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November 2014
Thankful for Technology
Do More with Less - Improve Voice-Driven Productivity
OSBA Legal Tech & Practice Management Conference
November Speaking Engagements
Word Tip of the Month - Open and Edit PDFs in Word
MacCorner - Productivity Improvements in iOS 8 and Yosemite
Practice Management Client Care
Newsworthy - Links of Interest (Microsoft Edition)
New on the Affinity Consulting Group Blog

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Thankful for Technology to Make our Practices More Efficient and Profitable

If a lawyer in late 2014 were to be transported by time machine to the pre-PC era, say 1980, he or she would have a very hard time functioning. We have become dependent on technology to run our practices. 


We think of dependence as bad. However, our reliance on technology is good because it allows us to provide better service to our clients, be more efficient and profitable, and hopefully spend more time with family and friends. For all of this, we are thankful.


Many new technologies were introduced or advanced in 2014 with a positive impact on law firms. The rapid expansion and falling prices of cloud-based file storage such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox has been useful. The long-awaited release of an iPhone with a screen large enough to appeal to aging baby boomers is another advance for which we are thankful. Android aficionados can rejoice in an abundance of great phones and a rapidly improving operating system.


On the desktop. Microsoft's preview of Windows 10 promises that traditional keyboard and mouse users of Windows will be happier than they were with touch-focused Windows 8. New Office 365 subscription plans make MS Office more affordable and available than ever. 


We also have new releases of law office software such as PCLaw, Tabs3/PracticeMaster, and Amicus Attorney. All of these advances make us thankful for the technology that helps us help others.


This year the technology press has been full of stories about how "voice" is replacing "touch" as the next paradigm in communicating with our tech devices.  To see how that works, join us for a FREE webinar on voice-driven productivity described in the article below.

Do More With Less: Improve Voice-Driven Productivity

What if you could do more with less? What if you could be more productive, more efficient in less time with less resources? The goal of the newly announced partnership between BigHand and Affinity Consulting Group allows Legal Professionals to use their voice to delegate, manage, instruct and capture time and billing from your mobile device in real time.


Attend a FREE WEBINAR to learn all about it:


WHEN: Thursday, November 13, 2014, Noon - 1:00 PM EST

WHERE: Your Desk (GoToMeeting On-Line Webinar)



Read More about the FREE Webinar on Voice-Driven Productivity for Lawyers

OSBA Tech Conference Coming Soon!
- December 4 & 5, New Location!
The Ohio State Bar Association's Annual Legal Technology and Practice Management Conference is only a month away!  This year it moves to a new location, NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center (Columbus), OH, on December 4 & 5. Many Affinity partners and consultants will be presenting at the Conference.

Attend this Conference and learn to:
  • Move your firm toward financial success and greater client satisfaction
  • Build a technology plan that proactively improves your practice
  • Regain control over your workday and your life by properly leveraging technology
  • Use metrics to track success and "turn the dial" to where you want to be as a firm
  • Improve internal and external communications using common technology solutions
  • Use your iPad for research, prepare for depositions and give presentations
  • Avoid malpractice by building avoidance procedures into your workflows
For details, download the complete brochure here.
November Speaking Engagements
Our Affinity Partners and Consultants are traveling the country in November to bring you the latest information on law practice technology and productivity.  

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MS Word Tip of the Month - Open and Edit PDFs Inside Word 2013 
The two document formats lawyers most often encounter are Word (.docx) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). In Word 2013, you can not only open, create, and edit Word files, you can do the same with PDF documents.    

MacCorner - Productivity Improvements in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite
Apple users have been awash in operating system updates this fall. Both iOS for iPhones and iPads and OS X for Macs were recently updated. Apple has made its annual Mac OS X updates available as free or nearly free downloads from its Mac App Store. This year is no different. The version released in October, 10.10 Yosemite, contains a boatload of enhancements for those who live in the Apple ecosystem.

Practice Management Client Care (PMCC) Program
Affinity is proud to offer a cost-effective monthly service for our Amicus Attorney, Time Matters, PracticeMaster, Worldox, Tabs3 and PCLaw customers designed to ensure that you are getting everything you can out of the software you use every day to run your firm.


Affinity's Practice Management Client Care Program (PMCC) provides you with monthly access to educational feature webinars that will provide your users with real training that will enable them to take full advantage of the software that you already own. As a PMCC subscriber, you will also enjoy discounts on support, new user training and set up, and attendance at User Group meetings.


Click HERE for details, and be sure to contact Danielle Faries for more information.

Newsworthy - Microsoft Edition
Each month we will bring you quick links to a variety of newsworthy items dealing with technology products, services, and other topics of interest to lawyers as they seek to better manage their practices. Last month we focused on the new iPhones. This month we look at Microsoft, Windows, and MS Office.