Thank you for visiting the Family Law Lawyer Tech & Practice blog. My name is John Harding. I am a family law lawyer practicing in Northern California. Long ago I realized that I could practice law more effectively and more efficiently (i.e., better and easier) by availing myself of the technological tools that are out there. I also learned that a successful law practice requires successful marketing. Hardware and software working together make me a better lawyer, and make my life easier. Marketing helps to bring in the business necessary for professional survival. By this blog I hope to share the tips, tricks, and technology that I have learned about so that others may benefit!

Friday, May 11, 2012

WordPerfect - It's Alive!

The first word processor that I used as a baby lawyer was WordPerfect.  I loved it.  The interface was clean.  The functions were easy to understand and remember.  It was stable.  Then the company got caught up in the high tech explosion of the 90's.  Expansion and mergers reduced WordPerfect to a battered shell of its once reliable self.  Compounding the problems, Microsoft was vigorously marketing Word.

Eventually the dilution of the WordPerfect product and the predominance of Word in the user world force me to switch.  It was painful, and I still harken back to my first love . . .WordPerfect.

Guess what?  WordPerfect is still around.  It is actually a suite of products, like Microsoft Office, and it is looking good and getting better.  Here are some of the features:
  • WordPerfect® X6 word processor
  • Quattro Pro® X6 spreadsheet program
  • Presentations™ X6slideshow creator
  • Corel® WordPerfect® Lightning™ digital notebook
  • Corel® PDF Fusion™ PDF creator
  • Core®l Perfect Authority Table of Authorities creator
  • WordPerfect® OfficeReady® pre-made templates
  • Mozilla® Firefox® web browser
  • Nuance® PaperPort® 12 SE PDF manager
  • Mozilla® Thunderbird® integrated email
  • BrainStorm training videos
  • NEW! WinZip® file compression utility
  • NEW! WinZip® Courier™ email compression utility
  • NEW! ZipSend™ file sharing web service
  • NEW! VideoStudio® Essentials video editor

There is a legal version crafted just for us lawyers.  It includes a table of authorities generator, redaction tools, and my old favorite, the "reveal codes" feature.

The list price for the suite is $379.99.  It is not an option for me because our firm infrastructure is too intertwined with office.  But for a solo or small firm starting from scratch, WP looks to once again be a viable option.  Click here to visit the WP website.

Please visit hardinglaw.com for more information about Harding & Associates Family Law 

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