Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Take A Peek At This

Peek is a new calendar app for the iPhone.  I am using it, and I am liking it.  A bit of the back story.  I like the resident calendar on my iPhone just fine.  However, there are times when the small type, and my fat fingers, can be a challenge.  Scrolling through the day, and adding and deleting events can sometimes be befuddling.

I have rolled through a host of alternative calendar apps, without much luck.  Until Peek. 

I spent the $1.99 and gave it a launch.  I have been pleasantly surprised.  Peek is just what I need.  A stripped down app that delivers the basics in a bigger size and with simpler controls.  If I want to see en entire day I can.  If I want to add or delete events I give a simple swipe and then get nice big buttons to do so. 

Peek is not an overblown, bells and whistles app.  It syncs perfectly with my iPhone calendar.  No set up.  No programming.  Just click and go. That is why I like it.

 Peek is in the Apple App Store

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cloud Based Practice Management Vendor Raises Prices Sky High

Clio is very nice practice management software. It was one of the earliest advocates and adopters of the cloud based platform.  Now comes reason for me to validate my preference for owning and installing certain programs on your own machines rather than hosting in the cloud.  As reported by Robert Ambrogi on his LawSite blog, Clio has raised its monthly subscription price by 47 percent, from $49 per attorney to $72 per attorney.  47%.  Wow!  That is a huge increase.  If you are a subscriber, what are you going to do?  You are going to pay it.  What else can you do?  You don't have the software resident on your computer.  You need it for your practice.  You have no options.

I, on the other hand, own my practice management software.  It is on my server.  And by comparison, the purchase price and the maintenance contract come in under the $72 per month that Clio is now charging.

There are proponents and naysayers for cloud based software, and for hosting your own.  My main point is not to to suggest one is better than the other.  My point is to get you to think before jumping on the cloud bandwagon that software vendors are selling as the greatest thing ever.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Include Graphics In Your Blog
If blogging is part of your practice promotion you must include graphics in your posts.  Graphics draw the attention of your readers.  Graphics pull your readers in to your articles.  We live in a visual society.  Visual marketing is key.  Readers are conditioned to expect visuals, and they get bored if those visuals are not there.  Additionally, graphics contain certain HTML coding that draw the attentions of search engines.

Over at the mind mapping software blog Chuck Frey has a great article on creating blog graphics.  You are going to have to give him your email address in order to download the pdf report, but it is worth it.  Click here to check it out.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Evernote Help Wanted

Evernote is a software technology with a fervent following.  Adopters love it.  Here is where I need help.  What is so great about this program?  In particular, why is it great for lawyers?  I have Outllook which manages my email just fine.  I have AbacusLaw to manage my calendar, my to dos, and my case management.  What else could I possibly need?  And if there is something else that I need, how can Evernote deliver it to me in a superior way?

I am not saying Evernote is not great.  It very well could be, I just don't know how.  Hey ABA, how about a Evernote In One Hour For Lawyers book . . .

If you are an Evernote lover educate me.  Leaves your comments and tips!

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

New WordPress Book

If you have been to my website or my California Divorce Blawg you have seen what we do with the WordPress software.  I did not build these sites, my friend Rodney Warner at Connective Web Design did.  However, I do tinker around within the sites, and I have come to appreciate and love all that WordPress has to offer.  It is very powerful software.

If you aspire to be your on WordSmith master, the ABA's In One Hour for Lawyers library has a new offering for you.  Written by attorney Jennifer Ellis, WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers will explain how to get create your firm s website quickly and easily with WordPress software. In just one hour, you will learn to:

  • Choose a web host

  • Select and set up a domain name

  • Install and customize WordPress software

  • Create a look for your website

  • Add content, functionality, and images to your website

  • Improve your website with Search Engine Optimization techniques

  • Understand the ethics issues of legal websites

  • And much more!
Click here for more information.

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Solo nets Supreme Court win!

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