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August 2010
SLTC Joins Affinity
Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 Coming - With Discounts
Affinity University Classes in August
Events in August
Amicus Attorney Tip of the Month - Merge Docs
Setting Your Word Options
MS Word 2010 Tip of the Month - Using AutoComplete
MS Word 2007 Tip of the Month - Paste Options
Bar Association Discounts on Time Matters/PCLaw
Discounts on LexisNexis AMP Renewals
Green Corner - How Green Is Your Law Firm?
Current Versions of Law Office Software
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If July was hot, August could be even hotter. First, we have big news - Affinity Consulting Group is growing!  Strategic Legal Technology Consulting, Inc., of Miami is now an Affinity Partner.  Read the details in this month's newsletter.

Also rising with the temperature are new customer discounts on key law office software such as Time Matters and PCLaw and existing customer discounts on Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP) renewals.

The big software news this month is the release of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.  This best-of-breed speech recognition program gets better with each version.  Join us on Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT, for a free webinar introducing NaturallySpeaking 11.  And if you act during the introductory period, discounts on NaturallySpeaking 11 are available. 

NaturallySpeaking works great with Microsoft Word.  But whether or not you use NaturallySpeaking, you will want to make sure your options and settings in Word are configured for maximum law office productivity.  We have suggestions on how to do that, plus tips for Word 2007 and 2010.

In addition, we bring you our regular newsletter features.  Included is the Amicus Attorney Tip of the Month, Green Corner, and our complete Affinity University schedule for August.
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Strategic Legal Technology Consulting Strategic Legal Technology Consulting Joins Affinity Consulting
Affinity Consulting, an alliance of the nation's leading legal technology consultancies, announced that Strategic Legal Consulting, Inc. based in Miami is the newest Partner in their international consultancy.

The Miami office is led by President, Sandra Hernandez Adams, a proven expert in billing and accounting; case management; document management and litigation support. "I've been working with law firms and legal departments throughout the US and the Caribbean since 1982," Adams said, "I'm excited to bring my knowledge to Affinity and work with others who have the same commitment to quality and customer service as I do."

Read more about SLTC joining Affinity Consulting Group.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Coming - Get Your Discount Now
Nuance, the makers of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, announced last week that they are launching the latest version of their award winning speech recognition software this month. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11 has been improved yet again, with a variety of new and improved features, including increased accuracy. Nuance reportedly wants users to know that Dragon 11 will "give people a voice to perform almost any task on the computer - to create documents, send e-mails, surf the Web, search Facebook and Twitter and interact with their favorite applications - at speeds up to three times faster than typing."

Many of us here at Affinity Consulting Group use Dragon NaturallySpeaking in house on document creation, e-mail, and much more. We have been exceedingly pleased with our beta testing of Dragon 11 and its new features. There are a variety of new time saving commands or "voice shortcuts", and navigating your computer by voice is much easier. Training time is reduced and creating a user profile is faster and easier than any prior version.  See the new features during a live free webinar on Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT.

To celebrate the launching of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11, we are offering Dragon 11 Legal for the discounted price of $729 (regularly $799.99) and Dragon 11 Professional for $549.99 (regularly $599.99).  Don't wait - these prices are for a limited time and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 will begin shipping this month! Pre-order your copy today!

Read about Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.
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Classes in August
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.  View all of this month's classes here.

8/10 - Worldox Basics
8/11 - PracticeMaster Word Document Assembly
8/12 - PracticeMaster Basics
8/12 - PracticeMaster Productivity
8/13 - Tabs3 - Billing
8/13 - Tabs3 - Reporting
8/16 - Microsoft Outlook - Contacts, Calendars And Tasks

8/16 - PCLaw - Template Editor
8/16 - Amicus Attorney Small Firm Edition Basics
8/16 - Amicus Attorney Small Firm Edition Productivity
8/17 - PCLaw - Trust Accounting
8/18 -
PCLaw - Time, Fees And Costs
8/20 - Fujitsu ScanSnap For The Law Office
8/20 - Adobe Acrobat For The Law Office
8/24 - Dragon NaturallySpeaking Basics

8/24 - Time Matters Basics
8/24 - PCLaw - Front Office
8/25 - Worldox Productivity
8/25 - PCLaw - Advanced Billing
8/31 -
Case Management Software: How To Select, Implement And Optimize Your Practice [Live in Columbus & Webcast - 3.25 hours]
Events Events in August
8/9 - Paul J. Unger, Esq., of Affinity Columbus presents Power Point 2007 For Legal Professionals for the Ohio State Bar in Cleveland.

