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January 2010
Here and Now
New Year's Tech Resolutions
Affinity University - Classes in January
Tips of the Month - Tabs3 and PCLaw
Green Corner - Ultimate Solar Laptop Case
Affinity Support Award-Winning Tabs3/PracticeMaster Software
Amicus Attorney 2010 Launched - Big Discounts Until 01-29-10
Promotions
PCLaw Ver. 7 Support Ended 12/31/09
Free Speech Recognition Webinar
Current Versions of Law Office Software
Greetings!
 
Welcome to the New Year!  As reported in the Wall Street Journal/Marketwatch web site, Affinity Consulting Group (ACG) introduced big changes in the look of our new integrated web site.  When you browse to your ACG partner company's web site, you will be redirected to the new consolidated site.  Our site features information on the full range of software and services we offer.  Behind the new look you continue to have access to the same knowledgeable consultants and supporting staff who've served your firm for years. 

This months newsletter includes New Year's resolutions to improve your use of law office technology.  We also highlight our convenient and affordable Affinity University webinars for January, offer end-of-year software tips for Tabs3 and PCLaw.  You will also find our regular features such as Green Corner and a Current Versions list of the law office software supported by ACG.

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Affinity LogoNew Consolidated Web Site is Here Now!
We've worked hard to bring you a one-stop destination for all of your law office technology needs.  Our new consolidated web site brings you all the information you need to find the right hardware, software, and services for your law firm.

Read the complete Here and Now article.

New Year's Resolutions for Your Law Office Technology
This time of year we re-think the way we approach our lives and careers.  That rethinking should include the way we use and manage our law office technology.  This month we offer a list of New Year's resolutions to help your firm make the most of its technology. 

Read the New Year's Tech Resolutions article.
Affinity University Logo Affinity University Classes in January
Affinity University is the leading source for web based training sessions for the legal community.  All of our classes are one hour, making it easy and affordable for lawyers, paralegals and support staff to take time from their day to improve their efficiency and productivity.  No software is required and sign up is simple.

In January, we have a full calendar of classes:
1/14 - Microsoft Outlook Email Management
1/15 - Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar & Tasks
1/18 - Adobe Acrobat for the Law Office
1/19 - Worldox Basics
1/19 - Document Assembly
1/19 - Microsoft Excel for the Law Office
1/20 - Amicus Accounting Basics
1/20 - Microsoft Word for the Law Office
1/20 - Amicus Accounting:  Billing and Reporting
1/21 - Worldox Productivity
1/21 - Amicus Attorney Small Firm Edition Basics
1/21 - Amicus Attorney Small Firm Edition Productivity
1/22 - Amicus Attorney Premium Edition Basics
1/22 - Amicus Attorney Premium Edition Productivity
1/25 - Time Matters Basics
1/26 - Microsoft PowerPoint for the Law Office
1/28 - Fujitsu ScanSnap for the Law Office
1/29 - Time Matters Productivity
Tips of the MonthTabs3
This month we bring you timely "end of year" accounting software tips for Tabs3 and PCLaw.

For Tabs3, we show you how to perform year-end close-out procedures for your 2009 books.
For PCLaw, we present 10 terrific resolutions to help you move in the right direction using your software in 2010.

 

Read the Tabs3 tip. 

Read the PCLaw tips.

Green Corner - Ultimate Solar Laptop CaseHybrid Laptop Case
We've written about backpacks and messenger bags with solar panels.  Those products were just the beginning of the solar revolution in portable power for your electronic devices.  Coming soon is the Hybrid Laptop Case from Eclipse Solar Gear.

The rugged and tightly-sealed case features an internal auxiliary battery that can take a charge from the solar panel or an AC outlet.  The battery provides extra power to the laptop computer and to other handheld accessories through a USB port.  The solar panel on the lid provides up to 6 Watts of power to charge the auxiliary battery.  Of course, this cutting-edge technology isn't cheap at $599.95.  But it will keep your notebook or netbook PC going when others run out of juice.
Affinity Supports Award Winning Tabs3/PracticeMaster Software 
For the 7th consecutive year, Software Technology's Tabs3 time and billing software is the Gold Award winner for Small and Mid-Sized firms (up to 99 attorneys) at the Law Technology News (LTN) awards.

Software Technology's practice management software, PracticeMaster, is the LTN Silver Award winner for Small and Mid-Sized firms.  Together, Tabs3 and PracticeMaster took home the Gold Award in the Practice Management System category.
 
Affinity Partner Automated Horizons, Inc. is a President's Circle (top 20% nationally) certified consultant for Tabs3/Practice Master.  Britt Lorish Knuttgen and Stacy Devlin have many years of combined experience installing and supporting Tabs3 and PracticeMaster.
Amicus Attorney 2010 Launched
With the start of the new year, Gavel & Gown Software announced the launch of the following new products, all of which are available for order immediately:
  • Amicus Attorney 2010 Premium Edition
  • Amicus Attorney 2010 Small Firm Edition
  • Amicus Accounting 2010
  • Amicus Mobile 2010
This is the perfect time to upgrade from the no-longer-supported Amicus Attorney Version V and V+ software.  For details on the exciting new features of Amicus Attorney 2010 and how an upgrade will benefit your firm, visit the Amicus Attorney 2010 upgrade site.  If you upgrade before January 29, you will receive a 30% to 50% discount.  See the Promotions article below.
This Month's Promotions
From time to time, the software companies we work with offer upgrade and other discounts. 

To celebrate the launch of Amicus Attorney 2010, this leading practice management software will be on sale for 30% off regular upgrade prices or 50% off regular upgrade prices with the purchase Amicus Maintenance Plan from now until January 29, 2010. This is an excellent opportunity for your firm to save money on this upgrade.

For a limited time, you can upgrade your Tabs3/PracticeMaster installation to Client Server Version (CSV) with no payment required for 30 days. 

Contact us for details on these promotions.
PCLaw Ver. 7 Support Ended 12/31/09
PCLaw Version 7 is no longer supported by LexisNexis.  This is the perfect time to upgrade to PCLaw Version 10 and purchase or renew your Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP).  The PCLaw AMP:
  • Provides access to PCLaw's industry-leading customer support call center.
  • Keeps your product updated with the latest service releases.
  • Includes access to software version upgrades for the life of the plan.
  • Offers OnDemand Anytime Training, an interactive resource that lets you or staff train on basics at a time that's convenient for you.
Contact us for upgrade information and AMP pricing.
Free Dragon NaturallySpeaking Webinar - January 18, 2010, 2-3 p.m. (EST)
In this free webinar, "Making the Case for Speech Recognition," you'll learn how speech recognition software can change the way legal professionals produce legal documents and complete routine tasks for dramatic efficiency gains and cost savings.  Register here.  
 
Current Versions
Check out our list of the current versions of important law office software we support.  Staying current is an important way to protect your data and documents.

Read the complete Current Versions list.