inviewToday's estate agent in SA is fast becoming more aware of the need for systems in their business. The relative complexity of selling and managing multiple properties is administratively intensive and poor controls can lead to loss of sales and loss of income. Transfer attorneys have become accustomed to using software to manage their processes and this reality is now a major focus point for any professional property broker. The next step in this evolution is the connectedness of attorney and agent software, enabling better flow of information and more efficient processing of sales as they spill out of the agents office.

bb-logoBlackBerry is the leading wireless communications solutions for enterprise that keeps mobile professionals connected to their customers, colleagues and corporate data. It's a proven, award-winning solution that provides secure wireless connectivity* while satisfying the requirements of enterprise IT departments. - Advertorial article

magicwandTaking around four seconds to scan an A4-size document in B&W, or around 12 seconds for Colour, this portable wand-type scanner from VuPoint Solutions is designed for copying images from books or documents with thick or fragile spines that don't allow them to be folded back for placement on a flatbed scanner. It's also useful for scanning pages that are located a long way from your office.

dragonLogoFor existing Dragon customers, now is the time to upgrade to version 11. From improved accuracy and faster performance, to an intuitive user interface with a rich Help system, powerful new voice commands, and an enhanced correction and adaptation process, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 has been redesigned to be FASTER, BETTER and SIMPLY SMARTER.
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outlook2010Outlook Social Connector allows users to get Facebook, Windows Live feeds in their email. The newly-launched Outlook Social Connector integrates Facebook and Windows Live Messenger into Outlook, bringing the streams of Facebook users into their inboxes. Outlook 2003 and 2007 users can download the latest version of the Outlook Social Connector from the Microsoft Download Center. Outlook 2010 users can get it as an update.

lexpro_iconLexpro's Online Accounting program will allow users (Bookkeepers / Attorneys) to access their Accounting data from anywhere in the country, even the World as long as there is Internet access available. Currently the online accounting program is based on the "Lexpro Lite" version (a basic accounting package consisting of all the transactions you will need to have on a day to day basis) that is already available and it is for that reason that the online program is more aimed to smaller firms.

law_transfersL@W are pleased to announce that L@W Transfers now includes ALL Section 45 Endorsement options i.e. section 45(1), 45bis(1)(a) & (b) and 45bis(1A)(a) & (b). Endorsements retain full application functionality including deeds searches and data imports, rates integration with municipal councils, accounting, correspondence and workflow.

lawbondsconsentsL@W is very pleased to announce that the new L@W Bonds solution and L@W Space are now available. There is no charge for L@W Space, which enables a user to access all L@W solutions from one central customizable location.

sabinet_logo_wwwA boon for the legal fraternity - fast, easy online searches to cut valuable man hours, and boost outputs. Sabinet is South Africa's first supplier of online Gazettes and has been in the online information industry for 27 years. Sabinet has released its Retrospective Government Gazettes Archive, a new product that will give the legal sector fast and easy access to the full text of Government Gazettes from 1910 to 1993.

money_from_cellDocument Accounting Solutions has rolled out MobiTrac, a mobile phone call logging and billing application for the Southern African region. Document Accounting Solutions director, Russel Roth points out that consult calls are generally never charged for, even though it means a potential billable income especially for doctors and lawyers.

ipad-alanWith apologies to the missus, my three weeks with Apple's iPad have reminded me of my old dating days. There would be that instant attraction, some really good things in the mix, but all the while I'd be wondering - just where is this relationship going? The year's most talked about gadget, the iPad, can have a place in lawyers' professional lives, says Alan Cohen.
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lexpro_iconLexpro has a function in their Conveyancing, Wills and Estate Module. This Will function enables the user to create a Will in two minutes in the presence of the client. This function is extremely user friendly and easy to use:

xpressdoxXpressDox v3.0 ships at the end of June 2010 with more practical, usable functionality that delivers added benefit to customers. The Command Editor is a super new feature giving users access to all XpressDox commands and features inline, while authoring. Other new features include being able to assign initial values to variables, and adding comments to templates for improved template longevity.