- Barron K. Henley, Esq. and Paul J. Unger, Esq. of Affinity Columbus present Excel 2007 for Lawyers and PowerPoint 2007 for Legal Professionals for the Ohio State Bar in Columbus.

8/18 - Free One-Hour Webinar, "Using the Philips SpeechExec Software in the Legal Environment."  Begins at 11AM EDT.  Register here

- Aparna Tutak of Affinity Southeast will be attending as an exhibitor the Suncoast ALA Chapter's 2nd Annual Educational Conference and Exposition at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa.  
Amicus Attorney Amicus Attorney Tip of the Month - Amicus Merge Docs
Most firms have more than their fair share of Document Assembly tasks in their everyday workflow. This can range from the Standard Fax Cover sheet that must be edited over and over again to court documents that must be created for every case. With that being said, it makes perfect sense to leverage the tools that you have at your disposal to increase productivity.

Read the Amicus Attorney Tip of the Month.
Adjusting Your Option Settings in MS WordMS Word
Lawyers (and most professionals and support staff) use many software applications, but most of us we "live" in Microsoft Word for a good portion of the day - and sometimes well into the evening.  Because we spend so much time working in Microsoft Word, it makes sense to set up Word to work the way we want it to.

Unfortunately, too many users blindly accept Word's default settings although those settings were not necessarily designed for optimal law office use.  This month we provide you with a few Word Option settings you should consider when creating or editing legal documents. 

Read the complete Word options article.
MS Word 2010 Tip of the Month - Using the AutoComplete Feature
The AutoComplete feature in Word 2003 was a fantastic shortcut to insert boiler plate text. Once boiler plate text was created as an AutoText entry, Word would insert it in the document after the user typed the first few letters of the AutoText entry and hit the ENTER key. In Word 2007, Microsoft removed AutoComplete much to many lawyers' dismay. Fortunately, the AutoComplete feature returns in Word 2010.  We show you how to use it in our Word 2010 Tip of the Month.

Read the MS Word 2010 Tip of the Month.
MS Word Tip MS Word 2007 Tip of the Month - Setting Your Default Paste Options
Lawyers often create new documents using text from existing documents, web pages, PDF files, etc.  Copy and Paste is a large part of our daily routine.  But are we copying and pasting efficiently?  Probably not, unless our Word paste options are properly set.   

Read the MS Word 2007 Tip of the Month.
Lexis Nexis Bar Association Discounts for New LexisNexis Time Matters and PCLaw Customers
New Time Matters & PCLaw customers who are members of participating Bar Associations are eligible to receive a 15% off discount off the cost of the software licenses. Only new Time Matters/PCLaw customers are eligible and the LexisNexis Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP) must be purchased with the software. The discount doesn't apply to the purchase of additional licenses or AMP renewals.  The offer expires December 31, 2010.

Firms interested in learning about implementing Time Matters/PCLaw should contact their respective ACG office.  If you need more information on the promotion, visit the LN website for PCLaw or Time Matters.
LexisNexis Discounted AMP Renewals for Existing PCLaw and Time Matters Customers
Existing PCLaw/Time Matters clients with expiring Annual Maintenance Plans (AMPs) are eligible for a 10% discount when they renew their current AMP by the 15th day of the month is which their Plan is scheduled to expire.  It is easy to renew your AMP by contacting your ACG office.  However, if you wish to renew directly with LexisNexis, please mention your Affinity Consulting Group office and the name of your consultant.
Green Corner - How Green is My Law Firm?
Although published almost two years ago, a report on running a "green" law firm by Rachael Loper and Robert Loper for the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) offers a great roadmap for assessing and improving your law firm's environmental impact.  The report highlights "green targets," which are areas any law firm should examine when trying to become more green.  The targets are Paper, Energy, and Waste.  The report contains great strategies for improving your firm's performance in each target area. 

Download a copy of the report in PDF format here.
Current Versions Current Versions of Law Office Software
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.