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February 2002
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ProVantage Debuts Records Subsystem

ProVantage Software Inc. has announced the release of Records Management, an integrated subsystem of ProVantage that tracks client files, from check-in to final disposition, without leaving the ProVantage suite.

It offers search methods to help users locate files based on client names and numbers, matter titles and numbers, old file numbers, or entries in the comments or other user-definable fields.

Records Management provides 16 user-definable fields (12 at the file level and four at the matter level), explains the company.

Activities are automatically updated in the "history" functions once they're changed on the status screen reports ProVantage. This allows users to generate detailed reports on the history of events over the life of each file, or by criteria such as date ranges, authorizing personnel, and activity counts, ProVantage says.

Reader Response no. 235.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

IP Master

Master Data Center has introduced IP Master, an MS SQL-Server database that helps users manage intellectual property while maintaining data accessibility and information sharing.

Queries can be customized and personalized for individual users, it says. Users can access dockets, portfolio statistics, expense analysis and IP inventory. IP Master also includes a variety of pre-built Microsoft Access reports that are customizable using Access or Crystal Reports.

For small firms or solo practitioners, a run-time version of IP Master is available which does not require a copy of Microsoft's SQL-Server.

Reader Response no. 236.

PENSION, TAX & EMPLOYMENT

Pension Tracker

CCH Inc. introduces PensionTracker, a pension news and information resource that delivers daily customized news to users via the Web or e-mail.

Subscribers choose from a variety of pension news topics, and determine what type of documents they need, whether it's court decisions, DOL news or IRS regulations, or all of them.

CCH culls from its comprehensive daily coverage of new pension law developments the headlines, summaries, or both, and delivers them as they becomes available, and in the preferred format. Users set up searches once, and get results as often as they occur.

Reader Response no. 237.

LITIGATION SUPPORT

M&A Support

Daticon Inc. announces the enhancement of its litigation support document management services for mergers and acquisitions. Daticon supports M&A professionals with e-mail and e-file conversion, on-site and off-site imaging of paper documents, document coding, hard copy production, high volume capacity, electronic production to Department of Justice, FTC, and Securities & Exchange Commission, and online review with Virtual Partner. The company's Virtual Partner software offers a custom review module that facilitates privilege review, and other document review needs.

Reader Response no. 238.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Live by IT

Bowerdean Publishing Company Ltd. has released John Irving's book, IT'S LEGAL -- Making Information Technology Work in Practice.

The book discusses information technology, how it can help a professional firm, what it makes possible, and how to make sensible IT choices.

It also explores trends in the electronic and professional marketplaces, and examines how the professions will change, in accordance with the ebb and flow of e-commerce.

Reader Response no. 239.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Application Suite 5.3

Bridgeway Software Inc. has released Application Suite 5.3, which includes eCounsel, the legal department practice management software, and Secretariat, the corporate secretary automation product.

The upgrade includes new search enhancements and report writing tools as well as added functionality, such as Boolean or "sounds like" searching.

Bridgeway has integrated Application Suite with Stellent Content Management, formerly known as Xpedio Content Management System, as well as Microsoft Word, Corel Corp.'s WordPerfect, iManage, DOCFUSION, HotDocs, Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes calendars and ShareDoc/Legal.

Reader Response no. 241.

Case Master 10.5

Software Technology Inc. has released Case Master 10.5, practice management software featuring improved performance, additional configuration options, and ease-of-use improvements.

The upgrade's integration with QuickBooks allows Case Master to post detailed journal entries to a QuickBooks import file whenever a cost transaction is added to Case Master. Integration with Software Technology's TABS III time billing system allows bi-directional synchronization of client/case, fee and cost records.

Case Master also is available in a client/server version.

Reader Response no. 242.

Javelan 3.13

Keystone Solutions U.S. Inc. has begun distribution of its Javelan 3.12 practice management software upgrade.

The upgrade combines more than 30 functional enhancements and new features, including support for Windows XP client, a new 32-bit Navigator front end, e-submission of 1099's, and several new management and client reporting features.

Reader Response no. 243.

LegalPath 2.0

Examen Inc. introduces LegalPath 2.0, a legal business application that allows corporations to automate the legal transaction process, from engaging law firms to billing, tracking and reporting on legal matters.

Corporations can use LegalPath to conduct business with their current law firms, or they can find new legal representations through the LegalPath marketplace, which has its own national registry of attorneys.

The upgrade includes an improved user interface, a Windows-based help system, and in-context Help.

Reader Response no. 244.

LITIGATION SUPPORT

LextraNet 4.0

Legal Computer Soluctions Inc. has introduced LextraNet 4.0, the latest version of its Web-hosted litigation support application designed for any size law firm or matter. The program, which will be debuted at LegalTech New York, allows users to search across multiple cases and can capture, code, store and distribute case documents.

New features include an improved interface and site navigator, a personal "gateway" with customizable links, secure e-mail notification of new or modified items, internal messaging, team and private folders and more. Neil Aresty, a principal of LCS, is a member of the LTN Editorial Advisory Board.

Reader Response no. 283.

CASE MANAGEMENT

LTI Offers Site

The Legal Technology Institute (Univ. of Florida Levin College of Law) has developed a one-stop Internet-based resource for information about case management systems. The site complements material from a recent ABA book, Computerized Case Management Systems, by Andrew Adkins III, LTI's director (and a member of the LTN Editorial Advisory Board.)

Reader Response no. 284.

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