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Create Spreadsheets Using Microsoft Excel

John Tredennick, a partner at Denver's Holland & Hart (and a member of LTN's Editorial Advisory Board) is the author of Lawyer's Guide to Spreadsheets: How to Master Excel in 8 Easy Lessions, published by Glasser LegalWorks. It offers non-technical lessons to help lawyers deal creatively with data and financial information in cases and transactions. It teaches how to build a spreadsheet "from scratch," and how to perform "what if" calculations on sheets received from accountants and others.

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Legalex Rules SQL 8.0

Legalex Rules, of Albuqueque, has introduced Legalex SQL 8.0, which it describes as an expansion of its rules-based docketing system into rules-based case management. It allows the rules of court to drive the management of the case, and tracks relationships, settlement negotiations, and documents, says the company, a subsidiary of ProLaw Software. The new upgrade integrates with the parent company's namesake software, as well as Microsoft Outlook and with GroupWise. Lawyers can conduct conflict checking, assemble documents create mailing lists and process bar coding, and more, the company notes.

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Dell Online Trading

Dell Computer Corp., of Round Rock, Texas, has released its new Dell Precision Online Trading Workstation, designed specifically for the needs of the online investing community. It combines a Dell Precision Workstation 220, with special offers from financial data analysis software vendors, data services and online brokerages, it says.

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CompuLaw Updates

CompuLaw L.L.C. reports that it published 97 rule set database updates in 1999, including more than 6,700 text pages of changes to its California databases.

CompuLaw offers rules databases for jurisdictions in all 50 states and other areas of law including state, federal, appellate, supreme court, bankruptcy and intellectual property. The program integrates with Microsoft Outlook and Novell GroupWise, the company says.

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DeltaView 2.03

Workshare Technology, based in San Francisco, has released DeltaView 2.03, an upgrade of its document comparison tool. It offers improved compatibility with document management systems and with word processing applications, and integrates with recent versions of DOCS Open, Worldox, iManage infoRite, Microsoft Office and Corel WordPerfect, says the company.

Workshare plans to release a new collaborative line of products, DeltaView Premier, in the near future, it says.

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ICreate 3.0

TechLaw Inc., of Chantilly, Va., says its upgraded document creation software, iCreate 3.0, now uses "Enhanced Native Architecture" (ENA). Users can create templates and macros in Microsoft Word; employ legal-specific paragraph numbering; and other functions. It integrates contact information with both Microsoft Outlook and Interface's InterAction.

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PerfectLaw Wireless

PerfectLaw Software, of Coral Gables, Fla., says its new PerfectLaw Wireless offers a completely wireless "front and back office." Using AT&T Wireless' network, users can access the program from 3,000 coverage areas, it reports.

Users are not limited to time entry or expense tracking, it notes.

PerfectLaw Wireless also can be used on computers running Windows CE operating system, it says.

PerfectLaw is an "all-in-one software package, that combines matter, contact, and document management with billing and accounting.

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Marketing Agreement

Global Securities Information Inc., and MarketSpan Inc. have teamed up to offer federal state and local court document retrieval through CaseStream, MarketSpan's Web-based Litigation Intelligence product. The accord will enable CaseStream customers to electronically order any document from the CaseStream site, it says. (See also page 1, about MarketSpan's accord with CourtLink/JusticeLink).

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Document Review

Two new services are available for U.K. practitioners, reports Charles Christian in LegalTechnologyNews.Com.

The Legal Document Co., a spin-off from Milton Keynes' law firm Kimbell & Co., now offers a document review and update service. They take a portfolio of 10 legal documents regularly used by a client, and review them to insure they meet the client's business needs, and then create a master set of documents, on CD-ROM.

UK DOCS offers 40 documents, ranging in price from 10 to 50 pounds, for downloading from the Web. Documents can be received in plain text, formatted text, and/or Microsoft formats.

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Premiere Conferencing has introduced ReadyConference OnDemand and Scheduled ReadyConference. The software helps users set up conference calls with up to 48 participants. Features include passcode security, audio quality control, moderator options, and toll and toll-free access.The OnDemand version also offers billing code features, enabling firms to bill calls to clients.

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Visual Calendars

InKline Global Inc.'s Visual Calendar Planner 5.0 for Windows 3.1/95/98 can be set up as desktop wallpaper. It includes customization, alarms, and more.

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TICKSOFT's DiskWarrior software recovers lost files; fixes invisible directory errors before they escalate; and more.

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Deneba Software Deneba Software has announced that the beta version of Canvas 7 for the Linux OS is now available as a free download from its Web site.

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Corel Corp. has signed a strategic alliance with EBIZ, and will bundle, a Linux-based ISP, into the Corel LINUX OS.

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iTools is a suite of Internet tools for Linux, new from Tenon Intersystems.

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TurboLinux Inc., of Brisbane, Calif., became the third high-profile Linux company in one month to announce job cuts, reports Computerworld. At least half of the staff in several departments got pink slips, the company said, declining to be more specific.

LinuxCare Inc., of San Francisco, and Ottawa's Corel Corp., also have downsized. (See Industry News, page 10.)

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