chris_uniacke_LexisNexis South Africa has released a new enterprise search engine for their popular and widely used LexisNexis online research platform. We spoke with Chris Uniacke - the Technical Director at LexisNexis to find out more about the changes and how the market has taken to this update.

sabinet_logo_wwwOn the back of considerable demand, Sabinet has launched a new product, the Sabinet Municipal By-laws. This offers access to all By-laws in force and applicable to each individual municipality in all of South Africa's nine provinces, from 1995 onwards.

cd_philips_execSpeechExecSR Pro Dictate provides you with a dictation management platform that unites voice recording, file routing, as well as speech recognition interfacing in one seamless solution. The dictation software provides you with easy-to-use functionality for organizing recordings clearly and transparently. Dictation files and documents can be automatically transferred via a company network, sent by email or uploaded onto an FTP server, depending on your requirements.

xpressdoxXpressDox, the leading document assembly system in South Africa, now offers support for the new Microsoft® Word 2010 version. This means that all progressive law firms who have decided to implement Office 2010 will be able to automate their legal precedents with XpressDox. XpressDox is priced at only R50 per user per month, excluding VAT. For more information click here.

bbwinscribeAfter successful field trials, WinScribe has released an enhanced version 4.0 of its market-leading digital dictation and workflow system, adding new and unique functionality that makes workflow management virtually seamless for organisations with multiple authors in the field. A key feature of the new version is an updated application for BlackBerry® smartphones, making them the equal of dedicated dictation devices in terms of job management and author control.

office2010Social media, Web apps and major feature upgrades mark new release. Johannesburg, South Africa - 21 April, 2010 -- Microsoft has taken the wraps off what it calls the best version of its Office software ever, with the newly-released Office 2010 helping people to work on files from any PC, any browser and nearly every smartphone.

philipsFor people who do not compromise, SpeechMike Air presents the perfection of the world's number one dictation microphone. The highly professional PC microphone takes desktop dictation to a new level, no longer restraining you by a cord.

mimecast_logo 28th April 2010, London - Mimecast, a unified email management company, has today announced the launch of Mimecast Continuity Services for the BlackBerry Wireless Solution.

The new service is the first to enable enterprise IT managers to provide uninterrupted email access to BlackBerry smartphone users in the event of a Microsoft Exchange outage, a BlackBerry Enterprise Server failure and Research in Motion infrastructure downtime.

winscribe_logoKey executives being mobile with access to business applications is important to more and more organisations today. As the ‘must-have' iPhone spreads from consumers to the ranks of professional users, it has been added to the list of mobile communication tools supported by the WinScribe Mobility Suite.

lawbondsconsentsL@W is proud to announce the launch of the new L@W Bonds solution in May 2010. For the first time, L@W is able to offer attorneys a bond product that caters specifically for attorney's needs. The solution is completely separate to the Bond Portal/Centre's, being offered as an alternative to the current vendor bond solutions on the market.

lawspaceL@W is proud to announce the launch of L@W Space in May 2010 which is a desktop workspace, that a conveyancer or conveyancing secretary can log onto, from which all essential L@W solutions can now be accessed, via a single click, all in a lawspaceimagesingle screen. This means that there is no complicated browsing between various L@W applications and a single login once a day. L@W Space really takes L@W users into the next technology dimension, as it gives EACH user the ability to customise their workspace according to their requirements. For more information contact the L@W call centre on 0860 877 877 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

m1022cWhat makes this Gigabyte M1022C so great is that it is a netbook, but has the docking station to turn it into a desktop computer. For the attorney who uses this computer for mail, word processing, time billing and browsing research or the web, this unit has exactly what they will need.

