ACROBAT TRAINING VIDEOS FOR LAWYERS

Click here for a list of Adobe Acrobat training videos, focusing on features for lawyers. There are related blog articles for many of the topics, and some videos are still to come – you’ll have to check back.

The list covers the basics (including the differences between printing to PDF and the PDF makers in Office programs, which is more interesting than you thought), binders and portfolios, PDF comparison, OCR, security, redaction, Bates numbering, forms, and more. […] continued

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ACROBAT BINDERS & PORTFOLIOS

Acrobat 9 Professional builds on the features in Acrobat 8 that made it an important tool in many offices, especially law offices. There is a vastly improved document comparison routine and enhanced Bates numbering, for example, along with small improvements in transfers to Word, file splitting, and other features.

Acrobat 8 introduced PDF “packages,” single PDF files that contain multiple PDFs assembled from multiple sources. […] continued

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CALIFORNIA BALLOT MEASURES

I’ve got something that might help you out when you face your California election ballot.

A good friend who has worked in state government and politics for most of his career has written an analysis of the twelve propositions on the California ballot. It’s as close to nonpartisan as anything can be today, with solid information about the background, cost, and strengths and shortcomings of each proposition. […] continued

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REPORT ON RIAA LAWSUIT STRATEGY

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has put together a fascinating article summarizing the history and effect of the RIAA’s five-year battle against online music sharing. The conclusion is compelling: every single move made by the recording industry has backfired. The RIAA has filed more than thirty thousand lawsuits and threatened even more people, turning public opinion overwhelmingly against the RIAA and the labels, and has accomplished nothing. […] continued

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BLUE JEANS CABLE STRIKES BACK

This is for my lawyer friends and clients – and anyone who enjoys seeing a lawyer smack down a company that deserves it.

Monster Cable makes high-end, expensive audio and video cables. It’s not obvious that Monster Cables are worth the price – recently blindfolded audio aficionados could not distinguish between audio delivered on Monster Cables, on the one hand, and coat hangers, on the other hand. […] continued

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ONENOTE FOR LAWYERS

Here’s a short article from the ABA’s Law Practice magazine noting the many ways that Microsoft OneNote 2007 can be used by lawyers for everything from trial notebooks to business transaction notes. There are law-specific templates available for OneNote (as well as templates for the other Microsoft Office programs) on Microsoft’s Office Templates page. […] continued

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RIAA SUES USENET.COM

The first rule of Usenet is, you don’t talk about Usenet.

Careful observation of that rule has allowed Internet newsgroups to avoid getting involved in the entertainment industry’s freakish litigation war on its customers. Now a new lawsuit suggests that the RIAA can’t stand it any more.

It’s time to talk about Usenet. […] continued

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THE COST OF E-DISCOVERY

Electronic discovery – production of electronic data in litigation – is increasingly common, and often difficult and expensive. Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were intended to make electronic discovery more predictable but the effect has also been to place huge burdens on parties and their attorneys.

It’s easy to understand the need for e-discovery. […] continued

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NETWORK-ATTACHED STORAGE

As always, there’s new technology that’s becoming commonplace even though we hadn’t really noticed it yet. Let’s start with network-attached storage – “NAS.”

Our appetite for storage space is voracious. Businesses and law firms are scanning documents furiously, continuing to dream of the paperless office that always seems to elude them. […] continued

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ACROBAT & PDF CLONES

Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional is highly polished software for creating PDFs from scanned documents or onscreen files, and it adds the ability to use PDFs for other purposes, from e-mail archives to Bates-numbered document storage and production. Here’s my first thoughts about the upgrade to version 8.

Acrobat is an expensive piece of software – $160/computer for an upgrade version of Acrobat 8 Professional, $450 for the full version if you don’t have a license code to qualify for an upgrade. […] continued

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PCLAW UPDATE

LexisNexis has updated some of its software for law firm accounting, but the upgrades only make it harder to figure out the LexisNexis product line.

PCLaw had been a stand-alone law firm accounting program for many years when LexisNexis acquired it in 2005. Over the years PCLaw had begun to accumulate features for timekeeping and case management, although they were underdeveloped compared to the competition in those niches. […] continued

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MORE COPYRIGHT CRAZINESS

The world of copyright protection is a mess, and each day brings new craziness.

  • A Federal District Court judge granted a ruling for summary judgment against a family that had run Kazaa on a computer with copyrighted material in a shared folder – with no evidence that anyone had ever downloaded those files.
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THE QUEST FOR FREE ONLINE COURT RULINGS

Another attempt is being made to bypass West and Lexis-Nexis and make court rulings available online for free – and it’s coming from Sebastopol.

Carl Malamud is an Internet activist whose offices are in the Sebastopol complex owned by publisher Tim O’Reilly. For more than ten years he has been battling companies and institutions to put documents online that were “public” but not readily available. […] continued

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AMICUS V SUPPORT ENDING

Law office alert: According to this blog, Gavel & Gown will be ending technical support for Amicus Attorney version V on June 1, 2007.

That creates a business-critical problem for law offices using Amicus – the simple reality is that database-driven programs develop problems that require the support of the manufacturer. […] continued

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TIMESLIPS & VISTA FOLLOWUP

Timeslips has updated its web site with information about Vista compatibility – or more accurately, lack of compatibility. Other vendors are working out their Vista issues; Timeslips is beginning to stand out like a sore thumb.

The company reports firmly that Timeslips 2006 and earlier versions won’t work with Vista. Okay, lots of software makers are in that position. […] continued

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