The following Guest Post from Angelita Williams discusses several popular software program for Mac-using lawyers:
From Clarity Legal comes TrialSmart, a comprehensive trial presentation software. This legal application makes it possible for lawyers to review, analyze, and present electronic legal transcripts with ease. Transcripts from a case can also be imported and annotated, and users can run reports on them with just a click of the mouse. Reports can be exported to text, Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel files. To establish a sound argument in the courtroom, documents, exhibits, and video can be attached and synchronized to transcripts for jury presentation through the software’s video editor. TrialSmart supports all video QuickTime formats and allows for clips to be exported to presentation software like Keynote and PowerPoint. Other features like TrialSmart’s Bulk Designation Editor, group reports, resizable video windows, saved layering, and PDF text searching make this software all lawyers need to effectively build their case.
Lawyers can make sure that the most important details of a case come across clearly with this software from Bee Docs. 3D Timeline gives users the ability to present information, details, and events in context through interactive timelines. This Mac OS X software is an excellent tool for lawyers who want to create timelines for trial exhibits that give viewers a 3D perspective on a significant chain of events. Timelines can be as informative as possible, as users can add pictures, Web pages, notes, and other files to them. Not only can lawyers use timelines to visually uncover connections and display relationships, they can use them to tell a story in a way that reveals the truth.
Lawyers who need help managing their time, money, contacts, and other information, should look into LawStream. This law office management software not only helps lawyers manage the essentials of a business, but allows them to customize projects and files, as well as the information and data that they contain. LawStream assists with time management helping lawyers organize their schedules, reference to-do lists, record services, and keep up with meetings and deadlines. Lawyers can also simplify their finances with features that allow them to keep track of money that is coming in and out of their practices, and record time spent with each client. Most importantly this software helps lawyers manage information about contacts, by allowing them to record phone numbers and e-mails, as well as any work that has been completed on projects pertaining to them. To find out where there most valuable business comes from, users can run a "client dedicated report" to see which customers they are working for the most and giving them the most income.
MacSpeech Dictate Legal
Lawyers who are looking for a new way to interact with their Mac can find it in MacSpeech Dictate Legal. This speech recognition software makes it possible for lawyers to increase productivity by using their voices to input text and command their computers operations. Specifically made those working in the law field, more than 30,000 legal words and terms can be understood and supported by this software. If the software comes across a word it does not recognize, the Vocabulary Editor allows users to train individual words and add new ones. When it comes to laborious legal writing tasks, lawyers no longer have to spend hours typing away but can now dictate with ease. They can also have recorded dictation transcribed for them using MacSpeech Scribe Legal. With up to a 99 percent accuracy rate, this software rarely misspells a word or misses a typo. Dictate Legal works with almost any Mac application that uses text, such as Keynote, iChat, iPhoto, Mail, Microsoft Word, and Apple’s Text Edit.