference settings, to participant control functions and post-conference records. Packaging the Web Portal with the Spectel DataXchange application allows conference participants to view and share applications, annotate documents, chat with each other or conduct an interactive white-board session. Get details at www.spectel.com.


Speaking E-mail Notification

E-mail Talker, from ScoSoft, is highly customizable e-mail notification software for MSN Hotmail and POP3 accounts. It uses Microsoft Agent characters to read aloud incoming e-mails and also lets the user listen to Web pages, documents, help files or anything else that’s copied to the clipboard. It can even be used as a “talking clock” to notify the user of the current time in specified intervals. E-mail Talker features antispam filtering and simultaneous account checking. Users can select from among 30 characters available at the E-mail Talker’s online Character Gallery.

CONTACT: www.scosoft.com.


Ultrabright Digital Projection

Boxlight, maker of digital projection technology, has introduced the MP-60e, a feature-filled multipurpose unit that promises extremely bright image quality with 3000 ANSI lumens. The MP-60e, which weighs 13 pounds, is equally as effective in large auditoriums as it is in conference rooms. It boasts true 1024 x 768 XGA resolution (with compression for 1280 x 1024 SXGA) for crisp, clear images straight from the computer. In addition, the MP-60e offers a DVI-I digital input for definitive image quality.

CONTACT: (800) 762-5757; www.boxlight.com.


KM Search Integration

LexisNexis U.S. has announced that it has integrated FAST Data Search with its recently launched LexisNexis Total Search. This enables users to quickly and easily find highly relevant legal information, including existing pleadings, depositions, memos and other motions written by internal experts, together with information from LexisNexis. LexisNexis Total Search is a browser-based application designed to provide added value to legal researchers and expand knowledge sharing across a firm’s internal knowledge base and the information residing at lexis.com. The FAST Data Search suite offers a comprehensive combination of real-time search technology, business search management tools and information analysis capabilities.

CONTACT: www.lexis.com.


Enhanced Practice Management

Thomson Elite has announced ProLaw 9.5, the company’s integrated practice management suite for small and midsized law firms. Version 9.5 includes feature enhancements throughout its Front Office, Back Office and One Office integrated suite. Front Office—which provides contacts management, calendaring and general case management—now offers security enhancements within several areas, including the ProLaw Portal. It has added functionality within Contacts, greater date-range flexibility within Events, and refinements to PDF document assembly. Back Office now offers automated bank reconciliation, expanded timekeeper options, an updated check- approval process and integration with Microsoft’s FRx analytic tool. Other Back End improvements include enhanced default financial reporting and management, augmented trust account reporting and additional options to support the budgeting process. One Office has added Portable Matters, which allows users to save case information to their laptops and work offline.

CONTACT: (323) 642-5200; www.elite.com.


Conflict-Avoidance Module

Accutrac Software has released a next-generation conflict avoidance application module for its record management program Accutrac. The new module helps law firms approve new business prospects quickly, make informed decisions and reduce the risk of liability, investigations and fines. The Accutrac solution combines dynamic file-tracking capabilities and definable indexes, integrating all records, printed or electronic, through a single application. The new module enables both record searches and conflicts management through a single easy-to-use interface. All client, matter and related party information can be found within one comprehensive database, eliminating the need for multiple searches.

CONTACT: www.accutrac.com.


Franchise Litigation Periodical

West has launched Franchise and Distribution Litigation Reporter, an Andrews publication. This monthly publication offers comprehensive current awareness coverage of significant litigation involving franchising and distribution, in addition to providing case commentary and brief news updates. It summarizes and reproduces legal briefs and pleadings providing insight into both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s arguments and strategies. Regular topics include encroachment, antitrust, fraud, breach of contract, state legislation and more.

CONTACT: (800) 328-4880; west.thomson.com.


Multifunction Machines

Imagistics International has introduced the im6530 and im8130 multifunctional printer/copiers with advanced network scanning capabilities. Standard scan-to features—Internet Fax, E-mail, Print, File, FTP, Mailbox and Ad-hoc Scanning—complement the systems’ robust print and copy functions, allowing the im6530 or im8130 to serve as the hub for departmental document creation and archiving. The im6530 is a 65-page-per-minute system with a maximum monthly volume of 460,000 impressions. The im8130 is an 81-page-per-minute system with a maximum monthly volume of 500,000 impressions.

CONTACT: (800) 290-7860; www.imagistics.com.


Wireless Headset System

Plantronics’ CS50 Wireless Headset System enables a hands-free work style that suits the needs of today’s busy professionals. With the CS50, users can communicate up to 300 feet away from their desk phones for up to eight hours. The lightweight headset also uses built-in digital 900 MHz transmission to digitally encrypt conversations so they are secure. The system’s combination of mobility and comfort is designed to enable users to multitask much more effectively, as well as reduce phone tag. With the addition of the optional HL10 handset lifter, the CS50 lets users answer and end calls remotely. In addition, because the CS50 is as easy to use as answering the phone, the learning curve is minimal. It works with existing office or PBX phone systems, whether analog, digital, single-line or multi-line.

CONTACT: (800) 544-4660; www.plantronics.com.

Storm M. Evans ( lpm-newproducts@abanet.org) is a practice support consultant at P.O. Box 27370, Philadelphia, PA 19118-0370. She is the author of the ABA book Time Matters in One Hour for Lawyers.