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June 2000
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Kleptomania Captures Data

Structu Rise's Kleptomania 2.0 uses optical character recognition technology to allow users to capture text from anywhere on the computer screen, including folder trees, file lists, database reports, messages, dialog boxes, menus, status lines and other text.

Unlike ordinary copy or cut functions, text can be selected from anywhere on the screen, including areas that users cannot highlight with the mouse, such as columns of data from a word processor or error messages from any Windows program. Kleptomania keeps track of Windows fonts, and can interpret text from all areas of the screen, says the company. The captured text can be placed onto the clipboard as plain text or Rich Text format.

This new version can capture underlined text, such as Web and e-mail addresses, and can start a user's e-mail editor, creating an e-mail addressed to the highlighted address.

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Legal Technology Online

U.K.-based Legal Technology Online has changed its identity and Web domain. LegalTechnologyNews.com has expanded its scope and content to include more special reports and international news to cater to its U.S. and Australia/Pacific readership. The service is available through the main Web site and through its network of affiliate sites that take the service as a news feed. It is now also available in a text-only e-mail format. LegalTechnologyNews.com issues legal IT news, Internet-related topics, twice a week, supplemented by features, conference reports, and news stories.

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Lexis.com Wireless

LEXIS Publishing and GoAmerica Inc. are co-developing an enhanced version of their Web-based wireless service for legal professionals, Lexis.com Wireless Powered by GoAmerica. The upgrade will improve access to the lexis.com research system, and improve access to products such as Shepard's Citations Service.

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LegalPath.com

LegalPath.com is an online business-to-business exchange from Examen Inc., designed to allow lawyers to compete for business, based on qualifications and price. Targeted at corporate counsel, it offers a request-for-bid service, as well as a roster of law firms that offer services at modified, flat-fee prices, says the company. Users can access the secure site, and review firm qualifications, performance history, posted prices, and responses to bid requests, it says.

Once firms are retained, counsel can track real-time case progress and internal management of projects using the secure service.

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The Technology Group has launched LawOnTheWeb.com, an interactive resource for lawyers. The system conducts an interactive interview, evaluates data and creates a document customized to a user's specific needs. It links system logic with database management to offer attorneys streamlined access to legal information, including primary law. LawOnTheWeb.com also hosts discussion groups.

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SeminarPlanet.com

SeminarPlanet.com offers information and services about seminars, conferences, continuing education programs and other events relating to a business professional's respective field. The site focuses on the medical, legal, technical, finance and accounting fields, with plans to branch out into other areas. It includes a searchable database of events allowing users to track events by speaker, specific topic, dates, times, and places. It also can be used to assist with travel arrangements, and offers information about other events taking place in the cities to be visited.

The site includes a "guidance counselor" feature that can monitor users' continuing education credits, tracking what they have completed and what they need for their respective profession.

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CyberSecretaries On Call

CyberSecretaries, a 24-hour dictation transcription service, now offers clients voice mail and fax notification of completion of work, in addition to e-mail notices. The service offers 24/7 "voice to document" dictating services, with no fixed fees, minimums or commitment, says the company. Users can dictate by telephone, or using existing dictating equipment. They also can fax in handwritten or existing documents, and dictate using .wav or Olympus DSS digital dictation files.

CyberSecretaries allows users to store templates or forms of frequently-used documents; and to store and incorporate address books. Once completed, the document can be delivered via e-mail as a word processing attachment, or faxed. Corrections can be made on the user's computer, or by calling in corrections or faxing a marked up hard copy.

Lawyers can use "client billing codes" and get itemized bills, for tracking costs. Clients can visit the Cybersecretaries Web site, www.youdictate.com, if they wish to change their service, or add other notification options.

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Law.com Debuts New Partnerships

San Francisco-based Law.com, a sister company to American Lawyer Media Inc. (publisher of LTN), has negotiated new partnerships and added new features to its Web site:

* Intel Corp. will work with law.com to provide multimedia continuing legal education seminars on the site. Law.com programs currently receive CLE credits in 21 of the 29 states that accept online CLE, in-cluding major markets such as New York, California, Texas and Florida. The programs take advantage of a variety of formats, including streaming video, audio, and text; and offer real-time discussions allowing lawyers to interact with lecturers and attendees.

* The Litigation Practice Center is the fifth center to launch, joining centers devoted to technology law, intellectual property, corporate law and employment law. It offers litigation resources, including papers from experts and scholars; course book excerpts; and practice-specific links. The center covers procedural and evidentiary issues, such as law and motion, alternative dispute resolution, attorney's fees, insurance, antitrust, unfair competition, product liability and securities. It also offers a weekly e-mail subscription service.

* The Online Expert Witness Directory is a free directory of expert witnesses nationwide. Information includes, curriculum vitae, specific trial experience by area of expertise or region. Specialties range from accident prevention to worker's compensation. It provides direct e-mail access to each witness.

* CCH Inc., Mealey's Publications Inc., Industry Standard Communications Inc., and Netscan Publishing will provide content for law.com.

CCH will provide employment law materials; Mealey's will report on litigation and arbitration; and Netscan will provide real-time updates on state bills and regulations. Articles from The Industry Standard will be posted in law.com's Technology Law Practice Center.

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