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January 2002
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Elite Encompass Uses SharePoint

Christopher Poole, chairman and CEO, Elite Information Systems Inc.
Christopher Poole, chairman and CEO, Elite Information Systems Inc.
ELITE Information Systems Inc.'s new document management system, Elite Encompass, is built on Microsoft Corp.'s SharePoint Portal Server and will no doubt compete against iManage and PC DOCS. It is a "digital dashboard" ("portal") platform that provides users with a comprehensive view of firm-wide data, and offers a centralized document repository, says Elite. Encompass offers Extranet capabilities, folder storage policies, offline support and application integration features. It allows users to collect, view and collaborate on documents, be they personal, team, corporate, or from external sources. Users can search on both structured and unstructured text-based data, including HTML, PDF, tiff, and Exchange files.

Reader Response no. 261.

Portable Office

Apple's iPod Drive Holds 5 GB

Apple's iPod Drive Holds 5 GB ABOUT the size of a deck of cards and weighing 6.5 ounces, Apple Computer Inc.'s new iPod MP3 player is a 5 GB drive that can hold 1,000 songs or a whole lot of legal files. It downloads a CD in less than 10 seconds, and offers 10 hour battery life, says Apple. The iPod charges whenever connected to a Mac, and can use an AC adapter.

Reader Response no. 264.

Partnerships

DolphinSearch, LexisNexis Accord

DolphinSearch, LexisNexis Accord DAYTON-based LexisNexis has announced a partnership with DolphinSearch Inc. Under terms of the accord, Lexis will market DolphinSearch technology to its customers as a standalone knowledge management system, and also as an optional, add-on component of the LexisNexis Portal.

DolphinSearch "learns" the meaning of words based on the context in which they are used, improving accuracy of searches, reports the Ventura, Calif., firm.

Reader Response no. 262.

Time & Billing

QuickBooks 2002 Integrates With Legal

INTUIT Inc. has launched four versions of its QuickBooks 2002 accounting software, as well as a new software development kit that allows integration with third party software. The new line includes "basic" and "pro" editions, as well as Quick-Books Premier 2002 and QuickBooks Premier: Accountant Edition 2002.

Legal vendors jumped on the bandwagon to link to the new QuickBooks. DATA.TXT Corp. now offers a connection to its Time Matters software; Gavel & Gown Inc., announced similar links for its Amicus Attorney product.

Sage U.S. Holdings also announced the launch of TAL Pro, to link Timeslips to the QuickBooks programs.

The links allow single entry of time and expense data.

Reader Response no. 263.

Practice Tools

O'Connor Book Gets an Update

ASPEN Law & Business has just released its 2001 update to The Automated Law Firm, 4th Edition by Tom O'Connor.

O'Connor Book Gets an Update The guidebook is designed to help firms select and install software, systems and hardware. It includes comparison charts and a "quick scan rating system," covering everything from operating systems to applications. O'Connor is an emeritus member of the LTN Editorial Advisory Board.

Reader Response no. 265.

Sizzlers!

AAA Database: CompuLaw L.L.C. has announced the release of a collection of arbitration hearing calendaring databases for attorneys who practice under American Arbitration Association rules.

Integration: InData Corp. and Summation Legal Technologies Inc. note that the TrialDirector Suite 3.0 software now integrates with Summation Blaze LG software.

Brand Management: VeriSign Inc. has launched VeriSign Digital Brand Management Services, to help register, recover and protect domain names and monitor activity.

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