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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!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Going Paperless With A Mac

I don't write enough about the Mac in the law office.  There is a simple reason for that:  I don't use a Mac in the office.  I don't use one in the office because my most essential software programs (AbacusLaw, Dissomaster Suite, Attorney's Assistant, Attorney's Briefcase) are not Mac friendly.  I use a Mac at home, and I love it!  Mostly what I do with it is log onto to my office computer remotely, and surf the internet, so the PC only software thing is not a problem.

Well for all of you who are Macophiles this column is for you.  I have forever praised the joys and wonders of the paperless office.  Today I came across an eBook targeted at the paperless Mac office.  Paperless by David Sparks takes the mystery (and fear) out of going paperless with your Apple technology.  To quote from the iTunes listing:
The book includes 32 screencasts, 4 movies, over 26,000 words, and other rich-media assets to turn you into a paperless ninja. The material is accessible to beginners and power users alike with a thorough explanation of all the hardware, software, and workflows necessary to finally conquer paper.

Chapters include:
1. Why Paperless
What is the big deal with paperless and why do so many of us struggle with it?

2. Paperless Overview
Get an idea for the big picture before diving into the nitty-gritty.

3. Capture
Discover how you can capture paper and other digital information with the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. This chapter also demystifies optical character recognition and explains how you can put it to work for you.

4. Process
Learn how to reliably name, index, and store your paperless documents. This chapter also covers your questions about cloud storage and backup.

5. Use
Now that you've created a paperless workflow, learn how to access your paperless documents from anywhere on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. This chapter also explains how to sign digital documents on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

6. David's Paperless Workflow
The author explain his "go-to" applications, hardware, and tricks for managing paperless documents.

7. Appendix
Learn more about Apple Automator, cloud storage, and other helpful resources.

This is the first book in the MacSparky Field Guide Series. This book is a large file (850 MB) and includes over 1.5 hours of video and screencasts. This books runs on all versions of the iPad.

By the way, the eBook format is way cool!  You can only read it on the iPad, but it is cool.  Click here to check it out.

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