LexisNexis_logoLexisNexis South Africa, a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, today announced the launch of LexisNexis Bridger InsightTM XG to help financial institutions and other local organisations reduce risk, comply with due diligence regulation and prevent fraud and money laundering.

workshare_protectSan Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB ) March 23, 2010 -- Workshare, the leader in metadata removal software, announced the release of Workshare Protect Server with its "protect everywhere capability," providing server-based metadata cleaning for information shared by mobile and webmail users. The new solution secures confidential information being managed by Blackberry, iPhone and other mobile devices, removing metadata contained in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF attachments.

cura_logoLexisNexis South Africa and Cura Software Solutions Partner to Offer Powerful GRC Software Solution - CuraComplyLexisNexis_logo

Durban - 9 March 2010, LexisNexis South Africa, a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, today announced it has entered into an exclusive alliance partnership with Cura Software Solutions to offer companies a powerful new compliance solution called CuraComply.

ls_logoLegalSuite has recently added the RSS messaging system to the program. This application is designed to give LegalSuite direct communication with all of their clients on a "real-time" basis. This feature will improve the overall LegalSuite experience and ensure that customers are always kept up-to-date of the latest developments and notifications The RSS feed is user based, so that each user can adjust how they want to receive these messages. For more information visit www.legalsuite.co.za or call 0860 711150.

ls_logoLegalSuite is proud to announce that after months of development and testing it is now integrated with SearchWorks. A number of our clients have activated this service and they are enjoying the benefits of using SearchWorks from within LegalSuite. For more information call 0861 711150 or email visit www.legalsuite.co.za

swlogo140You can now order copies of CIPRO Documents electronically via SearchWorks. Not only is this convenient for you but is also environmentally friendly. All requested documents will be sent to you electronically and certified copies will in addition be delivered via the South African postal service. Contact the SearchWorks team on 0860 44 33 33 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

share_filesNow here is a feature which I think will be rather well used in the drafting of legal agreements. You create the document in MS Word 2010 and then when you normally would save the document, you now "Share" the document.

screenshot_iconThis is a great feature, but only if you do screen captures for things like training material, or IT support to capture the image of the error - or maybe for the legal typist - if you are taking a screen shot of an email that is being used in evidence. It has been available in the past with the use of "Ctrl V" - but now it really is slick.

steps_to_msoffice_2010Word now allows you to insert an image into a document - like before - but now offers a new feature which removes the background of the image. You can then add a myriad of other image effects, like a shadow which makes the image look very professional.

steps_to_msoffice_2010We have been given a copy of Microsoft Office 2010 Beta to use, break and offer feedback to Microsoft. So far we have not found anything that seems to have gone backwards which is often the case in upgrades to software - a feature that they might think great, often could be cumbersome to users. We also look at estimated pricing.
Having been given the opportunity and also with me being bold enough to try a Beta version - it would be crazy not to offer my comments and views on the software to the South African legal market.

xpressdoxThe XpressDox DocussemblyTM API provides those clients who have programming capability, access to XpressDox document drafting and assembly functionality directly from their own applications, in order to produce more complete and powerful solutions. Sometimes document drafting and assembly will form only a part of your application, and now you can access all the power of XpressDox DocussemblyTM inside your application by using the XpressDox API. There's no need for you to create your own document assembly logic when it has all been done for you. For more information call 0861 265 376 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

law_transfersL@W's Transfer Solution has added functionality to cater for the following new transfer types. These include Partnerships, Execution sales - bank buy in, Execution Sales - 3rd party purchase, PIPs, VAT variations including inclusive, exclusive and plus VAT and SARS undertaking. Also available now is the global entity library  where users can share in the global library of banks, councils, estate agents, managing agents etc.

chrometa_logoA new version for the Chrometa time recording software has been released and boasts the following new features: Split time away - now you can allocate to more than one matter when logging "away from your PC" time. Log away time popup now mandatory - no longer will the popup fade away if you don't fill in the matter or detail. Drag and drop categories - you can now move your categories around and your matters move accordingly. There are a few other enhancements. This version has been a customer wish list come true update.

fica-lawL@W has gone live with the backend of Close Corporations, Private Companies and Public Companies on its FICA Solution. L@W is also going live with the new FICA website which caters for these entities.

A new FICA upload application will be released to a few select attorneys for piloting to commence shortly.For more information call the L@W call centre on 0860 877 877 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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